Hale retired the only batter he faced in the 10th inning to secure his second save of the season in Thursday's 8-4 win over the Rays.
Since regular closer Aroldis Chapman blew a save chance in the ninth inning and the Yankees' top three setup men (Adam Ottavino, Tommy Kahnle and Zack Britton) were used earlier in the contest, manager Aaron Boone had few dependable arms left to turn to when the game went to extras. Luis Cessa was summoned to protect a five-run lead in the bottom of the 10th, but he allowed four of the six hitters he faced to reach base before Hale got the call from the bullpen. Facing Yandy Diaz with the bases loaded, Hale induced an inning-ending groundout to help the Yankees take the first game of the series. Despite getting the job done Thursday, Hale is expected to see most of his usage in lower-leverage spots moving forward.
Hale's contract was selected from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre prior to Tuesday's game in Baltimore.
He logged a 3.89 FIP, 1.34 WHIP and 29:7 K:BB over 30.2 innings (six starts) at Triple-A. It seems likely that Hale will serve as a mop-up man out of the bullpen in the short term, although he could also serve as an insurance policy in case Masahiro Tanaka (shin) is unexpectedly unable to make his start Thursday.
Hale was reassigned to minor-league spring training Saturday.
Hale's 14 strikeouts in 11.2 spring innings weren't enough to earn him a spot in the Opening Day bullpen. The 31-year-old has a mediocre 4.49 ERA in 192.1 career major-league innings.
Hale agreed to a minor-league contract with the Yankees on Monday, Max Wildstein of Gotham Sports Network reports.
Hale had two separate stints in the majors with New York in 2018 before he was cut loose in July to pursue an opportunity in the Korea Baseball Organization. Rather than heading back overseas, Hale will look to again secure a spot in the Yankees' Opening Day bullpen as a long reliever. Hale could be open to reporting to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre if he fails to break camp with the big club.
Hale is signing with the Hanwha Eagles of the KBO, Sung Min Kim of MLB.com.
Just a week after being designated for assignment and electing free agency, Hale will head overseas to continue his professional career. The 30-year-old notched a 4.49 ERA over five major league seasons.
Hale elected free agency Tuesday instead of accepting an outright assignment.
Hale was designated for assignment by the Yankees on Saturday and passed through waivers unclaimed. The 30-year-old has a 4.61 ERA in 13.2 major-league innings this season and a 4.49 career ERA over parts of five seasons.
Hale was designated for assignment by the Yankees on Saturday, George A. King of the New York Post reports.
Hale was cast off the 40-man roster after throwing 5.2 innings of long relief during Friday's game. In a corresponding move, Clint Frazier was recalled from Triple-A. He will be subject to waivers and return to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre if unclaimed by another organization.
The Yankees selected Hale's contract from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre prior to Sunday's game against the Red Sox.
Hale will offer the Yankees some length out of the bullpen after starting pitcher Sonny Gray failed to escape the third inning in Saturday's 11-0 loss. The 30-year-old right-hander has previously made three appearances in the big leagues this season, giving up six earned runs on 11 hits and four walks over eight frames.
Hale isn't expected to receive a promotion to the Yankees after the big club announced Double-A Trenton pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga would start Friday against the Rays, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Though Hale has more extensive MLB experience than Loaisiga, the 30-year-old's 4.58 ERA and 6.1 K/9 in 186.2 career innings didn't inspire much confidence he would thrive in a starting role with the big club. The Yankees thus elected to give the younger, higher-upside Loaisiga the first crack at filling the opening in the rotation created by Masahiro Tanaka's (hamstrings) move to the disabled list. Hale will continue to make regular starts for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where has submitted a 4.69 ERA over 40.1 innings on the season.
Hale could be summoned from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to start the Yankees' series opener Friday against the Rays, Brendan Kuty of NJ.com reports.
