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.