Higashioka isn't included on the 25-man roster for the ALDS against the Red Sox, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. Higashioka was an active member of the team for the AL Wild Card Game, but he won't take the field for the Yankees' upcoming series. He's yet to receive any playing time in the 2018 postseason.
Higashioka was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday. With Gary Sanchez (groin) back on the disabled list, Higashioka was summoned to serve as the short-term backup behind Austin Romine. He was hitting .198 with five home runs in 209 plate appearances at Triple-A.
Higashioka was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday. Higashioka filled a backup role while Gary Sanchez (groin) was on the disabled list, but Sanchez's return sends him back to the minors. The 28-year-old grabbed his first big-league hits in his time with the Yankees (the first three of which were all homers), though he hit just .167 in 11 games.
Higashioka is out of the lineup Sunday against the Blue Jays, Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record reports. He'll hit the bench for the second time this series and has returned to the backup role at catcher now that Austin Romine has recovered from the hamstring injury he first suffered June 30. Higashioka started four consecutive games while Romine was sidelined and recorded three hits, all of which were home runs.
Higashioka went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 6-2 win over the Braves. The catcher has recorded the first three hits of his big-league career in the last four games, and amazingly all of them have left the yard, making Higashioka only the second Yankee in history after Alfonso Soriano to homer for his first three hits. Austin Romine (hamstring) will likely rejoin the lineup soon, but Higashioka's power display could lead to more playing time for the 28-year-old while Gary Sanchez (groin) is on the shelf.