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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?

Yanks have 3 prospects on MLB Pipeline’s Top 100.

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MLB pipeline has three Yankees prospects in their top 100. Here is what they have to say as well as their ranking, and a little about each one from me.

Yankees (3)
54. Jasson Dominguez (ETA: 2024)
88. Clarke Schmidt (2020)
92. Deivi Garcia (2020)

Homegrown talent has helped fuel back-to-back 100-win seasons for the Yankees, though promotions and trades have thinned out their farm system somewhat since MLB Pipeline ranked it as baseball’s second-best three years ago. Dominguez has an immense ceiling and is drawing athletic comparisons to Bo Jackson and Mickey Mantle before making his pro debut, while Schmidt and Garcia could bolster the big league rotation in 2020.

It’s important to note that Dominguez was just signed to a deal (international signing) last year at the age of 16(!). Already #54. He hasn’t even played a minor league game yet (too young for it last year) but look at those comparisons—and before even making his pro debut.

Schmidt, RHP, turns 24 next month. He was the Yanks’ 1st round pick in 2017 out of the University of South Carolina. He spent most of 2019 at High A Tampa, ending up in AA Trenton. I’d expect him to start at AA Trenton, but won’t be surprised if he actually starts the year at AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (abbreviated as SWB to make things easier). In a total of 18 starts and one relief appearance, Schmidt was 6-5, 3.47 in 2019 and struck out 102 in 90 2/3 IP. You have to wonder what his innings limit would be this year, though. 125? An injury cost him a lot of 2017 and 2018. He only has 114 minor league innings under his belt, going 6-8, 3.39 with 132 K in 114 IP. In his college career, he was 15-9, 3.21 in 45 games (36 starts) with 254 K in 229 2/3 IP. I wonder if he may actually be a year away, needing more time and innings in the minors, and ETA more likely 2021.

Garcia, RHP, is slight, 5′ 9″, 163 lbs., as opposed to Schmidt’s 6’1″, 200 lb frame. Garcia is still 20, turns 21 in May. He rose quickly, starting 2019 at High A Tampa and finishing at AAA SWB. He’ll probably start the year at SWB. His 2019 combined record was 5-9, 4.28, (21 starts, 5 relief appearances) with 165 K in 111 1/3 IP. The record wasn’t great, but he is only 20 and look at the number of K’s to IP. I wonder about his innings limit for this year, but if around 140-150, he seems more likely for a 2020 arrival than Schmidt. I could be wrong, we’ll see, but he did pitch some 20 innings more than Schmidt did last year.  In his whole minor league career so far, Garcia is 17-20, 3.37 with a whopping 416 K in 293.2 IP. In 2018, between A to AA (three levels), Garcia was 5-4, 2.55 in 14 starts, with 105 K in 74 IP. Young, still learning, but already, with that K to IP ratio, showing a very high ceiling.


There is a resolution approved by L.A.’s City Council calling for the 2017 World Series title to be stripped from the Astros and awarded to the Dodgers. We know is won’t happen, even though the Astros should probably now be called the Asterisks for what they did.

However, isn’t it presumptuous of L.A.’s City Council to think the Dodgers would have won the WS? Let’s say Houston’s cheating kept the Yankees from the AL Pennant and that the Yankees would have and should have played the Dodgers in the World Series that year. Who’s to say that the Yankees wouldn’t have won that World Series? Sorry, L.A. City council, but we’ll never know what might have happened if the Yankees, not the Astros were your opponent in the WS in 2017. If you think Houston screwed you over in the 2017 WS, well, the Yankees think the same as far as the 2017 ALCS.

Minor League Report. Dominating pitching puts Trenton up 2 games to 1 with 2-1 win.

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AA Trenton won 2-1 to go up two games to one in the best-of-five Eastern League Championship Series.

Chris Gittens 2 hits, 1 RBI (solo HR).

Clarke Schmidt 4 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 9 K.
James Reeves 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Michael King (Win) 4 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 5 K.

Minor League Report. Montgomery on rehab. SWB loses, but Trenton wins Game 1 of their playoff series.

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AAA: SWB lost Game 1 of their best-of-5 playoff series, 9-3. C Erik Kratz solo HR. 1B Gosuke Katoh 2 hits, solo HR. LF Brandon Wagner 2 hits. Brian Keller the loss.

AA: Trenton won Game 1 of their best-of-five series to Reading, 4-3, scoring once in the sixth and three times in the eighth to overcome a 3-0 deficit. LF Ben Ruta 2 hits, RBI. RF Alexander Palma 2 RBI.

