The Yankees (1-2-1) won their first spring training game on Tuesday, but suffered a much greater loss.
Luis Severino, who missed almost all of 2019 with shoulder issues (save for three games at the end of the season and two postseason starts), will need Tommy John surgery. This will force him to miss all of 2020 and a good portion of 2021.
For 2017 and 2018, Seve averaged 16-7, 3.18. Now just about nothing last year and now nothing at all this year.
We’ll get to how that affects the rotation in a bit.
As for the game today, the Yanks won 4-1 over Toronto.
The bats still haven’t come alive, as the Yanks struck out 17x. The pitchers did strike out 13. The hitters are behind the pitchers right now.
DH Chris Iannetta had two hits, one a double, and scored a run. OF Rosell Herrera had 2 RBI.
Aaron Judge is expected to be ready to go in the middle of next week (Shoulder).
Tropeano 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
Cessa (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00
Avilan (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.40
Lyons (H, 1 ) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00
Kriske (W, 1-0; BS, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.50 Gave up solo HR.
Acevedo (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K 0.00
Keller (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K 0.00
Alvarez (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
Tropeano (12-14, 4.51 MLB career) has an outside shot at the #5 spot in the rotation, along with others I will list.
As of now, the rotation is
Take your pick: Tropeano, Cessa, Clarke Schmidt, Mike King, Loaisiga, Deivi Garcia.
The early part of the Yanks’ schedule isn’t too bad. Good.
Hopefully when Paxton and German come back in May and June things straighten out a bit. Hopefully Paxton is OK physically and German both physically but also mentally and emotionally from that domestic abuse incident.
When they come back, barring more injuries (please, no) then
Montgomery OR German
Now that isn’t too bad, even WITH the loss of Severino. Not as good, obviously, but until then,
someone from that group of Tropeano, Cessa, Clarke Schmidt, Mike King, Loaisiga, Deivi Garcia has to just hold the fort for two months.
We will see who does.