Effective this year, teams are permitted to add an extra player on the day a doubleheader is played. Saturday's day-night doubleheader was necessitated by a rainout in Boston on April 28.
"I guess there's a first for everything," Wade said. "If you want to say it's an honor to be the first guy to be the first 26th Major League Baseball player [for the Yankees], I'll take it."
The Pirates and the Rockies were the first clubs to use the new rule on April 25, calling up right-handers Jared Hughes and Zach Putnam, respectively.
The Red Sox summoned right-hander Clayton Mortensen from Triple-A Pawtucket for Saturday's split twin bill.
"It's great, because I think you need it with the pitching," manager Joe Girardi said. "I think that's important."
Wade pitched just once at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, hurling a scoreless inning. He said that he was able to "find something" there, as well as build off a June 29 appearance against the White Sox.
Wade was 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA in 33 appearances for New York when he was optioned to Triple-A, struggling recently after starting the season as a reliable part of the bullpen.
"It's always tough, because I had pitched well," Wade said. "At the same time, the last few outings, I didn't throw the ball that well. It's one of those things that you've got to take it. It's part of the game, you've got to understand it and go and do your job when you get sent down to try to get back as fast as you can."