Just a few days after signing Sergio Santos to a minor league contract, the Yankees have promoted the right-hander to the major league bullpen.
Santos once saved 30 games for the White Sox in 2011, but he has dealt with injuries and ineffectiveness since. The 31-year-old is still capable of missing bats, but the problem is that he also misses the strike zone on the regular. He had an ugly 8.57 ERA with 18 walks in 21 innings with the Blue Jays last season and was designated for assignment by the Dodgers late last month after posting a 4.73 ERA with 15 strikeouts and seven walks over 13 1/3 innings.
Santos made one appearance with Double-A Trenton prior to his call-up. He’s replacing Esmil Rogers in New York’s bullpen.