May 23, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Zack Britton (53) throws a pitch in the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)
May 23, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Zack Britton (53) throws a pitch in the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)

The Yankees have been decimated by injuries this year, with more than a dozen key players going down. Check back here for the latest updates on the walking wounded.  


October 9, 1:00 PM:

Zack Britton jammed his right ankle on first base during Game 3 against the Twins while making a bang-bang play to record an out. And though he was limping off the mound and into the dugout, it doesn't look like he'll be missing any postseason time. 

According to MLB Network's Jon Morosi, Britton will be on the Yankees' ALCS roster when Aaron Boone puts it together before Saturday's start to the new series. That's great news to hear considering Britton is the Yanks' best lefty reliever, minus closer Aroldis Chapman, out in the pen. 

September 29, 5:37 P.M.:

Gio Urshela's injury diagnosis from Sunday's Yankees game against the Texas Rangers was a "mild left ankle sprain," according to reporters on the scene at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Among the reporters to tweet the news, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic added that Urshela's exit with one out in the bottom of the second inning was for "precautionary reasons."

While Urshela's outlook for the playoffs -- which start Friday with Game 1 of the ALDS against the Minnesota Twins -- remains to be seen, the Yankees have flexibility if DH Edwin Encarnacion returns as expected.

Even if the Yankees are without Urshela, they could tweak their starting lineup's infield accordingly with DJ LeMahieu at third base and Luke Voit at first base, keeping Gleyber Torres at second and Didi Gregorius at shortshop.

September 29, 4:26 P.M.:

Even in Game 162, the Yankees were unable to escape the 2019 regular season without an apparent injury.

Gio Urshela left the Yankees' game Sunday against the Texas Rangers with what appeared to be an ankle injury, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.

Urshela came up limping on a play, according to Lindsey Adler of The Athletic, and was limping while leaving the field, according to Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media.

Urshela came out after fielding a groundball by Nick Solak and throwing to DJ LeMahieu at first base before an injury delay took place on the field. Tyler Wade then replaced Urshela at third base.

Urshela, who entered the day slashing .315/.356/.535 with 21 home runs and 74 RBI, was 0 for 1 after a strikeout swinging in the bottom of the second inning.

September 28, 5:34 P.M.:

James Paxton told reporters in Texas on Saturday that he underwent an MRI in the morning and was diagnosed with nerve irritation, though he said it will not affect the way he gets ready for the ALDS against the Twins.

The lefty was pulled after just one inning on Friday night due to a tight left glute.

September 28, 12:43 P.M.:

The Yankees returned a piece to their bullpen depth for the regular season's final two games Saturday and Sunday, but they also revealed a move that likely ends an everyday starter's 2019 campaign.

The team announced Saturday that RHP David Hale (3-0, 2.89 ERA) had been reinstated while transferring CF Aaron Hicks to the 60-day injured list.

Hicks has not played since Aug. 3's 6-4 win over the Boston Red Sox, landing on the 10-day injured list with a right flexor strain in his right elbow. He was expected to be out for the remainder of the regular season and quiestionable to return by the time the Yankees' started postseason, which begins next Friday at Yankee Stadium against the Minnesota Twins.

If the season is over for Hicks, the end comes after an injury-filled year, slashing .235/.325/.443 with 12 home runs and 36 RBI in 59 games -- mostly as the Yankees' starting CF, which veteran Brett Gardner has since taken over. Hicks signed a seven-year contract extension Feb. 25 worth $70 million.

Hale, meanwhile, returns for the Yankees' for the first time since July 26's 10-5 loss to the Red Sox. He spent the past two months on the 10- and 60-day injured lists due to a lumbar spine strain. His 37.1 innings of relief include 22 strikeouts to six walks.

The Yankees (103-57) continue their season-ending three-game series against the Texas Rangers (76-84) Saturday at 8:05 p.m. from Globe Life Ballpark in Arlington. They conclude Sunday with the finale at 3:05 p.m.

September 28, 12:06 P.M.:

Even with three games left in the final series of the regular season, the Yankees were unable to emerge without an injury scare.

LHP James Paxton (15-6, 3.82 ERA) left Friday's 14-7 win over the Texas Rangers -- the opener of the weekend's three-game set from Globe Life Park in Arlington -- with left glute tightness after 21 pitches and two earned runs allowed in the first inning.

After the game, the Yankees -- from manager Aaron Boone to Paxton himself -- felt that the injury was a precautionary move.

"I don't think it's going to be anything serious," Paxton told reporters, including Marly Rivera of ESPN, after the game. "I could have kept on pitching and worked through it, but they just wanted to play it safe. I don't think it's anything serious, just something we want to keep an eye on the next couple of days here and then get ready to go for the postseason."

Paxton entered Friday undefeated in his starts since Aug. 2, going 10-0 with a 2.25 ERA and 68 strikeouts to 20 walks over 60.0 innings pitched.

"I really don't think it's anything big at all," Boone told reporters, including Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News, after the game. "He wanted to go back out there. Normally I would've let him," the Yankees manager said. "I sided with the next one is too important so I said, that's it. Didn't want to mess with anything. I do think it's kind of a minor deal."

With the Yankees set for the Minnesota Twins next Friday for a best-of-five ALDS at Yankee Stadium, the looming return to New York leaves Paxton's potential Game 1 start in the air.

The southpaw pitched his way into the discussion after he had a resurgent second half, likely leaving Boone's decision between Paxton and RHP Masahiro Tanaka (11-8, 4.47 ERA).

The recent return of RHP Luis Severino (1-0, 0.00 ERA) adds an option to Boone's starting rotation for the playoffs, while LHPs J.A. Happ (12-8, 4.91 ERA) and C.C. Sabathia (5-8, 4.95 ERA) have been experimented with by the Yankees as long relievers after openers.

September 24, 11:28 P.M.:

After a fastball high and inside hit Gio Urshela on his hand, he appears to have survived an injury scare that would require him to miss time.

X-Rays came back negative, the Yankees told reporters in the Tropicana Field press box, as Urshela was diagnosed with a bruised left hand.

In his postgame availability with the Yankees media, manager Aaron Boone said he would not risk Urshela's health with four games left on the regular season and the playoffs up next, but did not rule out playing him Wednesday against the Rays.

"He seems pretty confident with it," Boone said, according to Marly Rivera of ESPN. "Right now it seems like we dodged it."

Urshela shared similar sentiments with reporters after the game.

