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The New York Yankees are firmly and legitimately back in win-now mode.

They claim year after year to be ready to compete for a championship, but the truth is the last couple of seasons there were more questions than answers. However, courtesy of an extended 2017 postseason run and the addition of Giancarlo Stanton earlier in the offseason, the Yankees are a real threat now. If New York manages to land free agent right-hander Yu Darvish, they will be putting an exclamation point on this offseason, demonstrating they view themselves as a bonafide World Series contender.

While adding Darvish strengthens the current squad, there should be some wariness leading up to and after a potential signing.

It is explicitly clear that the Yankees are working to keep their payroll under the $197 million collective bargaining tax (CBT) threshold this season. At the moment, the Yankees sit approximately $20 million under the limit. They would like to maintain a cushion against the threshold to allow for potential midseason trades, so any deal for Darvish would have to be balanced by a trade of one large, or a couple of smaller contracts.

As for Darvish's desires, he's reportedly seeking a six or seven-year deal worth at least $20 million per season. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman believes the current free agency slog has throttled Darvish's market. Some have speculated that Darvish may be able to be signed for as little as five years and $80-85 million. Even at such a discounted salary, the Yankees would be required to shed salary to remain under the CBT threshold.

We can point to Jacoby Ellsbury all we want, but the truth of the matter is the likelihood of a trade of the outfielder continues to dwindle. Not many teams are interested in Ellsbury, even if the Yankees take on half his salary. One team that may have been a fit is seemingly no longer as the San Francisco Giants traded for Andrew McCutchen.

With an Ellsbury trade looking like a pipe dream, the Yankees may have to deal a player that can truly help the club in 2018. Brett Gardner ($11.5 million in 2018) and David Robertson ($13 million) come to mind because they maintain strong performance value for the contract cost. Others may be Adam Warren ($3.315 million) or Dellin Betances ($5.1 million), but those contracts are not as large and could leave the payroll situation tight when adding Darvish's salary.

Gardner and Robertson are inarguably important to the Yankees' prospective success in 2018. Without Gardner, the Yankees do not have a true leadoff hitter, and Robertson proved to be extremely valuable down the stretch in 2017. Warren is not flashy, but he is consistent and while Betances had a slew of issues last season, he can dominate at times, and is not far removed from being considered one of the best relievers in the game.

The Yankees will have to determine - barring a miracle trade of Ellsbury - if losing a strong component to the club is worth the commitment they will have to make for Darvish.



First, I do not believe Darvish's market value will drop to the area that Cashman hopes. In my opinion, if Cashman is eager to sign Darvish, he's going to have to fight for him - there are five other teams reportedly interested - and the average annual value is going to reach $20 million.

We've explained why the money is an "issue" for the Yankees, but beyond that there are potential pitfalls to inking Darvish to a long-term deal.

Darvish will pitch most of the 2018 season at age-31 (he turns 32 on August 16), meaning a five-year deal will see him pitching into the downward arc of the age-curve for starting pitchers. Additionally, he has a good deal of wear on his right arm (over 2,100 professional innings, which includes 1,268 1/3 frames in Japan) to go along with Tommy John surgery in March 2015, meaning some trepidation of how the contract might conclude is entirely reasonable.

Darvish did prove to be healthy in 2017, hurling 186 2/3 innings with a fairly respectable 3.86 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 209 strikeouts. He kept walks in line (2.4 BB/9), but he did allow 27 home runs. Darvish picked up steam after being traded to the Dodgers in July (3.44 ERA), and excelled in the first two series of the postseason (11 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 14 K).

However, Darvish threw two disastrous duds in the World Series (3 1/3 IP, 8 ER, 0 K). Whether he was tipping pitches or not in the World Series remains to be seen, but if he is to help put the Yankees over the top, his performance in big games will be incredibly important.

The Yankees may be encouraged by Darvish's health, and he is widely considered a pitcher possessing excellent stuff on the mound. It is plausible the Yankees believe they can manage Darvish's innings - courtesy of the strong depth of their bullpen and rotation - making the aging process less strenuous.

There are valid reasons to be high on Darvish, and the Yankees to add him makes absolute sense. However, coming to an agreement comes with the prerequisite of making a complementary move (before or after a deal), which has the potential to hurt the club in another area. Equally important to the decision, Darvish's age, injury history and mileage on his arm are concerns.

