The Yankees have designated 1B Chris Carter for assignment and recalled INF Tyler Austin from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
The move was completed following the team's 2-1 win over the Rangers on Friday, during which Carter went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. He had gone hitless in five of his last six games.
Meanwhile, Austin, who has split time between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, has hit .316 this season in 32 minor league games. He appeared in 31 games for the Yankees last season, hitting .241 with five home runs and 12 RBI.
In 57 games for the Yankees this season, Carter has hit .204 with eight home runs and 23 RBI.
Just days after Yankees general manager Brian Cashman stated that Carter was the Yankees best option at first base, the club apparently saw enough.
Carter was a low-risk financial move by the Yankees, one that thankfully didn't keep at-bats away from young players for long considering Greg Bird and Austin were battling injuries for significant periods of time. Now that Austin is healthy and was streaking at Triple-A the Yankees decided to cut bait with Carter, who was visibly growing tiresome to Yankees manager Joe Girardi. The manager commented several times in the past week that Carter was the first baseman basically because he had no other choice.
What fans need to consider is that Austin is just as apt to strike out as Carter and supply less raw power. While that's the case, my preference is to give the at-bats to the Austin to see if he can be the answer until Bird gets back, or if the Yankees will want to add a first baseman rental for a playoff run if the Opening Day first bagger suffers another setback.