Week That Was: Yankee Shake Up

Week That Was: Yankee Shake Up
Nick Nelson reflects on the week's biggest MLB news, including Castillo's debut, Gennett's demotion and Whitley's surgery.
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Rangers signed RHP Jared Burton to a minor league contract.

Burton allowed three runs over four relief innings with the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate before being cut loose. The soon-to-be 34-year-old held a 4.36 ERA out of the Twins' bullpen last season and is a decent depth addition.
May 24 - 4:00 PM

Yankees transferred INF Brendan Ryan from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Jacob Lindgren. Ryan has been out all season with a strained calf.
May 24 - 3:58 PM

Yankees optioned RHP Branden Pinder to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The Yankees needed a fresh relief arm after Pinder threw three innings on Saturday. Jacob Lindgren has taken his spot in the bullpen.
May 24 - 3:54 PM

Mariners second base prospect Tim Lopes extended his hitting streak to 14 games Saturday for High-A Bakersfield.

Lopes ended Richelson Pena's perfect game with a one-out single in the seventh inning. Even with the hitting streak, Lopes is still batting just .259 this month with no homers in 85 at-bats. The 20-year-old doesn't hit for power but he does have a decent set of wheels. Lopes has ten steals on 14 attempts this year.
May 24 - 3:46 PM

Yonder Alonso (shoulder) is expected to begin a rehab assignment with High-A Lake Elsinore on Wednesday.

Padres manager Bud Black seemed pessimistic less than a week ago about Alonso's recovery from a bone bruise in his right shoulder, but the first baseman has apparently made great progress since then. He'll hit on the field on Monday. "I was able to go through my routine, I was able to hit some balls off the tee and hit some balls off front toss. Day by day, I'm increasing my load," he said. "I'm feeling good, responded well to [Friday's] work."
May 24 - 3:44 PM

Rangers pitching prospect Richelson Pena retired the first 19 hitters he faced Saturday in a win for High-A High Desert.

Ronald Guzman's dropped popup opened the door for a Tim Lopes single in the seventh inning. Pena has followed up a two-game losing streak by winning his last two starts. Pena has 16 strikeouts and no walks over his last 21 2/3 innings. Opponents have hit only .176 against the right-hander this month.
Source: MILB.com
May 24 - 3:32 PM

X-rays on Sonny Gray's right ankle came back negative.

Gray was hit on the ankle by a comebacker during Sunday's start in Tampa. He's escaped with merely a bruise and should be ready to roll later this week for his next scheduled start.
May 24 - 3:28 PM

Sonny Gray had to exit Sunday's start against the Rays with a right ankle contusion.

Gray was hit by a comebacker in the fourth inning. He initially stayed in and completed five scoreless frames, but the ankle must have swelled up on him. Gray should be fine for his next start.
May 24 - 3:00 PM
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