Ultimately, the Yankees will have to decide if Darvish's talent and abilities outweigh the presumed shortcomings, and bring them closer to a World Series title in the next two to three seasons, because after that his production might begin to drastically wane.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Dellin Betances, Jacoby Ellsbury, Chris Carelli

Apr 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) delivers a pitch against Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) delivers a pitch against Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees will continue their series against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

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New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka walks off the field at the end of the top of the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins. (AP)
New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka walks off the field at the end of the top of the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins. (AP)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Yankee bats were alive on Monday night during a 14-1 clobbering of Minnesota -- but really, the Yankee bats have been alive all along.

As SNY contributor Anthony McCarron noted, the Yanks lead the majors in OPS (.814), and are tied for the most home runs (32). Even without significant production from Giancarlo Stanton, their offense is not a concern.

That's why the most meaningful development on Monday was not Stanton's four-hit performance, or Gleyber Torres' first big-league knock, or Miguel Andujar's continued mashing. It was Masahiro Tanaka's 6 ⅔ inning, three-hit gem...

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RHP A.J. Cole (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
RHP A.J. Cole (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees acquired RHP A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations, the team announced Monday night.

Cole, whom the Nationals designated for assignment last week, went 1-1 with a 13.06 ERA in four games (two starts) for Washington this season, giving up 15 runs, 16 hits and six home runs in 10 1/3 innings.

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GEICO SportsNite: Andujar, Drury 00:00:43
Sweeny Murti discusses the continued torrid hitting of Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar and what it means for Brandon Drury's return.

Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar went 2-for-5 with a home run and a double in Monday's 14-1 win over the Minnesota Twins as he recorded an extra-base hit for the seventh straight game.

The 23-year-old Andujar, who went 4-for-4 in Sunday's win over the Toronto Blue Jays, continued his torrid pace with a solo home run in the second inning that gave the Yankees a 4-0 lead. 

"He's really a gifted hitter and I think he's gotten comfortable," manager Aaron Boone said, according to Newsday's Laura Albanese.

Tags: Miguel Andujar, Minnesota Twins
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New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton hits a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton hits a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton broke out of a slump by going 4-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs and a walk in Monday's 14-1 win over the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium.

Stanton entered Monday's game in a 2-for-27 slide that had dropped his batting average from .241 to .185, but reached base five times and scored thrice as New York won its third straight game.

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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees 00:00:42
Yankees manager Aaron Boone discusses slugger Giancarlo Stanton's four-hit night in the team's 14-run offensive outburst against the Twins.

Miguel Andujar homered to record an extra-base hit in his seventh straight game, Giancarlo Stanton, Didi Gregorius and Tyler Austin also homered and the Yankees won their third straight game with a 14-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


A day after going 4-for-4 with two doubles, Andujar homered in the second inning off Jake Odorizzi and doubled in the sixth, as he is now 15-for-29 since April 13 to raise his batting line from .107/.133/.107 to .316/.333/.649.

Stanton broke out of a 2-for-27 slump by going 4-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs and a walk, while Gregorius hit a grand slam in the eighth inning for his team-leading seventh home run of the season.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Minnesota Twins, Tyler Austin
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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)

Yankees third baseman Brandon Drury (migraines) and outfielder Clint Frazier (concussion) are progressing from their respective injuries and are expected to play minor league games this week.

Drury has been dealing with blurred vision and has not played in a game since April 6. A specialist told Drury they believe he had a tendon in his neck that was blocked, which resulted in blurriness, according to ESPN's Coley Harvey, and will be treated with stimuli and acupunture-like treatments.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees begin a four-game series against the Minnesota Twins on Monday at 7 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes...

The Yankees have won four of their past six games, outscoring opponents 36-23 during their 10-game homestand so far. ... At plus-13, the Yankees have the sixth-best run differential in the American League. ... The last time the Yankees faced the Twins, they won the AL wild-card game 8-4. Last season, they went 4-2 against Minnesota.

 

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(Wendell Cruz)

Yankees top prospect Gleyber Torres made his highly-anticipated major league debut Sunday afternoon. And though he is still looking for his first big league hit, his new teammates are excited to see what he can do. 

