Tag: Ronald Torreyes

Tyler Wade Recalled for Toronto Opener

The 23-year-old is back in a utility role.

The Yankees have recalled utility man Tyler Wade to be active for tonight’s series opener in Toronto. Wade will fill the roster spot vacated by Gleyber Torres, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list Thursday with a right hip strain.

Wade struggled mightily at the MLB level after winning the starting second base job out of Spring Training behind a .286/.400/.388 line and a newly revamped swing that resulted from offseason workouts with Albert Pujols. But, the results in the early going for Wade were anything but Pujols-like: .086/.158/.143 with a 29% strikeout rate. Wade also was sick during the opening series in Toronto, and lost a significant amount of weight.

The 23-year-old was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on April 22, the same day that Torres made his MLB debut. Wade got off to a bit of a rocky start in the International League, collecting just five hits in his first week back. But, in 58 games since May 1, Wade has returned to producing like he did last year: .282/.343/.394 with his strikeout rate down to 19.5%.

As he returns to the Yankees, he’ll see himself in a different role than before. Aaron Boone has already said that Neil Walker will receive the majority of time at second base, and it’s possible that Brandon Drury is ahead of Wade on the second base depth chart. In recent weeks, Wade has appeared at his primary position of shortstop, third base, second base, left field, center field and right field. So, he’s the utility backup on a team that likes to carry a short bench. If he can produce at a similar clip to Triple-A, he will be able to regain some value with Yankees fans that he lost with his disappointing start.

Wade gets the call to the big leagues over Ronald Torreyes because the latter is currently on the temporarily inactive list at Triple-A. He is with his wife, who is dealing with an undisclosed medical ailment. The 25-year-old had been slashing an uncharacteristically low .196/.255/.217 in 13 games at SWB, and had picked up just two hits in his last five games prior to his movement to the temporarily inactive list.

Game 70: A Second Helping of Lasagna

More Lasagna, please!

Jonathan Loáisiga will make his second MLB start Wednesday night in the Bronx as the Yankees take on Félix Hernández and the Seattle Mariners in the second game of a three-game set.

Johnny Lasagna, as the Internet calls him (which he approves of, by the way), impressed many with his five scoreless innings in his first start. Loáisiga showed great poise as he struck out six, walked four and allowed three hits in his first five innings above Double-A ball. He managed to equal his MiLB walk total in one start, though that can easily be attributed to MLB-debut jitters and more disciplined MLB hitters.

Facing the Yankees and Loáisiga will be Félix Hernández, Gleyber Torres‘ workout partner and the “pitcher that [he] … would like the opportunity to face him and have some fun” against. The Venezuelan has certainly fallen from the “King Félix” that won the Cy Young Award in 2010. Through six starts this season, Hernández has an unsightly 5.34 ERA and has already allowed 12 home runs. The most he’s ever given up in a season was 23 in 2006 and 2015. He lost his last time out against Boston, allowing just two runs over seven innings. Before that, he lasted just three innings against Tampa Bay allowing six runs (five earned). The Yankees look to make it three straight losses against an American League East club.

Brett Gardner is out of the lineup yet again with a sore right knee, though Gardner did tell reporters he expected to start Wednesday and that he would go through his full pre-game routine. Clint Frazier gets his second consecutive start in left field. Aaron Hicks remains the leadoff hitter against a righty, though his usual job is to leadoff against lefties. Gleyber Torres might just be permanently living in the No. 5 spot until the likes of Gary Sánchez (hitting 6th) and Greg Bird (hitting 7th) show some life.


Some other notes floating around before this middle game against Seattle:

  • Aaron Boone provided a nice non-update about Jacoby Ellsbury, who’s had approximately four different injuries since the end of Spring Training. “I think he’s getting close to getting back into baseball activities. But he’s doing pretty well and progressing,” Boone told Randy Miller of NJ Advanced Media on Wednesday. He visited a back specialist and got a good diagnosis, but the Yankees have no place for him realistically until the September 1 roster expansion date.
  • Both Frazier and Ronald Torreyes have had fantastic attitudes regarding their recent MiLB demotions that were dictated by need at the MLB level. Both players bring MLB-ready talent to the table, but it just depends on who the Yankees need to round out their bench. Frazier was recalled with Gardner’s knee issues, and Torreyes took his demotion in stride: “[Torreyes] wanted to know where Scranton was right away so he could get going. I told him I want him back here sooner than later,” per Boone. The Yankees manager similarly had praised Frazier for continuing to hone his craft at Triple-A: “One of the conversations I’ve had with him, both times I sent him back, is, ‘Keep on working, keep on getting better, taking your craft seriously every day,'” Boone said. “I think he’s done a really good job of that. He’s gone back down each time and played really well and produced and all the reports are what you want to hear. So it’s not a player going down there and frustrating and sulking and that kind of stuff. That gets me excited.”

