Solarte's work in Minors gets him back to Yanks

Solarte's work in Minors gets him back to Yanks

CLEVELAND -- The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders had completed their doubleheader against the Charlotte Knights, and Yangervis Solarte was in a Pennsylvania hotel room with a PlayStation controller in his hands, playing his copy of "MLB 14: The Show."

Shortly after midnight, Solarte's cell phone rang, and the infielder got the call back to The Show, summoned to join the Yankees on Thursday in Cleveland.

"I'm very excited right now that I've got another opportunity," said Solarte, who was in Thursday's lineup at third base. "We'll keep going again."

After making the club as a non-roster invitee this spring, Solarte was a key contributor for the first two months of the season. He was mired in a 3-for-41 (.073) funk, dropping his season average to .260, when the Yankees optioned him to the Minors on July 3 in favor of infielder Zelous Wheeler.

With the RailRiders, Solarte said that he worked with hitting coach Butch Wynegar and made a conscious effort to jump on the first pitch more often.

Solarte was rewarded with 12 hits in 20 at-bats (.600) over his five games there, leading to his callup when the Yankees placed Carlos Beltran on the seven-day concussion DL Thursday.

"I just go there and play hard, the same game," Solarte said. "I tried to just make an adjustment, a little bit more aggressive sometimes."

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.