The Yankees have an opening in the rotation with Masahiro Tanaka (hamstring) in line to miss multiple starts, and it appears the choice to replace him for the first turn will be between Hale and 23-year-old right-hander Jonathan Loaisiga. While the younger Loaisiga has more perceived upside of the two, his six starts at Double-A Trenton might not qualify as enough experience for the Yankees to throw him into the rotation while the team competes for a playoff spot. Hale, meanwhile, offers a more seasoned option, though the fantasy ceiling is fairly low for a pitcher with a career 4.58 ERA and 6.1 K/9 in the majors. The 30-year-old right-hander doesn't have a spot on the 40-man roster, but the Yankees could easily shuttle Jordan Montgomery (elbow) to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Hale if they prefer to roll with him over Loaisiga.
Hale signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees on Saturday and will report to the club's Triple-A affiliate, Erik Boland of Newsday reports.
After being DFA'd earlier in the week, Hale is returning to the Yankees on a minor-league pact. He is no longer a member of the 40-man roster, but his major-league experience could make him a bullpen option for the Yankees later in the season if they need a fresh arm.
Hale was designated for assignment by the Yankees on Tuesday.
Hale was cast off the team's 40-man roster in order to open up a spot for Clint Frazier, who was summoned to the big club in a corresponding move. The 30-year-old compiled a serviceable 3.60 ERA and 5:0 K:BB across five innings with he Yankees. He'll take a spin through waivers to determine where he'll report next.
Hale's contract was selected from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday.
Hale just recently rejoined the organization after being designated for assignment twice already, and he'll make a return trip to the majors to replace Jordan Montgomery (elbow) on the active roster. Hale's role in the big leagues has yet to be determined, though his experience as a starter certainly could help him land a temporary spot in the rotation. Domingo German is expected to get the first crack at the spot, however, limiting Hale to long relief for the time being.
Hale signed a minor-league contract with the Yankees on Tuesday.
Hale originally signed a minor-league contract with New York back in January, but then went to the Twins after being designated for assignment. Following that brief stint with Minnesota, he'll return to the Yankees to act as an organizational depth piece with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Hale cleared outright waivers Monday and elected to become a free agent.
Hale was designated for assignment by the Twins over the weekend. Rather than accept his outright assignment to Triple-A Rochester, Hale opted to hit the open market. He'll look to latch on elsewhere as organizational pitching depth.
Hale was designated for assignment by the Twins on Friday, Brandon Warne of The Athletic Minnesota reports.
Hale was claimed off waivers by the Twins on Thursday after being DFA'd by the Yankees earlier in the week, and will now hit the waiver wire once again.
Hale was claimed off waivers by the Twins on Thursday.
Hale was designated for assignment by the Yankees on Monday, and it didn't take him long to find a new home. The right-hander acted primarily as a starter in the minors, though he had little success. In three starts with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Hale produced a 5.52 ERA and 1.69 WHIP. However, his 3.34 FIP suggests that he was pretty unlucky, so this could prove to be a savvy signing for Minnesota if he can turn his high-control approach into good on-field results.
Hale was designated for assignment by the Yankees on Monday.
Hale was designated for assignment after the Yankees made a trade for right-hander A.J. Cole from the Nationals. The 30-year-old's contract was selected from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday, and he tossed two scoreless innings Monday against the Twins in his lone appearance of the season.
The Yankees selected Hale's contract from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday.
Hale had started three games for the Triple-A club, posting a 5.52 ERA and 1.69 WHIP in 14.2 innings. He'll work in long relief for the Yankees and likely won't be in store for an extended stay on the 40-man roster.
Hale agreed to a minor-league contract with the Yankees on Wednesday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports.
Hale spent the majority of the 2017 season with Triple-A Oklahoma City within the Dodgers' system, posting a 4.27 ERA and 1.36 WHIP with a 39:7 K:BB over nine starts (55.2 innings). He will likely serve as organizational depth for the Yankees moving forward, as he's appeared in just two major-league games the past two seasons.
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