Yankees Make Flurry of Roster Moves Ahead of Series Opener

As the Yankees prepare to open their series in Oakland, they have made a series of roster moves involving pitchers.

CC Sabathia has officially been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring. After making his MLB debut last night, the team optioned righty Ronald Herrera back to AA Trenton. To fill those roster spots, the team recalled right-handed pitchers Luis Cessa and Domingo Germán from AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Erik Boland of Newsday Sports has reported that Cessa will get the start in Oakland on either Saturday or Sunday. At this point, the team has announced Masahiro Tanaka for Saturday, and no one for Sunday. The team will definitely consider pushing Tanaka back to Sunday to pitch on extra rest, and putting the spot starter in on Saturday.

Germán made his MLB debut June 10 with 2⅔ innings of scoreless relief. Cessa made the Yankees opening day roster in 2016, and pitched to a 4.35 ERA with the big club last season. He has made one appearance for the MLB club in 2017, allowing two runs in 3⅓ innings of mop-up relief.


Unfortunate news for the Yankees as rehabbing first baseman Greg Bird was shut down by the Yankees indefinitely.

“He called [trainer] Steve Donohue this morning and said the leg isn’t feeling right and not functioning right,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said, per Boland. “So we’re pulling the plug and he’ll see Dr. Ahmad [on Friday].”

Cashman said that Bird fouled a ball off of his knee “in the last 10 days,” which may have served as a setback in his recovery from a bone bruise in his right ankle.

The Yankees are hoping to avoid the Mark Teixeira scenario with regards to Bird’s bone bruise. In 2015, when Bird burst onto the scene, Teixeira suffered a bone bruise that eventually was revealed to be a fracture after a third MRI.

Yankees 5, Angels 7: Mental Errors Too Costly

Michael Pineda continues to struggle on the road, and the Yankees left seven men on base in a deflating 7-5 to the Angels in the series finale.

The Yankees staked Pineda to a 4-0 lead before he stepped foot on the mound. With runners on second and third, Matt Holliday hit a sacrifice fly to the warning track to score Brett Gardner. Two batters later, Gary Sánchez belted his 11th homer to drive in three more runs.

Luis Valbuena almost got it all back in the next half inning, but Aaron Hicks saved the day. The center fielder robbed Valbuena of a grand slam with an impressive leaping grab to only allow one run to come in.

Next inning, though, Eric Young Jr. singled, then Danny Espinosa ripped one into the right field seats to make it 4-3. In the third, a wild pitch by Pineda allowed Albert Pujols to score, then Young Jr. singled in Andrelton Simmons to give them the lead.

In the fourth, the Yankees caught horrible luck. Sánchez and Didi Gregorius led off with consecutive singles. Chase Headley ripped one towards the right side that hit Gregorius on the leg, rendering him out and requiring Sánchez to retreat to second. Rob Refsnyder then hit a bullet hauled in by Espinosa who doubled Sánchez off second base.

Poor baserunning led to a rally-killing outfield assist by Young Jr. in the 5th. Aaron Judge reached on an error, Holliday singled, then Castro singled. Judge tried to score on the Castro hit, following a terrible read by third base coach Joe Espada. Judge was cooked at the plate.

Embed from Getty Images

The Bombers tied it in the sixth when Sánchez singled and moved to second on a throwing error by Halos pitcher Parker Bridwell. Chase Headley singled him in, but then made his own baserunning blunder as he was tagged out in a rundown.

Pineda was lifted for the MLB debut of Ronald Herrera. Pineda did pitch well enough to keep the team in the game, and received a no-decision. After two quick outs on two pitches, a walk to Valbuena set up a monster home run by Simmons to give the Angels their 7-5 advantage.

Embed from Getty Images

The Yankees had a glimmer of hope in the ninth when Hicks hit a ball originally ruled a fly out. Joe Girardi challenged that the ball hit the wall first, and Hicks was given a double. But, Judge got jammed on the following pitch and David Hernández got out of the ninth for his first save of the season.


