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Despite the shutdown, a few moves.

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Despite the shutdown of baseball (and everything) because of the coronavirus, the Yankees did make a few moves on what was supposed to be Opening Day.

  • Optioned INF Thairo Estrada, RHP Ben Heller and RHP Michael King to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
  • Optioned RHP Deivi García to Double-A Trenton.

Makes you wonder if the season DID start today, would Loaisiga have been the #5 behind Cole, Tanaka, Happ, and Montgomery?

Hicks to start throwing program.

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Aaron Hicks, who had TJ surgery on his throwing elbow after last offseason, has been cleared to start a throwing program.

So if baseball does come back this year after this pandemic, maybe he won’t miss too much of the season.

And neither may others, like Stanton and Paxton. Maybe Judge, too.

Today was supposed to be Opening Day.

Until this unfortunate and dire situation resolves itself, stay safe all!

Judge also had collapsed lung.

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From ESPN:

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge told reporters Friday that his fractured rib is improving, and he also disclosed that he suffered a partially collapsed lung.

Two weeks ago, manager Aaron Boone said a fractured rib revealed by a CT scan was why Judge had been suffering tightness in his shoulder and pectoral area, thus significantly limiting his baseball activities since early February.

The Yankees never divulged the pneumothorax, commonly called a collapsed lung. Judge said a scheduled CT scan Friday showed the pneumothorax had fully healed and that had been slight progress in the healing of the rib.

MLB suspension also pushes back German return.

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If you are wondering what the suspension of spring training and the postponement and delay of Opening Day means for Domingo German and his return to the Yankees, think no further.

It pushes it back.

German wasn’t suspended for a certain time, but for a certain amount of GAMES. So his suspension resumes whenever the games resume.

Originally considered a candidate for a June return, now, depending on when MLB does kick in, he may not be back until August.

And with the changes to MLB as far as the rosters (no increase from 25 to 40 in September, but only from 26 to 28), if this delay pushes him into September, then there could be a chance he doesn’t come back at all this year.

He’s not eligible until the Yankees’ 64th game of 2020, but who knows now when that 64th game will take place?

That 64th game was originally supposed to be June 5th. Now?


This pandemic / national emergency does give some players like Judge, Stanton and Paxton time to heal without missing games. So there is that. A silver lining.

But we wish the black cloud never would have appeared.


As expected the minors followed MLB’s lead. Minor league baseball postponed for the time being as well.

S.T. Game 21. Yanks win, but rest of S.T. cancelled, Reg. Season Opener delayed.

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First the game, then the other MAJOR ramifications.

The Yanks (11-8-2) did beat Washington today, 6-3, to go to 11-8-2 on the spring training schedule.

BUT…. there it will stay for now.

Because of the coronavirus epidemic, the rest of spring training has been cancelled and the regular season has been pushed back two weeks—-AT LEAST. Could be more.

Everything is off right now. The NBA, NHL, XFL… all suspended or cancelled. March Madness for the guys and gals is cancelled.

Schools cancelled. Colleges doing online courses only.

Golf first said that it would go on with no spectators—after all, if there is only two golfers per hole with their caddies, no problem and no one in the next 450 yards, right? But now it looks like that is out, too.

So….nothing.

If you want to look on the bright side of life (cue Monty Python) this actually may help the Yanks regarding injuries/illness like Judge, Sanchez, Stanton and Paxton. But you don’t really want this as the way to help yourselves.

The Yanks did win, 6-3. Tyler Wade had two hits, inc. a 2-run HR. Good. He was struggling.

Diego Castillo had 2 hits.

Loaisiga 3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up HR.  2.70
Tropeano (W, 1-1) 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K.  5.19
Hale (H, 1) 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  6.14. Good job, but enough?
Abreu 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  5.40

So, there won’t be many updates for a while, not until this virus clears up.

Good news: Aaron Judge feels better.

 

 

S.T. Game 20. Yanks fall, 3-1. Bats remain silent.

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So far this spring training, the Yankees bats have been silent. Today they only got four hits in a 3-1 loss that dropped their spring training record to 10-8-2.

Concerns: Tauchman .045; Wade .071.

Pitching line:

Deivi Garcia (L, 0-2) 3 1/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 W, 3 K    7.36
Cessa 3 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 7 K   2.89. Great job by Cessa today.
Avilan 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.18

Zack Britton has a bruised right (non-throwing) wrist after being struck by a line drive off the bat of Erik Kratz in batting practice today.


 

 

S.T. Game 19. Late HR beats Yanks, 4-2. Sanchez has the flu.

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First a sore back, now the flu, will keep Gary Sanchez down a while.

Gerrit Cole and Jordan Montgomery both pitched well, but a 2-run HR in the top of the ninth off of Ben Heller beat the Yanks (10-7-2) 4-2.

Concerns: The Yanks really haven’t hit yet. Also, Gleyber Torres made his fifth error of the spring.

Good points: Pitching. Kyle Higashioka hit a HR, his 3rd of spring training.

Cole 3 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 6 K.  7.00
Otero 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K.  3.86
Montgomery 4 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 5 K.   4.09
Heller (L, 0-1) 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.  27.00  Gave up a 2-run HR.
Wivinis 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  0.00

 

An Aside: Last I saw, Didi Gregorius was 0 for 22 for the Phils so far this spring.