The New York Yankees have been of the worst offensive teams in Major League Baseball since the beginning of August and have been looking for ways to snap out of the slump.
The club decided to call up prospects Oswaldo Cabrera and Estevan Florial from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to help provide a spark.
To make room on the 26-man roster, New York optioned utilityman Miguel Andújar and outfielder Tim Locastro to Triple-A. The Yankees also placed reliever Clay Holmes on the 15-day injured list (retroactive to August 14) with a left lower-back spasm and recalled reliever Ron Marinaccio from the RailRiders.
Cabrera is set to make his MLB debut on Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays, batting sixth and playing third base. The 23-year-old switch-hitting infielder is hitting .269 with an .851 OPS in 197 at-bats at Triple-A this season.
Florial is also in Wednesday’s lineup, batting eighth and playing center field. The 24-year-old is hitting .286 with an .858 OPS and has hit 13 home runs in 353 at-bats this season for the RailRiders. Florial has appeared in 16 games with the Yankees over the last three seasons, hitting .206/.325/.352 with one homer and two doubles in 40 plate appearances.
Holmes last appeared in a game on August 12 when he blew a save against the Boston Red Sox. The right-hander has struggled over his last 15 outings, allowing 12 runs over 13 1/3 innings.
Marinaccio returns to the big-league club after being optioned on August 7 to make room on the roster for starting pitcher Frankie Montas. The right-hander has allowed one run over his last 17 1/3 innings in the Majors.