Mariners Lineup:

  1. Dee Gordon – 2B
  2. Jean Segura – SS
  3. Mitch Haniger – CF
  4. Nelson Cruz – DH
  5. Kyle Seager – 3B
  6. Denard Span – LF
  7. Ryon Healy – 1B
  8. Ben Gamel – RF
  9. Mike Zunino – C

Greg Bird Activated; Ronald Torreyes Optioned to SWB

The Toe-Night Show moves to Scranton, at least for now.

We all knew Greg Bird was coming back today. Yankee manager Aaron Boone told Mike Francesa as much during Thursday’s off-day. He also mentioned that the team had not quite figured out who was going to be demoted to Triple-A when the slugging first baseman returned.

“It’s something that we’ve had a lot of conversations about,” Boone said before Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels. “We are still mulling it over; we just met a little bit ago to work through things and what we think the best way to go is. It leads to a difficult decision, not a simple one, not an obvious one. It’s something, frankly, that we’re still kind of working through.”

That decision has been made, and it must not have been easy. The Yankees demoted fan-favorite utility infielder Ronald Torreyes to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and activated Bird as expected. Torreyes was hitting .339/.349/.435 with six doubles in 62 at-bats this season. His value came from his ability to hit for contact even without much playing time, as well as suit up at any non-first base infield position and even in the outfield corners.

It’s worth noting that last season, where Torreyes played in 108 games and Bird in just 48, that Bird had an OPS+ of 84 and Torreyes’ was just 81. Bird actually managed to contribute more offense despite having 166 fewer plate appearances. That’s because of Torreyes’ 153 hits as a member of the Yankees, a whopping 83.7% of them have been singles. Out of Bird’s 69 hits as a Yankee, just 47.8% have been singles.

Bird brings some badly needed lefty power to the Yankees lineup. Lefty hitters have only hit 18 home runs for the Yankees this year, and 11 of those have come from Didi Gregorius. When healthy, the 25-year-old Bird does quite well against lefties. His OPS is actually 69 points higher against southpaws than righties, which is impressive for a young player.

The Yankees choose to keep Tyler Austin and A.J. Cole around, who were my top candidates for a demotion upon Bird’s return. Austin will likely platoon at first until Bird is ready to play everyday, as well as get some at-bats as a designated hitter when the Yankees face a tough lefty. With the Yankees struggling to get consistent innings from Domingo Germán and Sonny Gray, it makes sense to keep an arm like Cole’s around in case of mop-up and/or long relief situations.

I wouldn’t expect Torreyes to be gone long, as the Yankees likely will not want to rely on Gleyber Torres as their sole backup shortstop. While the decision to send Torreyes down must’ve been tough, it makes the most short-term sense for this team. It’s not like they abandoned him on a deserted island. Torreyes had the most flexibility because of his minor league options and I see him continuing to contribute in the Bronx this season.

Yankees 10, Royals 1: Sonny Shines, Offense Powers 8th Straight Series Win

Even with a “B” lineup on the field, the Yankees crushed the Kansas City Royals with ease in Sunday’s series finale at Kauffman Stadium.

With Clint Frazier and Gary Sánchez stashed on the bench, the Yankees still showed off plenty of power capability. Tyler Austin led the charge, smacking his 7th and 8th homers of the season off Royals’ starter Eric Skoglund. Austin leads all MLB rookies in home runs, which is quite impressive for a player who was not even supposed to make the Opening Day roster. Austin drove in four runs total on the day.

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The ninth inning also turned into a mini-Home Run Derby, where Miguel Andújar hit an impressive home run to the opposite field. Austin Romine, who somehow is hitting .326 after today’s game, then followed with an absolute bomb to center field. Sánchez’s absence was never felt as power was abundant.

Aaron Hicks tripled in a run in the fifth, and Brett Gardner drove in a run with an infield single in the eighth. Ronald Torreyes scored in the eighth also on a wild pitch.

Sonny Gray was the real star of Sunday’s game. The righty dominated the Royals, throwing eight stellar innings of one-run ball. He scattered four hits, walked one batter and struck out five. Gray did not allow a hit until the fifth inning, The Royals scored their one run in the eighth when Hunter Dozier singled, moved to second on an Alex Gordon groundout and then scored on a Jon Jay single.

“I thought his stuff was great and the slider was a really good pitch for him,” Aaron Boone said. “When he’s ahead [in the count], he has the weapons to put people away. That was clear today. The stuff is elite. That’s why we were so optimistic about him even when he was going through some struggles.”

