Yankees finally call up hard-hitting Chris Gittens

The slumping Yankees are calling up Triple-A first baseman Chris Gittens for Saturday’s game against the Red Sox.

The slumping Yankees are calling up Triple-A first baseman Chris Gittens for Saturday’s game against the Red Sox, a source confirmed to The Post’s Ken Davidoff.

The 27-year-old Gittens, the team’s 12th-round pick in 2014, is off to a hot start at Scranton/Wilkes Barre, batting .283 with four home runs and a 1.071 OPS in 53 at-bats.

Gittens, who recently was passed up for a promotion, belted 23 home runs in 115 games at Double-A Trenton in 2019.

The move was first reported by The Athletic.

With Luke Voit on the injured list with a strained left oblique, DJ LeMahieu has been used as the primary first baseman.

But the defending AL batting champion could switch back to second base to replace the slumping Rougned Odor, who is batting .182 with 31 strikeouts and a .614 OPS over 123 plate appearances.

Chris Gittens
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The Yankees had demoted Mike Ford earlier this week, but they called up reliever Brooks Riske to replace him.

The skidding Yanks (31-27) are hitting .228 as a team and are ranked 25th in MLB with 215 runs scored. They have dropped eight of their last 11 games after Friday’s 5-2 loss to Boston to fall 4 ½ games behind the Rays in the AL East.

This story originally appeared on: NyPost - Author:Peter Botte

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