"It's fine," Urshela said, according to Erik Boland of Newsday.

September 24, 9:45 PM:

Gio Urshela was hit by a pitch in the top of sixth inning, as a high fastball came up and in and caught his left hand. Urshela went down in the pain but stayed in to run after being checked out by the Yankees medical staff.

In the bottom of the seventh, though, Urshela was pulled from the game. The team later announced that Urshela has a bruised left hand and that x-rays were negative.

September 24, 5:50 PM:

Edwin Encarnacion's return the Yankees' lineup appears to be imminent.

According to manager Aaron Boone, Encarnacion is likely to return for the Bombers on Friday in Texas, though the first baseman/DH is pushing to be in the lineup on Wednesday.

Encarnacion suffered an oblique injury last Thursday.

September 24, 4:09 PM:

Gleyber Torres has been out for the past couple games with a hamstring injury, but the Yankees weren't stressing it much after his MRI came back with nothing serious. 

Well, that definitely appears to be the case, as he's back in the lineup against the Rays tonight. He'll play second base and bat third in the lineup. 

September, 23, 6:26 PM:

Gary Sanchez broke his silence Monday on his left groin strain, sharing when he plans to return from the injury he reaggravated Sept. 12.

"Right now with everything I've done, I feel better," Sanchez said, according to Marly Rivera of ESPN, after Monday's full workout at the Yankees' minor-league facilities in Tampa, Florida.

"Hopefully in the next few days, with all I have to do, and after working with the trainers, I can feel the way I feel now."

September 21, 1:34 P.M.:

Shortly after the Yankees' 1:05 p.m. game against the Toronto Blue Jays started, New York announced to reporters at Yankee Stadium that the MRI on Gleyber Torres (hamstring) came back negative.

The news is big for the Yankees, who have relied on Torres all year long while the rest of the team dropped like flies. In 140 games, Torres has slashed .284/.343/.546 with 38 home runs and 90 RBI.

September 21, 12:15 P.M.:

Before the Yankees' 1:05 p.m. game Saturday against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium in New York, manager Aaron Boone had good news and potentially bad news when he told reporters of the team's latest injury updates during his pregame media availability.

Boone first said that 2B Gleyber Torres "felt good" Saturday morning, according to Sweeny Murti of WFAN, but would get an MRI at some point Saturday on his right hamstring after he fell to the ground on a diving stop in the hole during the sixth inning of Friday's game.

Edwin Encarnacion, meanwhile, is officially on his way back from an oblique injury he suffered last Thursday.

According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Boone said that Encarnacion is expected to play by the start of the regular season-ending three-game series starting next Friday against the Texas Rangers.

Per Hoch, Boone added that Encarnacion could return at the earliest Tuesday or Wednesday for the two-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays.

September 20, 10:29 P.M.:

Gleyber Torres made a diving stop a ball in the hole during Friday's loss to Toronto, but as he tried to make the throw to first, he lost his footing and fell to the ground.

He initially stayed in the game, and even got another at-bat, but he was pulled in the sixth inning. After the game, Aaron Boone said he thinks Torres is going to be okay, but that he will see a team doctor on Saturday.

September 20, 5:17 P.M.:

Fresh off their 9-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels to hit the 100-win mark and take the AL East for the first time since 2012, the Yankees had positive injury updates Friday before they opened the weekend's three-game series at Yankee Stadium in New York against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Manager Aaron Boone started with DH/1B Edwin Encarnacion (oblique), who is expected to return at some point when the Yankees embark on next week's road trip Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Boone added that the Yankees "remain optimistic" about C Gary Sanchez (groin) to "be ready for the postseason" despite being further away from returning than Encarnacion.

September 20, 9:11 A.M.:

In the midst of the Yankees' three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels, which led to Thursday night's 9-1 win at Yankee Stadium where New York clinched the AL East for the first time since 2012, manager Aaron Boone provided an update Thursday afternoon on RHP Dellin Betances.

Betances, who partially tore his left Achilles in Sunday's 6-4 loss to the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, where he debuted for the first time on the 2019 season with two strikeouts (eight pitches, seven strikes) over 0.2 innings, will not need surgery after getting a second opinion from New York-based orthopedic surgeon Dr. Martin O'Malley.

"I believe he'll be in a walking boot for another four weeks and then they'll kind of reevaluate where he is," Boone said. "But the belief is he would not need surgery. I guess that could possible change, but they feel pretty confident this is something that will not need surgery."

After an offseason of recovery, the 31-year-old Betances, who was on a one-year deal for $7.25 million guaranteed with the Yankees in 2019, is likely to return in time for spring training.

Penn Medicine chair of Sports Medicine Dr. Brian Sennett told Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News what to expect as Betances begins the recovery process.

"Achilles tendon injuries require surgery when there is a complete rupture," said Sennett, who added that the Yankees' decision to shut Betances down for September into the postseason stems from the risk of fully tearing the Achilles. "The goal of surgery is to bring the ends of the tendon back together to optimize healing," Sennett said. "In a partial Achilles tendon injury, the tendon is partially injured but there is not a separation of the torn ends. As a result, the tendon is in a good position for healing."

September 17, 3:57 PM:

According to Aaron Boone, Giancarlo Stanton is on his way to New York to hopefully be available for activation on Wednesday. If not, Boone expects it to be on Thursday. Stanton has played in just nine games this season, but will return at the perfect time to prove to the Yankees he is worth a postseason roster spot. 

Boone also talked about other Yankees, like Aaron Hicks who is in the midst of a throwing program down in Tampa -- another positive update. It's in the early stage, so the Yankees won't know for sure when or if he can return this regular season. Edwin Encarnacion and Gary Sanchez are also continuing to progress with their groin strains.

The news came before the Yankees' game against the Angels in which RHP Luis Severino made his first start of the season. Among others he was followed by out of the bullpen, LHP Stephen Tarpley made an appearance.

September 15, 11:14 AM:

The Yankees made it official ahead of Sunday's game with LHP Jordan Montgomery and RHP Dellin Betances returning to the club for the first time this season. Montgomery is going to get the start, while Betances will await his turn in the bullpen.

The corresponding moves to make room for these two were RHP Ryan Dull being DFA'd, and RHP Jonathan Holder going to the 60-day IL

September 14, 3:55 P.M.:

In addition to RHP Dellin Betances, the Yankees welcome back a pair of others from the injured list as the new week begins.

