Having broken the bad news last night that Aaron Judge will miss three weeks with a fractured right wrist, the team made a move to replace him on the active roster before Friday night’s contest with the Kansas City Royals. Today, they recalled speedy utility player Tyler Wade from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
The 23-year-old showed signs of his hitting ability in his last stint with the Yanks, going 7-for-18 (.368, 173 wRC+) from July 7 to July 24. More importantly, he brings defensive versatility to a team certainly lacking competent outfielders. Wade has logged 147 innings as an outfielder in AAA this season, with the majority coming in center field.
So far for the major league club, he played one inning of center in a garbage time scenario, and also got 26 innings of outfield under his belt in 2017. He has the talent to be a late game defensive replacement pretty much anywhere on the diamond.