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Game 41: CC Leads Yanks into KC

Game 42: CC Leads Yanks into KC ➡️

Whoa – Yankees baseball is back after far too much time without it. There’s no rain in the forecast tonight in Kansas City as CC Sabathia leads the Bombers into a three-game set with the Royals.

Sabathia was originally scheduled to start Wednesday’s series finale against the Washington Nationals, but that was washed out along with the remainder of Tuesday’s suspended game. He stumbled a bit in his last start against the Red Sox on May 10, where he gave up four earned runs in four innings. That start saw his season ERA jump from a stingy 1.39 to a still-impressive 2.23. The veteran has a career 21-11 record and 3.14 ERA in 39 career starts against the Royals. It’ll be interesting to see how Sabathia responds to the extra rest, since he has a career 4.09 ERA in 71 starts with 6+ days of rest.

The Yankees face off against righty Jakob Junis in the series opener. Through eight starts this season, Junis has been one of the Royals’ most consistent pitchers. He’s got a 4-3 record, and has given up two runs or less in five out of those eight starts. Unsurprisingly, the Royals have won each of those five starts. Junis faced the Yankees once last season, giving up six earned runs on seven hits. Aaron Judge and Greg Bird each homered off him in an eventual 11-to-3 Yankees win.


Clint Frazier remains with the Yankees as a fourth bench option. It seems likely that he will start in left or center for Saturday and/or Sunday’s games against lefties Danny Duffy and Eric Skoglund, respectively. Brett Gardner has hit just .188/.278/.188 in a 37 plate appearance sample against lefties this season, and Aaron Hicks has hit an even worse .115/.172/.154 in 29 plate appearances against southpaws. Definitely doesn’t hurt to get Red Thunder and his .362/.423/.702 line from Triple-A into the lineup.

The Yankees feel comfortable with an expanded bench since their bullpen has had ample rest because of Wednesday’s rainout and Thursday’s regularly scheduled off-day. Domingo Germán will be available out of the bullpen during the Royals series, though he is also scheduled to start May 22 against the Texas Rangers.

There was brief confusion prior to the game regarding who is actually starting at second base, with the first lineup indicating Ronald Torreyes at that spot. It turns out the Royals made an error on the video board, and that’s how Torreyes’ name got into the mix. The plan was to start Gleyber Torres all along, per Aaron Boone.


Here’s the most recent update on the two injured Yankees on their rehab assignments (each has played six games):

  • Greg Bird (right ankle surgery): 2-for-17 (.118/.348/.118), 6 BB, 4 K – Bird may be a bit rusty, but his plate discipline is in full form.
  • Billy McKinney (left shoulder sprain): 3-for-19 (.158/.360/.211), 6 BB, 6 K – McKinney has one extra base hit.

Not rehab related, but The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported today that Brandon Drury (migraines, blurred vision) is taking the full 72 hours allotted to him to report to Triple-A Scranton “not because he is upset with the club, but because he wants to squeeze in two extra visits with a specialist in Greenwich, Ct., who is treating him for an irritated tendon in his neck”. Drury was optioned to Triple-A on May 14 after his 20-day rehab assignment window expired, and reported back to SWB today.

Definitely not rehab related: Jacoby Ellsbury has suffered a minor back injury while trying to come back from approximately five different injuries and has now been shut down from baseball activities.


Royals Lineup

  1. Whit Merrifield – 2B
  2. Jorge Soler – RF
  3. Mike Moustakas – 3B
  4. Salvador Pérez – C
  5. Jon Jay – LF
  6. Hunter Dozier – 1B
  7. Alex Gordon – DH
  8. Alcides Escobar – SS
  9. Abraham Almonte – CF
    Jakob Junis – RHP

Brandon Drury Activated, Optioned to SWB

Miguel Andújar is the third baseman, for now.

The Yankees bought some extra time to work out their roster crunch Monday, as they decided to option Brandon Drury to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after his 20-day rehab assignment expired.

Drury had been on the MLB disabled list since April 7 because of severe migraines and blurred vision. He had been dealing with these ailments for years, and never told anyone until this season apparently. Drury was 5-for-23 (.217/.333/.391, 99 wRC+) through his first eight games before hitting the DL. On his rehab assignment, he hit .315/.433/.481 in 17 games between Double-A Trenton and the RailRiders. Conveniently, Drury still has two MiLB options left.

It seemed as though Drury’s problems with migraines and vision were improving, but not to the point where the Yankees were comfortable having him occupy a 25-man roster spot. “I don’t think he’s completely well yet,” Scranton/Wilkes-Barre manager Bobby Mitchell said to reporters May 1. “He’s just trying to fight his way through it and play.”