LHP Jordan Montgomery will officially start for the Yankees in Sunday's 1:07 p.m. series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays, manager Aaron Boone told reporters before Saturday's game.

"I probably will be (emotional)," Montgomery told Meredith Marakovits of YES Network. "The minor leagues was a lot of adrenaline, just because you're so excited to be back out there. So I'm just trying to stay cool and slow the game down and throw strikes.

"It was a roller coaster. You're feeling so good and then I hit that road block with my shoulder and you'll feel good, you'll feel sore. It's just up and down, up and down. I was lucky to have my family, my girlfriend, a bunch of coaches and teammates reach out for me and kind of just keep my sanity."

When the Yankees return to New York for Tuesday's 6:35 p.m. series opener against the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium, Boone said that OF/DH Giancarlo Stanton will be back as well.

"It may be a situation, too, where we build him up where he doesn't play the entire game … however many at-bats or innings in the outfield, then pull him and build him up that way," Boone said, according to Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News. "(Friday) was another day of kind of a sim game where he got lots of at-bats and a couple innings in the outfield. He went out and played defense and they worked him on defense. Again, he responded well and continues to build momentum and hopefully at some point on the homestand we get him back."

September 14, 1:57 P.M.:

RHP Dellin Betances is on his way back to the Yankees.

According to Erik Boland of Newsday, Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters before Saturday's 3:07 p.m. game against the Blue Jays that Betances, who has been out all season with a right shoulder injury, was set to return for Sunday's 1:07 p.m. series finale in Toronto.

Betances started the season on the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder impingement. The Yankees transferred him to the 60-day injured list May 9 before he started his rehab assignment Sept. 6 with the Double-A Trenton Thunder.

September 14 10:17 A.M.:

Prior to Friday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters at the Rogers Centre that LHP J.A. Happ had a cortisone shot as he deals with tendinitis in his left biceps, according to George A. King III of the New York Post.

Happ, who left Thursday's afternoon game against the Detroit Tigers after 4.2 innings, will avoid the IL. Boone said that the southpaw is set to start Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Angels, according to Pete Caldera of the Bergen Record/USA Today Network.

September 13, 9:07 PM:

RHP Dellin Betances continues to work his way back towards the Yankees' bullpen, but Friday night wasn't his strongest outing.

The Double-A Trenton Thunder had been pitching a no-hitter through five innings, but then called Betances into the game to pitch the sixth. He allowed a home run to Bowie's Cedric Mullens, the first hit of the game for the Bay Sox.

Overall, Betances allowed two hits, though he did feature his signature nasty breaking ball. He threw 15 pitches in the inning, nine of which went for strikes.

September 13, 5:13 PM:

Speaking to reporters prior to Friday's game in Toronto, Aaron Boone said he is "optimistic" that Gary Sanchez will be able to return to the lineup before the season ends. The Yankees' catcher suffered a groin strain in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader with the Tigers.

Meanwhile, Edwin Encarnacion has what Boone called a "mild" oblique strain, which he suffered in Thursday's first game.

September 12, 8:40 PM:

Gary Sanchez left the game in the fourth inning with left groin tightness. He was thrown out trying to steal second base to end the top of the third inning.

September 12, 5:15 PM:

After pitching 4.2 innings against the Tigers, J.A. Happ is actually heading back to New York early to assess what Aaron Boone called "bicep tendinitis," per The Athletic's Lindsey Adler. Boone added that this wasn't something new in his eyes, as Happ has been dealing with this. 

Happ himself wasn't too worried about it, according to The Daily News' Kristie Ackert. He's dealt with it in the past, and he told the team he wanted to pitch through it. 

September 12, 5:03 PM:

Edwin Encarnacion left Game 1 of the team's doubleheader against the Tigers in the seventh inning with a strained left oblique.

According to The Althetic's Lindsey Adler, he felt the injury early in the game.

September 11, 8:13 PM: 

Luis Severino took another step closer towards his return to the Yankees on Wednesday night. Starting for Double-A Trenton, Severino pitched 2.1 innings, allowing four runs (just one earned) on five hits. He struck out four and recorded one wild pitch. His night came to an end after 64 pitches, 47 of which were strikes. 

September 11, 12:28 PM:

After receiving a second opinion on his elbow injury, Aaron Hicks has been given a recommendation of a few more weeks of rest, followed by evaluation, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed. 

Sherman adds that Hicks is not out of the woods when it comes to the potential of having to undergo Tommy John surgery, and that him returning even for the playoffs seems unlikely

September 10, 8:43 P.M.:

RHP Dellin Betances and LHP Stephen Tarpley followed LHP Jordan Montgomery as relievers in Game 1 of Tuesday's Eastern League Championship Series with the Double-A Trenton Thunder.

After Montgomery's outing, Betances worked a scoreless fourth inning. He allowed one hit and recorded two strikeouts to one walk, throwing 11 strikes among his 20 pitches. According to Greg Johnson of The Trentonian, Betances sat at 92-93 mph with his fastball, but he touched 95 mph and recorded five swings and misses, highlighted by an 80 mph curveball for a strikeout.

Tarpley took over and fired a similar frame to Betances, getting through a scoreless fifth inning with one hit, two strikeouts to no walks and one hit batter. Ten of his 19 pitches went for strikes. According to Johnson, Tarpley's fastball sat at 92-93 mph and "looked like it had good movement."

September 10, 7:52 P.M.:

LHP Jordan Montgomery started Game 1 of Tuesday's Eastern League Championship Series with the Double-A Trenton Thunder, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits with a strikeout and walk in 3.0 innings. According to Greg Johnson of The Trentonian, he threw 50 pitches -- 30 strikes -- and retired his last nine batters. Montgomery's only hiccup came on an RBI double, a line drive to right field in the top of the first inning.

September 10, 4:20 P.M.:

Two days after he left Sunday's game against the Boston Red Sox early with left calf tighness, Mike Tauchman officially became the latest casualty for the Yankees' injuries Tuesday when New York announced it placed the OF on the 10-day IL with a left calf strain.

The Yankees reinstated RHP Ben Heller from the 60-day IL. He had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and did not pitch in 2018. Heller's return comes after he suffered a forearm strain while on rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, initially leaving his immediate availability in question for the three-game series starting Tuesday against the Detroit Tigers.

September 10, 12:21 PM:

As they continue their rehab assignments, Luis Severino and Dellin Betances are scheduled to pitch for Double-A Trenton in the Eastern League Championship Series that starts on Tuesday.

