Yankees add Michael King, drop Erik Kratz for ALDS roster

The Yankees dropped catcher Erik Kratz from the 28-man roster for the best-of-five ALDS against the Rays that started Monday night at San Diego’s Petco Park and added right-handed pitcher Michael King.

Kratz didn’t appear in the two AL Wild Card Series games against the Indians last week in Cleveland.

King was added from the 12-man player pool. With a possible five games in five days, the Yankees apparently figured another arm capable of pitching multiple innings was more important than carrying a third catcher.

Prior to the start of the Wild Card Series, Aaron Boone mentioned 24-year-old Clarke Schmidt as a possible pitcher who could provide length in the postseason. The highly regarded right-handed prospect, who made three big league appearances (one start) this season, could be in play if the Yankees advance to the best-of-seven ALCS.

King, 25, appeared in nine regular-season games and made four starts. He was 1-2 with a 7.76 ERA. In 26 2/3rd innings. King allowed 30 hits, walked 11 and struck out 26.

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