Espinal to Have Tommy John Surgery
Though he was unlikely to play a role for the Yankees this season, a depth arm at Triple-A has seen his season come to an end. Raynel Espinal, a 27-year-old right-hander who joined the Yankees organization in 2012, will have Tommy John surgery, per Conor Foley of the Scranton Times-Tribune.
Espinal was transitioned into a starting role this season, making 18 appearances (12 starts) and pitching to a 4.32 ERA in a career-high 75 innings pitched. He had been part of SWB’s newly-minted six-man rotation meant to keep Deivi García‘s innings down.
Gardner Sits With Knee Inflammation
Veteran Brett Gardner, who surprisingly started 92 of the Yankees first 97 games in 2019, finally succumbed to the injury bug (albeit a very minor one). He was scratched from Sunday’s series finale against Colorado with inflammation in his left knee. Boone had said the knee was “barking” and the team had the 35-year-old undergo an MRI.
“I could’ve played. [I was] definitely available to play,” Gardner said, per Sarah Langs of MLB.com.
It’s unclear if Gardner will play in Monday’s series opener in Minnesota, or if the Yankees will let Mike Tauchman and his hot streak get the call in left field.
Maybin to Begin Rehab Assignment Tuesday
More promising news for the Yankees outfield depth as Cameron Maybin is set to join Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday to start a rehab assignment.
Maybin had been out since June 22 with a Grade 2 strain of his left calf. The former No. 10 overall pick had been hitting .314/.391/.500 (137 wRC+) with five home runs, 14 RBIs and six stolen bases.
Stanton “Making Progress,” But Not Close to Return
As Maybin’s return date comes into focus, the same clarity has not come to the plan for Giancarlo Stanton. His recovery from the PCL strain in his right knee has been slow, and he’s not really close to doing baseball activities.
“He feels like he is making some progress, whereas I think the first couple weeks were a little frustrating and it was slow-moving,” Aaron Boone said, per Sarah Langs of MLB.com.
Stanton has been out since June 26 with the PCL strain, and that was after he missed 68 games with a biceps problem, shoulder strain and calf issue. He’s played in nine games so far, with a .290/.421/.419 (132 wRC+) slash-line.
With the pace of Stanton’s rehab, he strikes me as a potential 60-day injured list candidate should the Yankees make additions to the big-league roster at the trade deadline. That would push his earliest return to August 25, but would free up a 40-man roster spot.