New York Yankees recall Michael King ahead of series opener vs. Tampa Bay Rays

NEW YORK -- Nick Nelson will start for the Yankees in Friday night's series opener against the American League champion Rays and Michael Wacha.

Nelson figures to be used as an opener. He will be making his first start after three relief appearances this season. He has a 9.00 ERA in four innings.

New York recalled Michael King from its alternate training site. The 25-year-old right-hander allowed one hit over six scoreless innings during a 99-pitch relief appearance against the Toronto Blue Jays in a 3-1 loss on April 4 then was optioned to the alternate training site.

King was 1-2 with a 7.76 ERA in four starts and five relief appearances during last year's pandemic-shortened season.

Left-hander Jordan Montgomery (1-0) starts for the Yankees on Saturday and ace Gerrit Cole (2-0) on Sunday.