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Postby BigGuy » Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:24 am

MLB rumors: Will Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman opt out and become a free agent?

Updated 8:14 AM; Today 8:10 AM

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman can become a free agent after the season.

By Mike Rosenstein | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman will have a boatload of roster moves to make after the season, including re-signing free-agent shortstop Didi Gregorius and replacing CC Sabathia in the starting rotation.


But Cashman also might have a huge hole to fill in the bullpen, because closer Aroldis Chapman can opt out of his five-year, $86 million contract.

In fact, you can just about bet on Chapman opting out, according to The Athletic’s Jim Bowden:

Chapman has two years remaining on his contract. After his second straight season with an ERA under 2.50 and piling up a combined 68 saves, it only makes sense for him to either try to get the Yankees to tack a year (or two) onto his contract or go back to the market, where he could possibly get closer to $20 million annually on a three- or four-year contract. There are just too many big-market teams that could use him, including the Red Sox, Phillies, Braves, Cardinals, Dodgers and Angels. I have little doubt he’ll beat his present deal.

If Champan doesn’t opt out, he’s slated to earn $17.2 million in 2020 and 2021. He also will hold a modified no-trade clause according to Spotrac, which would prevent the Yankees from dealing the left-hander to a West Coast-based team.

Chapman leads the American League with 36 saves this season.

Slugger Edwin Encarnacion has a $20 million club option for 2020 according to Spotrac, and Bowden believes the Yankees will pick it up.

Encarnación has belted 30 home runs or more for eight straight seasons, including this year, when he’s hit 32 — 21 with Seattle and 11 since the Yankees acquired him in a trade. His on-base percentage is a solid .343 and his WAR of 2.5 and OPS+ of 129 tell the story of what he adds with the bat. Yankees fans love the parrot, and his quiet demeanor has fit in well in New York’s clubhouse. The Yankees have a club option on him for $20 million next year with a $5 million buyout. He’s definitely worth the $20 million for one more season, especially after all the injuries the Yankees had to endure.
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Postby BigGuy » Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:14 am

This is just another massive Yankees test

By Ken DavidoffSeptember 11, 2019 | 10:36pm | Updated

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DETROIT — By the time rain postponed the Yankees-Tigers game Wednesday night at Comerica Park, the Yankees’ magic number to clinch the American League East stood at nine. To secure a playoff spot? Seven.

To bring a convincingly healthy team into October? Zero. As in there’s zero chance of it happening.

The bell tolled on that hope Wednesday with the news (broken by The Post’s Joel Sherman) that Aaron Hicks’ visit to Dodgers team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache resulted in the decision to rest Hicks’ ailing right elbow for a few more weeks before feeling compelled to do something more drastic like Tommy John surgery. Regardless, Hicks’ 2019 has almost certainly concluded.

“The clock’s against him now,” manager Aaron Boone said.

Hicks’ seven-year, $70 million contract is off to quite an inauspicious start — he played in just 59 games, between a serious back injury and this serious elbow condition — all the more so if the beginning to 2020 gets compromised by a TJ procedure. For the moment, however, let’s focus on the bigger picture and the shorter term:

These 2019 Yankees caught the injury bug all the way back in the 2018 AL Division Series, when Didi Gregorius severely hurt his right elbow, and they never really shook it. In order for them to halt their horrifying, 10-year drought without a championship, they must do so with a compromised roster.

The Hicks news, which became a fait accompli from the moment he tried to throw last week and still felt discomfort, stings especially when you consider its multiple ramifications: It removes the only switch hitter from the Yankees’ lineup.

It takes away an outstanding defender from the middle of the diamond and, by forcing Brett Gardner to slide over from left field, weakens two positions, as Giancarlo Stanton and Cameron Maybin can’t match Gardner’s fielding prowess in the corner.

It increases the onus on Gardner, who has enjoyed a renaissance at 36 but, because he’s 36, generates concerns of his tank running low.

With Hicks and Miguel Andujar done for the season, that’s two envisioned regulars gone. Then throw in Mike Tauchman, who helped cover for the extended absences of Hicks and Stanton.

Just for completion’s sake, don’t forget Greg Bird hit a home run on Opening Day before vanishing, Troy Tulowitzki retired and Jacoby Ellsbury never even made it to “baseball activities” in Tampa.

