Thole began the season near the bottom of the team's catching depth chart, but an injury to Kyle Higashioka
(oblique) and the retirement of Chris Iannetta
has catapulted Thole to taxi-squad status. Though he's unlikely to be activated barring injury or illness to either Gary Sanchez
or Erik Kratz
, Thole will likely accompany the team on road trips until Higashioka is able to return. The Yankees' acquisition
of Rob Brantly
on Wednesday does cast some question about Thole's place on the depth chart moving forward, however.