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Yankees Option Clint Frazier and Ben Heller to Alternate Site

It’s time for a change in New York.

The Yankees announced Saturday night that they have optioned outfielder Clint Frazier and right-handed reliever Ben Heller to their alternate training site.

The team is planning to bring right-handers Nick Nelson and Brooks Kriske up to the active roster in their place.

Nelson and Kriske will bring some new energy to a pitching staff that saw James Paxton work just one-plus inning in Saturday’s loss to the Washington Nationals.

This all means that Frazier’s repeated journeys on and off the big league roster continue.

A onetime top prospect, he has proven to be decent offensively when he’s gotten MLB opportunities (career .254/.308/.463 line in 429 plate appearances).

Nonetheless, he hasn’t had an easy time cracking a loaded Yankees outfield.

The 25-year-old has been rumored as a potential trade candidate for some time.

Saturday’s move doesn’t necessarily mean the team has soured on Frazier going into the long-term, but it does show his path will continue to be a rough one for some time, at least.

Meanwhile, Nelson and Kriske will each make their MLB debut if or when they can get into a game.

Each of them posted strong strikeout and run prevention numbers in Double-A last year.

And so it goes.