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Minor League Report. Torres needs TJ surgery, done for year.

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Yankees’ top prospect, INF Gleyber Torres, needs TJ surgery and is done for the year. He injured his non-throwing elbow sliding into home the other day and hyperextended the elbow, injuring ligaments as well.

The Yanks were possibly grooming Torres to take over at 3B for Chase Headley later this year. They also now have promoted 3B Miguel Andujar to AAA. Andujar is an option for the future at 3B, also the Yanks may look at the trade deadline for a 3B. They aren’t happy with Headley’s performance so far.

Besides 3B, the Yanks may also look to upgrade at starting pitching and 1B. With CC out until early August and Tanaka struggling, an upgrade in the rotation, via Chance Adams being called up,Fo or a trade, looks imminent.

Also, 1B has been a problem with Greg Bird hurt and shut down, and the disappointing performance of Chris Carter. Here, the Yanks could look at a promotion (Tyler Austin, Mike Ford, Ji-Man Choi) or look to trade.

These are three positions that bear watching over the next month. How do the Yanks upgrade here? Is there a big deal brewing?

AAA: SWB (42-26) won 6-1. CF Dustin Fowler double, HR, 2 RBI. 3 hits, HR, 2 RBI LF Jake Cave. 3 hits, RBI 2B Donovan Solano. RF Clint Frazier 2 hits.

Lail (W, 4-2, 4.78) 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 2 W, 3 K.
Layne (H, 1) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00
Heller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.48.

AA: Trenton off.

High A:   Tampa (37-31) won 4-2. 2B Nick Solak 2 hits, solo HR. LF Tito Polo 2 hits, rbi. C Sharif Othman 2 hits.

Widener (w, 4-6, 3.94) 6 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 4 K.
Foley (H, 1) 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 3 K. 1.59
Gomez (S, 2) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 2.55

Low A: Charleston off.

UPDATE: Yanks’ minor league pitcher Matt Marsh has been suspended 50 games for using a banned substance.

Game 64. Road trip from hell continues as Yankees lose in 10, 8-7, more players hurt.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before the game, the Yankees made moves, sending down Ron Herrera and putting CC Sabathia on the DL. They brought back Ben Heller  Domingo German (my mistake) and called up Luis Cessa.

After the game, an 8-7 Yankees’ loss in 10 innings, the Yanks may have to make more moves, like maybe bringing up Dustin Fowler, Kyle Higashioka and a reliever.

The road trip from hell continued with not only a Yankees’ loss,  their third in a row, but now more players may be headed to the DL.

In the minors, the Yankees have shut down Greg Bird, who now has a knee injury on top of trying to get over the ankle injury. Poor guy appears to be like Nick Johnson. So much potential, but injuries keep eating him up.

We don’t know when Ellsbury is coming back from that concussion. That’s important because last night Aaron Hicks had to be taken out of the game because of an Achilles injury.

Gary Sanchez had to be taken out because of an abductor muscle injury. Adam Warren wasn’t available because of a sore trap muscle in his pitching arm.

We’ll see if these injuries are day to day or if they require DL stints. But geez…

The loss puts the Yanks at 38-26, and they maintain a 2-game lead in the AL East. It was a tough loss, because the Yanks came back in the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth and took the lead in the tenth.

In the tenth, Giovanny Gallegos got the first two outs, then gave up two hits and an intentional walk before a blooper just extended past Starlin Castro’s reach, tipped off his glove, found grass, and gave the A’s their 8-7 walkoff win.

The Yanks left the bases loaded in the first, not scoring. They left two on in the fourth.

Jordan Montgomery gave up a solo HR in the first to Jed Lowrie and a 2-run double in the second to put the Yanks in a 3-0 hole.

The Yanks tied it in the sixth when with one out, Castro singled, Sanchez walked and Didi (17 g. hitting streak) singled to load the bases. Headley singled in two runs, Carter tied the game with a single.

The A’s got a run in the bottom of the sixth to go up 4-3 on a Yonder Alonso HR. The Yanks tied it in the seventh. With two out, Castro singled, stole second, and scored on a Gary Sanchez double.

The A’s scored in the bottom of the seventh, going up 5-4. The Yanks came back again to tie it in the eighth on a Chris Carter HR (7).

Once again, the Yanks couldn’t hold the A’s, as the A’s got a run in the bottom of the eighth. The Yanks tied the game at six in the top of the ninth when Castro doubled with one out and Sanchez singled him home. Sanchez was having a big game when he got hurt.

In the tenth, with one out, Gardner and Refsnyder (in for the injured Hicks) each singled. Judge walked to load the bases and Castro hit a SF.

Then came the bottom of the tenth when Gallegos got the first two batters but couldn’t salt the game away.

