Yankees place flamethrowing bullpen arm on injured list, call up veteran pitcher

Alexander Wilson
New York Yankees, Albert Abreu
Jul 14, 2022; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Albert Abreu (84) reacts during the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees are gearing up to finish off a four-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays, in which they’ve lost the first three games consecutively.

With manager Aaron Boone displaying frustration after Saturday afternoon’s loss, the troubles won’t stop coming, as the team announced they placed one of their bullpen arms on the injured list.

Per the Yankees:

Recalled RHP Luke Bard (#68) from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Placed RHP Albert Abreu on the 15-day injured list with right elbow inflammation.  

Yankees need to supplement the loss of Albert Abreu now:

Yankees placed Albert Abreu on the 15-day IL with right elbow information. The 26-year-old was traded to the Texas Rangers before the 2022 season began as a part of a three player trade to acquire catcher José Treviño. However, Abreu was eventually DFAd by both Texas and the Kansas City Royals before finding his way back to the Yankees.

On the season, Abreu hosts a 3.24 ERA with 9.36 strikeouts per nine, a 74.5% left on base rate, and 48.6% ground ball rate over 25 innings in the Bronx. Despite being released by two teams this season, Abreu has made a positive impact on the Yankees but has struggled considerably in the month of August. He features a 7.88 ERA, giving up 11 hits and seven earned runs over just eight innings, blowing a save against the Seattle Mariners on the 10th.

In his stead, the Yankees called up Luke Bard from their Triple-A squad. At 31 years old, Bard previously featured with the Tampa Bay Rays, posting a 1.93 ERA over 14 innings pitched. He’s having his best season to date, spending his last three seasons with the Los Angeles Angels.

Bard features a fastball, slider, cutter, curveball, and change-up on occasion. His FB averages 94 mph, throwing it 35.6% of the time. His other prominent pitch, his slider, features at 29.3% and 86.6 mph.

Unfortunately for the Yankees, the injuries continue to mount, but luckily for Abreu, it is only a two-week spell on the injured list before he can make a return.