Yangervis Solarte was a very pleasant surprise for the Yankees in the early part of the season, but his production has dropped off dramatically of late, so the team optioned him back to Triple-A Scranton.
Solarte, a 26-year-old rookie, was signed last winter as a minor league free agent, and made the team out of spring training over Eduardo Nunez, becoming the team's starting third baseman. He batted .299 through the end of May, but had a dismal June (batting only .164) and eventually lost the starting job to Kelly Johnson.
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The Yankees called up Zelous Wheeler to replace Solarte. Wheeler is a similarly versatile infielder who was batting .299 in Triple-A this season.
Verducci's Quick Pitch: Will Tanaka pitch in All-Star Game?
Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci discusses if Joe Girardi will allow for Masahiro Tanaka to pitch in the All-Star Game and how the Yankees will handle his starts in the second-half.