Thairo Estrada is having his chance in the majors much earlier than anyone could have anticipated.
The 23-year-old, who was shot during an attempted robbery in his native Venezuela in January 2018 and then was bothered by the annoying injuries upon his return last season, will be called on Thursday when the Yankees face Baltimore. . He will replace Troy Tulowitzki, who left Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Tigers with a low-grade left calf strain, a source confirmed.
Estrada was due to start the season with Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre when he opened his season on Thursday, but since he was the only infielder available on the team's 40-man roster, Estrada became the logical choice to remember.
He was limited to 18 games last season, split between Single-A Tampa and SWB, and also played in the Arizona Fall League.
But with Tulowitzki heading for the disabled list and the Yankees already without Miguel Andujar and Didi Gregorius among the 11 players in the IL, they had little choice but to go with Estrada.