When the Yankees activated Derek Lowe on the roster this week it meant an end to Ryota Igarashi‘s latest stint with the team. It turns out that the Yankees outrighted him to Triple-A which effectively removes him from the 40-man roster and probably excludes him as a September call-up.
Igarashi, 33, was picked up off waivers by the Yankees back in the end of May. Despite his lack of success elsewhere, Yankees GM Brian Cashman cited his increased velocity and additional pitch as reasons he picked him up. Unfortunately, those things didn’t help him much on the mound as he was crushed in his only two appearances in Pinstripes.
In two appearances and three innings with the Yankees, Igarashi had a 12.00 ERA with a 9.0 K/9 and 9.0 BB/9. He had a 1.85 ERA with a 12.2 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9 in 48.2 innings at Triple-A in both the Yankees and Blue Jays system this year. Good numbers in Triple-A, but it seems like he’s a classic AAAA player.