Yankees Immediately Bring Breyvic Valera Back as 26th Man for Monday Doubleheader

TORONTO, ONTARIO - AUGUST 9: Breyvic Valera #36 of the New York Yankees turns a double play over Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27 of the Toronto Blue Jays in the eighth inning during their MLB game at the Rogers Centre on August 9, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images)
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If Breyvic Valera wasted any time getting to Scranton on Sunday night, he made a major miscalculation.

Valera, demoted prior to Sunday's game when it became clear Gleyber Torres was healthy enough to take at-bats and play the field, has now returned to the bigs for one day only, serving as the Yankees' 26th man for their Monday double dip against Baltimore.

In fact, he'll be starting the first game.

Generally, the "26th man" is used to add pitching depth, with 18 innings to be covered in a single day. But in this case, the Yanks used Stephen Tarpley and Jonathan Holder's IL stints (as well as Giancarlo Stanton's transfer to the 60-Day) to add the requisite depth in the form of Joe Mantiply and Brady Lail, while maintaining Chance Adams.

Therefore, they'll roll the dice with Valera to give DJ LeMahieu a matinee off, as well as Gleyber Torres some time off his feet.

The 2019 Yankees play a ton of doubleheaders. They know how it works by now.