Yankee fans held a strong distrust of Jonathan Holder when he entered Monday's game.
And by the time he left, five batters later, their opinions had only shifted more fervently in the direction of the "eject" button.
After allowing five hits to five men, two of them home runs (and one a grand slam), Holder turned a 10-2 laugher into a 10-7 game in a matter of minutes, forcing nearly all of the Yankees' high-leverage relievers into this game in the eighth and ninth. And now, Holder will have to figure it out at Triple-A again.
The Yankees will now have to promote more pitching help by game time on Tuesday.
Since Holder's minor league options are still active, it was rumored this past week that his demotion could ease the team's ability to keep Cameron Maybin on the roster. Instead, following Maybin's injury, Holder has pitched his way off the roster anyway.
Whether this will be a quick retooling, a la Chad Green, or a longer-term process is up to Holder.