NEW YORK — Jonathan Holder admits he has some things to figure out.
He will have to do so in Moosic.
The Yankees optioned the struggling right-hander to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre late Monday night after he failed to record an out during a disastrous eighth-inning relief appearance that turned the Bombers’ eventual 10-8 win over the Blue Jays from a laugher into a too-close-for-comfort escape act.
Holder’s season ERA ballooned to 6.81 after Monday’s debacle and his ERA in June is now an ugly 9.00. Holder has given up 10 runs (eight earned) on 11 hits (four home runs) and two walks in eight combined innings in his last eight outings.
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“All in all, I’ve just got to execute pitches better and figure out a way to out of these jams,” Holder said after he gave up five runs on five hits to five straight batters, including a grand slam and a solo home run.
What’s next: The Yankees have not yet announced a corresponding move, but it they will likely promote a pitcher. Manager Aaron Boone was planning a bullpen game for Tuesday against Toronto and Holder’s meltdown threw a wrench in those plans. Boone was forced to use three more relievers – presumed Tuesday opener Chad Green, Adam Ottavino and closer Aroldis Chapman – to clean up Holder’s mess after Tommy Kahnle threw the seventh follow starter CC Sabathia’s solid six innings of work. Boone was able to stay away from Zach Britton.
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Who will get the call up? The RailRiders have three 40-man roster pitchers on their roster and each has thrown in the last three days. The safe bet is Stephen Tarpley, who threw three innings on Saturday as an opener and has thrown on two days rest already this year. He could be the starter Tuesday. Chance Adams can likely be ruled out after going 4 2/3 innings on Sunday. Joe Harvey only threw one inning Monday, but he has never pitched on back-to-back days in his professional career.