Barbato was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday, Dan Martin of the New York Post reports.
Barbato was hit hard in his last Grapefruit League appearance, conceding five runs on four hits and a pair of walks while recording just two outs, ultimately leading to his demotion. The 24-year-old has always been a high-volume strikeout pitcher and figures to be in the mix for a bullpen spot with the big league club throughout the year even if he'll be back in the minors on Opening Day.
Barbato is in play for a spot in the Opening Day bullpen, George A. King of the New York Post reports.
Barbato bounced between Triple-A and the majors last season, having significantly more success in his minor league stints. The 24-year-old has always been a high strikeout pitcher, notching more than 9.0 K/9 at every stop in his career except his first stint at Low-A in his first professional season, but otherwise the righty has never been viewed as anything more than a middling prospect. He's off to a strong start in the spring though, striking out five over four scoreless inning in two appearances.
Barbato was optioned back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday.
Barbato's latest stint with the Yankees lasted just two days, and he struggled when pitching Friday against the Indians. The young right-hander allowed three earned runs off three hits and a walk and failed to notch a single out. He will head back to Triple-A while Chasen Shreve returns to the big league club.
Barbato has already spent some of the season with the Yankees, posting a 5.54 ERA with a 1.08 WHIP over the course of 13 innings. He began the season with the team, but was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre once Aroldis Chapman returned from his suspension in early May. The 24-year-old rookie will get another chance to show off his stuff, with Chad Green going back down to Triple-A in a corresponding move.
Johnny Barbato was optioned to Triple-A on Monday.
The move comes in response to the team officially activating Aroldis Chapman from his suspension and needing to free up a spot on the 25-man roster. Barbato made 12 appearances for the New York Yankees , scattering 10 hits and eight earned runs across 13 total innings (5.54 ERA).
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