Betances is on the schedule to pitch in relief on Tuesday, while Severino is slated to start on Wednesday, according to Kyle Franko

Jordan Montgomery is slated to start Tuesday's game, while Stephen Tarpley is expected to pitch in relief along with Betances. 

September 9, 6:21 P.M.:

Aaron Boone told reporters prior to Monday's game against the Red Sox that Giancarlo Stanton could return to the Yankee lineup during the Yankees' next homestand, which begins on Aug. 17 against the Angels.

Stanton is currently on the 60-day DL and has appeared in just nine games this season, the last coming on June 25.

September 7, 2:34 P.M.:

Before Saturday's game at 4:05 p.m. against the Boston Red Sox, manager Aaron Boone made an abundance of injury updates during a pregame media availability with reporters.

3B Gio Urshela (left groin tightness) is "likely" to be activated off the 10-day injured list Sunday, according to Lindsey Adler of The Athletic. Urshela went on the injured list with left groin tightness.

CF Aaron Hicks -- Boone said, according to Newsday's Erik Boland and MLB.com's Bryan Hoch -- had his rehab "slowed down" because he's "not feeling quite right," putting his season in jeopardy. WFAN's Sweeney Murti added that Hicks had another MRI, which showed that his elbow ligament "was sound" and the flexor strain "was healed." Hicks has been on the 10-day injured list with a right flexor strain and was expected to be away from the field until a mid-September return.

RHP Luis Severino's status -- whether he will undergo another rehab game or make his next appearance with the Yankees -- is expected to be determined later Saturday, according to Randy Miller of NJ Advance Media. Double-A Trenton is a possibility for Severino, according to Adler.

RHP Dellin Betances is expected to throw again Monday -- Boone said, according to Adler.

OF Cameron Maybin's undisclosed left wrist injury is something Boone said that the Yankees will have to manage the rest of the year, according to Hoch. Maybin's injury might linger into the offseason, said Boone, who added that the left wrist is "as good as it's going to be." Maybin has not played since last Saturday's 4-3 win over the Oakland Athletics, entering off the bench for the ninth and 10th innings.

OF Giancarlo Stanton does not have a timeline for a return to the Yankees, but Boone said that Stanton is very "close" to ramping up the progression, according to Adler.

LHP CC Sabathia threw a "normal bullpen" -- 20 pitches -- Friday before the Yankees' 6-1 loss to the Red Sox, according to Dan Martin of the New York Post. Boone said that Sabathia could be used out of the bullpen if he returns during his final season.

September 7, 10:44 A.M.:

After Luis Severino's 50-pitch start Friday for Double-A Trenton, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said on YES Network after the team's 6-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox that the ace RHP's next outing could be with New York.

"Obviously, another big, positive step from the first time, which felt like a first spring training outing," Boone said of Severino's performance. "But it's something now that we'll talk about it with if whether we think he needs one more, if that would be beneficial, or if it's better now to just come with us and build up that way.

"Those will be conversations, now, that we have over the next 24, 48 hours."

Severino threw 37 strikes and yielded one run on five hits while striking out five and walking none in 3.0 innings of the Thunder's 12-2 win over the Reading Fightin' Phils.

"Overall, it was pretty successful," Boone said.

According to Matt Kardos of Pinstriped Prospects, Severino said he felt "way better" than his first rehab game with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre -- Sunday's inning-plus start of two runs allowed on three hits (one home run) and two strikeouts in the RailRiders' 15-12 win over the Buffalo Bisons.

"I feel good, way better than the first time," Severino told Kardos. "I think that my presence and my momentum on the mound -- I felt like myself and everything was good.

"I think in the first outing I was trying to do too much. All of the things that have been talked about like the tipping or commanding my fastball -- I tried to put everything into that outing and it was too much. Today I went out there and focused on one thing at a time."

September 6, 10:08 P.M.:

Two potential playoff arms for the Yankees made positive progress on the rehab front on Friday.

Luis Severino and Dellin Betances both appeared in Trenton's game against the Reading Fightin Phils.

Starting for the Thunder, Severino threw 50 pitches over three innings. He allowed one run on five hits, but he also struck out five.

According to a Major League scout, the right-hander featured "stuff that was Major League (caliber)."

His fastball was clocked between 94-97 MPH, with a slider in the mid-80s as well.

Betances, meanwhile, pitched the fifth inning for the Thunder. His appearance was a bit more up and down, as he walked a batter and also committed a balk, but it ended up being a scoreless inning with one strikeout for the reliever. Eleven of his 19 pitches were strikes. 

September 6, 7:18 P.M:

Giancarlo Stanton played in a simulated game on Friday in Tampa, according to the Associated Press. Stanton had five at-bats in the game and is scheduled to play in another simulated game on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the AP has also reported that outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who has not played for the Yankees since 2017, worked out indoors today.

September 6, 1:17 P.M.:

The Trenton Thunder, the Double-A affiliate of the Yankees, announced Friday afternoon that three major-league players would make rehab stints with the minor-league team in its game later that night.

INF Thairo Estrada joins RHPs Luis Severino and Dellin Betances for the Thunder's 7 p.m. game Friday at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, New Jersey, against the Reading Fightin' Phils of the Philadelphia Phillies.

According to Greg Johnson of The Trentonian, Thunder manager Patrick Osborn said Thursday that Severino and Betances would pitch for Double-A Trenton in Friday's game, but the exact order was not yet determined.

While Severino (right shoulder rotator cuff inflammation and Grade 2 lat strain) began his rehab assignment Sunday with the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, throwing 33 pitches, Betances and Estrada begin theirs.

The game with Double-A Trenton is Betances' first all season and Estrada's first since he landed on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain Aug. 18. Betances is working back from a right shoulder impingement, which has held him out all season.

September 4, 4:52 P.M.:

Manager Aaron Boone gave a few updates on some injured Yanks, including great news about Gio Urshela. Per The Athletic's Lindsey Adler, Urshela should be coming off the IL on Sunday. She noted him hitting "absolute bombs" during BP on Tuesday, while he was seen running on Wednesday. All great signs for Gio. 

Also, Luis Severino and Dellin Betances will continue their rehab in Double-A Trenton, as Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre begins their playoffs. 

And here's a name we haven't heard in a while. Miguel Andujar returned to baseball activities on Monday, per Newsday's Laura Albanese. He should be all set for Spring Training next season. 

