Category: Transactions

Green to Start Finale, Germán Recalled

After ample confusion about who would start Sunday’s series finale against the Baltimore Orioles, the team announced Chad Green would get the ball.

Previous reports had indicated the Yankees planned to call up 24-year-old Domingo Germán from AAA to make the start. In reality, the Yankees did promote Germán, but he will not make the start. In a corresponding move to clear a roster spot, the Yankees designated Tommy Layne for assignment.

Green has been effective for the Bombers in seven appearances out of the bullpen. He sports a 1.62 ERA, and has struck out 20 batters in 16⅔ innings. However, he is not stretched out to be a starter. His longest appearance of the season so far was 48 pitches on May 14 against the Houston Astros.

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“I wouldn’t say there is a set number that I feel comfortable,” Green said of his pitch count for Sunday. “I’m just going to go out there and throw strikes, get the defense off the field and just pound the zone.”

Germán has turned some heads since his promotion to AAA Scranton. He has a 2-1 record and a 3.76 ERA. The decision to promote him over someone with better stats (like Chance Adams) stems from the fact that Germán is already on the 40-man roster. He got the win for the RailRiders in their June 5 victory over Rochester.

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Tommy Layne was seen packing his locker by many reporters before an announcement had been made. Layne appeared in Saturday’s rout of the Orioles, allowing one run on a hit and a walk. 2017 has not been impressive for the lefty, who has a 7.62 ERA in 19 appearances. The Yankees now have 10 days to waive Layne, trade him, release him or outright him if he clears waivers.

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Domingo Germán to Make MLB Debut in Orioles Finale

The Yankees will call up 24-year-old right-hander Domingo Germán to make his MLB debut Sunday in the series finale against the Baltimore Orioles. A source confirmed this information to Justin Tasch at the New York Daily News. The club has not confirmed the news yet.

Sunday’s starter was a question mark after the Yankees announced that Masahiro Tanaka would be given an extra day of rest. He was originally scheduled to pitch Sunday, but now will start Monday in Anaheim. Because the move to promote Germán has not been officially announced yet, there is no word on who will be removed from the 25-man roster to activate him.

Germán last pitched on June 5 for AAA Scranton against the Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins). He allowed one earned-run in 5⅔ innings, walked two and struck out seven. Germán’s combined stats between AA Trenton and AAA show a 3-5 record and a tidy 3.34 ERA. He has 65 strikeouts in 59⅓ minor league innings this season. He pitched three innings in MLB Spring Training, striking out four batters and walking one.

Germán was acquired from the Miami Marlins in 2014 along with Nathan Eovaldi and Garrett Jones. The Yanks sent Martín Prado and David Phelps to the Fish in return. He was added to the 40-man roster after the 2016 season.

Tyler Austin Reinstated From DL, Optioned to AAA

The Yankees announced that they have reinstated Tyler Austin from the 60-day disabled list, and promptly optioned him to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The 25-year-old fractured the navicular area of his left foot on February 17, 2017, during batting practice. He started the season on the 60-day disabled list so that his 40-man roster spot could be given to utility infielder Pete Kozma. Once Kozma was traded to the Texas Rangers, the Yankees never replaced him on the 40-man as they awaited Austin’s return.

The move feels puzzling as the Yankees currently struggle to find production out of the first base position. Manager Joe Girardi had said he wanted Austin to get at least 50 at-bats in the minor leagues because his injury had caused him to miss Spring Training. Through 13 minor league games, Austin has logged 44 at-bats (.341/.396/.545). Perhaps the Yankees want him to get a little more seasoning before bringing him up. Major League roster rules stipulate that the team must wait 10 days before promoting Austin to the major league level unless there is an injury.

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Austin can play the corner infield and outfield spots, but was drafted as a catcher in the 13th round of the 2010 draft. He could be an option to help with the first base problem for the Yankees, and then slide over to third base if Chase Headley continues to struggle. Austin had a memorable MLB debut when he and Aaron Judge hit back-to-back home runs in their first big league at-bats.

First base has been an unexpected disaster for the Yankees this season. The team had hoped Greg Bird would return to his 2015 form, when he hit .261 with 11 home runs in a 46 game audition replacing the injured Mark Teixeira. Bird looked the part in Spring Training, hitting a red-hot .451 with eight home runs. But, he went just 6-for-60 to start the year as he was bothered by a bone bruise on his right ankle. He is currently on a rehab assignment with the Class-A Advanced Tampa Yankees.

The other options that Girardi has deployed at first base have simply not been effective. Chris Carter, who led the NL with 41 home runs last season but signed a very late 1-year deal, has been awful. The 30-year-old has struck out in 43% of his at-bats this season, and carries just a .180 average and four home runs.

Rob Refsnyder has gotten limited time at first base this year, logging just eight games. He is hitting .125, albeit in a very small sample size. He puts together better at-bats than Carter, and can make things happen with his versatility and speed. Refsnyder started over Carter in the final two games of the Toronto series, but was pulled in the late innings in favor of tighter defense.

Matt Holliday has also played five games at first base this season, at first just to keep his bat in the lineup at National League ballparks. In 93 career innings at first, he’s made just one error.

There also were reports that the Bombers were working out Aaron Hicks at first base prior to Jacoby Ellsbury‘s concussion.

Yankees Trade Rubén Tejada to Orioles

A little late on this one, but the Yankees have traded veteran utility infielder Rubén Tejada to the Baltimore Orioles for cash considerations. The Orioles assigned Tejada to the Norfolk Tides, their AAA affiliate.

Tejada signed with the team on December 12, 2016, and was invited to Spring Training. The 27-year-old was reassigned to minor league camp in late March, and started the season with AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He was slashing .269/.345/.462 with the RailRiders before the trade.

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He got his start in the big leagues with the New York Mets after they signed him as an international free-agent in 2006. Tejada made his big league debut in April 2010, and was the team’s starting shortstop in 2012 after they lost José Reyes to free agency. A quad injury in 2013 saw him lose his job to Omar Quintanilla, and caused his permanent relegation to the backup infielder role.

Tejada found himself in the middle of a heated debate about player safety after he suffered a broken right fibula in the second game of the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2015.

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Chase Utley made no attempt to slide into the second base bag when trying to break up a double play, “in violation of Official Baseball Rule 5.09 (a) (13)”. Utley originally was suspended for two games, though he won his appeal. Since then, any illegal slides now result in an automatic double play, and such slides are reviewable.

Tejada signed with the St. Louis Cardinals prior to the 2015 season on a one-year deal worth $1.5 million. Tejada debuted on the mound in a May 20 blowout loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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His quad injury reappeared, and he was eventually designated for assignment on May 28. He refused his outright assignment, and became a free agent. He signed a minor-league deal with the San Francisco Giants on June 13, appearing in 13 games and going 5-for-32 (.156).

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The Orioles acquired Tejada for infield depth after 32-year-old Robert Andino was suspended for amphetamine use.

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