Gittens takes the place on the active roster of Nick Nelson, who was optioned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre following the game on Friday. In order to make room for Gittens on the 40-man roster, Corey Kluber was transferred to the 60-day injured list.
At 27 years old, Gittens got his first taste of Triple-A ball this season and is slashing .283/.486/.585 with four home runs and 11 RBI for Scranton this season. He was the Yankees’ 12th round draft pick in 2014 and re-signed with the team as a minor league free agent prior to this season.
Gittens’s best attribute is his raw power, and the right-handed hitter slugged 23 home runs at Double-A Trenton in 2019.