September 2, 3:49 P.M.:

Before the Yankees hosted the Texas Rangers in a rain-delayed series opener for 3:55 p.m. Monday at Yankee Stadium, several injury updates with regards to the starting rotation surfaced.

DH/1B Edwin Encarnacion is on his way back to the Yankees, he told Conor Foley of The Times-Tribune in Scranton. Encarnacion spent Monday with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and completed his rehab assignment, according to Foley, after he went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts. The two-game stint for the RailRiders included Sunday's game in which Encarnacion went 1 for 4 with an RBI single and two runs.

According to Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media, RHP Luis Severino will make his second rehab start Friday with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after he pitched Sunday for the RailRiders. Severino threw 33 pitches in his first rehab start of the 2019 season, throwing 33 pitches over an inning and working into the second frame.

He allowed two runs on three hits -- including a solo home run, double and single before a sacrifice fly -- but struck two out. According to Brian Fonseca of NJ Advance Media, Severino's fastball sat between 94-96 mph while he mixed in his breaking pitches.

Among recent injuries, LHP CC Sabathia said he has gotten treatment on his knee, including drainage and injections. According to Kuty, Sabathia considered it too soon to tell when he could make his return.

September 1, 11:17 AM:

Dellin Betances has been progressing well as he tries to make his way back to the Bronx, and his latest session down in Tampa continued that trend. 

The big right-hander threw 22 pitches to hitters yesterday, per multiple reports, and he said it felt better than his first session. Next on his list will be returning to Yankee Stadium to throw to hitters again on Tuesday.

August 31, 12:36 PM:

Edwin Encarnacion was taking batting practice on Saturday morning prior to the Yankees game against the A's. Prior to first pitch, Aaron Boone said Encarnacion could begin a rehab stint in Triple-A Scranton as early as Sunday and then he could return early next week. 

On the flip, Gio Urshela (groin) and LHP CC Sabathia was placed on the 10-day IL on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Boone sounded more optimistic about Urshela, while Sabathia's injury is the same knee injury he's battled. 

August 30, 11:23 PM:

After the Yankees' 8-2 loss to the A's, outfielder Aaron Hicks confirmed that he will begin a throwing program shortly, believing it will start on Monday.

"All I know is that today I was cleared to throw, so I should start throwing here pretty soon."

Hicks said that he is "really confident" that he will return at some point this season. The outfielder has missed the Yankees' last 26 games.

August 30, 12:48 PM:

The Yankees have placed Gio Urshela on the 10-day IL (retroactive to Aug. 29) due to a left groin strain.

To take Urshela's place on the 25-man roster, Luke Voit was activated from the 10-day IL.

After leaving Wednesday's game, Urshela said that he had hoped to play on Friday. Instead, he will be out until at least Septmber 8. 

August 28, 7:11 PM:

While the Yankees have been getting mostly good news on the injury front, they're now hoping to avoid yet another player landing on the IL.

Gio Urshela left Wednesday afternoon's game in Seattle, replaced in the lineup by Didi Gregorius in the bottom of the fifth inning. Later, the Yankees announced that Urshela was pulled from the game due to left groin tightness. Urshela went 1-for-2 at the plate before leaving the game, raising his batting average to .331.

After the game, Urshela told reporters that he began to feel tightness around the third inning, but hopes to be able to play on Friday when the Yankees host the Athletics.

August 28, 5:44 PM:

Before Wednedsay afternoon's start against the Mariners, manager Aaron Boone gave positive updates on Didi Gregorius and Giancarlo Stanton, both of which came from MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.

Gregorius, who was hit by a pitch in the shoulder on Sunday against the Dodgers, hasn't hit the IL but has been out of the lineup. However, he is expected to be back in action Friday when the Yanks return home to face the A's. 

Stanton is still working his way back from a PCL strain, but Boone said he is "pretty close" to facing live pitching. 

August 27, 9:00 PM:

Aaron Boone updated the status of a number injured Yankees prior to Tuesday's game against the Mariners:

  • Edwin Encarnacion has been hitting in the batting cage and performing fielding drills away from the team in New York. Boone believes Encarcion could be an option for the Yankees in the near future.
  • Aaron Hicks' right flexor strain will be re-examined on Friday.
  • Giancarlo Stanton will take live BP with the Bombers in Seattle on Tuesday night.
  • Dellin Bettances threw a 20-pitch BP session last weekend and is scheduled to face live hitters on Wednesday.
  • The Yankees will likely get Luke Voit back in the lineup before this weekend. The first baseman is continuing his rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as he recovers from his sports hernia. 

August 27, 6:51 PM:

After saying on Monday that Luis Severino could begin his rehab on Sunday, Yankees manager Aaron Boone reiterated that fact on Tuesday.

Boone told reporters that Severino could start for Double-A Trenton on Sunday, saying the right-hander would be limited to around two innings and 35 pitches. 

August 26, 8:00 PM:

Before the Yankees' 10:10 p.m. series opener Monday night against the Mariners in Seattle, manager Aaron Boone provided an abundance of updates on New York's injured players during a pregame media availability with reporters, according to the Bergen Record's Pete Caldera:

  • Luis Severino: The RHP could begin his rehab assignment Sunday. He has been throwing off a mound for nearly two weeks now.
     
  • Dellin Betances: The RHP's weekend mound session "went well." He and Severino have been on pace for mid-September returns.

Bryan Hoch of MLB.com added that Severino is slated for a 35-pitch simulated game Tuesday in Tampa, Florida. If he gets through the simulate game without any issues, it should clear the way for his rehab assignment Sunday. As for Betances, Hoch said that the reliever is set to face hitters again Wednesday. He could also begin his rehab assignment if that goes well, according to Hoch.

  • Didi Gregorious: The SS is not in Monday night's lineup, but his shoulder is "improving" after he got hit by a first-inning pitch the previous day.
     
  • Giancarlo Stanton: The OF could hit on a field Tuesday. He has been slowly working his way back. Four days ago, Boone said that Stanton was running on the field and doing defensive workouts, with the hitting coming from indoor cages. Stanton, who has been traveling with the team, could head to Tampa and begin taking at-bats when New York begin its six-game homestand Friday night at Yankee Stadium against the Oakland Athletics, according to Hoch.

