Jonathan Holder will have to work out his problems in Triple-A.
The Yankees optioned the right-handed reliever to the minors following Monday's 10-8 win over the Blue Jays, in which Holder allowed five runs on five hits and two home runs without recording an out in a low-leverage situation in which the Yankees had an eight-run lead.
He has allowed 13 runs in his last 5.1 innings and has a 6.81 ERA.
"The whole season I haven't been able to execute pitches in a timely manner," Holder said after the game. "Not for a lack of effort. I'm working with Larry [Rothschild] every day ... Just got to get better and make nights like this not happen."
Holder will have to figure it out in Scranton, a move the Yankees did with Chad Green earlier this year which has so far appeared to have worked.
The right-hander has been a key depth piece of the Yankees' bullpen since 2017. He was a pleasant surprise last year, pitching to a 3.14 ERA in 66 innings but has never struggled quite like this at any level.
"It's something new for me," he said. "This whole season has been a grind. I gotta figure something out with Larry and figure out what's going on."