Edited from MLB.com:
Edited from MLB.com:
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Yanks made a few more cuts today. From MLB.com:
Right-hander Brooks Kriske was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Right-hander Albert Abreu and outfielder Estevan Florial were optioned to Double-A Trenton. Right-handers Luis Gil and Luis Medina have been optioned to Class A Advanced Tampa. In addition, right-handers Domingo Acevedo and Alexander Vizcaíno were reassigned to Minor League camp.
I think you may see Kriske sometime this year in the Bronx.
Gary Sanchez is expected to catch Friday after being shut down for a few days with a sore back.
As for the game Monday, the Yanks (10-6-2) lost to the Phils, 3-1. J.A. Happ was solid, giving up one run in four innings on a HR. But Mike King gave up a 2-run HR in the bottom of the eighth that lost the game.
So far, it’s an encouraging spring from Happ. If he gets back to 2018 or 2016 form, he helps make up for this year’s loss of Severino.
Happ 4 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 5 K. 1.38 Gave up a solo HR.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00
King (L, 0-1) 2 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 0 K. 3.86 Gave up 2-run HR.
Holder 1/3 IP 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00
Just a hunch. I think Loaisiga gets the #5 starter spot (barring injury) and Garcia, Schmidt and King go to AAA. I have no clue as to what the Yankees do with Tropeano. Once Paxton is back, Loaisiga goes to the bullpen. The Yanks probably won’t push Loaisiga, but hope he gives four or five. Now what happens when German is ready is up in the air. For when Paxton does return, you have Cole, Tanaka, Happ, Montgomery and Paxton. Three lefties in the rotation, especially at Yankee Stadium, is a good thing so there is no guarantee that German gets his starting role back.
Of course, much could change with injuries and/or ineffectiveness.
The Yanks split the squad today (Sunday) and won one game and tied another. They are 10-5-2 in Spring Training.
First, the 1-0 win over the Braves, in which Yankees’ pitchers combined for a two-hit shutout.
Clint Frazier had 2 hits. Chris Iannetta with the RBI.
Concerns: Mike Tauchman .056; Tyler Wade .080
Tanaka 3 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K. 2.08
Kriske 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.38
Ottavino 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
Britton (W, 2-0) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00
Kahnle (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00
Green (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.25
Acevedo (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
Now the tie, 5-5 against the Orioles.
Tommy Milone 3 for 3, 3 RBI, a 2-run HR.
Schmidt 2 IP, 3 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.57
Abreu 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.50
Medina (H, 2) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K. 2.25
Lane (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 10.80
Gil (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.25
Vizcaino (BS, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 9.00
Rosa 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 6.00
Recent cuts: C Kellin Deglan and Wynston Sawyer (minor league camp), P Nick Nelson (AAA) and Miguel Yajure (to AA).