That we’ve got just over three weeks before the playoffs begin and the Yankees still have three vital players (Dellin Betances, Luis Severino and Stanton) working their way back from the injured list, with the two pitchers having missed the entire season to date and Stanton having clocked a mere nine games, tells you the tightrope on which the Yankees continue to walk.

They’ve navigated that tightrope masterfully, their success despite the injury epidemic an amazing story. From DJ LeMahieu to Gio Urshela to Tauchman to Mike Ford, these Yankees have produced more “Next Man Up” inspirations than the first 44 seasons of “Saturday Night Live.” Yet no one disputes that such joy will own the shelf life of a Red Sox general manager unless the Yankees at least reach the World Series.

To do so, they’ll have to overcome the favored Astros, and every piece of bad news hurts that daunting challenge. Can Betances, Severino and Stanton all return in good enough shape to contribute? Can the Yankees avoid any more mishaps for the duration of the regular season, not to mention once they’re in the postseason? Do they have any more unknown heroes at their disposal?

Nothing has been easy for this group, and we now know for certain that nothing will be easy. The Yankees will naturally tell us they wouldn’t want or expect it any other way. Must the path to a parade really be this much of a schlep, though? It’s a question that will either haunt these Yankees or make their triumph even more glorious.
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Postby BigGuy » Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:16 am

Yankees not quite ready to call up Dellin Betances

By Dan MartinSeptember 12, 2019 | 3:39am

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DETROIT — Dellin Betances is getting closer to making his season debut with the Yankees, but the right-hander will continue his rehab assignment with Double-A Trenton for now.

Manager Aaron Boone said Betances still has some work to do before he finally joins the Yankees after missing the entire season, first with a shoulder impingement followed by a lat strain.

“He felt a little better than last time, but we want to see him continue to build up,’’ Boone said before the Yankees-Tigers game was rained out Wednesday at Comerica Park. “He’s not all the way back to where he would want to be or where we would want him to be. … If we can continue to build him up while we have the opportunity down there, we’ll do that.’’

But Boone also called Betances’ scoreless inning with Trenton “another step forward.”

Betances could pitch in Trenton’s playoff series either Thursday or Friday and he’d figure to get to The Bronx at some point during their upcoming homestand, which starts Tuesday.

“We felt like the overall command of his fastball was better,’’ Boone said of Betances’ second rehab outing. “He spun some really good breaking balls. He struck out a couple guys. We’ll continue to build him up. What we’ve seen historically from Dellin is he continues to get better as he builds up outings and that’s what we expect.”

Jordan Montgomery, who threw three innings for Trenton on Tuesday in his comeback from Tommy John surgery, may join the Yankees in the coming days, as well, though the team is looking at the lefty more for next season than the stretch run.

Another lefty, Stephen Tarpley, is expected to rejoin the Yankees on Thursday.
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Postby BigGuy » Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:18 am

Luis Severino itching for next phase of Yankees playoff audition

By Mollie WalkerSeptember 11, 2019 | 11:13pm

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TRENTON — Luis Severino says he’s ready to rejoin the Yankees’ rotation.

Wednesday night’s start at Arm & Hammer Park may have been the final step in his rehab process before potentially rejoining the Yankees after the team returns to The Bronx to face the Angels next week.

“I feel good, I feel very good,” Severino said of his performance in Double-A Trenton’s 7-1 loss in Game 2 of the Eastern League Championship Series.

“The first inning is a little tough for me, but after that my arm feels very loose.”

In his third rehab appearance, Severino allowed one earned run on five hits while striking out four in 3²/₃ innings. The Thunder trailed 4-1 when he was removed from the game, though two fielding errors in the third inning were partially to blame for the inflated score.

The two-time All-Star had his fastball hovering around 97 mph, even reaching 98 mph twice. The Yankees had wanted Severino to throw between 60-65 pitches, prompting his exit in the fourth inning after throwing 64 pitches. He threw 47 strikes and one wild pitch.

Severino said he felt like he could have gone beyond his allotted pitch count, but thought this was his best outing yet. He said he expects to return to the Yankees in his usual role as a starter, rather than coming out of the bullpen.

Severino, who signed a four-year, $40 million contract extension in the offseason, has been sidelined the entire season, suffering from rotator cuff inflammation before a significant lat strain prolonged his stay on the injured list.

Severino has previously thrown for the Thunder on Friday, allowing four hits and consistently clocking in at 97 mph on the radar gun. Throwing 33 of his 44 pitches for strikes, the right-hander looked solid and Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters in Boston ove the weekend that Severino “demonstrated enough to be an option.”

In his first rehab start on Sept. 1 with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Severino allowed two runs on three hits over three innings.

The Yankees neglected to make any additions to their starting rotation or bullpen before the July 31 deadline with the hopes Severino — and Dellin Betances (shoulder) — would be available for a playoff run.

Betances pitched for Trenton on Tuesday, the first game of the championship series, and is right behind Severino in his recovery.

“We’re going straight to the postseason,” Severino said. “We have a great team and we have to compete. We have to compete on a [maximum] level and I have to go there and I think I’ll have three outings before the postseason, so I need to get my stuff going quickly to be 100 percent ready to fight in the playoffs.”
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Postby BigGuy » Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:20 am

Clint Frazier ‘teaching moments’ not discouraging Aaron Boone

By Dan MartinSeptember 12, 2019 | 3:29am

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DETROIT — Clint Frazier was set to be back in left field before Wednesday’s rainout despite a pair of bad throws — and decisions — in Tuesday’s loss when he twice missed the cutoff man. The plays came back to haunt the Yankees in a one-run loss.

“He flashed what he’s capable of when he goes and runs down a ball in the gap and keeps a guy to a single, but a couple times he overthrew cutoff man that cost us a couple bases,’’ Aaron Boone said. “Those are the things you continue to coach up.”

Boone hasn’t given up hope that Frazier may be able to improve defensively, noting the strong throw he made last week to get a runner at home.

“He’s capable of being very good out there,” Boone said. “He has the speed and arm strength. Part of that is staying within yourself and making sure cutoff men are hit. Those are teaching moments.”

Tommy Kahnle, who was unavailable on Tuesday with right wrist tendinitis, was available before the rains came Wednesday, according to Boone.

With Gleyber Torres’ 36th homer on Tuesday, he is now tied for the most home runs by a middle infielder, age 22 or younger, in MLB history. Alex Rodriguez had 42 in 1998 — when he was also 22 — and also had 36 at 20 years of age.
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Postby BigGuy » Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:29 am

CC Sabathia, Domingo German lead Yankees to doubleheader sweep

Judge and Urshela provided the fireworks, while the pitching staff did fine work.

By Tyler Norton Sep 12, 2019, 8:24pm EDT

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The Yankees sure like doubleheaders, don’t they? The Bombers notched wins in both ends of Thursday’s two-for-one deal. Just like earlier, the second game featured powerful hitting, quality pitching, and and of course an injury. Through it all, New York took home the win against the Tigers by a score of 6-4.

After scoring 10 runs in game one of the doubleheader, the Yankees didn’t waste any time getting on the board in the second half. DJ LeMahieu got things started in the first inning by lacing a single off Tigers right-hander Spencer Turnbull. That brought Aaron Judge to the plate, who deposited a two-run homer to right field. Judge’s 22nd home run on the season put the Yankees ahead 2-0.

The Bombers struck twice more against Turnbull. In the second inning, LeMahieu doubled with Mike Ford on first base. Ford, never known as a speedster, ran on all cylinders to score. Then, in the fifth inning, Tyler Wade crushed a ground-rule double to start the frame. LeMahieu and Judge both struck out, but Didi Gregorius ripped a single into left field that Brandon Dixon misplayed. Wade scored and Gregorius found himself on third base, with the Yankees’ leading 4-2.

Gio Urshela put the nail in the coffin in the ninth inning, when he launched a pinch-hit, two-run home run. Urshela’s 20th home run of 2019 made it a 6-2 ballgame. Yes, Urshela hit 20 home runs this season. It’s hard to believe, but that doesn’t make it any less cool.

On the pitching side, the story of the game was the tandem of CC Sabathia and Domingo German. Sabathia’s first start back from the injured list proved mostly successful. He took care of business through three innings of work, but looked gassed in the fourth. That’s when he allowed two runs to score on a walk, single, and double with just one out. Getting three solid frames from Sabathia every now and then would go a long way to keeping other pitchers fresh, so I’ll take this appearance as a positive.

German, meanwhile, looked strong in his four innings of work. He allowed just two hits and struck out five. The right-hander got into trouble with one out in the eighth inning, however, allowing a single to Harold Castro and drilling Jeimer Candelario in the ribs. That jam forced German from the game, but Tommy Kahnle came in, induced a double play, and ended the threat.

Kahnle returned for the ninth inning, but he only recorded one out. He allowed a run to score and left a man at third base for Aroldis Chapman. The Yankees closer served up an RBI single, but finished off the game otherwise.

Of course, the Yankees can’t have a game without someone getting injured. In the third inning, Gary Sanchez attempted to steal second with two outs and Brett Gardner at the plate. Sanchez got thrown out, but that proved inconsequential in the grand scheme of things. The bad news is that the catcher departed from the game in the fourth inning with what’s described as groin tightness. On a day that also saw injuries to Edwin Encarnacion and J.A. Happ, this stood out as especially troubling.

With tonight’s doubleheader sweep, the Yankees’ magic number to clinch the AL East drops to six. The Rays and Rangers are playing right now, so it could theoretically fall to five before night’s end. If not, the Yankees get another chance to lower it tomorrow night in Toronto.
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Postby BigGuy » Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:36 am

The Yankees sweep the doubleheader against the Tigers, but can’t shake the injury bug

By KRISTIE ACKERT
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The Yankees won two games Thursday, but it could end up being a net loss for them. Bouncing back to beat the cellar-dwelling Tigers in both games of a doubleheader at Comerica Park, the Yankees had two big sluggers leave with injuries and a starter heading back to New York to figure out how to deal with nagging discomfort.

Just as the Yankees should be filling in their postseason roster, players are still dropping with injuries.

“I keep saying it’s going to make for a good World Series DVD,” Lefty CC Sabathia said of the epidemic of injuries the Yankees have suffered this season. "There’s nothing we can do, just keep going. That’s what we’ve done all year and we’ll continue to do that.”

In the opener, the Yankees beat the Tigers 10-4 behind homers from Luke Voit and Edwin Encarnacion, the latter leaving with what the team called a strained left oblique. After the game, the Yankees also revealed that J.A. Happ, who pitched 4.2 innings, was heading back to New York looking for help managing the biceps tendinitis that has been bothering him for his last “five to seven starts.”

In the nightcap, the Yankees beat the Tigers 6-4. They lost Gary Sanchez, however. Sanchez over-extended his leg sliding into second base Thursday night and injured his groin area.

“Now I am going to head to New York and see what grade is this injury, if it’s like last time, and from then on they’ll decide how we’ll do the rehab or if it’s something very serious or not,” Sanchez said.

Sanchez caught in the bottom of the second inning, but left the game in the top third, after feeling it tighten up on him.

“Running toward the dugout I felt fine. Then I put on my equipment and once I squatted behind home plate, that’s when I felt it tightening up,” Sanchez said. “I thought it was the smart thing to say something to prevent it from getting worse.”

Sanchez missed 16 games last month with a left-groin strain and significant time with a nagging right groin strain last season. He also missed time earlier this season with a strained calf.

Encarnacion, meanwhile, is heading back to New York to be checked by team doctors.

“We’re hoping we kind of got ahead of it, but we’ll just have to see. He felt it in his first at-bat. Obviously homered in his second at-bat, and my understanding was he was fine swinging,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “He was just getting it when he was coughing or whatever. We hope it’s minor and we got ahead of it but we won’t know until we get him checked out.”

Obliques are tricky injuries. Aaron Judge missed 54 games with a strained oblique earlier this season, but Boone said that he thinks this will be a different situation.

“Judgies kind of disabled him right away. You could tell. This was something that Edwin even took his third at-bat and we said with that, decided it was best to get him out of there,” Boone said. “He said he wasn't feeling anything swinging. Hopefully we're ahead of it but we'll see.”

Encarnacion’s home run was his 34th of the season, his 12th since being acquired by the Yankees in June. It was his fourth since coming off the injured list after missing 30 games with a fractured right wrist. It was just his seventh game back.

“His at-bats, his presence in our lineup is huge. I don’t want to start speculating when we don’t know what it is and hoping it’s minor,” Boone said. “ I think it goes without saying how big of a presence he is in the middle of our order.”

J.A. Happ has been pitching through what the team said was “biceps tendinitis,” and after starting Thursday, the veteran left-hander was optimistic that he will be able to manage the discomfort and continue pitching through it. The Yankees sent Happ back to New York after Thursday’s scheduled start to have the issue looked at by team doctors.

