The Yankees announced a couple of roster moves today ahead of their game in Anaheim tonight against the Angels. They announced that they have activated catcher Gary Sanchez off the 10-day injured list and sent catcher Kyle Higashioka back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. That was expected.

Sanchez played in a rehab game with Low-A Charleston on Monday in his first action since going down with a calf injury. He went 0-for-3 and caught five innings, though he did have two passed balls. Before going down with his injury, Sanchez was hitting .268/.333/.732 in 11 games with six home runs and 11 runs batted in.

Higashioka had hit .200/.188/.333 (3-for-15) in four games since being called up to replace Sanchez on the 25-man roster.

What wasn’t really expected was that the team also optioned right-handed reliever Chad Green to Triple-A—as sources had told Core 4and replaced him with left-handed reliever Stephen Tarpley.

Green might have finally reached the end of his leash with the Yankees when he imploded once again last night. He loaded the bases with no outs last night, then proceeded to give up a towering grand slam to Justin Bour.

Over 7.2 innings pitched this year, Green has allowed 14 runs and four home runs—good for a 16.43 ERA and 10.03 FIP—with seven strikeouts. Hitters had slashed a terrifying .395/.465/.763 against him this season. He’s also only struck out 16.3% of batters this year, compared to his godly 40.7% strikeout rate in 2017 and solid 31.5% strikeout rate in 2018.

According to Statcast, he’s allowed six barrels on 31 batted balls this year, a 19.4% barrel rate, the average exit velocity off him has been 93.1 mph, and the hard-hit rate off him is 54.8%. Both are in the bottom 3% of all of baseball. 

Simply, Green hasn’t been fooling batters and a change needed to be made.

Tarpley had started out the season on the Yankees’ Opening Day roster. However, he was optioned down to Triple-A after allowing two earned runs over three innings (6.00 ERA, 7.45 FIP), along with three strikeouts, across four outings.

He had pitched in three innings (two appearances) at Triple-A since being optioned down to the minors, as he had also allowed two earned runs over that span.