The Yankees have added six players to their roster, which expanded Thursday to accommodate up to 40 players.
INF Rob Refnsyder, RHP Luis Severino, and RHP Nick Goody were recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre.
RHP Kirby Yates was recalled from Rookie-level Pulaski.
RHP Jonathan Holder and OF Eric Young, Jr. were recalled from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and signed to Major League contracts.
Additionally, RHP Nick Rumbelow was reinstated from the disabled list, recalled from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and placed on the 60-day disabled list.
I speculated earlier this week that Holder was worth a call-up regardless of 40-man roster implications. If the Yankees are truly trying to win, Holder represents an upgrade over some of the relievers Joe Girardi has used this season and of late.
Holder is more than a one-inning reliever. He recently struck out 11 batters in a four-inning stint. If Holder's 2016 performance translates, he could provide a big boost to the Yankees' playoff pursuit.
I also wrote that Refsnyder could take some reps away from Tyler Austin, who has struggled recently. Refsnyder was stroking the ball very well as Scranton's regular season wound down, so if Girardi wants to play the right-handed hot bat at first base, it could be Refsnyder.
The 2016 season has not gone exactly as planned for Severino. After an excellent job last season, he lost confidence in his change-up early on this season and it hurt him at the big league level. Severino performed well in Scranton's rotation, but his best performances with the Yankees came as a reliever.
Barring an injury to a member of the rotation, it seems the Yankees will use Severino's fastball/slider combination in hopes he will baffle hitters as a reliever.
Young, Jr. provides outfield depth with Aaron Hicks battling a hamstring issue. In my view, Goody and Yates are merely extra arms who will fill meaningless innings down the stretch.