"He's gonna be good, man," Giancarlo Stanton told The Post's Dan Martin. "He is good already. He's gonna prove himself."

Torres didn't prove that he shold be with the big league roster in the spring, as he hit .219 in 13 games. However, he crushed Triple-A pitching with the RailRiders as he owned a .347/.393/.510 slash line with 11 RBI and five extra-base hits. 

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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

With the franchise's youngest lineup in 48 years, the Yankees improved to 4-2 on their 10-game homestand with a 5-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.

Luis Severino, 24, struck out six batters in seven strong innings, while 23-year-old Miguel Andujar went 4-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI as the Yankees' starting lineup featured no players over the age of 30 for the first time since 1989.

"We've worked really hard -- long before I got here -- at building this organization from the ground up," manager Aaron Boone said, according to Newsday's Erik Boland. "Feel like we're in position not only to be a really good team in the short term but in the long term, and I think that's a result of that."

Tags: Austin Romine, Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar, Toronto Blue Jays
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New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres bats in the second inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres bats in the second inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees top prospect Gleyber Torres said he enjoyed making his MLB debut on Sunday at Yankee Stadium despite going 0-for-4.

"The fans gave me a good (feeling) and I enjoyed the moment," Torres said after the Yankees' 5-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays, according to the New York Daily News' Peter Botte. "I expected to win the game, help my team and enjoy the opportunity and my first time in the big leagues."

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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees 00:01:54
Sweeny Murti reports from Yankee Stadium following the Bombers' 5-1 win over the Blue Jays.

Luis Severino pitched seven strong innings, Didi Gregorius hit a home run and had two RBIs, and the Yankees beat the Blue Jays on Sunday, 5-1 << Box score

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

The Yankees look to win their four-game series against the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. ET at Yankee Stadium. >> Click here to follow via SNY Gameday

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Feb 25, 2017; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (81) doubles during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 25, 2017; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (81) doubles during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Yankees INF Gleyber Torres has been promoted to the major leagues and will join the team on Sunday, reports Jack Curry of YES Network.

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Yankees LHP Jordan Montgomery limited the Blue Jays to just one run on four hits in six innings during the Yankees' 9-1 win at Yankee Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees 00:03:03
Sweeny Murti has all the highlights and reactions from the Yankees' 9-1 win over the Blue Jays in the Bronx.

A strong start from Jordan Montgomery and a seven-run sixth inning leads the Yankees to a 9-1 win over the Blue Jays. << Box score


Jordan Montgomery pitched himself in and out of trouble over six strong innings as the Yankees get back to winning ways over the Blue Jays. 

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Jordan Montgomery worked himself in and out of trouble against the Blue Jays, allowing one run in six innings on four hits and three walks with five strikeouts. 

Montgomery retired the first six batters of the game before running into trouble in next three innings thereafter as the leadoff hitter reached base in each frame...

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Warren (43) delivers in the eighth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Warren (43) delivers in the eighth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees have placed RHP Adam Warren (right back strain) on the 10-day DL and recalled RHP Jonathan Holder from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. 

This season, Warren has pitched 8.1 innings, giving up three runs (3.24 ERA) on 10 hits with 11 strikeouts. In the Yankees' 8-5 loss to the Blue Jays on Friday night, Warren pitched 2.2 innings, giving up one run. 

In 2017, Warren had a 2.35 ERA over 57.1 innings with 54 strikeouts. He is eligible to return to the team on May 1.

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Apr 20, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Aaron Judge (99) singles against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 20, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Aaron Judge (99) singles against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Yankees look to take Game 3 of a four-game series against the Blue Jays on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. in the Bronx. >> Click here to follow via SNY Gameday

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Apr 17, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) reacts after popping out with two runners on during the third inning against the Miami Marlins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 17, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) reacts after popping out with two runners on during the third inning against the Miami Marlins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

With hits in back-to-back home games against the Blue Jays, including a two-run home run on Friday night, Giancarlo Stanton may be breaking out of his slump to start the season.

Despite Stanton's home run, his first in 50 at-bats, the Yankees lost 8-5. But if Stanton is to regain his MVP form then the team will be back to winning more often than not.

"We're all here for the same goal," Stanton said...

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Who can the Yankees count on? 00:02:44
Sal Licata and Jon Hein discuss which players the Yankees can count on when the they are struggling and need someone to lift the team up.

