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Despite the shutdown, a few moves.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

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?

S.T. Game 18. Yanks fall 3-1 to Phils, make more cuts.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

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.

S.T. Game 12. Happ looks good in Yanks’ 3-2 win over Phillies.

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With Luis Severino out for the year, the Yanks will need J.A. Happ to step up and be what he was in 2018, not 2019.

So far, early returns in spring training have been encouraging.

Happ threw 4 shutout innings against the Phillies last night, striking out six, as the Yankees (8-3-1) beat the Phils, 3-2.

“The Machine”, D.J. LeMahieu, had two hits.

Happ (W, 2-0) 4 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 6 K.  1.00
King (H, 2) 3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K.  2.70  Gave up 2 -run HR. Hurt chances for the #5 spot.
Lyons (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.  0.00
Otero (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00

Thought Chapman would pitch last night, but he didn’t. He’ll go Friday.

Meanwhile, Aaron Judge is undergoing a huge battery of tests (close to if not already at double digits) to determine the cause of the trouble in his right shoulder/pectoral muscles.

Gleyber Torres made his third error of the spring. Needs to clean it up a bit what with the switch from 2B to SS.

 

S.T. Game 6: Yanks win 7-1 and competition heats up for #5 rotation slot.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks won their third S.T. game in a row, 7-1 , to go to 3-2-1 in Spring Training.

Tyler Wade and Clint Frazier hit back to back HR in the first inning, with Wade’s being a 2-run shot.

Mike Ford had two hits, including a 2-run HR of his own.

What really looked good was the pitching, especially the guys following J.A. Happ.

Here is the pitching line:

Happ (W, 1-0) 3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.  1.80
King (H, 1) 2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K.   0.00
Schmidt 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K.  0.00
Loaisiga 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K  0.00

With Paxton, Severino and German all out to start the season (and for Severino, out the entire season), it looks like Happ moves up to the #3 slot, and the Yanks need Happ to be what he was in 2018 when the Yanks got him from Toronto (7-0, 2.69 in 11 starts; 16-7 overall Tor/NYY) and not the Happ who struggled last season.

Jordan Montgomery looks like the #4 starter, and that #5 spot is up for grabs.

Three of the guys in contention for that #5 spot in the rotation pitched today—those three guys right after Happ.

Good to see all do well and it be a tough, healthy competition where no one wins it on default but on merit.

Great job by all three today. Happ, too.

 

S.T. Game 1: Happ looks great, but Yanks fall, 2-1.

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First things first. As far as spring training results go, I don’t care until about March 17 or so.

Most early S.T. games are decided late by players who will be in the minors, sometimes AA or lower, so there is that.

I do care about injuries. Making sure your top players don’t get hurt in these games. And in that regard, news about Aaron Judge’s aching shoulder are encouraging.

Already we know about German’s suspension. Paxton being out. The uncertainty of Severino. Hicks out until June. We don’t need more.

The Yanks only got three hits today—all by minor leaguers—in a 2-1 loss to Toronto.

There was some good in this.

J.A. Happ pitched two perfect innings. Six up, six down. Happ had a poor 2019 (12-8, 4.91) but was 7-0, 2.69 after the Yanks traded for him in 2018, a season in which he went 17-6, 3.65 between Toronto and the Yanks. He went 20-4, 3.18 for Toronto in 2016.

Happ, 37, needs to step up with German, Paxton and probably Severino out. Today was a good starting point.

The Yanks’ only run came on a bottom of the ninth HR by Chris Gittens. Gittens will probably start the year at AAA SWB. He isn’t young, 26. He hit .281-23-77 at AA last year.

Another hit, a double, came off the bat of Ben Ruta. Ruta, an OF, turns 26 in June. He’ll probably be at AAA too. He hit .260-8-55 with 25 SB at AA Trenton last year. So far in the minors he has shown a decent BA (.271) but no power, but good speed.

The game ended with the Yanks having the tying run on second and the winning run on first.

Pitching line:

Happ 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.00
King 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00
Cessa 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00
Tropeano (L) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  9.00
Avilan 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.   13.50
Ort 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  0.00
Acevedo 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K, 0.00
Kriske 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  0.00

Ok, something on some other guys. Tropeano, 29, RHP, has pitched in the majors for Houston and the Angels. 39 starts and  3 relief appearances, so he is competing for a 5 spot or spot starter/long relief role, probably against Cessa. MLB career: 12-14, ERA 4.51. ERA+ 90.

