The Yankees’ bullpen got an important piece back Tuesday, when Zack Britton was activated from the IL after recovering from a left hamstring strain.
Kyle Higashioka (oblique) was also activated, but Erik Kratz will stick around for now.
To make room on the roster, right-hander Miguel Yajure was optioned to the alternate site in Scranton after throwing three scoreless innings in his MLB debut in Monday’s loss. Infielder Jordy Mercer was designated for assignment.
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Keeping Kratz around makes sense, in particular, because the 40-year-old caught Deivi Garcia’s first MLB start and guided the right-hander through six impressive innings. The two had been batterymates in the minors with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and with the 21-year-old in line to make another start in Friday’s doubleheader in Baltimore, having Kratz behind the plate again figures to help.