Mar 20, 2014; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Zelous Wheeler (98) hits the ball during the fifth inning against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. The Yankees won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Yankees calling up Zelous Wheeler; optioning Yangervis Solarte to Triple-A

Infielder Zelous Wheeler is expected to be called up by the Yankees today ahead of their series opener in Minnesota with the Twins. On the short end of this move, it would seem likely that Yangervis Solarte, who has been nothing short of awful since about late-May, will be optioned to Triple-A, according to multiple reports.

Since the Yankees’ 40-man roster is full, somebody will have to get the ax off of the roster, and the Yankees have several options to do that. They could designated Solarte for assignment, though that is unlikely. Dean Anna or Scott Sizemore could be DFA’d — Anna has hardly hit at all since being send down to Triple-A. They could also transfer somebody like Slade Heathcott or Jose Campose, both done for the year with injury.

If there was anybody that I did not see as a call-up option this season, it would have been Wheeler, who really worked hard this season to get into this position.

Wheeler is batting .300/.368/.469 with seven homeruns and 31 RBIs in 65 games with the Triple-A team this season, spending most of his time at third base, with shortstop and right field mixed in. So he’s a versatile option for Joe Girardi’s bench.

Solarte is in a is in a 3-for-41 (.073) slide after going 0-for-4 on Wednesday. On a larger scale, he’s been batting .187/.270/.268 since mid-May. As much as you wanted to believe otherwise, Solarte was a career minor leaguer that didn’t last very long. Not only his bat, but his defense at third base has taken a hit, too.

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