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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

The Yankees' start to the second half hasn't been so smooth. But then again neither was their last few games into the All-Star break. 

Though there are various reasons why this is the case, one of them is the absence of rookie Gleyber Torres. The second baseman has been sidelined with a right hip issue since July 5, and in turn, the Yankees have gone 7-7 over that span. 

But, rest assured, Torres could be back in the Yankees' lineup on Wednesday as he approaches the final step in his rehab process. The 21-year-old will DH for the Class-A Tampa Tarpons on Tuesday, with the Yankees wanting to make sure that hip doesn't bother him in back-to-back games. 

Tags: Brandon Drury, Gleyber Torres, Neil Walker, Tyler Wade
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The Yankees - on pace to win 106 games - are on vacation with the rest of baseball. But when they come back from the All-Star break, they will have to undergo some changes.

That's an amazing statement, but the reality is if the season ended today, the Yankees would be a wild card team because the Red Sox have been that much better.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brandon Drury, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Gleyber Torres, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Neil Walker, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives

The Yankees - on pace to win 106 games - are on vacation with the rest of baseball. But when they come back from the All-Star break, they will have to undergo some changes.

That's an amazing statement, but the reality is if the season ended today, the Yankees would be a wild card team because the Red Sox have been that much better.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brandon Drury, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Gleyber Torres, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Neil Walker, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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Miguel Andujar (41) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Miguel Andujar (41) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Yankees 3B Miguel Andujar has been a regular in the lineup since Brandon Drury hit the DL with his migraine and blurry vision issues. He provides an above-average bat that has brought about the Rookie of the Year conversations this season. 

But could the Yankees simply be pumping up this young talent to entice other teams to trade for him by July 31? 

According to The Post's Joel Sherman, multiple MLB executives believe Andujar being the Yankees' everyday hot corner starter isn't going to last long. This claim is made based off his bad defensive stats at the position as well as his swing-happy mindset at the dish...

Tags: Brandon Drury, Miguel Andujar, Scott Thompson
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Manny Machado (13) poses for a photo at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Manny Machado (13) poses for a photo at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The thought of Manny Machado donning the pinstripes sounds amazing. The 25-year-old is posting career highs with his .309/.379/.555 slash line, and is on pace to break his home run mark as well with 21 dingers on the year already.

But would the payout be worth it for a player the Yankees could simply be renting for three months?

The price is bound to be steep for Machado, but New York should be able to match it considering their deep trove of prospects. SNY's Andy Martino noted a package that includes top pitching prospect LHP Justus Sheffield and INF Brandon Drury could be in the works if the Yankees are serious...

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brandon Drury, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Gleyber Torres, Jordan Montgomery, Justus Sheffield, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Scott Thompson
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Aug 18, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) connects on a grand slam home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to win the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports (Mitch Stringer)
Aug 18, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) connects on a grand slam home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to win the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports (Mitch Stringer)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | What should we make of reports that the Yankees are pursuing Baltimore shortstop Manny Machado

"Take it seriously," said one baseball source with direct knowledge of the situation.

Major league sources went on to say that Baltimore was looking for starting pitching that was close to major league-ready, and perhaps an infield piece if the Yanks won't give up Miguel Andujar. The Yanks might be able to build a package around pitcher Justus Sheffield and infielder Brandon Drury, those sources said...

Tags: Brandon Drury, Justus Sheffield, Andy Martino
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Aug 18, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) connects on a grand slam home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to win the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports (Mitch Stringer)
Aug 18, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) connects on a grand slam home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to win the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports (Mitch Stringer)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | What should we make of reports that the Yankees are pursuing Baltimore shortstop Manny Machado

"Take it seriously," said one baseball source with direct knowledge of the situation.

Major league sources went on to say that Baltimore was looking for starting pitching that was close to major league-ready, and perhaps an infield piece if the Yanks won't give up Miguel Andujar. The Yanks might be able to build a package around pitcher Justus Sheffield and infielder Brandon Drury, those sources said...

Tags: Brandon Drury, Justus Sheffield, Andy Martino
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The Yankees will be without rookie sensation Gleyber Torres for at least 10 days as the 21-year-old recuperates from a hip injury. The void instantly creates a crossroads for the club where it concerns who should gain playing time as a result.

For the Yankees, a trial period of sorts develops where they can choose to test the value of Neil Walker or Brandon Drury. Walker has been used in a very limited part-time role and Drury is finally back with the big league club after battling through migraine and blurred vision issues, which effectively lost him the starting job at third base.

When measuring overall value, Walker and his lousy .518 OPS (187 plate appearances) is completely expendable with multiple middle infield options available in the farm system including Ronald Torreyes, who could be the roster addition to replace Torres. The Yankees need to stop prioritizing Walker's playing time.