Also, according to Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media, Boone did not rule out Jordan Montgomery "being an option" for the Yankees down the stretch into September and October. Montgomery threw two perfect innings for the High-A Tampa Tarpons on Sunday, striking out two and tossing 19 pitches. Boone "seemed to indicate" that Montgomery's situation is more so about ensuring the LHP is fully recovered and strong to finish the season as he continues his recovery from Tommy John surgery last June. Hoch added that Montgomery is expected to join the Double-A Trenton Thunder at an unspecified date in the near future with the hope that he could make his return to the big leagues "at some point in September."

August 25, 10:15 PM:

Didi Gregorius was hit on the right shoulder by a Clayton Kershaw fastball in the first inning of Sunday's game against the Dodgers. Though he initially remained in the game, he was removed for a pinch-hitter in the third inning. 

After the game, Aaron Boone told reporters that X-rays were negative and that the shortstop is considered day-to-day.

August 25, 6:23 PM:

Jordan Montgomery took his first step in a return to the Yankee Stadium mound with a rehab start with High-A Tampa. He tossed two perfect innings with a pair of strikeouts and needed just 19 pitches to get the six outs. 

Montgomery has not pitched for the Yankees since undergoing Tommy John surgery in June 2018.

August 25, 10:04 AM:

Edwin Encarnacion has been progressing well in rehabbing his fractured wrist. Manager Aaron Boone said Saturday that from his understanding Encarnacion's drills of ground balls, hitting off a tee and playing catch all went well. 

Now Encarnacion isn't close to returning just yet, but Boone his hopeful he'll be back to the team at some point before the regular season ends. 

"No, but certainly expect him back," he told The Post's George A. King III. "Hopefully he is not too far off."

August 24, 10:05 a.m.:

Before the Yankees' 10-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, manager Aaron Boone said of 1B/DH Luke Voit, "there is a chance he could join us that Friday when we start the homestand," according to George A. King of the New York Post. Voit spent Friday with the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, logging six innings at first base and batting out of the leadoff spot. He went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run in his first game since arriving to the IL on July 31. Voit could rejoin the Yankees for the start of next Friday's three-game home series against the Oakland Athletics, which begins a six-game homestand through Sept. 4.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, Thairo Estrada
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Oct 19, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) looks on during game six of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina )
Oct 19, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) looks on during game six of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina )

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HOUSTON - The sense of devastation was acute in the Yankees clubhouse on Saturday night, in the minutes after Jose Altuve shocked Aroldis Chapman with the home run that ended their season.

Teams lose in October all the time, of course, and typically take it as a normal part of the game - but the hugs, tears and downcast glances marked this one as different.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, DJ LeMahieu, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Andy Martino
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Yankees GM Brian Cashman

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With a strong, young nucleus of stars such as Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres and Luis Severino and others, the Yankees at least have the base of a contender for years to come.

But that doesn't mean there aren't significant questions facing GM Brian Cashman and the Yankee braintrust this offseason after another disappointing exit from the playoffs. And winning windows sometimes close before we think they will, if clubs don't make the right moves. 

Will it be a long, Cole'd -- get it? -- winter? Will Aroldis Chapman opt-out? Who's on first? (No, seriously). 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Dellin Betances, DJ LeMahieu, Edwin Encarnacion , Gary Sanchez, Gio Urshela, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, Anthony McCarron
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Boone on Game 6 loss 00:01:57
Yankees manager Aaron Boone on the crushing Gm 6 loss to the Astros in the ALCS that ended the Yankees season.

The Yankees had the best bullpen in baseball this season and were extremely efficient at putting RISP in for the score, but the playoffs--and namely a series with the Astros--was just a different mountain for New York to climb, and ultimately those huge strengths became weaknesses as their season ended on Saturday night in Houston.

After DJ LeMahieu initially saved the Yankees' season with a two-run shot to right field at the top of the ninth inning with one out, Aaron Boone sent out Aroldis Chapman to close out the inning and try to send the game into extra innings. 

Chapman got rid of the first two batters before walking George Springer, bringing Jose Altuve up for a two-out, one-man-on, at-bat. Altuve took two balls and a strike looking...

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, DJ LeMahieu, J.A. Happ, Luis Cessa, Tommy Kahnle, Zack Britton
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Martino on Yanks crushing loss 00:01:20
SNY's Andy Martino details the aftermath of the Yankees crushing loss in Gm 6 but reflects the team's resiliency in reaching ALCS.

The Yankees rode a wave of emotions during the ninth inning of Saturday's 6-4 ALCS Game 6 loss to the Astros.

Down to their final three outs, the Bombers got the tying run to the plate against Astros closer Roberto Osuna, and just as he's done time after time this season, DJ LeMahieu came up with a massive hit, ripping a two-run homer to right to tie the game 4-4. 

LeMahieu's blast gave the Yankees' new life, but in the bottom of the inning, Jose Altuve took it away. 

After George Springer worked a two-out walk against Aroldis Chapman, Altuve jumped all over a 2-1 hanging slider, lifting a home run to left, and ending a Yankees season that had so much promise.

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Yanks on brutal Gm 6 loss 00:01:44
Gardner, Green, Britton, LeMahieu on the sudden to the Yankees season while Judge considers season a "failure"

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The Yankees fought back, but ultimately Jose Altuve's walk-off home run ended their season, sending the Astros to the World Series with a 6-4 win. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Saturday's game

1) The Yankees gave everyone a dramatic finish but when all was said and done, the Astros left no doubt about which team was better in this series, as they won it in six games. They outplayed the Yankees in big ways and small, with stronger starting pitching, more game-changing home runs, smarter baserunning and especially sparkling defense, making some great plays that proved crucial in Game 6. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, John Harper
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Jul 22, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (30) hits a ground ball into a triple play in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Jul 22, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (30) hits a ground ball into a triple play in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

When the Yankees announced their starting lineup prior to Saturday's ALCS Game 6 in Houston, the most notable change came at the DH spot. 

One night after it was Giancarlo Stanton called upon to serve that role, Edwin Encarnacion is back in the lineup for Game 6, batting out of the fifth spot. 

During his pregame press conference, Aaron Boone explained that his decision to start Encarnacion over Stanton was not an easy one.

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Oct 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Chad Green (57) throws against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning of game three of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Chad Green (57) throws against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning of game three of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Down 3-2 in the series, the Yankees take on the Houston Astros in Game 6 of the ALCS from Minute Maid Park, with first pitch set for 8:08 p.m.

