Tyler Austin homered twice, but Dellin Betances was awful again and the Yanks lost 5-3 to Toronto Saturday to drop them to 2-1.
The Yanks have to be concerned after Betances ended last year poorly and has not started this year well.
They also have to be concerned about the OF situation.
With one out in the first, Josh Donaldson doubled for Toronto and Billy McKinney, in his 2nd MLB Game because Aaron Hicks has joined Ellsbury and Clint Frazier on the DL, ran into the wall and suffered a left AC joint sprain (sprained shoulder) and X-rays didn’t show damage, according to an announcement in the press box. But he will be out a while.
Still in all, removed from the game. Justin Smoak then singled to put the Jays up 1-0.
In the third, an error by Drury and a double by Smoak made it 2-0 Jays.
In the fifth, Drury walked and Austin homered to tie the game.
To the sixth, and Warren replaced CC. With one out, a walk, and with two out, Warren had to be pulled from the game after the second out, which moved the runner to second, struck him. Yanks’ snake bit with injuries or near-injuries right now. Holder came in and gave up a hit to make it 3-2 Toronto before getting the final out.
Austin homered again, in the top of the seventh, to tie the game at 3.
But Betances, who gave up a HR on Thursday, gave up another today. Ex-Yankee Yangervis Solarte led off the eighth with a HR (based on how he finished last year so poorly and is starting this year poorly, should we be concerned about Betances?) After a K, single and K, there was an SB and walk. Then a SB of third, and SB of second and then, with runners on 2nd and 3rd, an SB of home to make it 5-3, and Betances poor throw to the plate let the runner on 2nd go to 3rd on the error. A BUNCH OF SB. Betances is pathetic in fielding and in holding runners on. An all-star recently, but only if he isn’t forced to field his position or hold runners on and a big concern lately.
The Yanks only got 4 hits in the game, and two were the 2 HR by Austin. CC was Ok, but Betances was awful.
Sabathia 5 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 2 W, 4 K.
Warren 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Holder 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Betances (L) 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. …. and a lot of SB.
The Yanks signed LHP Oliver Perez to a minor league deal.
Triple-A depth: According to The Athletic’s Marc Carig, right-handed reliever Giovanny Gallegos will start the season on the Triple-A disabled list with a groin injury. Perez slides into his spot.
Perez, 36, was 0-0, 4.64 for Washington last year. ERA+ 96. He is 69-86 in his career, ERA 4.46, ERA+ 93.
Since McKinney has to join Hicks, Ellsbury, and Clint Frazier on the DL, the Yanks could bring up Jeff Hendrix or Estevan Florial, even Shane Robinson…. maybe necessitating a 40-man roster move. They could shift Drury or Wade to the OF and bring up Andujar. (which is what they did). We’ll see how bad it is.
Update: …McKinney out to injury, Warren day to day to injury (bruised ankle), and Andujar recalled. Wade to OF mix, and Torreyes may be added there as well.
Doctors eventually diagnosed McKinney with a strained AC joint, but X-rays didn’t show damage. It was McKinney’s second big-league game. He was called up Friday when regular center fielder Aaron Hicks (right intercostal strain) joined the legion of Yankees on the disabled list (10 day DL, as with Hicks).
Warren was diagnosed with a right ankle bruise. His X-rays showed no damage, too.
Can’t predict injuries. An early test for Boone and the Bombers.
…and let’s not forget about Bird on the DL….