Tag: Chris Carter

Tyler Austin’s Last Stand

At age-26, and ranked as the team’s No. 14 prospect, Tyler Austin may be running out of opportunities in the Bronx.

Austin was drafted in the 13th round of the 2010 Amateur Draft, and debuted in 2016 (hitting the first of back-to-back home runs with Aaron Judge). He came up as part of the youth movement that captivated the league once the Yankees decided to become sellers at the deadline. Greg Bird was hurt, Mark Teixeira was retiring and Austin had his best chance to nail down the job.

He seemed primed to compete with the returning Bird for the starting first base job in Spring Training. Disaster struck next. On Feb. 17, 2017, Austin fractured the navicular area of his left foot, and was placed on the 60-day disabled list. The Yankees then signed veteran Chris Carter to a 1-year deal, and we know how well that turned out.

Austin dropped deep on the first base depth chart while injured. It took the team three weeks to promote him after his rehab assignment ended. His stock dropped so much that Carter and Matt Holliday started over him in those three weeks.

Despite hitting .300 after his rehab assignment ended, Austin struggled to a .154/.200/.385 line in four games before injuring his right hamstring. He missed a month, and found himself back in the minor leagues because the Yankees acquired Garrett Cooper from the Milwaukee Brewers. Cooper himself got hurt in August, and Austin returned.

He homered against Boston’s Chris Sale August 19, which endeared him to Yankees fans again. But, his future became uncertain after the 2017 season ended. The Yankees could have traded him to open an important 40-man roster spot for a younger player. But, they decided to trade Cooper instead. Austin’s defensive versatility and career .361/.432/.722 against left-handed pitching most likely extended his Yankee tenure.

Now, Austin has full control of his own destiny. With games at first base, third base, left field and right field on his résumé, he will be competing with Chase Headley to be a backup corner infielder and right-handed platoon bat. Austin has a better defensive reputation than Headley, and the former can play at more positions. But, Headley is owed $13 million in 2018, and Austin has one more minor league option remaining.

It feels like Austin will have to wow his way onto the Yankees 2018 roster. His spot on the roster will rely on strong defense and good at-bats against left-handers. If he cannot do that, then we will not see much of him in the Bronx


Yankees Re-DFA Carter, Select Ji-Man Choi

For the second time in less than two weeks, Chris Carter will have to pack his bags. The Yankees designated the 30-year-old first baseman for assignment after Tuesday’s loss. The team announced they had selected the contract of Ji-Man Choi from Triple-A to take his place.

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The Yankees originally DFA’d Carter back on June 24, and he accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A after just four days in limbo. He spent less than 24 hours on the Scranton roster, probably by design, and was recalled to replace the injured Tyler Austin. In four games since his return, Carter was 3-for-15 (.200) with six strikeouts.

On the flip-side, Choi had turned it up a notch at Scranton. The 26-year-old went 13-for-37 (.351) in his last 10 games, with five home runs and 15 RBI in that span. On the season, he is slashing .289/.371/.505 with eight homers and 43 RBIs. He’s likely to be in the lineup tomorrow against Marco Estrada.

As the rules go, Carter is immediately removed from the 25-man and 40-man rosters. The team has 10 days to find a trade partner or release him. If he clears waivers, they can try to outright him again. Carter is able to decline any outright assignment and elect free agency because he has more than three years of MLB service time.

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Blue Jays 4, Yankees 1: Judge’s 28th HR Not Enough to Bail Out CC

Aaron Judge smacked his 28th home run of the season, but that was the only run the Yankees could push across against J.A. Happ and the Toronto bullpen, as they fell by a 4-to-1 score.

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CC Sabathia was activated from the disabled list to start with just a three inning simulated game to get him into shape. He labored through 2⅔ innings, and was sunk by a four-run third inning. A two-out walk to Darwin Barney led to a José Bautista RBI single, then a bases-loaded walk by Justin Smoak and finally a two-run single by Kendrys Morales.

Happ continued his mastery of the Bombers, allowing just three other hits to Yankee batters. He also struck out six batters. Dominic LeoneJeff Beliveau, Ryan Tepera and Roberto Osuna handled the last three innings by allowing just one baserunner: a Chris Carter walk.

The Yankee bullpen got bailed out by a fantastic performance from Luis Cessa. He entered in the fourth inning and pitched 4⅔ innings of shutout ball. Chasen Shreve got the final out of the eighth inning before Tyler Clippard pitched a clean ninth inning.

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Game 78: Hanging On For Dear Life

With players dropping like flies and the team dropping into second place in the American League East, the New York Yankees open a three-game series against the Houston Astros.

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Last night’s game was delayed close to three hours, and delivered heartbreak when 22-year-old Dustin Fowler tore his right patellar tendon in pursuit of a foul ball. He had successful surgery, and hopes to be ready for Spring Training in 2018. Per reports, the team gathered to chat with Fowler via FaceTime prior to Friday’s game.

Michael Pineda hopes to avenge his May 11 loss to the Astros tonight. In that game, he allowed three runs through 6⅔ innings. He fared much worse his last time out against the other Texas ballclub. Pineda lasted just four innings, giving up seven runs June 25.

His counterpart is probable All-Star Lance McCullers Jr. The righty is 7-1 on the year, and beat the Yankees behind six shutout innings and seven strikeouts May 12. He hasn’t lost since late April, and the Astros have only lost two games when he starts.

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Aaron Judge is the designated hitter for the second day, and Tyler Wade shifts into right field. Austin Romine catches tonight instead of first base, giving Chris Carter his first start since being called up. Ronald Torreyes gets yet another start, this time at second base.

