The Yankees have nine days to call up prospect Deivi Garcia if they want him to be eligible to pitch in the postseason.
Garcia was just shifted to the bullpen for the remainder of the season, so he's about to start getting acclimated to the role the Yankees would utilize him in this season if he's promoted. So what's the plan?
According to SNY's Andy Martino, a Yankees person said "maybe" when asked earlier this week whether Garcia was still in consideration for a September role with the team in the bullpen.
The 20-year-old Garcia has struggled with his control since his promotion to Triple-A, with 17 walks in 32.1 innings while pitching to a 5.01 ERA.
In his most recent start, Garcia -- who turned heads while dominating earlier this season for Double-A Trenton while striking out a ridiculous 14.6 batters per 9 -- tossed five hitless innings but walked five.
Along with the control issues that have plagued Garcia since his promotion, the amount he's thrown is one other thing that could potentially prevent him from being called up by the Yankees this season.
Garcia has tossed 103.2 innings so far this year after throwing a career-high 74.0 innings in 2018. Teams typically allow their prospects to increase their innings by roughly 35 per season until they reach their expected high-water mark. If Garcia is capped at around 110 innings this season, there's not that many innings left to play with.
If the Yankees do turn to Garcia down the stretch and potentially in the playoffs, they will be adding another potential high-end arm to a bullpen that already includes multiple relievers with lockdown ability.
It's not unusual for a team to use a top prospect in the bullpen at the beginning of his career in order for him to get acclimated to the majors, conserve innings, or both. One recent example is Luis Severino, who had 11 relief appearances in 2016.