Jordan Montgomery 3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 W, 5 K.
Clarke Schmidt (Winner) 6 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 W, 4 K.

Minor League Report. Voit HRs on rehab. AAA, AA win by shutouts.

cropped-the-stadium-facade.jpgAAA: SWB (72-62) won 4-0 to take a one-game lead over Syracuse in the IL North. The season ends next Monday, Labor Day. One game up, six to go.

1B Luke Voit continued his rehab with three hits, which were two doubles and a 2-run HR.

LF Clint Frazier 2 hits. CF Trey Amburgey 2 hits. Michael King, who was great in the minors last year, and who missed most of this year with injury, pitched great.

King (W, 2-1, 3.38) 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 6 K.
Loaisiga (H, 1) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.  6.32
Feyereisen 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.58

AA:  Trenton (74-59) won 2-0. C Kellin Deglan 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Schmidt (W, 2-0, 2.37; AA numbers) 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 5 K.
Reeves (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  1.82
D. Alvarez (S, 20) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.   2.35

Schmidt, 23, RHP. Combined 2019 minor league record: 6-5, 3.47. 19 games, 18 starts. Yankees’ 1st round pick in 2017 draft.

High A: Tampa rained out.

Low A: Charleston (69-65) won 11-5. C Josh Breaux 3 hits, 4 RBI, inc. a solo HR. RF Josh Stowers 2 hits,  RBI. 3B Welfrin Mateo 2 hits, RBI. 2B Eduardo Torrealba 2 hits, RBI.

 

 

Minor League Report. Big Valera HR, great pitching.

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AAA: SWB (69-60) won 4-2. 2B Wendell Rijo 2 hits, RBI. Breyvic Valera (.317 at AAA) PH 2-run GW HR in the bottom of the 8th.

Nelson 6 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 2 W, 6 K.  4.91
Lyons 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.  3.12
Feyereisen (W, 9-2, 2.70) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.

AA: Trenton (69-58) won 4-0. LF Zach Zehner 2 hits. C Kellin Deglan 2 hits. 1B Brandon Wagner 2 hits.

Schmidt (W, 1-0, 3.75) 6 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 9 K.
Carter (H, 3) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  3.64
Bristo 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.  3.66

Schmidt combined minors this year: 5-5, 3.76

High A: Tampa (59-66) won 4-3. LF Pablo Olivares 2 hits, scored 2 runs.

Yajure 6 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 W, 3 K.  2.26  (21, RHP, 8-6, good reports on him from scouts)
Valdez (W, 1-3, 7.76) 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.

Low A: Charleston (67-61) won 1-0 in a game that featured five hits combined, three by Charleston, two by West Virginia. 3B Welfrin Mateo the RBI.

Maciejewski (W, 2-1, 1.35) 8 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 7 K.
C. Espinal (S, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.47

 

Game 120. Gleyber bashes O’s again, Yanks win 11-8.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (79-41) beat Baltimore 11-8 in the night game of the day/night DH as Gleyber Torres continued to torment the Orioles.

Of Torres’ 26 HR this season, half have come vs. Baltimore. With two games left against the Orioles this year, Torres has 13 HR against Baltimore. The Yanks as a team have hit 59 HR vs. the Orioles (13 Torres, 9 by Sanchez), 43 at Camden Yards.

The major league record for most HR against one team in a single season is by Lou Gehrig in 1936 against the Cleveland Indians—14 of his 49 that year. Gleyber is one short.

Want more? From MLB.com (some repeating what I mentioned above) :

• The 13 homers vs. the Orioles this season are the most by a player against a single opponent in the divisional era (since 1969).

• The 13 homers vs. the Orioles are tied for the second most by a player against a single opponent in a season in MLB history (record is Lou Gehrig‘s 14 vs. Cleveland in 1936).

• Torres is the first player since Roger Maris in 1961 vs. the White Sox — his record-setting season — with 13 homers against a single opponent in a season.

• Torres’ five multihomer games vs. the Orioles are the most by a player in a season against a single opponent.

• With 50 career homers, he’s the third-youngest Yankees player to reach that mark.
(Mantle and DiMaggio)

• Torres is the youngest player in American League history to reach 8 career multihomer games.

• The second-year player has surpassed his rookie-year homer total of 24.

• Torres is the first player since Mike Schmidt (1983 vs. the Expos) to homer in both games of a doubleheader twice against the same team in the same season. Torres also homered in both games of a twin bill vs. the Orioles on May 15.

He’s not even 23 yet.

Things are getting so ridiculous with Gleyber vs. the Orioles that in the eighth inning, with two on and two out, the Orioles walked him intentionally to load the bases rather than face him.

