Kahnle signed a one-year contract with the Yankees on Friday, avoiding arbitration. Kahnle had a rough season out of the bullpen for the Yankees in 2018, posting a 6.56 ERA with a 1.63 WHIP and 30 punchouts across 23.1 innings. The 29-year-old does own a career 3.89 ERA and 1.35 WHIP and found success in 2016-17 with the White Sox.
Kahnle (2-0) registered the win in extra innings Saturday, working around a hit to strike out a batter in a scoreless frame. The right-hander has allowed at least one run in three of his last five outings while working in low-leverage spots, but Kahnle came through in this one to preserve a tie before the Yankees won it in the 11th. This victory did little to clean up his 6.75 ERA on the season, though.
Kahnle was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, Erik Boland of Newsday reports. Kahnle will take the roster place of Luis Cessa, who was optioned back to the minors following his start against Tampa Bay on Wednesday. Though Kahnle tossed an inning of work versus Boston earlier this month, he's only appeared in nine games for the Yankees this season, as he's spent a majority of the past couple months at the Triple-A level working through some velocity issues.
Kahnle was sent down to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday. Kahnle was returned to Triple-A after tossing a spotless inning of relief during Friday's contest. That marked his first appearance with the Yankees since May, though it's clear manager Aaron Boone doesn't have a concrete role ready for the right-hander at the moment.
Kahnle was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday, DJ Eberle of the Times Leader reports. The Yankees are optimistic that Kahnle will be available for Friday's contest in Boston, but there's a chance he won't arrive on time after being promoted just five hours prior to the first pitch. Kahnle has spent a majority of the 2018 campaign working out the kinks at the Triple-A level, which includes a concerning dip in velocity from a season ago. Across his past 17 appearances for the RailRiders dating back to June 15, he's logged a 1.62 ERA and 0.90 WHIP with 23 strikeouts in 16.2 innings of relief.