The Yankees recalled right-hander Bryan Mitchell, and demoted fellow righty Ronald Herrera to AAA. The team will also be without Tyler Clippard for one game because his grandmother passed away. The team has not officially announced it, but it looks as though Miguel Andújar has been recalled to replace Fowler on the active roster.

Starting Lineups

New York Yankees
  1. Brett Gardner – LF
  2. Jacoby Ellsbury – CF
  3. Aaron Judge – DH
  4. Didi Gregorius – SS
  5. Chase Headley – 3B
  6. Austin Romine – C
  7. Ronald Torreyes – 2B
  8. Tyler Wade – RF
  9. Chris Carter – 1B
Houston Astros
  1. George Springer – CF
  2. Josh Reddick – RF
  3. José Altuve – 2B
  4. Carlos Correa – SS
  5. Brian McCann – C
  6. Carlos Beltrán – DH
  7. Marwin González – 1B
  8. Yuli Gurriel – LF
  9. Alex Bregman – 3B

Game 77: Cessa’s Last Turn

With CC Sabathia throwing a simulated game and expressing hope that he’d be back in the rotation soon, Luis Cessa makes what might be his last start in that spot.

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He hasn’t had much luck in his two starts, as he is 0-2 with a 7.00 ERA. The 25-year-old allowed three runs through five innings June 24 against Texas. He did, however, strike out eight Rangers.

James Shields will start for the White Sox. In his career, he is 11-16 with a 4.12 ERA in 32 starts against the Yankees. He got roughed up his last time out, allowing seven runs through three innings.

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Dustin Fowler makes his MLB debut in right field, and batting sixth. Austin Romine gets another start at first base. Tyler Wade is in the lineup again, this time at second base. Ronald Torreyes covers the hot corner.

Chris Carter is on the bench after the Yankees optioned Miguel Andújar.

Starting Lineups

New York Yankees
  1. Brett Gardner – LF
  2. Aaron Judge – DH
  3. Didi Gregorius – SS
  4. Gary Sánchez – C
  5. Jacoby Ellsbury – CF
  6. Dustin Fowler – RF
  7. Austin Romine – 1B
  8. Tyler Wade – 2B
  9. Ronald Torreyes – 3B
Chicago White Sox
  1. Alen Hanson – 2B
  2. Melky Cabrera – LF
  3. José Abreu – 1B
  4. Todd Frazier – 3B
  5. Yolmer Sánchez – SS
  6. Kevan Smith – DH
  7. Adam Engel – CF
  8. Omar Narváez – C
  9. Willy Garcia – RF

Yankees Select Contracts of Dustin Fowler, Chris Carter

UPDATE (6:25 p.m. EDT): The Yankees announced that they have optioned Miguel Andújar back to AAA. He set a Yankee record going 3-for-4 with four RBI in his big league debut. Joe Girardi said they wanted him to continue playing third base every day.

UPDATE (5:55 p.m. EDT): Tyler Austin confirmed to reporters that he is headed to the disabled list. He said he has a “high grade strain” of the hamstring that has been bothering him. His next stop is Tampa, where he will see Dr. Daniel Murphy.

Ahead of the series finale against the White Sox, the Yankees selected the contracts of outfielder Dustin Fowler and first baseman Chris Carter (yes, that Chris Carter) from AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

There are no reports regarding corresponding transactions to clear roster space for these players. The lineup card circulated to reporters listed 26 players. One of them was not Tyler Austin, so he is almost certainly headed to the disabled list.

Fowler is considered the most polished outfield prospect in the Yankee system. Carter barely spent 24 hours on the AAA roster, as he accepted his outright assignment just yesterday. The move comes as the Yankees are using backup catcher Austin Romine as the primary first baseman.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the team cleared one 40-man roster spot by designating outfielder Mason Williams for assignment. Williams appeared in five games for the Yankees this season. The Yankees could clear another space by transferring injured first baseman Greg Bird to the 60-day disabled list.

This is a developing story. Please stay tuned for updates as they come in.

Miguel Andújar Promoted to MLB, Holliday to DL, Carter to AAA

After earning his promotion from AA Trenton to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Yankees No. 9 prospect Miguel Andújar is headed to The Show.

UPDATE (3:05 p.m. EDT): The team officially announced that Matt Holliday is heading to the disabled list with a viral infection. That clears an active roster spot for Miguel Andújar.

In the same announcement, the team also said that DFA’d first baseman Chris Carter had accepted his outright assignment to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Carter, in effect, replaces Andújar on the RailRiders’ roster.

After earning his promotion from AA Trenton to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Yankees No. 9 prospect Miguel Andújar is headed to The Show. There are no reports on a counter-move, but Andújar himself tweeted from an airplane confirming his call-up.

Matt Holliday has not played since June 24 because of a debilitating allergic reaction. The most logical move would be to place him on the disabled list, retroactive to June 24. The Yankees were forced to promote No. 11 prospect Tyler Wade yesterday because of an injury to Starlin Castro.

Andújar’s hitting prowess prompted an invitation to Major League Spring Training, where he slashed .250/.276/.393 in 16 games. He started 2017 with AA Trenton Thunder, where he led the Eastern League with 52 RBIs at the time of his promotion to AAA. He continued to impress upon arrival in the International League, where he slashed .308/.379/.462 in seven games.

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Overall, his minor league slash of .312/.346/.491 with eight home runs and 54 RBIs makes the Yankees hope he can jumpstart their offense. With Chase Headley hitting .353 in his last 10 games, Andújar is not taking over the third base job. Andújar’s glove-work is also a bit shaky, as he has committed 11 errors so far in the minor leagues.

This is a developing story. Please stay tuned for updates as they come in.

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