Gardner 2 hits.
Castro 3 for 5, scored 3, 1 RBI. (.328)
Sanchez 3 for 3, 2 walks, scored 1, 2 RBI. He raised his average to .297 before the injury.
Headley 2 hits, 2 RBI
Carter 2 hits, 2 RBI, HR
Montgomery 5 2/3 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 1 W, 5 K. 3.78. Gave up 2 HR
Green 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.70
Clippard 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.30
Betances 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K. 0.42
Gallegos (BS, 1; L, 0-1; 7.15) 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K.

 

Game 63. Herrera’s MLB debut results in 7-5 Yanks’ loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

That first game in the majors has to be exciting. Unfortunately for Ronald Herrera, it resulted in a loss.

Herrera was called up from AA Trenton earlier in the day when Ben Heller was sent back to the minors.  The Yanks needed a fresh arm. He gave up a late 2-run HR that doomed the Yanks as they lost 7-5 to the Angels Wednesday night. The loss cuts the Yanks’ (38-25) AL East lead to two games since Boston beat the lowly Phillies.

It started out good. In the first, Gardner singled, and with one out, Judge singled. Judge stole second and Matt Holliday just missed a 3-run HR as he hit a SF. After Castro was HBP, Sanchez hit a 3-run HR (11) to make it 4-0.

But Michael Pineda didn’t have much tonight, giving up a run in the first, two in the second and two more in the third. He did gut out six innings.

That run in the first that Pineda gave up could have been more. Aaron Hicks took a grand slam away from Luis Valbuena. It went as a SF instead.

In the second, the Yanks wasted a one-out triple by Rob Refsnyder. I would have loved to have had Gardner squeeze in a run, but as readers of this blog know, the one criticism I have of Girardi is that he never squeezes home a run. This, and other things, contributed to the loss. Instead, Refsnyder was left stranded.

Didi Gregorius (.337) extended his hitting streak to 16 games, but was hit by a batted ball on a single by Chase Headley in the fourth when the Yanks got three hits but no runs.

In the fifth, with two out, Judge reached on an error and Holliday and Castro both singled. Judge was thrown out at the plate however, on a bad send by 3B coach Joe Espada. Judge hadn’t even reached third when the LF fielded the ball and Judge was out easily.

The Yanks did tie the game in the sixth when Sanchez singled and went to second on an error. After Didi struck out, Headley singled to tie the game at five.

In the seventh, Hicks laid down a beautiful bunt for a hit. I wish Gardner had done that with Refsnyder on third in the second.

After Pineda went six innings, Girardi brought in Herrera. I was a little surprised at that because of the flight to CA (figure you’d give a guy a chance to rest a day after the flight before bringing him in… flight could take something out of you, esp. cross-country, and esp. after a 3:30 AM wakeup call to tell you you’ve been promoted) and also that Herrera was doing great as a STARTER at AA Trenton. You don’t know how he would do as a reliever. That’s a different area. Herrera gave up a 2-run HR to Andrelton Simmons in the seventh which decided the game.

It seems as if Girardi was looking long term (at least, according to a NY Post article) and willing to sacrifice one game for the long term benefit of his bullpen, which he described as “fried.”

The Yanks got a break in the ninth, when with two out, Hicks’ long drive seemed to be caught against the wall by the RF. The call was overturned and Hicks was given a double, meaning Judge was up as the tying run. Although he hit the ball hard, Judge grounded out to third to end the game.

Gardner 2 for 5. Hicks 2 for 5 (.314). Sanchez 3 for 4, scored 2 runs, 3 RBI, HR. Headley 2 hits, RBI.

Pineda 6 IP, 5 R, 10 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.71. Gave up 1 HR.
Herrera (L, 0-1, 9.00) 2 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.

CC was diagnosed with a Grade 2 hamstring strain. Still no word on how long he’ll be on the DL. CC says he feels good and hopes to miss just one start, but this could put him out until mid-August.

Aroldis Chapman is expected to return to the Yanks on Sunday after a couple of rehab stints.

 

 

 

Game 62. CC hurt as Yanks give one away, 3-2 in 11.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

CC Sabathia strained his hamstring (how bad, how long a DL stint and who’ll replace him we don’t know yet) in a 3-2 11-innings Yankees’ loss to the Angels Tuesday night.

The loss cut the Yankees’ (38-24) AL East lead to three games, because the Red Sox are taking advantage of the fact that they are playing the worst team in the majors right now in the 21-42 Phillies.

The Angels scored first, With two out, Chris Carter made a 2-base fielding error and the next batter singled in a run.

The Yanks tied it in the fifth on a Headley double and Gardner single.

Headley homered in the seventh (4) to put the Yanks up 2-1.

I’ll never understand why managers feel the need to pull a guy who just pitched a scoreless inning just to put in their “eighth inning guy”. After pitching a scoreless seventh, Adam Warren was pulled for Tyler Clippard. Clippard gave up a game-tying HR to the first batter he faced. When will managers stop going by the book and go by what they see and what is in their gut? Guy is doing well, leave him in! Getting too fine and cute costs you. I hate this mix and match. If the guy had a good inning, leave him in there.

