General manager Brian Cashman said the New York Yankees have only one roster decision left to make prior to Opening Day on Thursday — and that is which pitcher will supplant Justin Wilson after they formally put the left-hander on the harmed list with a tight shoulder.
Cashman said Monday during the Yankees’ spring training finale, a 5-2 misfortune to the Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field, that Tyler Wade had made the team, as well as right-hander Michael King.
Mike Tauchman, nursing a sore right shin in the wake of fouling a ball off on Sunday, will likewise be on the 26-man roster.
The incorporation of Wade and King weren’t real surprises, notwithstanding the reality neither had a particularly strong spring.
The Yankees keep on valuing Wade’s defensive flexibility. He can play each of the four infield positions, as well as the outfield, and is their most ideal alternative to fill in at shortstop on the off chance that they are without Gleyber Torres.
King can pitch different innings and will join Nick Nelson and Jonathan Loaisiga as other youthful right-handers in the bullpen.
Cashman and Aaron Boone said there would be conversations in the coming days about the last spot in the pen, with left-hander Lucas Luetge figuring to be a chance after his strong spring.
Derek Dietrich and Robinson Chirinos both consented to stay with the association subsequent to being released and will go to the substitute site in Scranton, with Chirinos rehabbing from surgery to repair his fractured right wrist.
Jhoulys Chacin, however, asked to be let out of his agreement to search for a job in the majors. He pitched well for a lot of spring, yet there was no room for him on account of the Yankees’ turn remaining healthy.
Wilson, as per Cashman, “feels good, but has a few more hurdles to clear” before he’s prepared to contribute a game, which is the reason he’ll open the season on the IL — albeit that will be backdated, so he shouldn’t be out long.
“Physically, he feels like he can go,” Cashman said. “We’re not gonna have Opening Day dictate having him on the roster.”