Sal Licata and Jon Hein discuss which players the Yankees can count on when the they are struggling and need someone to lift the team up.


 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

Despite plating five runs, the Yankees couldn't hold off the Blue Jays' hitting in an 8-5 loss in the Bronx Friday night. << Box score


The Yankees were looking to put together a win streak after Thursday night's 4-3 victory that saw stellar pitching from both CC Sabathia and the bullpen. 

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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees look to take Game 2 of a four-game series against the Blue Jays on Friday at 7:05 p.m. in the Bronx. >> Click here to follow via SNY Gameday

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New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres throws to first for the out during the fifth inning of a spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres throws to first for the out during the fifth inning of a spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)

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

Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees farm system, providing updates about the status of the teams in action and the organization's top prospects.

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played April 19, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

Tags: Chance Adams, Domingo Acevedo, Gleyber Torres, Justus Sheffield, Chris Carelli
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees win 00:01:47
Justine Ward and Marc Carig report from Yankee Stadium after CC Sabathia made his return from the DL and Aaron Judge hit a monster homer.

Justine Ward and Marc Carig report from Yankee Stadium after CC Sabathia made his return from the DL and Aaron Judge hit a monster homer.


New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the tenth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the tenth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

CC Sabathia wasn't expected to throw a normal start's worth of pitches on Thursday, his first start since returning from the DL. The bullpen would be relied upon for more than a few outs. 

Sabathia went 4.1 innings, allowing two unearned runs, meaning the bullpen would have to carry the other 4.2 innings. Over those frames, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, David Robertson and Aroldis Chapman combined to allow just one run, preserving the Yankees' 4-3 win over the Blue Jays...

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Dellin Betances
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Apr 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) celebrates with New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) after Judge hit a home run in the seventh inning against Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) celebrates with New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) after Judge hit a home run in the seventh inning against Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees held off the Blue Jays for a 4-3 win in the Bronx as Aaron Judge homered in CC Sabathia's return from the DL. << Box score


Sabathia lasted 4.1 innings in his return, allowing two runs (none earned) on four hits with a strikeout and a walk. The bullpen behind him was stellar, combining for 4.2 innings allowing just one run...

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Stanton vs. Yankee Stadium 00:02:13
Giancarlo Stanton has had a rough start at Yankee Stadium, going 3-35 with just one homer and 20 K's in his first eight games in the Bronx.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone decided to drop struggling slugger Giancarlo Stanton in the order: from third to cleanup. 

Heading into the Yankees' game against the Blue Jays on Thursday, Stanton had been hitless in his last 13 at-bats and just 3-35 at home. But Boone doesn't see it much as a demotion.  

"It's more our personnel versus their pitching and [the Blue Jays'] bullpen, that kind of thing," Boone said...

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New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the Miami Marlins during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the Miami Marlins during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros during Game 3 of the 2017 ALCS at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros during Game 3 of the 2017 ALCS at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees have activated LHP CC Sabathia off the disabled list to make Thursday night's start against the Blue Jays, and placed RHP Luis Cessa on the 10-day DL (retroactive to April 18) due to a left oblique strain.

Sabathia had hit the 10-day DL after suffering a right hip strain that forced an early exit in his last start against the Orioles. He was hit hard in that outing as he allowed three homers on 58 pitches before being pulled after the fourth inning. 

An MRI revealed no structural damage to Sabathia's hip. The 37-year-old has dealt with injuries in the past, especially with his right knee that he had arthroscopic surgery on in 2016. With bone-on-bone arthritis in that knee, a replacement is likely to happen in the future. 

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New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka walks off the field at the end of the top of the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins. (AP)
New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka walks off the field at the end of the top of the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins. (AP)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Ask nearly any front office executive when it's time to worry about a struggling team, and you'll get the same answer: Memorial Day. Only then has a GM gathered enough data to make a reliable judgment about his ballclub.

But the rest of us can't help but wonder right now about the 8-8 Yankees, whose April has so far been defined by one overriding question: Is this mediocrity for real?

While scouts who cover the Yanks generally believe the offense will recover -- Giancarlo Stanton can't chase this many bad pitches all year, can he? And someone among Neil Walker, Tyler Wade, Miguel Andujar, Brandon Drury, and Greg Bird will eventually produce in the infield, right? -- there are more legitimate questions surrounding the rotation and bullpen...