A.J. Cole came in to pitch the ninth inning, getting a fly out and two strikeouts.

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Rehab Update:

Neither Greg Bird nor Billy McKinney played for any minor league affiliates today. Bird is reportedly headed to Triple-A to join the RailRiders for their series opener in Pawtucket on Monday. No word on McKinney, who could remain in Trenton or move to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with Bird.


What’s Next:

Masahiro Tanaka opens up the Yankees’ next series in Texas, where he will face Bartolo Colón and the Rangers.

Yankees 8, Royals 3: Bombers Clobber Five Homers to Even Series

Four balls over the wall, and one that missed by a few inches.

The Bronx Bombers lived up to that nickname Saturday night in Kansas City, as the rain held off to allow the Yankees to even their series with the Royals behind an 8-to-3 win.

Gary Sánchez finally broke out in a huge way tonight, going 4-for-5 with a double, two home runs and a single. The Kraken drove in three runs and scored two of his own.

In the third inning, Aaron Hicks showed off his speed as he smacked his second inside-the-park home run of the season on a fly ball to right field. He is the first Yankee to have multiple inside-the-park home runs in a season since Mickey Mantle in 1958. Gleyber Torres smacked a go-ahead 3-run homer in the fourth to put the Yankees ahead for good. In the top of the ninth, Giancarlo Stanton smacked one into the left-center field fountains, and then Sánchez snuck his second homer of the night over the left field wall.

The Royals rallied for two runs in the third when Alcides Escobar led of the inning with a single and then scored on a Ryan Goins double. Jon Jay then sacrificed Goins to third, and Jorge Soler followed with an RBI single.

They also scored in the fifth, when Goins walked, Jay singled and then Mike Moustakas hit a broken-bat single to right that scored Goins. The Royals almost plated another run, but a strong relay from Stanton to Ronald Torreyes to Gary Sánchez nailed Moustakas at the plate trying to score from first on a Salvador Pérez double.

Hicks, Torreyes and Tyler Austin each managed multi-hit games tonight. Aaron Judge was the only Yankee without a hit.


Rehab Update:

  • Greg Bird: 1-for-3, BB – Bird is headed to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to continue his rehab stint.
  • Billy McKinney: 1-for-3, BB – McKinney played center field for the Thunder tonight. Played five games there for Trenton in 2017, once in 2016. Unclear if he’s headed to SWB with Bird.

What’s Next:

Sonny Gray looks to rebound from an awful start against his old team, the Oakland Athletics. Gray gave up five runs in five innings May 11, and looks to revert to the pitcher that allowed just two runs over six innings against the Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians.

His counterpart will be southpaw Eric Skoglund. In seven starts, the 25-year-old has pitched to a 1-3 record and 5.58 ERA. His last start saw him get a tough luck loss against the Tampa Bay Rays, allowing just two runs while scattering seven hits in 7⅔ innings.

Game 42: Red Thunder Returns

With the Yankees facing two lefties to finish out their three-game series in Kansas City, Clint Frazier makes his 2018 debut for the Yankees tonight.

Frazier bats seventh as the designated hitter against Danny Duffy of the Royals. Countering for the Yankees is ace Luis Severino. Severino has gotten the win in six straight starts, and his only loss came April 10 in a blowout in Boston. Severino has beaten the Royals in his only start against them. With a 2.14 ERA through nine starts this season, Severino has a firm grasp on the title of ace of the Yankees staff.

Danny Duffy‘s season has been a polar opposite compared to Severino’s. His record stands at 1-5, and he carries a 6.51 ERA into tonight’s start. Duffy showed signs of promise in a May 8 start against the Baltimore Orioles, where he allowed just one run through 5⅓ innings of work. That success did not carry over to his May 13 outing against the Cleveland Indians, where he lasted just 3⅓ innings and permitted nine earned runs on eight hits (including two home runs). Righties have a .308/.385/.597 batting line against Duffy, and the Yankees do not have a single left-handed bat in the lineup tonight.

Ronald Torreyes is actually playing tonight, and it’s not another typo like last night. He replaces the struggling Didi Gregorius at shortstop. Giancarlo Stanton shifts to the outfield, and Aaron Hicks takes over the leadoff spot after a strong 3-hit night last night. Tyler Austin, who is slashing .281/.351/.531 against lefties this season, gets the call at first base over Neil Walker.

According to Weather.com, there is a 40% chance of “scattered strong storms” at time of first pitch. Also, the National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm watch for the Kansas City area until midnight Eastern Time. So, we’ll see if we a. start on time and b. play a full nine innings. Let’s hope for the best!


Royals’ Lineup:

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

 

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