The New York Yankees are promoting minor-league infielder Tyler Wade to the majors and Jorge Mateo to Double-A Trenton, according to MLB.com's Matt Kardos.
Wade, 22, is hitting .313 with five home runs and 25 RBIs in 70 games for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He would likely take the place of second baseman Starlin Castro, who left Monday's game with a strained hamstring and may go on the disabled list.
Mateo is hitting .240 with four home runs, 11 RBIs and 28 stolen bases in 31 chances in 69 games with High-A Tampa. The 22-year-old shortstop is ranked MLB.com's No. 47 prospect and Keith Law's No. 55 prospect.
It's unfortunate that it took an injury to get Wade up to the big leagues when he has been tearing the cover off the ball most of the season at Triple-A.
What's unknown is what Wade's role will be when he arrives. Will Wade be the utility man with Ronald Torreyes taking over second base for Castro, or will Wade be inserted into the starter's spot at second base? I would guess it would be the former, especially knowing that Wade is fully capable of playing around the diamond, and Torreyes' consistent play year to date will likely be rewarded by Yankees manager Joe Girardi.
Wade's promotion also begs the question of how long he will be in the majors. Will he be up simply until Castro is able to come back, or will he supplant Torreyes? My guess it is a temporary shift the to the big leagues, assuming health across the board.
As for Mateo, it seems the injury opened up a spot for him to get bumped a level as well. He will have to show something during the timeframe Castro is out in order for the promotion to stick; he has not exactly lit the scoreboard on fire in Tampa. Mateo has a lot to prove, and for the most part, the only aspect of his game that has met expectations this season has been the ability to steal bases.