Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer
Tyler Austin factored into the Yankees' decision regarding sending Ronald Torreyes down to make room for Greg Bird, per GM Brian Cashman. Cashman said that Austin "earned a lot, despite the roster being jammed up at 1B." The Yankees view Austin as a more regular contributor (particularly vs. lefty pitchers, used a little more as a DH?) than the occasionally-used Torreyes. They also have added infield flexibility with Neil Walker being able to play second, third and serve as the new emergency catcher. They also can play Gleyber Torres at third and short.