In Drury’s absence, Miguel Andújar has taken advantage at third base. In 33 games, the 23-year-old is slashing .282/.296/.458 (99 wRC+) with three home runs and 14 RBIs. The plate discipline has yet to come around, which shows in his on-base percentage. Andújar has struck out at a respectable 20.7% rate, but he has walked just 2.2% (coincidentally, the same percentage at which he hits home runs). Obviously, the recently-graduated No. 6 prospect has some time to figure that out.

It seems the Yankees want to have Drury work more at Triple-A to confirm his migraines, vision problems and the irritated tendon in his neck that caused the former two ailments are properly cared for. The longest Drury is required to stay in the minor leagues would be 10 days, though he can be recalled sooner if there is an injury at the MLB level.

Yankees Send Andújar, Florial to Minor League Camp

These Baby Bombers will have to wait for their shot.

The Yankees sent two Top 10 prospects down to minor league camp Sunday, as No. 4 third baseman Miguel Andújar and No. 2 outfielder Estevan Florial were reassigned to minor league camp.

Andújar, who is a member of the 40-man roster, was optioned to Triple-A Scranton. Prior to the Yankees’ trade for Brandon Drury, Andújar was the local favorite to break camp as the team’s third baseman. He is currently tied with outfielder Billy McKinney for the team lead in home runs this spring with four. He slashed .262/.273/.643 in 14 games prior to his demotion. The knock on Andújar is his defense, where his scouting report says “he still needs to polish some rough edges”.

Interestingly enough, the Yankees decided to expand Andújar’s defensive portfolio by having him play first base now that he is in minor league camp.

Florial, who is not Rule 5 Draft eligible until December 2019, was simply reassigned to minor league camp. He will likely open the season with Class-A Advanced Tampa or Double-A Trenton. The speedy outfielder impressed with his maturity for a player who just turned 20 this past November. He slashed .231/.333/.462 with three triples, three RBIs and two stolen bases in his 18 games in big league camp.

The Yankees are looking for Florial to work on making more consistent contact, given that he struck out at a 31% rate in the low minors last season. He has a plus arm, and the speed to stick in center field.

Mets 3, Yankees 10: Stanton Smashes Yanks to Blowout Win

Giancarlo Stanton smacked his first Yankees home run off Matt Harvey, and the other Yankee bats combined to score 10 runs in a rousing win over their crosstown rivals.

The Stanton homer came in the fifth inning, where the Yankees already had a 3-to-1 advantage. Aaron Judge walked prior to Stanton’s at-bat. The home run resulted in the removal of Harvey from the game after 4⅔ innings.

Brandon Drury and Kyle Holder each knocked in two runs as well, with other RBIs coming from Tyler Austin, Abiatal Avelino and Shane Robinson. Estevan Florial almost had one, but the play was ruled a fielding error by right fielder L.J. Mazzilli.

Luis Cessa was on the ropes fairly quickly in this game, getting the hook after 1⅓ innings with the bases loaded. David Robertson made his spring debut in the second, and promptly Houdini’d out of the inning without allowing a run.

There was a funny moment in the fifth inning where no one came out to pitch for the Yankees. Described as “some issues” by Aaron Boone in his YES Network mid-inning interview, Dellin Betances had gone into the clubhouse to shower and get changed because he was only supposed to throw one inning. Adam Warren, the next scheduled pitcher, apparently never got the memo to warm up. So, Betances put his uniform back on and faced one more batter. Luis Guillorme singled, then Warren came in to relieve Betances.

Notes:

  • Tyler Wade dove for a ball hit by José Reyes, and rolled his wrist trying to make a play. It looked really bad at first glance, and Wade was in a lot of pain. He was replaced by Kyle Holder, and I was truly holding my breath because Wade has really impressed me this spring. But, reports from the clubhouse indicated that he needed “ice but no tests,” and that he would return to action Monday. It is unclear if he was already scheduled to sit out Sunday.
  • Aaron Judge got his first multi-hit game of the spring today. His timing looks to be back, and that’s a great sign for a player coming off of offseason shoulder surgery. Boone mentioned during his interview that Judge was also getting reps in left field with Stanton on the back fields while the team was away playing road games. We’ve yet to see Judge out there in an exhibition game, but something tells me we won’t have to wait long for that to happen.
  • Both Chad Green and Adam Warren threw for more than one inning today, which should surprise absolutely no one. These two are the main multi-inning relievers for the Yanks, and they will probably get stretched out to throw up to three innings before Opening Day gets here.