Drury, a controllable asset for the next three seasons, is significantly more useful to the Yankees whether as part of the organization going forward or as a player to use as a trade piece this summer. As such, Drury would be my primary choice to play second base while Torres recuperates.

Tags: Brandon Drury, Gleyber Torres
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Feb 24, 2018; Bradenton, FL, USA;New York Yankees third baseman Brandon Drury (29) works out during batting practice at LECOM Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 24, 2018; Bradenton, FL, USA;New York Yankees third baseman Brandon Drury (29) works out during batting practice at LECOM Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Yankees INF Brandon Drury likely had All-Star Game aspirations heading into the 2018 season. The Triple-A All-Star Game probably isn't what he had in mind. 

The Triple-A International League All-Star roster was named on Wednesday, and Drury was voted into the game. The 25-year-old has been raking against minor league pitching this year, sporting a 311/.418/.476 slash line over 46 games. 

It may be a nice honor to be named to the roster, but Drury would much rather be back in the bigs where he said he belongs. Unfortunately, there is no room for Drury at the moment, and manager Aaron Boone said bringing him back up isn't a priority for his team at the moment. 

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New York Yankees third baseman Brandon Drury hits a single against the Toronto Blue Jays in the sixth inning at Rogers Centre. (Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees third baseman Brandon Drury hits a single against the Toronto Blue Jays in the sixth inning at Rogers Centre. (Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY Sports)

Remember INF Brandon Drury

The Yankees brought in Drury to act as a utility infielder that could play any position across the diamond. After suffering from migraines and blurry vision, he hit the DL to work out his issue that has affected him in the past. 

Well, he did work it out, but he hasn't been back in a Yankees uniform with Miguel Andujar playing great at third base -- the position Drury started at on Opening Day. Instead, Drury has been stuck in Triple-A as he awaits the struggle of another Yankee before he can get a shot again. 

Tags: Brandon Drury, Greg Bird, Scott Thompson
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New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) safe at third on a throwing error during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) safe at third on a throwing error during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees OF Clint Frazier will tell it how it is: It's frustrating being down in Triple-A. 

Frazier was called up again to the big leagues, and this time around, it isn't just to be the 26th man. He is here to stay, but how long is the question. He is with the team due to Brett Gardner nursing a sore knee, and he will likely be sent back down once that pain is alleviated.

The 23-year-old is raking in Triple-A this season with a .312/.389/.558 slash line with seven homers and 11 RBI over 38 games. He could certainly be making contributions at the major league level with those types of numbers, but with the Yankees boasting a stacked outfield, Frazier has been the odd man out. 

Tags: Brandon Drury, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier
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May 20, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin (26) and center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) celebrate at home plate after Austin's two run home run in the fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)
May 20, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin (26) and center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) celebrate at home plate after Austin's two run home run in the fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | It hasn't been easy to find ways to write about the Yankees lately, at least without looking ridiculous. There's only so many holes an analyst can poke in a 30-13 team. Yeah, they need rotation help, but we've said that already.

What's left to write? "The Yankees continue to be awesome" is hardly news. So we were pleased to find, following the team's weekend romp in Kansas City, an actual problem. Are you ready for it? The Yankees have … way too many good players. They are facing a roster crunch that almost never happens in baseball.

This is not an issue relatable to the Mets, who somehow scratched out a win Sunday with a lineup that felt more appropriate for a spring training road game. And while the Yankees are pleased that their problems are of the first-world variety, they face difficult decisions on talented players...

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Brandon Drury, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Greg Bird, Miguel Andujar, Neil Walker, Tyler Austin, Andy Martino
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 (Gerry Angus)
(Gerry Angus)

The Yankees have reinstated INF/OF Brandon Drury from the 10-day DL and optioned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the team announced on Monday. 

Drury has been on the DL since April 7 due to migraines and blurry vision. He has spent time in the minor leagues since, where he hit a combined .315 with two homers and seven RBI over 17 games between Triple-A and Double-A Trenton.

While Drury has been spending time on the DL, Yankees rookie Miguel Andujar has impressed as his replacement at third base. He is hitting .282 with 12 doubles (leads all rookies), three homers and 14 RBI. 

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird on deck to bat during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird on deck to bat during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives

Injuries happen in sports.

It's a simple truth that the Yankees are coping with all too often early this season. Besides the injuries themselves, the Yankees are dealing with two players who withheld information to varying extents, though it is plausible the club could have handled the particular situations differently, potentially preventing or curtailing the current dilemma.

Tags: Brandon Drury, Greg Bird, Chris Carelli
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