In the top of the eleventh, with one out, Sanchez walked, Gregorius doubled to extend his hitting streak to 15 games, and Headley was intentionally walked. But Carter and Gardner both popped up.

In the bottom of the eleventh, a walk, SB after an out, another out that moved up the runner, a walk and a single won the game for the Angels.

Headley 3 for 4, HR.

Sabathia 4 IP, 1 R, UNEARNED, 3 H, 1 W, 4 K. 3.46. Headed to DL.
Gallegos 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 5.91
Warren (H, 6) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.23
Clippard (BS, 4) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.00 Gave up 1 HR.
Holder 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.96
Shreve (L, 1-1, 1.47) 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K.
Heller 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 0.00

 

 

 

Game 56. CC blanks Red Sox 8-0 as Headley, Carter awaken.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned how besides Tanaka, the corner infielders, 3B and 1B, needed to step up.

Step up is what Chris Carter and Chase Headley did tonight in the Yanks’ 8-0 win over Boston that stretched their AL East lead to 2 games. The Yanks are now 33-23.

A few years ago, I had great concerns about CC Sabathia, fearing that he was done. To his credit, CC realized that he had to reinvent himself. The new CC isn’t the CC of old, but a new CC that had to find and perfect a new style of pitching in order to succeed. It appears he has done that, thank goodness.

The Yanks struck in the third for the only run CC would need when Didi Gregorius hit his fifth HR of the season.

In the fourth, Starlin Castro tripled and Gary Sanchez (dropped to 6 in the order, Hicks 2nd)  singled to make it 2-0. After Didi made out, Headley singled and Carter hit a 3-run HR (6) to make it 5-0.

Carter missed out on another HR in the game when Boston RF Mookie Betts made a great catch robbing Carter of a possible HR despite fan interference on the play. Carter probably would have been ruled out anyway due to the fan.

In the seventh, Gardner reached on an error, stole second and scored on a Holliday single. 6-0.

In the eighth, with one out, Gregorius singled and Headley walked. Carter singled in one run and Gardner another for 8-0, the final score.

Castro 2 hits.
Gregorius 2 hits, solo HR.
Headley 2 hits.
Carter 3 hits, HR, 4 RBI.

Sabathia (W, 7-2, 3.66) 8 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 0 W, 5 K.
Holder 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.38

 

Game 51. Aaron’s no “Hick” 4 Hits 6 RBI. Sanchez 2 HR in Yanks’ 12-2 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Aaron Hicks had 4 hits and 6 RBI, and Gary Sanchez hit 2 HR as the Yanks routed Toronto 12-2 to improve their record to 31-20.

The Yanks jumped out for 4 runs in the first.

Gardner led off the game with a double, and after a lineout by Sanchez, Judge singled him home. Holliday singled and Castro walked to load the bases, and after Gregorius struck out, Hicks cleared the bases with a double.

Sanchez hit his first HR of the game to make it 5-0 in the second.

He hit his second HR of the game (7), a 2-run shot, to make it 7-0 in the fourth.

With two out in the seventh, Didi reached on an error and Hicks doubled him in. Headley singled in Hicks to make it 9-0.

Toronto got a HR off off CC in the seventh and another off Green in the eighth to cut it to 9-2.

In the top of the ninth, Holliday singled, and after an out, Didi Gregorius singled. Hicks doubled in two runs and Headley singled in Hicks to make it 12-2, the final score.

Gardner 2 hits.
Sanchez 2 hits, both HR, 3 RBI.
Holliday 3 hits.
Hicks 4 hits, 6 RBI.
Headley 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Sabathia (W, 6-2, 4.12) 6 1/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 0 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR
Green 2 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.03  Gave up 1 HR.

Game 46. “Holliday” weekend. Yanks win despite getting only 2 hits, 3-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Matt Holliday got the Yanks’ first hit of the game with a 2-run HR in the sixth inning, and despite only getting two hits in the game, the Yanks edged the Oakland A’s 3-2.

The Yanks got a run in the first without getting a hit. Sanchez walked and Holliday was HBP. After a wild pitch, Starlin Castro hit a SF.

CC gave up a run in the top of the sixth that tied the game at 1.

Then in the bottom of the sixth, Sanchez walked again and Holliday broke up the no-hit bid with his ninth HR of the year.

CC gave up a HR in the seventh to cut the Yanks’ lead to 3-2, but they held on, with Dellin Betances getting the last five outs, as Tyler Clippard ran into trouble again.

The Yanks are 28-18. The only other hit came when Castro singled after Holliday’s HR.

The Yanks got a little lucky when two balls almost resulted in violent collisions with Aaron Judge. There could have been serious injury there.

Sabathia (W, 5-2, 4.42) 6 1/3 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 3 W, 9 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Warren (H, 4) 2/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.88
Clippard (H, 6) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.74.
Betances (S, 5) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.52

Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning, who later served as a U.S. Representative and Senator, died at the age of 85. See my other post on this blog for more information.