Tyler Wade and Michael King will both be on the 26-man roster. One more spot remains undecided.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) March 29, 2021
Yes, one spot remains. With lefty reliever Justin Wilson out for the short-term, it could make sense to replace him with another pitcher. Lucas Luetge immediately comes to mind. The 34 year old Luetge hasn’t pitched in the bigs since 2015, but he had an impressive spring. He struck out 18 over 10.2 innings and allowed only a pair of runs. The Yankees could do much worse than Luetge.
On the other hand, with everyone fresh, the team could decide to add an extra bench player for a few days until the team needs an additional arm. Thairo Estrada may be a good option, adding another infielder to the mix. Estrada made his presence known at the end of camp, hitting home runs in back to back games. As of this moment, Wade is the only backup infielder on the squad.
The rest of the team is ready to go, the Yankees are back in New York. And FANS WILL BE THERE! I love Opening Day. 😎
UPDATE – According to Max Goodman of Sports Illustrated, Luetge appeared to be at Yankee Stadium with the team this afternoon. Stay tuned.
And it’s officially official. Lucas Luetge has indeed made the Yankees 26 man roster.
Lucas Luetge will be on the opening day roster #yankees— Meredith Marakovits (@M_Marakovits) March 31, 2021