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

It isn't an "if" Gleyber Torres will be called up to the Yankees. With infield struggling continuing, it's turned into "when."

Torres has been raking with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The 21-year-old returned to the lineup Tuesday after back tightness had him out a couple games, and he didn't miss a beat going 1-for-2 with two walks and a sac fly. 

The 21-year-old is hitting .372 with a homer, triple, three double, and 11 RBI over 12 games so far this season, which begs the question of when New York's top prospect will see his major league debut. 

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The Yankees have brought back a familiar face as they re-signed veteran 1B Adam Lind to a minor-league deal, per SB Nation's Chris Cotillo.

Cotillo adds that Lind will begin his time in extended spring training at their Tampa facility. Lind is familiar with the facilities having spent his spring with the Yankees. New York would eventually release him before they broke camp for the regular season. 

The 34-year-old was with the Nationals last season, where he posted a .303/.362/.513 slash line with 14 homers and 59 RBI over 116 games. He also knows the AL East well as he played for the Blue Jays for nine seasons from 2006-14. 

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(Brad Penner)

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After logging two fine starts to open the season, Masahiro Tanaka has hit a wall with two underwhelming efforts. It's difficult to witness Tanaka's recent ineffectiveness without thinking back to last season when he turned in the worst stretch of production in his professional career during the season's first half.

Tanaka is not an overpowering pitcher, which necessitates pinpointing his top-two used pitches, the split-finger fastball and slider. When he is unable to command those pitches, it forces him to resort to a very hittable four-seam fastball, which is simply not good enough to retire batters in a pinch.

Tags: Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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Apr 17, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Luis Cessa (85) walks off the field with trainer Steve Donohue during the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 17, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Luis Cessa (85) walks off the field with trainer Steve Donohue during the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

After getting called up to replace the injuried Tommy Kahnle, Yankees RHP Luis Cessa has now found his way to the DL after Tuesday's 9-1 loss to the Marlins. 

Cessa, who gave up two runs over two innings last night, left the game with a left oblique strain and was placed on the 10-day DL. The 25-year-old was expected to receive a spot start at some point during the Yankees' 10-game homestand due to the high volume of games.

However, the team is going to have to look for another option if that was the case after all.

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Stanton on staying positive 00:00:56
Yankees OF Giancarlo Stanton discusses retaining a positive mindset despite another rough outing in the team's 9-1 loss to the Marlins.

Yankees Manager Aaron Boone said he might move struggling OF Giancarlo Stanton down in the lineup when the team faces the Toronto Blue Jays in a series beginning on Thursday.

 

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Tanaka, Stanton struggle in loss 00:03:58
The Baseball Night in New York panel recaps the Yankees' 9-1 loss to the Marlins and Giancarlo Stanton's ongoing slump in the Bronx.

The Marlins scored four runs in the first two innings and Jarlin Garcia continued his early-season dominance en route to a 9-1 win over the Yankees on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

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Judge's hot start to the season 00:05:08
The BNNY panel takes a closer look at Aaron Judge's scalding hot start to the 2018 season and his record-breaking home run pace.
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 (Bob DeChiara)
(Bob DeChiara)

Another injury has struck the Yankees as RHP Tommy Kahnle was placed on the 10-day DL with right shoulder tendonitis, the team announced Tuesday. 

Kahnle has struggled in six appearances so far this season. He posted a 6.14 ERA and 1.64 WHIP with nine strikeouts and eight walks over 7.1 innings. He has also seen a drop in his fastball velocity with an average of 95.5 compared to 98.1 mph last season.

The Yankees don't see this DL stint as a big issues, though. Manager Aaron Boone says hopefully rest will have Kahnle back to his normal self. 

Tags: Tommy Kahnle, Luis Cessa
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge follows through on a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge follows through on a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs as he extended his hitting streak to 12 games in Monday's 12-1 win over the Miami Marlins at Yankee Stadium.

Judge became the fastest player in MLB history to reach 60 home runs (197 games) with a solo home run over Caleb Smith in the second inning, five games faster than Mark McGwire's previous record.

