Player News - Yankees

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According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Yankees were "a bit dismayed" at how Didi Gregorius (shoulder) was used in the World Baseball Classic.

Gregorius strained his right shoulder Saturday while playing in an exhibition game for Team Netherlands. Per Heyman, the Yankees are upset that Gregorius got hurt playing second base, a position he hasn't played since 2014. "It is what it is," said manager Joe Girardi. "He’s hurt. There’s nothing you can do about it." Ronald Torreyes and Tyler Wade are the most likely candidates to fill in at shortstop during his absence.
Mar 23 - 9:43 PM

Yankees pitching prospect Jordan Montgomery yielded two runs but struck out eight over 4 1/3 innings versus the Rays on Thursday.

One of the runs charged to the lefty scored after he was pulled. It was another impressive showing from Montgomery, who got Evan Longoria swinging twice among his eight punchouts. It was the first start this spring for Montgomery after his first four appearances came in relief, and he's thrust himself into the rotation competition with a 3.68 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and 13/2 K/BB ratio across 14 2/3 frames.
Mar 23 - 6:10 PM

Ronald Torreyes singled and swatted a solo home run on Thursday against the Rays.

Torreyes took former closer Shawn Tolleson deep in the seven inning. He got off to a slow start this spring but now has eight hits over his last 23 at-bats. Torreyes played third base Thursday but is competing to be the fill-in at shortstop while Didi Gregorius (shoulder) is out.
Mar 23 - 6:01 PM

Greg Bird slammed two homers off Vincent Velasquez as the Yankees beat the Phillies 7-3 on Wednesday.

Bird's two- and three-run shots gave him six homers for the spring, and the Yankees' starting first baseman has a decent enough 1.584 OPS. The hype could get out of control here in a hurry, given the spring outburst. He figures to be good enough to hold down the starting job, but his minor league numbers never portended greatness. He's a late-round option in mixed leagues, but not someone to reach for.
Mar 22 - 4:57 PM

Masahiro Tanaka kept his scoreless streak intact through 5 1/3 innings against the Phillies on Wednesday.

It was almost ended by opposing starter Vincent Velasquez, whose bid for a three-run homer curved just foul. Tanaka, though, escaped that one, as he has every inning he's pitched this spring. He's up to 18 2/3 innings without surrendering a run.
Mar 22 - 4:53 PM

Making his second appearance since being signed by the Yankees, Ernesto Frieri struck out the side Wednesday in his inning against the Phillies.

The Yankees signed Frieri after his successful showing for Colombia in the WBC, and since he was pitching before being inked, he is a candidate for the Opening Day roster in spite of the late arrival. Of course, he picked the wrong team if he was hoping to become a candidate for saves again.
Mar 22 - 4:51 PM

Yankees manager Joe Girardi has named Greg Bird as the starting first baseman.

Well, duh. There were actually some questions about the situation coming into camp, as Bird is coming back from labrum surgery and the club signed Chris Carter just before spring training, but the 24-year-old has proved his health by batting .421 with four homers and a 1.447 OPS over 16 games this spring. He's an appealing late-round pick in mixed fantasy leagues.
Mar 22 - 10:02 AM

Yankees re-assigned SS Gleyber Torres to minor league camp.

Torres has gone 13-for-28 with two homers this spring and the Yankees suddenly have an opening at shortstop with Didi Gregorius (shoulder) going down. However, the club is committed to developing the top prospect, as Torres hasn't played above A-ball yet. He could possibly push to debut at some point this season.
Mar 21 - 10:11 PM

Didi Gregorius has been shut down for two weeks due to a right shoulder strain.

It could have been worse, but obviously Gregorius can be ruled out for Opening Day and Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the shortstop could miss all of April. Tyler Wade or possibly Ronald Torreyes will probably be the primary shortstop for the Yankees to begin the regular season. The club could also consider using Starlin Castro there.
Mar 21 - 3:58 PM

Matt Holliday hit a two-run homer Monday in the Yankees' 9-3 drubbing of the Nationals.

The homer, Holliday's third of the spring, came off Jeremy Guthrie in the fifth inning. Holliday is batting .306 with a 1.026 OPS. He's no sure bet to stay healthy, even while being used mostly as a DH, but he should have mixed-league value while he's in the lineup.
Mar 20 - 5:25 PM

Michael Pineda pitched 1 2/3 innings and gave up three runs Monday in his start against the Nationals.

It's Pineda's first poor outing this spring (he has a 3.86 ERA and a 15/2 K/BB ratio in 11 2/3 innings), so we won't start with the "here we go again." Many are out of patience with Pineda, but our guess is that he proves to be a useful mixed-league starter this year and he'll come quite cheap.
Mar 20 - 5:23 PM

Didi Gregorius has left Team Netherlands because of a right shoulder injury.

Gregorius is flying back to Yankees camp in Tampa for more tests Monday after undergoing a preliminary MRI on Sunday. The initial diagnosis is a hematoma of the subcapsular muscle. There should be more clarity on the situation by Tuesday. Gregorius obviously won't be suiting up for Team Netherlands against Team Puerto Rico in the WBC semifinals on Monday night.
Mar 20 - 11:26 AM

Adam Warren allowed one run over 3 2/3 innings Sunday in the Yankees' 6-4 win over the Astros.

While never officially ruled out of the rotation mix, it sure seemed like Warren had been ticketed for the bullpen all spring. Perhaps that's changing now, as Luis Severino, Luis Cessa and Chad Green have failed to step up. Only Bryan Mitchell has really performed as hoped, and if he's in, that'd still leave one vacancy. The guess is that the Yankees still view Warren as a fallback, but it's a fallback they might have to use. In our opinion, he's clearly a better option than Cessa, Green and Mitchell and quite likely an improvement over the still inconsistent Severino, too.
Mar 19 - 5:03 PM

Luis Severino struggled through 3 1/3 innings of relief Sunday, yielding three runs and six hits versus the Astros.

He walked two and struck out two. Severino's results have gotten worse, rather than better, as the spring has gone along, and it can't be good for his rotation candidacy. Right now, he has a 5.06 ERA and an 11/5 K/BB ratio in 10 2/3 innings. The Yankees are probably going to want to have a decision on the back of their rotation by next weekend, giving Severino one more chance to impress. He better take advantage.
Mar 19 - 4:59 PM

Austin Romine (hand) is expected to return to Grapefruit League action on Monday.

Romine had to be lifted from a game last Wednesday after taking a foul tip off his right hand, but X-rays came back clean. He'll be the Yankees' backup catcher this season.
Mar 19 - 11:51 AM


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