The New York Yankees received a gem of an outing from starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka on Sunday afternoon, as he went eight innings allowing three hits and zero runs.
The Bombers ended a two-game slide against the Toronto Blue Jays to right the ship once more, but they made several moves before the game to supplement injuries woes. Left handed-pitcher Stephen Tarpley was put on the 10-day injured list with an elbow, forcing the Yankees to pull up recent acquisition Joe Mantiply.
Mantiply, 28, earned a 3.72 ERA with 26 strikeouts over 29 innings with Triple-A Louisville. His minimal experience at the top level makes him a wild card but the Yanks will give him a chance to impress once more. The issue being, it’s a forced decision that could backfire.
Could the New York Yankees call up their young pitcher?
Alternatively, the Yanks could look to call up youngster Deivi Garcia, the youngest player in their minor league system to reach Triple-A. Garcia has struggled recently, earning a 6.26 ERA with Scranton Wilkes/Barre. He’s pitched 23.0 innings in Triple-A. While his struggles have been apparent, the change in grip this season has been his primary concern. Adapting to the change in the ball will take a bit of time as his breaking ball has lost dip.
However, the Bombers are edging closer to the reality of pulling up him as a relief option. If injuries continue to mount and Mantiply struggles for the Yankees in the bigs, Garcia will be a realistic option given their lack of depth at this point.
Here’s Deivi Garcia vs. Luis Robert in the first inning. Garcia threw a couple of really close two-strike pitches — an 86-mph slider that just missed outside, and a 95-mph fastball just off the inside corner — before finally getting him on a slider. pic.twitter.com/f3RwKyK6Np
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Garcia has been adapting and getting better gradually with Scranton, but he’s likely a few more starts away from being considered. Once he has fully adapted manager Aaron Boone might give him the green light as a bullpen arm.