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New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the Miami Marlins during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the Miami Marlins during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Didi Gregorius and Aaron Judge combined for three home runs, Gary Sanchez had three hits and three RBIs and the Yankees blew out the Miami Marlins 12-1 on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


Gregorius went 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBIs, while Judge went 2-for-4 with two RBIs as New York won for the third time in the past four games.

Luis Severino (3-1) gave up one hit in six scoreless innings, retiring 15 of the past 16 hitters he faced.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Miami Marlins
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Jul 1, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) is awarded first on catcher's interference after hitting the glove of San Diego Padres catcher Derek Norris (R) during the first inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Jul 1, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) is awarded first on catcher's interference after hitting the glove of San Diego Padres catcher Derek Norris (R) during the first inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, already on the disabled list with an oblique/hip injury, suffered a setback when he was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis on Monday.

Manager Aaron Boone said Ellsbury suffered the injury at some point last week and does not believe it to be serious, however he did not provide a timetable for when he would make his season debut.

"We're just trying to get him back to a point where he can start in on baseball activities and we'll go from there,'' Boone said before Monday's game against the Miami Marlins, according to the New York Post's Dan Martin. "Hopefully he's moving in the right direction."

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(Raj Mehta)

The Yankees kick off a 10-game homestand with a two-game set against the Marlins on Monday at 6:35 p.m. in the Bronx.

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The Yankees played just one of three games in Detroit as rain kept them off the field on Saturday and Sunday. They took the first game 8-6 to improve to 7-7 through 14 games. ...In that contest, Aaron Hicks belted a solo homer after racing around for a two-run inside-the-park homer in the at-bat before. Hicks had just returned from the DL two days prior. ...Aaron Judge extended his hitting streak to 11 games in the win over the Tigers as well. >> Click here to follow via SNY Gameday

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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) delivers a pitch against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning in game two of the 2017 ALDS at Progressive Field. (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) delivers a pitch against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning in game two of the 2017 ALDS at Progressive Field. (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)

Just as the Yankees had hoped, LHP CC Sabathia is slated to start on Thursday after missing his last one due to a right hip injury. 

Sabathia hit the 10-day DL after suffering a right hip strain that forced an early exit in his last start against the Orioles. He was hit hard in that outing as he allowed three homers on 58 pitches before being pulled after the fourth inning. 

An MRI revealed no structural damage to Sabathia's hip, and time off gave him much-needed rest to recover. The 37-year-old has dealt with injuries in the past, especially with his right knee that was saw an arthroscopic surgery for a cleanup back in 2016. With bone-on-bone arthritis in that knee, a replacement is likely to happen in the future. 

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Mar 13, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (81) prepares to fields a ground ball during the third inning of a Spring Training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Mar 13, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (81) prepares to fields a ground ball during the third inning of a Spring Training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

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The Yankees traded Starlin Castro and Chase Headley this past offseason, which immediately pointed to the chance that two rookies - Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres - would man second and third base, the former Pinstriper's respective positions. But neither rookie made the squad out of spring training,

Instead, the Yankees went with a young, but experienced third baseman in Brandon Drury, and an inexperienced 23-year-old in Tyler Wade at second base.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa delivers to a Kansas City Royals batter during the first inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) (Orlin Wagner/AP)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa delivers to a Kansas City Royals batter during the first inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) (Orlin Wagner/AP)

During their down time due to rainouts in Detroit, the Yankees optioned RHP Luis Cessa and OF Shane Robinson to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday. 

Though he hasn't allowed a hit yet this season, Cessa has only seen two innings over the Yanks' 14 games this season. The 25-year-old owned a 4.75 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in 36 innings with the ballclub last season. 

Robinson, who was brought in as an outfield replacement due to various injuries, played in two games during the Boston series. He went 1-for-3 in five at-bats with a stolen base as well.

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New York Yankees second baseman Jace Peterson throws the ball to first base for an out during the third inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Jace Peterson throws the ball to first base for an out during the third inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Infielder Jace Peterson cleared waivers and elected to become a free agent after the Yankees designated him for assignment on Tuesday, according to SB Nation's Chris Cotillo.

Peterson, whom the Yankees signed to a minor league deal in January, went 3-for-9 in two MLB games this season and 1-for-4 with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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(Rick Osentoski)

Due to weather, Sunday's day-night doubleheader between the Yankees and Tigers has been postponed.

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