King got in one game at the end of the year for the Yanks last year after being injured most of the year. 2 IP, 1 R, unearned. He had a great 2018 in the minors, going 11-5, 1.79 from High A to AAA. He’ll be 25 in May. He is fighting for the #5 starter job, probably will go to AAA but I think you WILL see him sometime this season.

The last person to discuss, and don’t disregard him, is Brooks Kriske. This is a guy I feel you WILL see this year. Between High A and AA last year, the RHP went 3-3, 2.08 with 12 saves and 80K in 60.2 IP. Someone to keep an eye on.

 

Severino shut down with forearm soreness.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The signing of Gerrit Cole doesn’t look like icing on the cake now. Now it appears to have been a necessity.

From MLB.com:

Yankees right-hander Luis Severino is dealing with forearm soreness and has a loose body in his right pitching elbow, manager Aaron Boone told reporters Thursday.

Per Boone, Severino has felt soreness throughout the offseason — particularly when throwing his changeup — dating back to his final start against the Astros in Game 3 of last year’s American League Championship Series. The 26-year-old is likely to visit with Dr. Chris Ahmad, the Yankees’ team physician, on Friday to determine the next steps.

Boone was unable to declare whether Severino will be ready for the start of the season.

Injuries involving Severino’s rotator cuff and lat muscle sidelined him for much of the 2019 season. He returned for three starts in September before making two more starts in the postseason. Fellow Yankees starter James Paxton is already sidelined until May at the earliest after undergoing surgery to remove a cyst in his back, meaning New York may need to look to younger pitchers like Jordan Montgomery or Jonathan Loaisiga to fill in its back-of-the-rotation slots.

Boone also told reporters that slugger Aaron Judge is expected to begin his hitting program on Friday. Judge is working his way back from shoulder soreness that kept him out of the cage for the first few days of camp.

One thing that MLB.com forgot to mention is the suspension incurred by Domingo German which will keep HIM out of the rotation until early June.

All of a sudden, Mike King, Clarke Schmidt and Deivi Garcia become more important, as do Luis Cessa and also the Chad Green opener option.

Also, another report has Severino not meeting with Dr. Ahmad tomorrow, but as having been prescribed anti-inflammatories. We’ll find out more later.

My concern is that forearm soreness usually signifies another problem that leads to TJ surgery. Hopefully it isn’t that. That would cost Severino all of 2020 and half of 2021.

The Yanks need Severino as the #2 behind Cole. They need the 2017 and 2018 Severino.

Fingers crossed.

Paxton to be out until early June after spinal surgery.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Well, now we know one reason why J.A. Happ wasn’t traded.

From mlb.com:

Paxton’s season debut will be delayed after the Yankees announced on Wednesday that the left-hander underwent a microscopic lumbar discectomy with removal of a peridiscal cyst.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Andrew Dossett in Dallas, and the club said that Paxton’s approximate timeline to return to Major League action is three to four months.

General manager Brian Cashman said that Paxton first reported the injury issue in September, receiving treatment after his final regular-season start on Sept. 27 against the Rangers in Arlington.

Paxton received an injection, and Cashman said the hurler’s recovery was part of the reason he was pushed back to start Game 2 of the American League Championship Series against the Astros, with the Game 1 nod going to Masahiro Tanaka.

Following the season, Cashman said multiple doctors recommended a conservative treatment program that did not require surgery. Paxton contacted the Yanks about four to six weeks ago to report a recurrence of the discomfort, at which time the conservative protocol was again recommended.

So with this, Tanaka moves to #3 (with Cole 1 and Severino 2) and Happ moves up to 4. It opens #5 up for Jordan Montgomery, or perhaps, Luis Cessa, Jonathan Loaisiga, Mike King or even maybe Clarke Schmidt or Deivi Garcia.

Not only that, it means that both Paxton and Domingo German would be scheduled to come back at about the same time.


Meanwhile big news as Boston trades Mookie Betts and David Price to the Dodgers. The Dodgers make two moves, sending Kenta Maeda to the Twins and Joc Pederson to the Angels.

Yankees/Dodgers WS?