The New York Yankees begin a weekend set against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on Friday night, and before this bitter rivalry begins, the Bombers made several roster moves to shore up the squad.
Veteran outfielder Brett Gardner has been reinstated from the 10-day injured list, and veteran left-handed starter J.A. Happ has been placed on the paternity list.
The Yankees also optioned utility-man Tyler Wade to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and recalled left-handed pitcher Stephen Tarpley.
Huge congrats to the Happ family, but he was scheduled to start on Sunday against Boston, so you can expect more roster moves by the Yankees before then.
Gardner went on the shelf with left knee inflammation but was able to be reinstated Friday. The 35-year-old outfielder had more of a workload this season than expected, and in 92 games he's slashing .243/.325/.460 with 15 home runs and 41 RBI.
The Yankees needed another starter before Happ's stint on the paternity list, especially since the veteran southpaw owns a 5.19 ERA over 21 starts. Hopefully they can fill the void in his absence, as a rough pitching series against their most hated rivals is the last thing this team needs.