On whirlwind day, new trio joins Yankees

Frazier, Kahnle make Yanks debuts; Robertson excited to be back

July 19th, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS -- The reinforcements that the Yankees hope will bolster their chances of a postseason berth arrived at Target Field in the first inning of Wednesday's 6-1 loss to the Twins, as , Tommy Kahnle and quickly dressed and grabbed a bite to eat before joining their new teammates on the bench.
Frazier and Kahnle both played on what they described as a whirlwind day, hurrying to meet the Bombers in the wake of Tuesday's blockbuster trade with the White Sox. Frazier went 0-for-1 with a hit-by-pitch after entering as a pinch-hitter, while Kahnle worked a 1-2-3 eighth inning with two strikeouts, averaging 99.2 mph with his fastball.
"It was pretty cool," said Frazier, who grew up in New Jersey. "I've got a lot of friends at home and family that love the Yankees. Everybody's pretty excited. Hopefully once we get back home, you're going to see a big crowd coming in from Toms River. It'll be nice."

Girardi said that Frazier will see the majority of reps at third base, with bracing for a "crash course" with infield coach Joe Espada at first. Headley has played just 14 games at the position, including four innings this season, but he says that he is up for the challenge.

"I've been over there a little bit. It's still the infield," Headley said. "It's still the same type of things. It's just a little bit different angles and responsibilities. I'll do the best I can to pick it up as quick as I can."
Girardi said that Headley could be part of a platoon with right-handed-hitting Garrett Cooper at first base. The switch-hitting Headley has struggled to get comfortable from the right side of the plate this year, batting just .206 against left-handed pitching.
"I think he's got very good hands, and he's very intellectual," Girardi said. "I think he can make the adjustment very quick. I don't see it being a problem."
In corresponding roster moves, the Yankees optioned left-hander to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, while designating first baseman and infielder-outfielder for assignment.
The Yankees are familiar with the 32-year-old Robertson, who played in the big leagues with New York from 2008-14 and was 4-2 with a 2.70 ERA and 13 saves this season.
Robertson said that it was something of a relief to be "going right back to where you belong in New York," especially after hearing rumors that the Red Sox were among the teams interested in his services.

"It helps a lot, that's for sure," Robertson said. "It will definitely make the move on my family a lot easier. There's a lot of new faces I'm going to have to get to know, but other than that, it's still the same organization, same ballpark and same division. It's just a matter of going out there and getting it done."
While he is not as well known as Frazier and Robertson, the key to the deal may prove to be Kahnle, who was in the middle of a breakout campaign with the White Sox. Originally drafted by the Yankees, the 27-year-old has posted a 2.43 ERA in 38 appearances, striking out 62 against just seven walks in 37 innings.

"I always dreamed once they drafted me I would pitch for them in the big leagues. That day has come," Kahnle said. "It was a rush."