The New York Yankees have some important roster choices to make by today's deadline to make changes to their 40-man roster before December's Rule 5 Draft, with any prospect added to the roster protected from potential selection.
The Yankees have a slew of players to consider this season, some of whom are considered among their top-30 prospects.
As of Friday, the Yankees' 40-man roster stands at 39, so if they add more than one player, they'll need to determine which players they will let go in order to make room for any more additions. Some of these decisions should be easy for the organization.
The Yankees have added C Kyle Higashioka and RHP Domingo German to the 40-man roster, the team announced Friday.
They also reinstated INF Dustin Ackley and RHPs Nathan Eovaldi, Chad Green, Branden Pinder, and Nick Rumbelow from the 60-day disabled list.
Chris Parmelee left Thursday's game in the seventh inning with a strained right hamstring, making him the fourth Yankees first baseman to get hurt this year.
After the game, manager Joe Girardi said he's be shocked if Parmelee avoids the disabled list. Parmelee was injured stretching to catch a throw from Didi Gregorius for the third out in the seventh.
"I would be completely shocked if he's a player for us," Girardi said, according to the Journal News' Chad Jennings. "I don't know if I've ever seen that happen before, so I was a little bit of shock for me when I saw it."
Tags: Dustin Ackley, Greg Bird, Mark Teixeira, Rob Refsnyder
INF/OF Dustin Ackley, who tore his labrum on Sunday, will undergo season-ending surgery, reports Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News.
Ackley suffered the injury while diving in to first base and was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Monday.
Rob Refsnyder was called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take Ackley's spot on the roster,
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New York Yankees infielder Dustin Ackley will undergo an MRI on his right shoulder after leaving Sunday's game after diving into first base.
"It felt like it kind of got jammed a little bit when I went back in," Ackley said, according to The Journal News' Chad Jennings, after the Yankees' 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. "I couldn't really tell exactly what happened. I've never had any shoulder things in the past before, so it's hard for me to pinpoint what it was. A little sore now and it's taken care of."
Tags: Dustin Ackley, Mark Teixeira
First baseman Mark Teixeira will be out of the Yankees' lineup until at least Monday, Joe Girardi told reporters before Saturday's game.
Teixeira received a cortisone shot for the neck spasms he's dealing with and is expected to be out for three days.
Teixeira was out of the lineup on Wednesday due to the neck spasms. He had been set to play but told the team his neck had locked up.
Playing without Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Jacoby Ellsbury, the New York Yankees' 5 through 8 hitters combined to go 6 for 14 with seven RBIs in their 10-7 win over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.
Dustin Ackley went 1 for 3 with two RBIs, Aaron Hicks went 2 for 3 with an RBI, Didi Gregorius went 2 for 4 with three RBIs and Chase Headley recorded his first RBI in 24 games, as the Yankees won for the fourth time in five games.
"That's your first step," manager Joe Girardi said after the game. "More than that, I think it's winning series that's important. And if you win series, that will all take care of itself."
Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Andrew Miller, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Dustin Ackley, Jacoby Ellsbury, Kansas City Royals, Mark Teixeira
Masahiro Tanaka squandered a lead in the middle innings but the Yankees recovered to beat the Royals, 10-7, at Yankee Stadium >> Read the full recap at SNY.tv.
- With the Yankees trailing 3-2 in the third inning, Didi Gregorius hit a three-run double to give them a 5-3 lead.
- Lorenzo Cain's three-run homer (one of three home runs he hit on the night) off Tanaka in the top of the fifth put the Royals in front, 6-5.
- Dustin Ackley's RBI single and Aaron Hicks' RBI double in the seventh inning gave the Yankees a 7-6 lead before Cain's solo homer against Andrew Miller in the eighth tied things, 7-7.
- Brett Gardner's double in the eighth inning gave the Yankees an 8-7 lead. Chase Headley added a two-run double later in the inning to extend the lead to 10-7.
- Tanaka allowed six runs on seven hits while walking none and striking out four in seven innings. His ERA for the season is 3.11.
- Aroldis Chapman worked around a walk in the ninth inning while earning the save.
The Yankees' vaunted three-man wrecking crew charged with locking down leads at the end of ballgames got off to a rocky start Tuesday night. Miller had not allowed a run in 12 appearances before allowing the leadoff and game-tying home run to Cain in the eighth inning. But Chapman picked up Miller and earned his first save as a Yankee while hitting 102 mph with his explosive fastball.
Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira was out of the lineup on Tuesday night due to neck spasms, manager Joe Girardi told reporters.
"It's been bothering him and it got to a point where he just felt he needed a day or two to try to clear it up," Girardi said, according to Ryan Hatch of NJAM.
Girardi added that the neck issue could've been negatively impacting Teixeira's swing lately.
Tags: Dustin Ackley, Mark Teixeira
The New York Yankees expressed frustration with their offense after losing to the Baltimore Orioles, 1-0, Thursday at Camden Yards despite starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throwing eight scoreless innings.
The Yankees went 2-7 on a nine-game road trip in which they scored three or fewer runs seven times. In that same time, Yankees starters allowed two or fewer runs four times.
"It's kind of been the story of the season," first baseman Mark Teixeira told reporters after the game. "We just haven't hit. It's not rocket science. We just need to execute better."
The New York Yankees are wading through recently uncharted waters; sitting miserably at eight-games under .500 with 138 games left on the calendar. For many fans, changes needed to be made days, if not weeks ago, and general manager Brian Cashman senses it too.
Change for change's sake typically fails and I am not enamored with such moves. The question for the Yankees revolves around whether there are options in the minor leagues that will provide a spark.
First, fans can forget about the Yankees eating contracts, so players like Chase Headley are not going anywhere. If a move is to be made to replace Headley at third base (certainly warranted at this point), it will have to be one which puts the struggling veteran on the bench. Ronald Torreyes has been a nice story and a fine utility replacement this season, but daily at-bats from the light-hitting journeyman does not seem to be the big source of offense the club is looking for.
The Orioles rallied for three runs in the bottom of the 10th inning to walk off against the Yankees, 11-10.
In case you missed it…
- Ivan Nova surrendered six runs (five earned) in 4 2/3 innings of work. He gave up five hits, walked three and allowed three home runs. He struck out five batters.
- Matt Tracy did not record an out, allowing three runs, in the 10th inning.
- Jake Skole added an RBI in the 10th, while a run came in on a Pete Kozma double play.
- Johnny Barbato and Nick Rumbelow each let in an earned run in their inning of work out of the bullpen.
- Chris Denorfia hit a three-run home run off Chris Tillman in the second inning.
- Brett Gardner, Starlin Castro, Ronal Torreyes, Chase Headley and Dustin Ackley also drove in runs.
News & Notes…
- Nova's spring ERA is now 5.50.
- Nova also committed a balk.
- The Yankees take on the Blue Jays on Saturday at 1:05 p.m., with Bryan Mitchell facing off against J.A. Happ.
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi has it easy doesn't he? Girardi operates with a roster littered with high-priced players so a postseason berth should be no problem. It is not that simple.
The Yankees indeed have a swollen payroll, but the roster is also one filled with players who are worth far less than the value associated with their salary. This isn't Girardi's doing, but he has to deal with it.
Girardi hears a good deal of crap from fans - he is overly loyal to veterans, he overuses the top arms in the bullpen and he mismanages the offensive side of the roster. I too jump on Girardi from time to time, but I've never gotten to the point others have who deliriously wait for him to make a "mistake" in order to thumb-out the hashtag #FireGirardi.
Tags: Ivan Nova, Andrew Miller, Austin Romine, Brian McCann, Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Dustin Ackley, Gary Sanchez, Mark Teixeira, Rob Refsnyder, Christopher Carelli
David Price got his first taste of the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry Tuesday night, striking out six over four innings for Boston during its 6-3 loss to New York.
The new Red Sox ace gave up one run and three hits with no walks. His lone blemish came on Aaron Hicks' first homer of the spring, a two-out shot in the third.
Price signed with the Red Sox as a free agent this offseason for $217 million over seven years.
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Yankees starter Ivan Nova pitched three scoreless innings, as the Yankees tied the Mets 4-4 in 10 innings on Wednesday.. He allowed three hits, struck out one, walked one and induced a pair of double-play grounders.
Jacob deGrom allowed one run in three innings in his spring debut for the New York Mets.
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Infielder Rob Refsnyder said he felt comfortable after making his spring training debut at third base during Sunday's game.