The win was the Yanks’ 14th in a row over the Orioles. They are 15-2 vs. them this season.

With the win, the Yanks have a 9 game lead over Tampa Bay in the AL East. The magic # to clinch the division is 34.

In the first inning, D.J. LeMahieu singled, and one out later, Gio Urshela singled. Torres singled to load the bases, and Brett Gardner hit a 3-run triple. 3-0 Yanks.

With one out in the second, Breyvic Valera singled and LeMahieu walked. A WP moved the runners up, and an error in trying to get Valera at third moved them up even further, Valera scoring to make it 4-0.

The Yanks used a lot of B-pitchers in this game. Chad Green once again served as the opener.

Recently acquired Joe Mantiply, who got his first MLB win, gave up 3 runs, including a 2-run HR, in the third that cut the Yanks’ lead to 4-3. Mantiply was making his Yankees’ debut. He did pitch in five games in 2016 for the Tigers—to a 16.88 ERA. That career ERA wasn’t lowered by much.

Mike Ford homered (4) in the bottom of the fourth to make it 5-3 Yankees.

Torres hit the first of his two 3-run homers in the game in the fifth (25) to make it 8-3.

In the bottom of the sixth, he hit his SECOND 3-run homer of the game (26) to make it 11-3.

Brady Lail, making his MLB debut, gave up a 3-run HR in the seventh that cut the Yanks’ lead to 11-6.

Bottom of the eighth, and with two on and two out, Torres, as mentioned earlier, is intentionally walked. No chance for a third 3-run HR.

Torres also turned a nifty DP, barehanding a the flip to second before firing to first.

Baltimore got two runs in the top of the ninth to make it 11-8 before Adam Ottavino closed things out.

The Yankees’ pitching wasn’t great, but Gleyber made up for it.

LeMahieu 3 hits, .338
Urshela 3 hits, .332 (can he catch D.J.?)
Torres 3 hits, Two 3-run HR (26)  6 RBI. Team HR leader (passed Sanchez).
Gardner 3 RBI
Ford solo HR (4)

Green 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.   4.69
Mantiply (W, 1-0, 9.00) 3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. NYY Debut, 1st MLB win.
Lail (H, 1) 2 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K.  Gave up 1 HR. MLB debut.  10.13
Cortes, Jr. 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K.   4.44
Ottavino (S, 2) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.71

 

 

 

Minor League Report.

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AAA: SWB (65-54) lost 3-1. They only got four hits.

Deivi Garcia pitched four scoreless innings, but then gave up runs in the fifth. He got out of a bases-loaded jam in the first.

He may need to work on his move since there were some stolen bases off of him.

When he left, there were runners on first and third with one out, but reliever Trevor Lane let in both runs and also another on his own.

Garcia (L, 1-3, 5.93 in AAA) 4 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 W, 5 K. Combined record this year A+/AA/AAA: 5-9, 4.29, but 147 K in 98 2/3 IP. He’s only 20. Some more time at AAA, cut down on the walks, lower the ERA and …

AA: Trenton (64-54) won 7-5. SS Hoy Jun Park 2 hits. 1B Chris Gittens 2 RBI, solo HR. LF Isiah Gilliam 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR. CF Matt Lipka 2 hits.   James Reeves, Brooks Kriske and Daniel Alvarez combined for five scoreless, hitless innings of relief.

High A: Tampa (52-64) lost 9-0. LF Pablo Olivares 2 of Tampa’s 6 hits. Rough outing for starter Clarke Schmidt, 7 R in 3 IP.

Low A: Charleston (61-58) only gave up two hits, but lost 2-1. C Eduardo Navas 3 hits. 2B Eduardo Torreabla 2 hits.

Harold Cortijo (L, 4-3, 2.86) 5 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 4 W, 2 K.
Aaron McGarity 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 6 K.  3.19

 

 

Minor League Report.

 

AAA: SWB off.

AA: Trenton off.

High A: Tampa (51-59) won 6-0. DH Estevan Florial 2-run HR. 3B Wilkerman Garcia 2 hits.

Clarke Schmidt (W, 4-4, 2.98) 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 3 W, 9 K.
J. Valdez 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.    9.61

Low A: Charleston (58-56) won 11-7.

CF Brandon Lockridge 3 hits, 4 RBI
SS Oswald Peraza 2 hits, RBI
RF Josh Stowers 2 hits, RBI
3B Oliver Dunn 2 hits, RBI
2B Eduardo Torrealba 2 hits, 2 RBI