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Yankees moves. Not all are good.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

While we are waiting through a rain delay (when will it stop being cold, drizzly, rainy, windy, raw and downright miserable in the Northeast?) an update on Yankees’ moves today.

Aaron Hicks is back, scheduled to lead off and play CF tonight if the game gets in. Mike Tauchman was sent down for Hicks.

Tonight’s scheduled starting pitcher, Jonathan Loaisiga, has been placed on the IL with a sore shoulder. Rotator cuff inflammation. He’s had shoulder trouble in the past. He’ll be shut down for 4 weeks. Luis Cessa will start in his place and Chance Adams has been brought up from SWB where he was 2-1, 4.80 in six starts. Last year, Adams was 0-1, 7.04 in three games for the Yanks, one start.

Hopefully James Paxton comes off the IL soon. With Luis Severino not back until after the All-Star break, and Jordan Montgomery not back until August, maybe the Yanks need to look at Dallas Keuchel. Rumors are they may be the front runners for Keuchel, but that a signing wouldn’t occur until after the baseball draft so that the Yanks wouldn’t have to pay compensation. That would be in the first week of June.

Also, Miguel Andujar goes back on the IL. He’ll have that shoulder reevaluated. Since coming off the IL, he has only been 3 for 34. I suggested the other day that maybe there is more to that shoulder injury. He hasn’t looked himself, and maybe that injury not only hampers his throwing but his hitting too. Surgery, which could cost him the rest of the season, isn’t out of the question. His exit velocity is down, and of the six hits he has this year (and he’s only hitting .128), none have been for extra bases. No infield call-up yet, instead the Yanks just brought back Nestor Cortes.

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Game 33. Yanks beat Twins (4-1) and the elements.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I was at Yankee Stadium today for the game with the Lehigh Valley Yankee Fan Club, and can honestly say that it was the first time as an adult that I was at a baseball game and didn’t have a beer.

What I had—and needed—was three hot chocolates.

It was a miserable day in the Bronx, cold, drizzly and windy. The weather was RAW, RAW, RAW.

The game was called in the bottom of the eighth with the Yanks (19-14, 2nd in AL East, 2 back) leading 4-1. They get the win. The game was called after a 61 minute rain delay and in my opinion, should have been called much earlier.

Before the game, GM Brian Cashman told the media that Luis Severino won’t be expected back until after the All-Star break.

Domingo German has so far picked up the baton from Severino and has become the staff ace in Severino’s absence. He picked up his sixth win of the season against just one loss, and lowered his ERA to 2.35.

The Yanks scored twice in the second inning. Gleyber Torres led off the inning with a single and Brett Gardner walked. After Gio Urshela struck out, Cameron Maybin walked to load the bases. Mike Tauchman struck out, but D.J. LeMahieu got an infield single to score Torres, and when SS Jorge Polanco of the Twins tried to make a play on LeMahieu, he threw the ball away, enabling Gardner to score and Maybin to go to third. Luke Voit flied out to end the inning.

With two out in the fourth inning, German had his only blip of the game. An infield single, walk and another single cut the Yanks’ lead to 2-1.

With one out in the bottom of the fourth, Urshela singled, and an out later, Tauchman hit a 2-run HR (4) to make it 4-1. The losing pitcher for the Twins was ex-Yankee Michael Pineda.

The game ended with Torres, the leadoff batter in the eighth, on third with no one out and Gardner up.

German (W, 6-1, 2.35) 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 3 W, 7 K.
Kahnle (H, 3) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.   1.38
Ottavino (H, 5) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1 HBP.  2.12
Chapman (S, 7) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K  2.13  1 WP

The WP by Chapman was probably caused by a wet and muddy mound which caused the Twins pitcher to have a PB and WP shortly before the game was delayed and then called. Like I mentioned above, the game should have been called way before it actually was.

The attendance of 38.603 was probably sold tickets, because the crowd actually IN the Stadium freezing its butts off was considerably less. It said 51 degrees but a strong wind (19 MPH, blowing in from LF) and drizzle made it feel like it was in the 30s.