Jordan Montgomery gets the start tomorrow as the Yankees open a four-game series against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum.

Domingo Germán Reportedly to Take Sabathia’s Rotation Spot

Multiple sources are reporting that right-handed pitcher Domingo Germán will be recalled from AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to pitch in the rotation spot of injured lefty CC Sabathia.

Sweeny Murti of WFAN reported today that Sabathia was diagnosed with a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring. He suffered the same injury at the end of the 2013 season. In all likelihood, the Yankees will place him on the 10-day disabled list. The team has not estimated how long his stay on the DL will be. Sabathia injured the hamstring Tuesday night in Anaheim.

Germán made his major league debut on June 10, allowing 2 hits, one walk and one strikeout in 2⅔ innings. He was optioned back to Scranton immediately after the game, and did not make the trip out west with the Yankees. He has not appeared in a game since the demotion.

Embed from Getty Images

The same sources that reported Germán’s returned to the big league club also report another interesting piece of information. The Yankees will be promoting exciting pitching prospect Domingo Acevedo from AA Trenton to AAA Scranton. Acevedo currently has a 2-4 record and a 3.25 ERA for the Thunder. While those numbers are not overwhelmingly stellar, he has struck out 83 hitters in 74⅔ innings.

Embed from Getty Images

Game 63: Big Mike Looks for Big Series Win

After last night’s disappointing walk-off loss, the Yankees tab Michael Pineda to pitch for the series win.

Pineda has been one of the Yankees’ best surprises in the starting rotation. The Yankees have won in nine of his 12 starts on the season. He bounced back from a tough outing in Toronto by allowing just one unearned run in seven innings against the Boston Red Sox on June 8.

The Angels send righty Matt Shoemaker to the mound in the series finale. He has gone 5-1 in his last six starts with a 3.19 ERA. He faced the Yankees once in 2016, allowing four runs on eight hits through 7⅔ innings.

After contributing absolutely nothing good to the game last night, the Yankees have benched Chris Carter in favor of Matt Holliday at first base. Aaron Judge gets the half-night-off as the designated hitter. Rob Refsnyder takes his usual spot in right field.

The Yankees called up a bullpen reinforcement in the form of right-hander Ronald Herrera. Herrera is currently pitching to a 1.07 ERA for AA Trenton through eight appearances. The team optioned RHP Ben Heller to clear a roster spot for Herrera.

Starting Lineups

New York Yankees
  1. Brett Gardner – LF
  2. Aaron Hicks – CF
  3. Aaron Judge – DH
  4. Matt Holliday – 1B
  5. Starlin Castro – 2B
  6. Gary Sánchez – C
  7. Didi Gregorius – SS
  8. Chase Headley – 3B
  9. Rob Refsnyder – RF
Los Angeles Angels
  1. Cameron Maybin – CF
  2. Kole Calhoun – RF
  3. Albert Pujols – DH
  4. Yunel Escobar – 3B
  5. Luis Valbuena – 1B
  6. Andrelton Simmons – SS
  7. Eric Young Jr. – LF
  8. Danny Espinosa – 2B
  9. Juan Graterol – C

Yankees 2, Angels 3: EYJ Defeats NYY

The Yankees had no answer for Halos outfielder Eric Young Jr., as his game-tying home run in the eighth inning and game-winning single in the 11th snapped a six-game winning streak.

The immediate problem for the Yankees is loss of pitcher CC Sabathia. The veteran had to be removed after the fourth inning because of a strained left hamstring. Joe Girardi told reporters that he expects Sabathia to be placed on the disabled list.

“It felt like it just grabbed at first,” Sabathia said after the game. “I don’t think I heard a pop or anything like that. I thought I might be fine, but I went to throw the next pitch and couldn’t.”