Yankees notes

Aaron Boone has elected to put Edwin Encarnacion back into the lineup at DH, replacing Giancarlo Stanton. ... Encarnacion has looked lost at the plate during the ALCS, hitting just .067 (1-for-15) with eight strikeouts and three walks. ... After his dramatic three-run home run in Game 5, Aaron Hicks was moved up one more spot in the lineup, now batting cleanup behind Gleyber Torres. ... DJ LeMahieu continues to be the engine that drives the Yankees offense. He's hitting .381 in the series, and his leadoff home run in Game 5 helped put the momentum back in the Yankees' favor.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Carlos Torres, Chad Green, Edwin Encarnacion , Giancarlo Stanton, Masahiro Tanaka
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Oct 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning of game five of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning of game five of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Aaron Boone was already way out over his skis, at least from an analytics point of view. The game was in the sixth inning and he had stuffed the game plan in his back pocket because his eyes told him James Paxton was still dealing, third time through the lineup or not.

And good for Boone. If there's not room for a manager to make that type of call, based on what he's seeing, even in this analytics-heavy era, then what's the point of having him there at all?

In the end, Boone's judgment paved the way for the Yankees to get off the deck after the ugliness of Game 4 and beat Justin Verlander and the Astros 4-1 to send this series back to Houston.

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Oct 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) watches his three run home run against the Houston Astros during the first inning of game five of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) watches his three run home run against the Houston Astros during the first inning of game five of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Just a few short weeks ago, it was hard to even image Aaron Hicks playing for the Yankees in the postseason. 

It seemed like an elbow issue was going to keep him working out at the minor league complex in Tampa for the rest of the year, and that the Yankees would need to wait to see hoe he came back next season in spring training. 

But somehow, with the Yankees' backs against the wall in Game 5 of the ALCS, it was Hicks delivering the biggest hit of the night, a three-run home run off of Justin Verlander that proved to be the difference in a 4-1 win over the Astros.

After it seemed like Hicks' season was over, he made sure the Yankees season wasn't over just yet. 

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Oct 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Houston Astros during the first inning of game five of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Houston Astros during the first inning of game five of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

In a win or go home Game 5 of the ALCS, the Yankees handed the ball to veteran lefty James Paxton

He got off to a rough start in the first inning, allowing one earned run over 23 pitches. George Springer singled to lead off the game, and quickly advanced to second after Gary Sanchez allowed a passed ball. It's just the eighth passed ball that Sanchez had allowed this season.

Springer then scored on a wild pitch by Paxton, but the lefty got Alex Bregman and Yuli Gurriel both to fly out and end the first inning.

Tags: Gary Sanchez, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, Tommy Kahnle
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Yankees won't go down easy 00:02:02
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge was happy to see his team get to Justin Verlander early and knows they'll put up a fight in Houston.

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The Yankees fought off elimination with a 4-1 win over the Astros in Game 5 of the ALCS. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Friday's game

1) In what amounted to a moment of truth for James Paxton in his first season with the Yankees, the lefty delivered the type of start Brian Cashman envisioned when he traded for him last November.

In fact, the Yankees GM was just hoping to have the injury-prone Paxton healthy come October, seeing him as a No. 1 starter, but the Big Maple had been spotty in his two

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Oct 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) hits a three run home run against Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) during the first inning of game five in the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Oct 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) hits a three run home run against Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) during the first inning of game five in the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Down 1-0 in the first inning, the Yankees bats woke up and answered the Astros with two clutch home runs to give them an early 4-1 lead.

DJ LeMahieu got the Yanks on the board with a leadoff home run to right center field. It's just the seventh leadoff home run in Yankees postseason history, and the first since Derek Jeter in Game 3 of the 2009 ALCS against the Angels

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Oct 13, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches during the first inning against the Houston Astros in game two of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)
Oct 13, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches during the first inning against the Houston Astros in game two of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)

The Yankees lost 8-3 to the Astros at home in Thursday's Game 4 of the ALCS, falling down 3-1 in the series. They will try to keep their season alive in Game 5 on Friday at 7:08 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

The Yankees lost to the Astros 8-3 on Thursday night, and now trail 3-1 in the ALCS. Starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka wasn't his best during Game 4, allowing a three-run homer to George Springer in the third inning. Relief pitcher Chad Green came in for Tanaka in the sixth inning, and gave up a three-run home run to Carlos Correa that made the score 6-1.

Tags: Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Edwin Encarnacion , Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka
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CC Sabathia on emotional exit 00:01:46
CC Sabathia talks about his emotional exit from Game 4 of the ALCS after an injury, and his feelings as his career comes to a close.

For 11 seasons, CC Sabathia was the consummate workhorse for the Yankees. He averaged more than 173 innings pitched over those 11 seasons -- even including 2014, when a right knee injury limited him to just 46 innings on the mound.

That same knee hampered him for the remainder of his career -- including this season, when inflammation sent him to the injured list three separate times. On Thursday, that storied career came to an end, albeit because of a different ailment.

Sabathia was diagnosed with a subluxation of his left shoulder joint, which he suffered while pitching to Aledmys Diaz in the eighth inning of Game 4 of the ALCS. True to form, Sabathia actually threw three more pitches with, in layman's terms, a partially dislocated shoulder before finally succumbing to the pain and taking himself off the mound. 

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Oct 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) fields balls in the outfield during batting practice before game four of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) fields balls in the outfield during batting practice before game four of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton will return to the starting lineup for Game 5 of the ALCS against the Astros. Stanton has been out since Game 1 of the ALCS when he injured his quad.

He will DH and bat fourth in the Yankees lineup for Game 5, while Edwin Encarnacion will be on the bench.

Prior to Game 4 on Thursday night, Stanton was seen attempting to run bases during warm-ups. However, his strained quad prevented him from playing in the game.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

CC Sabathia walked off the mound Thursday night for what was in all likelihood the final time after departing with a left shoulder injury. 

Throughout the night, praise poured in on social media from across the baseball world as former teammates, opponents and managers paid respect to the left-hander, who won 251 games in his MLB career. 

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Oct 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia (52) reacts as he is walked off the field by trainer Steve Donohue after suffering an apparent injury against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning of game four of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia (52) reacts as he is walked off the field by trainer Steve Donohue after suffering an apparent injury against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning of game four of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia has been diagnosed with a subluxation of the left shoulder joint and has been removed from the ALCS roster, the team announced Friday. 

He will be replaced by Ben Heller, who will be in the bullpen for Game 5 on Friday. Sabathia was injured in Thursday night's Game 4 loss to the Astros.