“It was kind of planned ahead of time. He’s been dealing with some biceps tendinitis his last couple of starts, so it’s nothing that we’re too concerned about but we had planned for him to pitch today and then go back and see the doctor because he’s obviously not going to be pitching in Toronto,” Boone said after the Yankees’ 10-4 win over the Tigers. “We don’t think it’s significant. Obviously he’s been throwing the ball really well, but it was just somewhere where we wanted to get him back there (for Dr. Ahmad) to see him.”

Happ said he has dealt with this issue in 2016 and is optimistic that he will be able to continue to pitch, albeit with treatment to manage the discomfort.

“Trying to just rely on the last time I had this. The last time I had this I was pitching in the middle of pitching really well. So I am just trying to rely on the fact that I have done it before,” Happ said via a conference call, leaving the ballpark after he was pulled in the fifth inning. “I think I can still go out there and get results. I don’t think today I was as sharp as I was the last couple, but I don’t directly correlate to the shoulder. I think I will be fine and I can adjust to whatever way I am feeling.”

Happ specifically said that when he discussed the issue with the team he “definitely wanted to pitch.”

Happ went just 4.2 innings Thursday, allowing two runs on seven hits. He struck out seven and walked three. Dawel Lugo’s two-run homer in the fifth snapped Happ’s streak of 20 straight scoreless innings. A hard-hit single by Christin Stewart immediately after had Boone running out to get Happ.

“Today was just because his pitch count was up and at that point, I felt like they were starting to get some pretty good swings off of him obviously. In that last inning (Cameron Maybin) made a really good play, but I felt like a lot of long at-bats today but overall I felt he still pitched pretty well,” Boone said.

After a rough start to the season, Happ has allowed just two earned runs in his last three starts over 17 innings pitched.

Happ did not want to stop pitching now that he has found the command of his fastball and a better changeup. The Yankees were convinced he could not hurt himself by pitching, so they figured this would be the best time for him to get it treated.

The Bombers set a record this season with 30 players going on the injured list for 38 stints. The Yankees lost Mike Tauchman to a strained calf in Boston over the weekend and confirmed that Aaron Hicks will likely be out for the season with what they said is a strained flexor tendon in his right elbow, which may now have compromised the ulnar collateral ligament.

Still, Aaron Boone remained optimistic.

“Obviously those are really key people we're talking about. I'm optimistic, frankly, on all three of them,” the Yankees manager said. “We'll hope that the news we get back in New York and the treatment moving forward makes these things not long term.”

The two wins come after a walkoff loss to the Tigers on Tuesday. The Yankees homered in both games, with Luke Voit hitting his first since July 22 and Encarnacion hitting his 34th of the season before leaving. Aaron Judge and Gio Urshela homered in the second, giving them 15 in their last five games and a major-league leading (for the moment) 280 on the season.

With 14 games remaining, however, the Yankees are moving forward trying to win the best record in baseball, and the postseason home-field advantage that goes with it — with a lot of question marks.
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Postby BigGuy » Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:39 am

CC Sabathia moves into 16th on MLB’s all-time strikeout list

By KRISTIE ACKERT
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DETROIT ― With his second-inning strikeout Grayson Greiner, CC Sabathia added another line to his Hall of Fame resume. The Yankees’ big lefthander surpassed John Smoltz and moved into 16th on MLB’s all-time strikeout list with 3.087.

More importantly, Sabathia got through the start without feeling pain in his right knee, which has forced him onto the injured list four times this season. He came off his latest stint Wednesday and gave the Yankees 3.2 innings in their 6-4 win over the Tigers in the nightcap of a doubleheader at Comerica Park.

He allowed two runs on three hits. He walked one and struck out five.

“Felt good. Felt really good. Felt sharp, excited and encouraged about how it felt tonight,” Sabathia said. “I felt good.”

That was maybe a little better than expected, since Sabathia is nursing a right knee that will likely need to be replaced after he retires at the end of the season.

Domingo German, in his second appearance out of the bullpen this season, was brilliant backing him up. The young right-hander threw four scoreless, scattering two hits and striking out five.

“Felt good. Felt really good. Felt sharp, excited and encouraged about how it felt tonight,” Sabathia said. “I felt good.”

That was maybe a little better than expected, since Sabathia is nursing a right knee that will likely need to be replaced after he retires at the end of the season.

Domingo German, in his second appearance out of the bullpen this season, was brilliant backing him up. The young right-hander threw four scoreless, scattering two hits and striking out five.

“It was great. I thought he settled in. When we see German at his best, when he really starts filling up the strike zone with all of his pitches, there's a real confidence. His tempo, I thought, was really good,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “He used his fastball really effectively and his breaking ball. It was good to see him come in the middle of an inning and not skip a beat, and just pitch as well as he did.