Tomorrow’s Game:

Masahiro Tanaka looks to rebound from his poor spring debut in a matchup against Jacob Turner and the Miami Marlins. The Yankees will make the long trek to Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter for that game. No word on who’s going, however.

Game 9: Versatility on Display

More AL East action!

The Yankees welcome the Tampa Bay Rays to Tampa (yeah, it’s odd) for a preview of AL East action, with fireballers Chad Green and former Yankee Nathan Eovaldi facing off.

The biggest note about today’s game is that Giancarlo Stanton makes his first professional start in left field for the Yanks. Over the winter, much was made about whether Stanton or Aaron Judge would see time in left field. It’s only a matter of time until Judge gets time out there, but his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery has slowed him down slightly.

With the Yankees short on first base depth, Billy McKinney gets the start at first base. He played the position in high school, and began taking reps there again during the Arizona Fall League. McKinney, who can also play both outfield corners, is competing with Tyler Austin, Ryan McBroom and recently signed Adam Lind for spots on the first base depth chart behind Greg Bird.

Two former Yankees take the field for the Rays, as Nathan Eovaldi will be on the mound and Nick Solak suits up at second base. Solak was traded by the Yankees to the Rays as part of the three-team deal that allowed the Bombers to get infielder Brandon Drury from the Arizona Diamondbacks.


Rays’ Lineup:

  1. Mallex Smith – LF
  2. Kevin Kiermaier – CF
  3. Denard Span – DH
  4. Brandon Snyder – 1B
  5. Jake Bauers – RF
  6. Nick Solak – 2B
  7. Johnny Monell – C
  8. Kean Wong – 3B
  9. Jake Cronenworth – SS

Phillies 3, Yankees 4: Miguel’s Magic

The first walk-off of the year!

With two strikes and two outs against him in the bottom of the ninth in a tie game, Miguel Andújar came up huge against the Philadelphia Phillies. His walkoff solo home run propelled the Yankees to their fourth straight spring victory Monday night in Tampa.

Andújar is in the thick of the intense infield competition for the Yankees. He came in as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning, and immediately roped a double that knocked in his main competition at third base, Brandon Drury. That hit tied the game. Then, after Gleyber Torres and Mark Payton were unable to connect against Ranger Suárez of the Phillies, Andújar lined a 2-2 pitch out to left for a game-winner.

Sonny Gray started the game in excellent shape. He worked around two singles to throw two innings of shutout ball, striking out two. Things began to unravel once Chance Adams came in to relieve Gray. Shoddy control allowed Carlos Santana to drive in a leadoff walk with a sacrifice fly in the third.

Ben Heller took over after a scoreless inning from Jonathan Holder. He eventually walked the bases loaded with one out, and then hit Phillies’ catcher Jorge Alfaro to force in a run.

The Yankees answered in the bottom of that frame. Drury walked, Billy McKinney reached on a fielding error by first baseman Matt McBride, then Tyler Wade knocked Drury in to cut the deficit to 2-to-1. Andújar’s double in the seventh tied the game.

Another Yankees run came in the eighth. Erik Kratz and Tyler Austin walked, then designated hitter Jorge Saez (pinch-hitting for Giancarlo Stanton) singled Kratz in to give the Yankees a 3-to-2 lead. Austin was thrown out trying to score by left fielder Jesmuel Valentin.

Cody Carroll was tasked with getting the last three outs, but he was unable to without squandering the lead. He got the first two outs, but Scott Kingery deposited a solo home run out to right field to tie the game again at 3.

Andújar took care of the Phillies from that point, going from two strikes and two outs to the first walk-off hero of this young season.


Tomorrow, the Yankees take a trip west to take on the Toronto Blue Jays at Dunedin Stadium tomorrow at 1:07 p.m. Chad Green will get the start coming off an incredible season out of the bullpen. His counterpart will be RHP Marco Estrada.

Game 2: Off to Bradenton

It’s a very different looking Yankees lineup today as the team heads to Bradenton, Fla., to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates at LECOM Field.

Domingo Germán gets the start, looking to put himself on the map as a long-relief or sixth starter option for the team. He appeared in seven games last season, pitching to a 3.14 ERA (3.44 FIP) and an 11.3 strikeouts-per-nine rate. Combined between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, he had an 8-6 record, 2.88 ERA and 9.8 strikeouts-per-nine rate.

Scheduled relievers for the Yankees are RHP Adam Warren, RHP Dillon Tate, RHP Jonathan Holder and RHP J.P. Feyereisen.

