Yankees wild card roster vs. Red Sox: Analysis and final additions

BOSTON – Switch-hitting outfielder Greg Allen and lefty-hitting catcher Rob Brantly have been added to the Yankees’ 26-man roster for Tuesday night’s elimination AL wild card game against the Red Sox.

To clear roster room, the Yankees designated for assignment left-hander Andrew Heaney and right-hander Brody Koerner.

Koerner had been recently added after first baseman Luke Voit (left knee inflammation) was transferred to the 60-day injured list, creating additional roster flexibility heading into postseason.

Yankees outfielders, from left, Joey Gallo, Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge celebrate after defeating the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

First pitch at Fenway Park is 8:08 p.m., with Yankees’ ace Gerrit Cole opposing Boston right-hander Nathan Eovaldi.

Rosters may be altered after each MLB playoff series. Here is the complete Yankees’ 26-man wild card roster: 

Pitchers (12)

Gerrit Cole, RHP

Luis Severino, RHP

Jonathan Loaisiga, RHP

Chad Green, RHP

Clay Holmes, RHP

Michael King, RHP

Domingo German, RHP

Lucas Luetge, LHP

Wandy Peralta, LHP

Joely Rodriguez, LHP

Nestor Cortes, LHP

Aroldis Chapman, LHP

Analysis: Starters Corey Kluber, Jordan Montgomery and Jameson Taillon are not needed in this one-game scenario. 

Manager Aaron Boone has plenty of fresh arms and match-up possibilities at his disposal, along with multi-inning relievers should Cole require an early exit. 

Infielders (6)

New York Yankees' Rougned Odor holds onto the ball on the infield single by Boston Red Sox's Jose Iglesias to load the base during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Anthony Rizzo, 1B (Bats left)

Gleyber Torres, 2B-SS (Bats right)

Gio Urshela, 3B-SS (Bats right)

Tyler Wade, 3B-SS-2B-OF (Bats left)

Andrew Velazquez, SS (Bats switch)

Rougned Odor, 2B-3B (Bats left)

Anaylsis: Boone could start Odor, Wade or Velazquez at either shortstop or third base in the absence of DJ LeMahieu, who could be replaced in the leadoff spot by Torres.