He picked up his 18th win of the season and admitted he would like the chance to get 20 this season.”

“Of course. Twenty is a big number. It’s my first full season as a starter. I never thought I was going to get to 18 wins my first full season. There’s a chance. If I get there,” German said. “I’ll enjoy it.”

There is also a chance he doesn’t get there. The Yankees are using this “piggyback,” assignment as a way to limit his innings, but also get him used to coming out of the bullpen.

“We’re trying to manage that workload a little bit here down the stretch. Obviously, it’s a role though that he’s familiar with He’s pitched in that kind of role before. With Domingo, he’s been so important to our team. He’s in the midst of having a great year and really we think he’s going to be very valuable if we get to the postseason, but we also feel like there’s a number of different roles that he can fill,’ the Yankees manager said. “I could very easily see him starting games. I could see him coming in for an inning in a big spot. I could see him giving us length out of the ‘pen. So to be able to give him another look and alter the role a little bit, hopefully it’s something that we all benefit from.”

The Yankees gave him the full experience Thursday. They brought German in with a runner on second in the fourth inning. Boone said that would not be an issue for the 27-year-old.

“Because he’s a little bit familiar with this role and has done it, there may be a case depending on a matchup where he may (come in) to get out of an inning,” Boone said before the game.

MONTGOMERY MAYBE
Jordan Montgomery, who has been out all season after 2018 Tommy John surgery, could be starting for the Yankees as soon as next week. With Sabathia and German pitching in the same game Thursday, the Yankees have an open spot in their rotation on Sunday.

“We’ll have a bullpen day or possibly I could see Monty starting there,” Boone said.

In 35 career starts (182.2 innings), Montgomery has gone 11-7 with a 3.84 ERA with 8.2 strikeouts and 3.1 walks per nine innings.

STANTON BACK IN THE BRONX
After passing one of his final running tests on Wednesday, the Yankees are optimistic that Giancarlo Stanton will be back to start the final regular-season homestand on Tuesday.

“He had another good day yesterday. We did the timed arc run, where he’s a full speed, passed that and everything went well, He got more at-bats,” Boone said. “Doing all his defensive stuff. Instructional League starts down there this weekend. He’ll probably get some game action potentially this weekend. Hopefully if it goes well there, he’ll be an option for us.”

BETANCES BACK
Dellin Betances will make his third minor-league rehab appearance Friday for Double-A Trenton, Boone said. They still hope that he will be able to be a factor in the playoffs, but he would not speculate on his return.

“I know the plan is for him to throw Friday,” Boone said. “Let’s see how that goes and then we’ll see where we’re at.”
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Postby BigGuy » Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:42 am

Yankees’ injury situation now just simply ridiculous

By Ken DavidoffSeptember 13, 2019 | 4:02am

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DETROIT — No matter what the rest of September and all of October bring for these Yankees, this already will go down as one of the nuttier seasons for a franchise not immune to nuttiness.

Thursday stands as a strong candidate for Top Five Crazy.

A getaway doubleheader in Motown resulted in three players getting away from the field, leaving this road trip early, to address new injuries.

Well, two of those injuries counted as new to the Yankees, the other new only to the public. Which means the Yankees had best be right on letting J.A. Happ pitch through his left biceps tendinitis.

Even as the Yankees swept the Tigers, 10-4 and 6-4, moving closer to both a playoff berth and their first American League East title since 2012, they followed form by losing talent. To catch you up:


1. Edwin Encarnacion left the seventh inning of Game 1 with what the Yankees called a strained left oblique. Aaron Boone nevertheless expressed hope the team wouldn’t lose him for an extended period (like, say, the duration of the schedule) even though an oblique sure can sideline someone for a while. Just ask Aaron Judge.

2. Following Game 1, the Yankees divulged that Happ, who started and lasted 4²/₃ innings, will join his fellow 36-year-old former Blue Jay Encarnacion in going to New York as the rest of the club proceeds to Toronto. Team physician Christopher Ahmad will examine the condition that has afflicted Happ for his last “several” starts, according to the southpaw, and that Happ convinced his bosses was manageable enough to avoid the injured list, or even just a skipped start. The plan all along, the Yankees emphasized, called for Happ to make this start and then head back home for a tune-up — possibly a cortisone shot, Happ acknowledged.

