On Thursday night, Zelous Wheeler finally got the call up to the major leagues after waiting seven years in the minor leagues for a chance to play in the majors.
Taking the place of Yangervis Solarte on the New York Yankees roster, Wheeler made his first start for the Bombers at third base and got a chance to make an impact in his first game.
In the top of the fifth inning with the score 3-2, Wheeler got a fastball from Minnesota Twins starter and former Yankee pitcher Phil Hughes and drilled it to left center field for his first career home run; as well as his first career hit and RBI. The home run at the time made it 4-2 in favor of the Yankees.
The home run ball landed in the Yankees dugout and was scooped up by reliever Jim Miller, who hung onto the special ball and will be able to give it to the 27-year-old Wheeler after the game.
Wheeler spent most of his career in the minor league system of the Milwaukee Brewers; who drafted him in the 2007 draft, but never got the call to the majors. Then Wheeler spent the last two in the Baltimore Orioles system and again, didn't get the call. But with the Yankees struggles on offense, especially with Solarte as of late, Wheeler finally got the call to the major leagues and made the most of his first ever hit and home run.
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