Only one of today’s starting position players started yesterday, and that is left fielder Clint Frazier. He moves from batting ninth to batting in the cleanup spot. Brandon Drury also makes his Yankees’ debut today after being acquired Tuesday from the Arizona Diamondbacks. No. 2 prospect Estevan Florial gets the start in center field after pinch-running yesterday.

They go up against righty Nick Kingham of the Pirates. He split 2017 between High-A Bradenton and Triple-A Indianapolis, pitching to a 3.95 ERA and a 7.1 strikeouts-per-nine rate. Drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, Kingham has yet to crack the big leagues.

Pirates Lineup:

  1. Josh Harrison – 2B
  2. Gregory Polanco – RF
  3. Starling Marte – CF
  4. David Freese – 3B
  5. Jordy Mercer – SS
  6. Sean Rodriguez – LF
  7. Bryce Brentz – DH
  8. Eric Wood – 1B
  9. Ryan Lavarnway – C

Yankees Trade Jabari Blash to Angels for PTBNL/Cash

The Yankees had acquired Blash Dec. 12, 2017.

Jabari Blash‘s time with the Yankees has come to an end. The outfielder, acquired in the Chase Headley and Bryan Mitchell trade to San Diego, has been traded to the Los Angeles Angels for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

The 28-year-old had been designated for assignment yesterday to make room on the 40-man roster for recently acquired infielder Brandon Drury.

Blash slashed .213/.333/.341 with five home runs and 16 RBIs in 61 games for the Padres last season. He figured to be the first cut amongst a plethora of talented outfielders on the Yankees. Primarily a corner outfielder, Blash also was in the mix to work out at first base for the Yankees. He played 103⅔ innings there with the Charros de Jalisco of the Mexican Pacific Winter League.

Now, No. 66 is available.

Yankees Acquire Brandon Drury From Diamondbacks in Three-Team Deal

The Yankees get the infield insurance they wanted since the Winter Meetings.

The Yankees made another splash after a long period of quiet, swinging a three-team deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Rays. The bounty for the Yankees is versatile infielder Brandon Drury.

Robert Murray of FanRag Sports first reported that the Yankees were sending prospect second baseman Nick Solak to the Rays. Colleague Jon Heyman followed up minutes later reporting the Yankees would end up with Drury. The deal was completed with the Diamondbacks receiving outfielder Steven Souza Jr. from the Rays and prospect righty Taylor Widener from the Yankees.

The Yankees created a 40-man roster spot for Drury by designating outfielder Jabari Blash for assignment. Blash came to the Yankees in the Chase Headley and Bryan Mitchell trade.

Drury had been a target of the Yankees since the Winter Meetings because he is cost-controlled and can play many positions. He hit .267/.317/.447 (92 wRC+) with 13 HR and 63 RBI in 135 games for the Diamondbacks in 2017. Drury is a pre-arbitration player and will make close to the league minimum in 2018. He also has two minor league options remaining.

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The infield competition becomes tighter with Drury in town. Second base and third base are open positions, with prospects Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andújar and Tyler Wade fighting against veterans like Drury, Ronald Torreyes, Jace Peterson and Danny Espinosa. Manager Aaron Boone has not ruled out breaking camp with two rookies at those positions, but the acquisition of Drury makes it look like only one spot will be filled that way.

Solak was ranked as the Yankees No. 8 prospect last season on the back of a .297/.384/.452 slash with 12 home runs and 53 RBIs between High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton. Solak was drafted in the second round (62nd overall) of the 2016 MLB Draft. He is ranked as the Rays’ No. 15 prospect.

He played outfield in college and is still working on a transition to second base. “He has the quickness and reliable hands for the position, though he doesn’t have the smoothest actions and some scouts believe he’s destined for center field,” reads an MLB.com scouting report.

Widener becomes the Diamondbacks’ No. 4 prospect. In 27 starts for High-A Tampa, Widener pitched to a 7-8 record and a 3.39 ERA. He struck out 129 batters compared to 50 walks, and opponents hit just .206 against him.

“Widener picked up velocity in his introduction to pro ball, as his fastball soared from 90-93 mph to 93-97. His mid-80s slider can be a wipeout pitch at times but lacks consistency. To prepare him for starting, the Yankees had him focus on refining his work-in-progress changeup during instructional league, with terrific results,” reads his MLB.com scouting report.

The Yankees have had good results with their returns in three-team deals with the Diamondbacks. That was how Didi Gregorius came to the team, as the Yankees dealt right-hander Shane Greene to the Detroit Tigers for their shortstop. They also acquired Curtis Granderson from the Tigers with some help from the Diamondbacks.

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But, they did have the disastrous Randy Johnson trade in 2005, where the lefty had a 4.37 ERA in just two seasons in the Bronx.