News: Yankees have called up Chris Gittens ahead of tonight’s game against the Red Sox. Gittens is a 1B who has hit .283/.486/.585 at AAA this season.— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) June 5, 2021
As Lindsey tweeted, the Yankees are bringing up Chris Gittens in advance of tonight’s game against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. The team had to do something about the offense, which has been nothing short of dreadful this season. While giving Gittens an opportunity is no surefire solution, it’s the easiest change that the front office can make right now.
We profiled Gittens a few days ago in anticipation of this move. Go read that to further familiarize yourself with the 27 year-old power-hitting first baseman. Tonight, expect him in the starting lineup against southpaw Eduardo Rodriguez, who gets the ball for Boston. It could be a pretty favorable matchup for Gittens:
Chris Gittens reportedly being called up, according to @lindseyadler— Seth Rothman (@SethDRothman) June 5, 2021
.237/.408/.500 vs RHP this season (49 PA)
.400/.640/.800 vs LHP this season (25 PA)
His last full season wasn't as drastic, though:
vs RHP: .265/.367/.432
vs LHP: .313/.442/.634
The Yankes need to clear a 40-man roster spot in order to add Gittens today. I’m guessing someone from the 10-day injured list (Corey Kluber, Ryan LaMarre, or Luke Voit) gets transferred to the 60-day to clear space. We’ll update this post with the official transaction once announced.