NEW YORK — The Yankees had a plan for how to approach Tuesday night, but Jonathan Holder blew it up.
So now what?
Manager Aaron Boone indicated the Yankees still plan to piece things together with their bullpen in the middle game of a three-game set against the Blue Jays. But he did not know who would be the opener late Monday night following a 10-8 win over Toronto.
The main issue: Holder’s dreadful outing – five batters, five hits, five runs, two homers, no outs and a trip down to Triple-A – forced Boone to bring in Chad Green with the game in danger of slipping away from the Bombers. Green only faced four batters and threw just 16 pitches, but the work likely rules him out as Tuesday’s opener. He has excelled in the role recently, throwing two shutout innings in three opener appearances with a combined 12 strikeouts, three hits and a walk.
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The Yankees did not announce a corresponding move immediately following Holder’s demotion. But there is a strong likelihood a pitcher will be brought up after Holder’s meltdown forced Boone to use three more arms Monday than he would have liked. The new arrival could be the opener, or someone else could. Here’s a look at some of the potential options:
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre LHP Stephen Tarpley: Tarpley is the most well-rested of the three SWB pitchers on the Yankees’ 40-man roster. He threw three innings on Saturday in an opener capacity for the RailRiders and has thrown on two days rest before this season. Chance Adams and Joe Harvey are the other two 40-man roster arms in Triple-A. Adams threw 4 2/3 innings Sunday so he is out. Harvey only threw one inning Monday, but he has not thrown back-to-back days as a professional.
Yankees LHP Nestor Cortes Jr. The righty has not thrown since he tossed three solid innings against the Astros on June 20, earning the win. He is 2-0 with a 4.09 ERA this season in the big leagues.
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Trenton RHP Albert Abreu: Abreu is on the 40-man roster and is scheduled to start for the Thunder on Tuesday in Trenton, so the Yankees could just change his location. Trenton’s Domingo Acevedo is also on the 40-man roster, but he pitched Monday.
Another SWB arm following a roster move? Right-hander Brady Koerner is scheduled to start Tuesday and lefty Daniel Camerena for the RailRiders. Either could be promoted if the Yankees are prepared to make room on the 40-man roster. That may require releasing a veteran player like Troy Tulowitzki or Kendry Morales or moving Cameron Maybin to the 60-day injured list, so it’s unlikely.