Before the Second Half Begins Notes: García, Jennings, King, Loáisiga, Voit

The Yankees continue their push to the playoffs tomorrow as the Toronto Blue Jays come to the Bronx to begin the second half of the season. There have been a few interesting pieces of news, which I’ll cover in a few short paragraphs.

Deivi García to Debut Monday for SWB; In “The Mix” for Promotion

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After pitching a shutout inning for the American League in the All-Star Futures Game and a mid-game promotion from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, sensational top prospect Deivi García is set to debut Monday in the International League, per Conor Foley of the Scranton Times-Tribune.

“I’ve had him before, so I’m pretty excited to have him period. He’s a good, quality pitcher. He’s an up-and-comer. He’s a guy that we have high expectations for. Man, he’s been electric this year. He’s dominated. He dominated Double-A.”

Jay Bell, RailRiders manager, per Conor Foley

García did indeed dominate at Double-A with a 3.00 ERA (2.18 FIP) and an astronomical 14.29 K/9 in Trenton in 10 starts. The RailRiders will accommodate the 20-year-old’s workload management by shifting to a six-man rotation, which, per Foley, will also contain Dan Camarena, Randall Delgado, Chance Adams, Brody Koerner, and Raynel Espinal in addition to García.

Andy Martino of SNY subsequently tweeted that GM Brian Cashman told Jim Duquette on his SiriusXM show that García is “pushing himself into the mix” to be a contributor for the Yankees down the stretch.

Dan Jennings Debuts for Tampa

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On Monday, the Yankees signed veteran lefty Dan Jennings to a minor-league contract. The 32-year-old debuted today, throwing three innings of one-run ball for High-A Tampa in the second game of their doubleheader. Jennings pitched in the bigs for Washington earlier, with an ugly 13.50 ERA in eight outings before being designated for assignment in mid-May. The veteran has made 390 MLB appearances with the Marlins, White Sox, Rays, Brewers and Nationals. It’s unclear if this deal contains an opt-out for Jennings.

Mike King Returns to Game Action

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After his meteoric rise through the Yankees farm system last year, many Yankees fans thought they’d see righty Mike King play a big role for the club in 2019. That hasn’t happened, as King was shut down in spring training with elbow issues that kept him out until this point in the season. The righty finally returned to action Thursday, pitching in inning in relief for the GCL Yankees West. The 24-year-old induced two ground balls and a strikeout in his first inning of the year. The plan is to build him up to five innings in the Gulf Coast League before he heads to pitch for Short-A Staten Island. If all goes well there, the No. 12 prospect for the Yankees will re-join the RailRiders in early August.

Jonathan Loáisiga Throws Simulated Game

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Pitching depth continues to be on the minds of the Yankees front office, and another piece appears to be working his way back in Jonathan Loáisiga. The 24-year-old reportedly threw a simulated game in Tampa on Friday morning, per Dan Federico. The righty has been out since May 10 with a right shoulder strain. He’s been on the 60-day injured list and became eligible to be activated July 9. Loaisiga has a 4.50 ERA in 14 innings with the Yankees in 2019.

Luke Voit to Re-Join Yankees by Monday

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After suffering an abdominal strain in the final game against the Red Sox in London, Luke Voit is set on returning to the Yankees “at some point this weekend or certainly first of next week,” per Aaron Boodne.

“Voit will be sometime in the next couple of days. Probably won’t be activated tomorrow. Might have him do one rehab game. We’ll talk through that,” Boone said to WFAN’s Mike Francesa, per SNY.

The benefit for both Voit and the Yankees is that he missed his time through the All-Star break, meaning he gets the benefit of 16 days off but only missing 10 games (assuming a Monday return). The Yankees would love to have their first baseman back in time for the second series of the second half, when the Yankees welcome Tampa Bay to the Bronx for a three-game set.

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