SEATTLE -- Tyler Wade, starting at second base and hitting ninth for the Yankees on Sunday, received another opportunity to show what he's got after Starlin Castro was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Sunday.Wade, No. 10 on the Yankees' top 30 prospects list, per MLBPipeline.com, is hopeful his
SEATTLE -- Tyler Wade, starting at second base and hitting ninth for the Yankees on Sunday, received another opportunity to show what he's got after Starlin Castro was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Sunday.
Wade, No. 10 on the Yankees' top 30 prospects list, per MLBPipeline.com, is hopeful his second stint with the Major League club goes better than the first. He went 1-for-1 with a double and a walk in the Yankees' 6-4 win.
"I was kind of going through a tough streak [last time I was here], but I feel good right now and I felt good toward the end of my stint here," said Wade, who hit .107/.219/.179 during Castro's previous DL stint before being sent back down. "I'm ready to get back after it."
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the plan in the short term is to platoon Wade and Ronald Torreyes at second base as Castro recovers from his hamstring injury.
Refsnyder traded to Toronto; Choi to Triple-A
The Yankees announced Sunday that Rob Refsnyder was traded to the Blue Jays in exchange for Double-A first baseman Ryan McBroom, and Ji-Man Choi had cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre.
Refsnyder never clicked with the Yankees despite being a highly touted prospect. He hit .241/.312/.332 in 94 games over three years with New York before being designated for assignment following the Yankees' trade for Todd Frazier, Player Page for David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle.
McBroom, rated the Blue Jays' 30th-best prospect by MLBpipeline.com, hit .243/.321/.402 in 96 games in Double-A. He was assigned to the Yanks' Double-A Trenton club, which played the Blue Jays' Double-A affiliate on Sunday, allowing McBroom's travel after the trade to just include a short walk to the other clubhouse.
Smith gets rotation shot
Caleb Smith made his first career Major League start in Sunday's 6-4 win for the Yankees over the Mariners at Safeco Field. Smith was cruising until the fourth, when allowed four runs before exiting with two outs in the inning.
For now, Smith replaces right-hander Luis Cessa, who was originally scheduled to start on Sunday.
Girardi said the plan was tentatively to start Smith all along, as long as the Yankees didn't have to employ Smith out of the bullpen in a long-relief role. They nearly had to after starter Masahiro Tanaka relinquished four runs in a 39-pitch 3rd inning on Saturday. But Tanaka hung in for six frames and allowed the club to catch a glimpse at Smith as a Major League starter.
"Caleb has pitched well in Triple-A and we liked what we saw when he pitched in Minnesota," Girardi said. "So, we somewhat prepared him for it and told him if he wasn't used last night we would use him today. And we're going to give him a shot."
Smith made one appearance out of the Yankees' bullpen since being called up after the All-Star break, allowing two runs in three innings against the Twins. He was 8-0 with a 2.07 ERA in 16 appearances -- 15 starts -- with Scranton-Wilkes Barre this season.
Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Yankees on Sunday.