Hechavarria will start at shortstop and bat ninth Thursday against the Rays, Erik Boland of Newsday reports. The 29-year-old is in the lineup for a fifth consecutive game with everyday shortstop Didi Gregorius (wrist) unavailable. Gregorius was cleared to resume baseball activities Wednesday and looks to be closing in on a return, though it's uncertain if he'll be ready to go before the regular season draws to a close Sunday. Though he'll offer the Yankees a quality glove in the middle infield while Gregorius is out, Hechavarria's .247/.277/.347 slash line on the season renders him a rather unappealing fantasy option.
Hechavarria was traded from the Pirates to the Yankees on Friday in exchange for cash or a player to be named later. Hechavarria spent less than a month with the Pirates, hitting just .233/.277/.395 across 15 games before moving on to the Yankees. He'll provide additional infield depth for New York while offering a right-handed bat off the bench. Hechavarria could pick up a few starts at shortstop while Didi Gregorius (heel) is on the mend.
Hechavarria went 1-for-4 with an RBI double Sunday against the Brewers. He's seen steady time at shortstop with Jordy Mercer (calf) on the disabled list, but hasn't taken advantage of the opportunity. Hechavarria is hitting .250 in 40 at-bats since coming to Pittsburgh, with one homer and three RBI. The impending free agent could lose playing time to rookie Kevin Newman in September, once the team decides to audition its youngsters for 2019.
Hechvarria will start at shortstop and bat eighth Sunday against the Cubs. It's the fifth straight start for Hechavarria, who has taken over an everyday role for the Pirates after Jordy Mercer (calf) was placed on the disabled list Thursday. The severity of Mercer's injury isn't clear, but Hechavarria seems poised to maintain a regular lineup spot so long as the former is out of commission. Hechavarria is hitting a respectable .264 on the season, but with only four home runs and one steal in 257 plate appearances, he doesn't offer much utility outside of NL-only formats.
Hechavarria was added to the Pirates' active roster prior to Tuesday's game at Colorado. The Pirates acquired Hechavarria on Monday and didn't wait long to bring him onto the major-league roster. The 29-year-old should provide middle-infield depth with Sean Rodriguez (abdomen) headed to the disabled.