What’s even tougher to swallow is that Sabathia should have been in the dugout nine pitches earlier. In that fourth inning, Andrelton Simmons hit a routine ground ball to shortstop Didi Gregorius. Didi’s throw to first inexplicably clanked off the glove of first baseman Chris Carter, and Simmons got to second. C.J. Cron followed with a single to left field to score an unearned run.

Embed from Getty Images

Tyler Clippard gave up a solo home run to Young Jr. on just his second pitch of the evening. It was a big vote of confidence from Girardi to call on the right-hander in a high leverage situation the night after he blew a save, and hindsight says it was the wrong choice.

The Yankees scored on an RBI single by Brett Gardner in the fifth, and on a solo home run by Chase Headley in the seventh. Headley went 3-for-4 last night, and an already intimidating Yankee lineup would only get better if he gets hot.

Embed from Getty Images

Young Jr. hit the eventual game-winning hit off Ben Heller, though the run that scored was charged to Chasen Shreve. Shreve also was charged with the loss.

Embed from Getty Images

It was the Yankees’ first walk-off loss of the season.


It took extra innings, but Didi Gregorius extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a double in the 11th inning off Mike Morin.

CC Sabathia Removed With Strained Left Hamstring

UPDATE (11:58 p.m. ET): YES Network’s Meredith Marakovits reports via Twitter that the injury is officially a strained left hamstring.


In the middle of a personal five-game winning streak, Yankees’ lefty CC Sabathia was removed after completing the fourth inning after visibly grabbing his left leg during the inning. The Yankees have not offered an official explanation for the removal just yet.

Sabathia required just eight pitches to retire the first two batters of the inning. But, Chris Carter inexplicably missed Didi Gregorius‘s throw to first when Andrelton Simmons hit a routine ground ball. That play should have ended the inning. The following batter singled as the unearned run scored.

Once the final out was recorded by a caught stealing at second base, Sabathia was seen visibly irritated while on his way to the clubhouse with an athletic trainer. He was replaced by Giovanny Gallegos in the bottom of the fifth.

This is a developing story. Please stay tuned for updates.

Game 62: CC, Yanks Look to Continue Streaks

With the Yankees winning streak up to six games, and CC Sabathia‘s personal win-streak at five, the lefty looks to extend both.

Sabathia has been nothing short of brilliant as he enters the final year of his contract. He has won each of his last five starts, during which time he has a 1.11 ERA and 31 strikeouts. Sabathia did not face the Angels last season, but carries a career 3.76 ERA in 11 starts at Angel Stadium.

Embed from Getty Images

The Angels counter with converted reliever JC Ramírez. He has made 11 starts with a 4.25 ERA, and beat the Detroit Tigers last time out. He did give up four runs on 10 hits in that outing, however. Ramírez pitched two scoreless innings out of the bullpen against the Yankees last year.

Embed from Getty Images

The Yankee lineup resets to “normal” as Gary Sánchez will be behind the plate. Didi Gregorius looks to push his hitting streak to 15 games tonight. During the streak, he is 23-for-58 (.397) with seven RBI.

Embed from Getty Images

The Angels trot out a very similar lineup, with the exception of a lefty-righty platoon difference at first base. C.J. Cron gets the start instead of Luis Valbuena.

Starting Lineups

New York Yankees
  1. Brett Gardner – LF
  2. Aaron Hicks – CF
  3. Aaron Judge – RF
  4. Matt Holliday – DH
  5. Starlin Castro – 2B
  6. Gary Sánchez – C
  7. Didi Gregorius – SS
  8. Chase Headley – 3B
  9. Chris Carter – 1B
Los Angeles Angels
  1. Cameron Maybin – CF
  2. Kole Calhoun – RF
  3. Albert Pujols – DH
  4. Yunel Escobar – 3B
  5. Andrelton Simmons – SS
  6. C.J. Cron – 1B
  7. Martín Maldonado – C
  8. Danny Espinosa – 2B
  9. Eric Young Jr. – LF

Browse