Ivan Nova pitched great in his last bid to try and make the rotation, but it is the bullpen that is a concern for the Yanks after a 2-0 win over the Braves today.
The Yanks may have not one, but two key bullpen members going on the DL to begin the season. Add that to the 30-day suspension of Aroldis Chapman and today’s win could be a very painful one.
From MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch:
The Yankees have been blessed with good health for most of the spring, but those fortunes took a turn on Wednesday afternoon when lefty reliever Andrew Miller was hit on the right wrist by a line drive. X-rays were negative, but the Yanks announced that a CT scan revealed a chip fracture in the wrist. He will visit a hand specialist to determine the next step.
One inning later, Bryan Mitchell limped off the mound after sustaining a sprained left big toe while covering first base. Mitchell — who learned on Tuesday that he will make the Opening Day roster — will have an MRI performed. The Yanks open the season Monday against the Astros.
Earlier in the day, it was announced that Austin Romine has made the team as the backup catcher, and Ron Torreyes as backup infielder.
Now if Miller and Mitchell are out for the bullpen, that really throws a monkey wrench into things.
Nova 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 2 K.
Miller 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. The liner happened on his first pitch.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K.
Mitchell. 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 walks and 1 K.
Yates 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.