3. Gary Sanchez left Game 2 in the fourth inning with what the Yankees called left groin tightness. He got caught stealing second base in the third and caught the bottom of the inning before leaving to also head back to New York. “Hopefully it’s something that’s a minor thing,” Boone said.

4. For additional spice, Judge crashed into the right-field wall chasing down John Hicks’ fly ball, and Tommy Kahnle, who just returned from right wrist tendinitis, had to get some fingers checked after throwing a dugout tantrum, Boone said. The manager labeled both OK.

The Happ case could occur more than we realize, with the team and player simply hiding the injury as business goes forward. In this instance, though, with the probability Happ’s absence in Toronto would have been noted, the Yankees showed their hand.

“I definitely wanted to pitch, yeah,” Happ said on a conference call with reporters (he had already left the premises by the end of Game 1).

“We don’t think it’s significant, obviously,” Boone said. Happ said he pitched through this same injury in 2016, arguably the best season of his solid career, while with the Jays.

Ironically — or, less cynically, as a sign that Happ will be OK — the veteran has pitched his best baseball of the season during this stretch. By posting a 2.05 ERA in his last four starts, with Thursday’s the shortest of the quartet, Happ has pitched himself back into the postseason conversation.

We’ll find out soon enough whether Happ’s eagerness to pitch, and the Yankees’ accommodating that wish, proves costly or wise. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, who expressed some regrets about the team’s handling of injuries (specifically Luis Severino’s) back in June, declined further comment Thursday when asked about the Happ decision. The sheer volume of never-ending injuries ensures that more questions will be coming about the Yankees’ medical and training protocols.

As for Encarnacion, even a short absence would heighten the ever-increasing need for Giancarlo Stanton (strained PCL in right knee) to return to action next week ready to help. And the team’s offense naturally takes a significant hit for however long Sanchez misses.

That these became secondary issues for the moment speaks to the nuttiness of this day. How much more of this can these Yankees withstand?
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Re: YANKEE NEWS 2019 SEASON

Postby BigGuy » Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:45 am

Luke Voit snaps homer drought in easy first game of Yankees doubleheader

By Dan MartinSeptember 12, 2019 | 4:59pm

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DETROIT — After a stunning loss on Tuesday when they blew a six-run lead and a rainout on Wednesday, the Yankees finally beat the Tigers Thursday afternoon.

They opened a doubleheader at Comerica Park with a 10-4 win over Detroit, backed by a pair of two-out, two-run homers by Luke Voit and Edwin Encarnacion.

But the victory came with another significant price, as Encarnacion later left the game with a left oblique strain, a potentially serious blow to their offense the rest of the season.

And their pitching looked a lot like what it might look like in the playoffs, as J.A. Happ didn’t complete five innings before Aaron Boone turned to his bullpen, which secured the victory.

The Yankees took a 2-0 lead in the first when Voit hit a 449-foot homer, his first since July 22, following an error by Dawel Lugo that allowed Aaron Judge to reach base.

Voit’s power numbers have slipped considerably since his return from a sports hernia that could still require surgery following the season.

He added a double in the seventh.

Encarnacion added his shot in the third to make it 4-0. Serving as the DH, Encarnacion walked in the fifth and then was removed from a two-run game for pinch-hitter Mike Ford in the seventh.

The Yankees had the bases loaded with one out in the fifth, but Voit flied to right and Didi Gregorius struck out to end the threat.

And Happ’s scoreless-inning streak ended at 20 in the bottom of the inning.

The lefty retired the first two batters of the inning before Ronny Rodriguez singled to left and Lugo homered to right-center to make it 4-2.

Happ then gave up a single to Christin Stewart to end his day after 99 pitches. Chad Green came on and pitched 2 ¹/₃ innings.

The Yankees added to their lead in the seventh.

With the bases loaded and one out, Bryan Garcia’s wild pitch scored Judge. Cameron Maybin’s double to right-center padded their lead to 7-2.

Jeimer Candelario led off the bottom of the inning with a triple off Green. DJ LeMahieu made a spectacular leaping grab of Miguel Cabrera’s liner to second. Candelario scored on a Ronny Rodriguez groundout.

The Yankees scored three more times in the eighth with a two-run triple by Gregorius.

After widening their lead, Boone went to Ben Heller, who hadn’t pitched for the Yankees since 2017, as he came back from Tommy John surgery. He gave up a run in his lone inning of work.
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