The rosters will expand on September 1st to 40 players – one of the weirdest rules in sports. The Yankees find themselves 2.5 games back of the Wild Card and have a chance to face off against the Red Sox, probably in Boston, for what would be an epic win-or-go-home Wild Card game.
Here are some of the likely call-ups:
Rob Refsnyder – Util
Not only is it good to have a guy who can play several positions – Refsnyder has played 1B, 2B, RF and LF this season, but he can also hit a little bit and could be useful as a pinch hitter down the stretch.
James Pazos – LHP
The Yankees currently have just one lefty in the bullpen, and Pazos is a hard-throwing lefty who has pitched well in Scranton, and occasionally with the Yankees.
Bryan Mitchell – RHP
Mitchell made the opening day roster before injuring his foot and missing the first five months of the season. He’s healthy again and has been starting in Scranton. He’s ready to go.
Luis Severino – RHP
Severino will almost certainly not get a start with the big league team while they are still in the race, but he was deadly out of the bullpen and could be a useful setup man in September.
Eric Young, JR. – OF
Young is a 31-year-old outfielder who can be extremely useful as a pinch runner, though he doesn’t hit very much.
Nick Goody – RHP
Goody is another right hander that can provide some depth, but is unlikely to see crucial innings.