With the Yankees facing two left-handed starters in the remaining two games of the series with the Toronto Blue Jays, Clint Frazier will be back in the clubhouse as an option to Aaron Boone. The 23-year-old will be promoted for today’s afternoon matchup, per George A. King III of the New York Post.
King reports Frazier will take the place of pitcher David Hale, who threw 5⅔ innings of admirable long relief last night after Sonny Gray only lasted two innings. Hale will be designated for assignment because he is out of minor league options.
Frazier has finally gotten to the point of dominating Triple-A pitching, though “finally” feels harsh given that Frazier isn’t even that old. Since reporting back to the RailRiders after his last demotion (June 27), Red Thunder has put up an impressive .314/.400/.657 line with three home runs in nine games.
Hale is back in a familiar situation, where he must be traded or placed on irrevocable outright waivers within seven days. If he clears waivers, he can accept an outright assignment or be released. With Hale’s service time, he has the ability to decline an outright assignment and become a free agent.