"I felt good, comfortable," Refsnyder told MLB.com's Bryan Hoch after the game. "My goal was to kind of be aggressive, try to make a lot of plays, do a lot of different things on both sides of the ball. I just want to be aggressive."
He fielded a routine groundout cleanly in Sunday's game. He noted that he had spent the past week working with infield coach Joe Espada at third base after he hadn't played third base since his freshman year at the University of Arizona.
Tags: Didi Gregorius, Dustin Ackley, Rob Refsnyder
Infielder Dustin Ackley hopes to play a vital role with the New York Yankees heading into his second year with the team.
"For me, [spring training] is a time to really get after it," Ackley told NJ.com's Ryan Hatch.
The Yankees acquired Ackley, who will turn 28 next week, from the Mariners at the deadline last year. Ackley, however, missed nearly a month due to a herniated disk after joining the Yankees.
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Yankees GM Brian Cashman spoke with Mike Francesa on WFAN on Wednesday afternoon. Here are five things we learned...
1.) Greg Bird's season-ending shoulder injury was "unfortunate and unexpected" and Dustin Ackley will likely be the backup first baseman. The next option to back up first base is Chase Headley, not Brian McCann.
2.) Gary Sanchez is going to have to win the backup catcher job out of Spring Training, but he's "put himself in position" to earn it.
Tags: Chase Headley, Dustin Ackley, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird
Dustin Ackley, Aroldis Chapman, Nathan Eovaldi, Didi Gregorius, Ivan Nova, and Michael Pineda all filed for salary arbitration on Tuesday.
All of the above players (except for Chapman, who was later acquired from the Reds) were tendered contracts by the Yankees in December.
If the Yankees are unable to agree to contracts with any or all of the above players, their salary will be determined by an arbitrator in February.
In addition to being the New York Yankees' primary second baseman, Starlin Castro will also be a potential backup third baseman for Chase Headley, according to GM Brian Cashman (Jan. 11).
Castro, whom the Yankees acquired from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for RHP Adam Warren, has not played third base since 2008, when he played for the Cubs' Rookie League team. He spent most of his time as a shortstop or second baseman.
Cashman suggested Castro would be able to fill in at third base if needed instead of Alex Rodriguez.
In approximately six weeks the New York Yankees begin spring training workouts. Unfortunately, there are at least four areas of their roster that show signs of weakness with little time left to upgrade. Some of the areas might be remedied in time, while others will be difficult to effect change before the season commences.
Another RH power bat would be nice
Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Carlos Beltran, Dustin Ackley, Greg Bird, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, Christopher Carelli
While the New York Yankees have made a conscious effort - and succeeded in spots - to get younger and more athletic, they'll be reliant on a trio of players that don't possess either quality.
After receiving unthought-of production in 2015 from Carlos Beltran, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira, can the Yankees expect them to generate similar performance in 2016? Do the Yankees need exact replication of production, or is there a minimal level that will benefit the club? How will Yankees manager Joe Girardi handle their playing time, especially if there is considerable drop-off?
Looking back to last season, the Yankees might have stated behind closed doors that they would take one good performance from any of the three players after what they offered in 2014; Beltran slumped at the end of 2014, Teixeira was once again hampered by injuries and Rodriguez simply didn't play.
Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Dustin Ackley, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Mark Teixeira
The Yankees have seven players eligible for arbitration this offseason. They must decide to tender or non-tender their contracts.
Those seven arbitration-eligible players are 2B/OF Dustin Ackley, RHP Nate Eovaldi, SS Didi Gregorius, RHP Ivan Nova, RHP Michael Pineda, RHP Adam Warren and LHP Justin Wilson.
MLB teams must decide by midnight Wednesday whether to tender contracts to their players under team control.
When Robinson Cano departed for Seattle after the 2013 season he left a massive hole at second base for the New York Yankees. The club heads toward the 2016 season still searching to fill the void.
There has been some talk of bringing in yet another aging veteran player to fill the spot after the likes of Brian Roberts and Stephen Drew failed to solidify the role as the Opening Day starter at the keystone in each of the last two seasons.
There are a number of free agents available on the market the Yankees could turn to that represent upgrades at the position with Howie Kendrick and Ben Zobrist the most notable among them. The Yankees could also veer toward the trade market, which would cost prospects the club may not want to part.