New York Yankees re-assign eight players to Minor-League Camp
Following their loss to the Cardinals on Thursday, the Yankees re-assigned catcher Ryan Lavarnway and outfielders Billy Burns and Matt Lipka to Minor-League camp, and on Friday afternoon, they did the same with righty Drew Hutchison and lefties Rex Brothers, Danny Coulombe and Philip Diehl.
In addition, the team optioned outfielder Clint Frazier to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday.
Lavarnway played in 12 games this spring, hitting .350 with seven RBI, and he is expected to serve as half of the Triple-A catching tandem with recently-optioned Kyle Higashioka.
Lipka played in a team-high 19 games this spring, hitting .265 with two home runs, seven RBI, nine walks, and a team high-tying five steals. Burns played in 15 games, hitting .125 with two RBI and four steals, and Frazier hit .130 with five RBI in 17 games.
Hutchison threw 8 1/3 innings over five appearances, posting a 4.32 ERA in that frame.
Diehl has pitched 10 innings this spring, posting a 4.50 ERA while striking out 17. Coulombe had a 2.79 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 9 2/3 innings over eight outings, and Brothers threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings across seven games, striking out six but also walking eight.