Player News - Yankees

Date: Team: Pos:

Yankees released LHP Jon Niese.

Niese got a late start to spring training while working his way back from knee surgery, which kept him from ever being under real consideration for one of the open spots in the Yankees' rotation. The club is open to the left-hander sticking around as depth at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as he builds up stamina, although it's unclear whether Niese is considering that.
Mar 26 - 11:48 AM

Adam Warren is expected to open the season in the Yankees' bullpen.

Warren has been competing for one of the final two spots in the rotation, but he didn't pitch well Saturday and the Yanks appear to prefer him in a swingman capacity. It looks to be down to Bryan Mitchell, Luis Severino, Chad Green and Jordan Montgomery for the Bombers' last two rotation spots.
Mar 26 - 9:53 AM

Greg Bird walked twice and hit his seventh home run of the spring in a 6-5 win over the Blue Jays on Saturday.

He is now tied with Kansas City's Peter O'Brien for the most homers of the spring. Bird currently holds a .444 batting average in 45 at-bats. He has officially sewn up the starting job at first base for the Yankees. The 24-year-old missed all of last season with a torn labrum in his shoulder.
Mar 25 - 5:07 PM

Adam Warren surrendered four earned runs in 3 1/3 innings of work against the Blue Jays on Saturday.

He gave up four hits and two walks while striking out four. A pair of home runs were the primary culprits. The poor outing puts a dent in his hopes to snare the fifth and final slot in the Yankees' starting rotation. He has a 4.80 ERA with 10 strikeouts in 15 innings. He registered a 4.68 ERA in 65 1/3 innings with the Cubs and Yankees in 2016.
Mar 25 - 4:52 PM

CC Sabathia surrendered two runs in 5 1/3 innings Friday in the Yankees' 3-2 win over the Phillies.

Sabathia gave up nine hits, but just one went for extra bases. He struck out just one. For the spring, Sabathia has a 6.75 ERA and nine strikeouts in 12 innings. He might be adequate for the Yankees again, but he doesn't come recommended in AL-only leagues.
Mar 24 - 5:52 PM

Luis Severino was perfect for three innings in relief Friday, striking out five Phillies.

This is probably good news for his rotation chances, even though it was in relief and it was only three innings and not four or five (presumably, he went on to reach his pitch count in the bullpen after the game ended). There's four pitchers for two spots presently, and Severino has the biggest arm of the group. The Yankees definitely want him in the rotation if he can justify the assignment.
Mar 24 - 5:50 PM

Diamondbacks returned Rule 5 pick RHP Tyler Jones to the Yankees.

Jones held a 4.05 ERA with eight strikeouts over 6 2/3 Cactus League innings. He'll now go back into the Yankees' farm system.
Mar 24 - 5:32 PM

Masahiro Tanaka has been named the Yankees' Opening Day starter.

It's no surprise, of course. He'll be followed by CC Sabathia and Michael Pineda, with the other two spots in the rotation to be determined. Tanaka put up a 3.07 ERA across 31 starts for the Yankees last season.
Mar 24 - 3:58 PM

Yankees optioned RHP Luis Cessa to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre; re-assigned INF Ji-Man Choi, OFs Dustin Fowler, Clint Frazier and Billy McKinney and LHP Jason Gurka to minor league camp.

Cessa was competing for a rotation spot this spring but floundered with a 6.52 ERA over 9 2/3 innings. He should get another shot at some point, whether it be as a starter or reliever.
Mar 24 - 11:38 AM

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


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