Minor League Report. Gio rebounds nicely.

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AAA: SWB (3-3) wins 5-1 over Lehigh Valley. Gio Gonzalez, who after the Yanks had signed him to a minor league deal, gave up 13 R, 12 ER in six innings in his first two appearances (one spring training and one AAA game) , put it together last night, pitching six shutout innings, giving up just 3 hits, and striking out 10. He walked one.

DH Mike Ford and SS Thairo Estrada each had 2 hits and an RBI. CF Billy Burns 2 hits.

With Luis Severino shut down, and, it appears, out until late June/early July, Gonzalez could now become an option for the Yankees’ rotation, or even the bullpen.

Another option could be signing free agent Dallas Keuchel.

But both options as far as the rotation goes, would most likely affect Domingo German, who so far, has pitched very well. As far as the bullpen, it most likely would affect Stephen Tarpley.

AA: Trenton (3-2) won 7-2. 2B Wendell Rijo 2-run HR. SS Hoy Jun Park solo HR. DH Rashad Crawford 2 hits. 3B Angel Aguilar 2 hits, 2 RBI. Three bullpen pitchers 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H.

High A: Tampa (2-4) lost 9-8. DH Matt Pita 3 hits, 4 RBI. 1B Dermis Garcia 2 RBI. 3B Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits. Starter Rony Garcia 5 IP, 1 R, 7 K. End of game bullpen meltdown.

Low A: Charleston (3-3) lost both games of a DH, 17-3, then 8-3.

Game 1: CF Josh Stowers 2 hits. 2B Kyle Gray a 3-run HR.
Luis Medina 2 IP, 10 R, 10 H, 4 W, 3 K. Gave up 3 HR
Rodney Hutchinson 3 2/3 IP, 7 R, 3 H, 4 W, 3 K. Also gave up 3 HR.

Game 2: Got just four hits.
Alex Vizcaino 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 2 W, 7 K
Aaron McGarity (L) 1 1/3 IP, 6 R, 7 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.

Game 11. Bullpen blues. Yanks lose late again, 6-3. Severino shut down for 6 weeks.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The bullpen, supposed to be a strength of this Yankees’ (5-6) team, so far hasn’t been. Leading 3-2 going into the bottom of the seventh, the Yanks’ bullpen gave up four runs after that as the Yanks lost 6-3 to Houston.

Clint Frazier had, let’s say, an interesting night in LF playing defense, and Brett Gardner made a mistake on a bunt attempt in thinking a ball was foul when it was fair. That resulted in bunting into a DP.

Jonathan Loaisiga (who was sent down after the game, what with CC coming back off of the DL) struck out the side in the first, but Houston worked up his pitch count and he was gone after just three innings. He did strike out five in those three innings.

Luke Voit homered (3) for the Yanks in the first, and Gary Sanchez had a two-run double in the sixth.

Loaisiga 3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 W, 5 K. 3.86
Tarpley 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 6.75
Cessa 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K.  1.29
Holder (BS, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  5.40
Green (L, 0-2. 9.00) 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K.
Kahnle 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 R, 0 H, 2 K. 0.00

So far this season, we’ve seen Chapman take a loss, Green take two losses, Ottavino one. Not the bullpen that was expected so far.

Luis Severino has a grade 2 lat strain and has been shut down for six weeks. Since he’ll need to build himself back up (basically have to go through a “spring training”), we won’t see him on the mound for the Yanks until late June/early July at the earliest.

Gio Gonzalez (see minor league report) is a possibility. Gio rebounded well last night from two prior poor performances. Gio can opt out if not with the Yanks April 20.

Another possibility could be looking into free agent Dallas Keuchel.

 

Game 10. Bullpen can’t hold lead, Yanks lose 4-3. Severino has setback.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

For six innings, Masahiro Tanaka outpitched Houston’s Justin Verlander. He left with a 3-1 lead.

Unfortunately, the bullpen couldn’t hold it and Houston, aided by some luck on a little dribbler, beat the 5-5 Yankees, 4-3.

Aaron Judge had 2 hits, inc. a HR (3) and walked twice.

Clint Frazier had 2 hits and an RBI.

Not a good night for Greg Bird, who took the “golden sombrero” 0 for 4, 4 strikeouts.

Tanaka 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.  1.47
Britton 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K.  3.86
Ottavino (L, 1-1, 1.29) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 4 K.

Luis Severino will be sent to NY for more tests on his shoulder. According to manager Aaron Boone, Severino “feels OK but he is not where he needs to be.” He’ll have another MRI. Concerning news.

Minor League Report.

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AAA: SWB (1-2) lost 10-8. OF Trey Amburgey 4 hits, RBI. 1B Mike Ford HR, 2 RBI. 3B Mandy Alvarez 2 RBI. 2B Gosuke Katoh 3-run HR.

Not a good outing for starter Chance Adams. 3 IP, 6 R, 5 ER. Reynal Espinal (L) gave up 4 runs in 1 2/3 IP. Rex Brothers pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings, striking out 5.

AA: Trenton (1-1) won 3-2 in 11.  C Jorge Saez 2-run HR in the top of the 11th. LF Ben Ruta 2 hits. RF Rashad Crawford 2 hits, RBI. 3B Wendell Rijo 2 hits. Pitchers combined for 14 K.

Koerner 5 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 2 W, 6 K.  0.00
Acevedo 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3  K.  0.00
Lane 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00
D. Alvarez (W, 1-0, 0.00; BS, 1) 2 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K.

 

High A: Tampa (1-2) won 12-9. 1B Dermis Garcia 3 hits, 4 RBI, HR. RF Steven Sensley 2 RBI. C Donny Sands HR, 3 RBI. Starter Glenn Otto 4 IP, 1 R, 7 K. Relievers Anderson Severino and Jefry Valdez gave up 8 R, 7 ER, in 3 IP.

Low A: Charleston (2-1) lost 3-2.  CF Isaiah Pasteur 2 hits.

Myatt 4 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 4 W, 3 K  4.50
Orozco (L, 0-1, 2.25) 4 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 4 K.
 

S.T. Games 22 and 23. Yanks hit 3 HR in each game, win both. Hicks to miss Opening Day.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before we get to Sunday’s games, some news.

Kyle Higashioka sent down to AAA SWB.

Aaron Hicks will miss Opening Day. He got a second cortisone shot for his back.

This means, for a while (a week?) that Greg Bird AND Luke Voit could be on the opening day roster. Stanton would play LF, Gardner CF, Judge RF. Bird or Voit 1B, the other DH.

Rumors are the Yanks have made an offer to Gio Gonzalez, but are probably far apart. Being over the cap already, I can’t see the offer being substantive, and Gio made $12MM last year. My guess is that the Yanks probably offered half of that to cover themselves in case Severino has more issues and cannot come back in May.

Ok, the Yanks won BOTH split squad games today, hitting 3 HR in each game. So they are 13-6-4 for spring training.

Game 22. Yanks beat Phillies, 7-3.

Troy Tulowitzki 2 hits, a 2-run HR.
Greg Bird solo HR.
Gleyber Torres solo HR.
Tyler Wade 2 hits, 2 SB
Matt Lipka 2 for 2, 2 SB

Great outing for James Paxton. Not so for Chad Green.

Paxton 4 1/3, 1 R, 0 H, 2 W, 4 K.
Green (BS)  2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Betances (W) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Kahnle (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Coulombe 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
A. Severino 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K.

Game 23. Yanks beat Orioles, 5-3.

Jonathan Loaisiga needed a good outing to keep up with Luis Cessa and Domingo German as far as filling in for Luis Severino and CC Sabathia in April. He provided it.

Kyle Holder 2 hits, RBI
Miguel Andujar solo HR.
Luke Voit 2 -run HR (the competition remains good and fierce between him and Bird).
Higashioka 2 hits.
Zack Zehner 2 hits, solo HR.

Loaisiga (W) 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Hale (H) 3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Hutchison (H) 2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR
Brothers (S) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.