While teams can replace a player on their series roster due to injury, MLB rules stipulate that that player cannot be added back to the roster for the next series. This, of course, means that even if the Yankees were to mount an ALCS comeback and get to the World Series, Sabathia wouldn't be a part of it. The severity of the 39-year-old's injury likely would have prevented him from pitching any further regardless.

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Boone holds rare team meeting 00:01:03
Andy Martino breaks down Aaron Boone's team meeting and how the team has to rebound quick ahead of Game Five to survive elimination.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Injuries finally catching up

All year, the Yankees have overcome injuries. This became a point of pride for the team, and even spawned the Aaron Boone motivational phase "next man up."

But the missed time finally appears to be catching up to the offense, in a number of ways. Edwin Encarnacion, Gary Sanchez and Aaron Hicks -- a full third of the lineup -- missed significant time late in the season, and do not appear sharp.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Andy Martino
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Oct 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) celebrates with designated hitter Yordan Alvarez (44) after hitting a three run home run as New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) looks on during the sixth inning of game four of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) celebrates with designated hitter Yordan Alvarez (44) after hitting a three run home run as New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) looks on during the sixth inning of game four of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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Two years ago the Yankees owned the Astros in the Bronx portion of the ALCS, dominating a team that seemed to be unnerved by the hostile atmosphere, and though it didn't lead to a series win, such history offered great hope only a few days ago for the New Yorkers. 

However, it turns out that times have changed. The Astros are a grown-up, championship-hardened ballclub that clearly isn't intimidated by either the Yankees or the raucous Stadium crowd. 

This time around, in fact, they're doing the dominating in the Bronx, maybe even the intimidating, applying so much pressure in every phase of the game as to make the Yankees look overmatched, even rattled, making four errors in Thursday's ugly 8-3 loss that puts them on the brink of elimination.

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Oct 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws against the Houston Astros in game four of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws against the Houston Astros in game four of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Masahiro Tanaka threw six scoreless innings and allowed just one hit in Game 1 of the ALCS against the Houston Astros, and early on it looked like he was going to have a repeat performance in Game 4 on Thursday night, but it just wasn't meant to be.

The right-hander ended up allowing four runs (three earned) as the Yankees fell to the Astros 8-3 and now trailed the ALCS 3-1.

He retired six out of seven batters to start the game, walking just one, and throwing 35 pitches through two innings. The Yankees even gave him an early 1-0 lead when Brett Gardner walked with the bases loaded in the first inning.

Tanaka walked Robinson Chirinos to start the third inning, and then gave up his first hit of the game to Josh Reddick. Next, on a 1-0 count, George Springer blasted a three-run homer to left field, giving the Astros a 3-1 lead.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chad Green, Masahiro Tanaka
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Oct 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia (52) is walked off the field by trainer Steve Donohue after suffering an apparent injury against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning of game four of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia (52) is walked off the field by trainer Steve Donohue after suffering an apparent injury against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning of game four of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

With the Yankees trailing 6-3 to Houston in the bottom of top of the eighth inning in Game 4 of the ALCS, Aaron Boone called upon CC Sabathia out of the bullpen. 

The left-hander made his second appearance of the series, but after suffering another apparent injury, or perhaps tweaking an already existing one, Sabathia walked off the mound at Yankee Stadium for what could be the final time of his career.

Sabathia allowed Yordan Alvarez to reach on an error, but then forced Carlos Correa to fly out to right. After hitting Robinson Chirinos with a pitch, Sabathia forced another flyout to Aledmys Diaz. Looking to get out of the inning, Sabathia threw a pitch to George Springer and immediately showed signs of injury.

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Yankees react to tough 8-3 loss 00:01:35
The Yankees are now facing elimination after getting beat by the Astros 8-3 in game filled with errors and missing timely hitting.

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Yankees fell to the Astros 8-3 on Thursday night and now trail the ALCS 3-1. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Tuesday's game

1) It certainly wasn't all Masahiro Tanaka's fault, but on a night when the Yankees needed his usual postseason dominance, he was so-so at best.

Tags: Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Masahiro Tanaka, John Harper
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Major League Baseballs

You've done the hard work of pegging a pitcher's tell - does he tilt his glove a certain way when throwing his curveball? Or, through keen observation, discovered that a catcher is sloppy setting up behind the plate and you can see what pitch he's calling for next.

Baseball's unwritten rules say it's OK to exploit this intel. After all, as Rich Donnelly, the longtime MLB third-base coach put it, "If they're stealing your signs, then your signs aren't good enough."

But turning to electronics or cameras in the quest for an in-the-moment edge? Or being so overt when delivering the information by, say, whistling so loud the other dugout notices? 

That's where the romance of sign-stealing ends and hard feelings begin. 

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AJ Hinch upset at accusations 00:02:31
Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch is not happy with his team being accused of sign stealing without any proof.

As the Yankees and Astros prepare for Game 4 of the ALCS on Thursday night, pitch tipping and sign stealing have become two of the hot topics surrounding the series.

It was reported by SNY's Andy Martino that the Yankees were not happy about a whistling sound coming from the Astros' dugout in Game 1. Martino then confirmed that an MLB investigation found no wrong doing by the Astros.

On Thursday, Astros manager AJ Hinch as about sign stealing on the first question of his pregame interview, and Hinch had plenty to say on the topic. 

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Masahiro Tanaka (Troy Taormina )
Masahiro Tanaka (Troy Taormina )

The Yankees fell 4-1 to the Astros at home in Tuesday's Game 3 of the ALCS, and after Wednesday's game was postponed due to rain, the series continues at Yankee Stadium for Game 4 on Thursday at 8:08 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Astros took a 2-1 lead in the ALCS on Tuesday after beating the Yankees 4-1. Luis Severino struggled on the mound, allowing two home runs in 4.1 innings of work. Astros star Jose Altuve got his team ahead early with a first inning homer, and then outfielder Josh Reddick added on to the lead with a second inning blast.

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Giancarlo Stanton (Troy Taormina )
Giancarlo Stanton (Troy Taormina )

Yankees OF Giancarlo Stanton has remained on the team's ALCS roster despite not seeing the field since Game 1. He has been dealing with a strained quad, and though manager Aaron Boone has said he's available off the bench, he hasn't been used. 

As the Yankees prepare for a crucial Game 4 mathcup with the Astros on Thursday night, Stanton was out on the field attempting to run. