Yankees make a significant roster change before Game 2 against Orioles

Jhony Brito makes his Yankees debut against the Giants at Yankee Stadium, April 2, 2023.

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After their bullpen faltered in the first away game against the Orioles, the New York Yankees have made a quick yet significant roster change. They have recalled right-handed pitcher Jhony Brito from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre before the team’s weekend series in Baltimore Orioles, according to MLB Insider Hector Gomez.

Jhony Brito was great in his first MLB game for the New York Yankees last Sunday. He only gave up two hits and a walk over five scoreless innings, while striking out six batters and beating the San Francisco Giants 6-0.

Following his excellent debut performance, manager Aaron Boone demoted him to Triple-A, which didn’t come as a surprise since Boone had already said that the team didn’t need a fifth starter because of scheduling. It was a strategic decision to help the Yankees bullpen.

Boone said on Monday that Jhony Brito could come back to the team on April 12 when they need a No. 5 starter, but it looks like the young right-hander did well enough to get called up to the Yankees roster earlier than expected.

It seems like Luis Severino may not be back soon and have a longer rehab. As a result, Jhony Brito will have another start for the Yankees on Wednesday against the Cleveland Guardians.

Jhony Brito makes his Yankees debut against the Giants at Yankee Stadium, April 2, 2023.
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“I always thought about having a good debut,” Jhony Brito said after his debut game. “You have to be confident to do your job. If you start thinking about bad outcomes, that’s usually when things get out of hand. I’m very happy.”

Yankees fans expect another big day by Jhony Brito

Jhony Brito joined the Yankees in 2015 as an international free agent. Since then, he has been moving up through the minor leagues. After having surgery for Tommy John in 2017, he came back to play in Single-A in 2019.

After a few good years in the minor leagues, the Yankees gave Jhony Brito a chance, and he didn’t blow it. After his great first start, it looks like he could find a place in the team’s rotation, when many of the starting pitchers are out with injuries.

The 25-year-old is back in the Yankees MLB team, and he’ll probably get another chance next week to show he belongs there. Fans expect him to have another big performance as he did against the Giants.

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