June 27 (UPI) -- Infield prospect Tyler Wade will join the New York Yankees Tuesday after getting called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
The Yankees (41-33) are currently tied with the Boston Red Sox atop the American League East.
Wade's arrival comes a day after the team lost second baseman Starlin Castro to a strained hamstring. Castro was set for an MRI on Tuesday, but the Yankees have yet to move him to the disabled list. He left Monday's game in the third inning after trying to leg out a grounder.
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New York beat Chicago 6-5 on Monday.
Castro, a three-time All-Star, was hitting a career-high 3-13 this season, with 12 home runs and 45 RBI.
Wade is the Yankees' No. 17 prospect, according to Baseball America.
Hard to make it out but there's Tyler Wade with third base/infield coach Joe Espada here in Chicago pic.twitter.com/MuKqpHrULH— Erik Boland (@eboland11) June 27, 2017Advertisement
Wade is likely to begin as a backup bat off of the bench, but could carve out a larger role. The fourth-round pick in the 2013 MLB June Amateur Draft attended a pre-draft workout that year at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.
Yankees vice president Damon Oppenheimer, who is also the director of amateur scouting, said Wade is a "plus" runner and has carry with his throws. He told N.J. Advance Media this week that baseballs just stick in his glove.
"It's been pretty fun to watch," he told N.J. Advance Media. "He's moved at a really nice clip and he hasn't, knock on wood, had any real setbacks. He's progressed in the system at a good pace. Realistically, for a fourth-round high school pick, he's exceeded the expectations on the scouting staff on how he would move."
Utility man Ronald Torreyes should also help fill the Castro gap.
Wade, 22, hit a career-best .313 with five home runs, 25 RBI and 24 stolen bases in 71 games for the Triple-A RailRiders. He is a career .274 hitter with 14 homers and 147 RBI in 510 minor league games. This season, Wade has played second base, shortstop, third base and all three outfield positions.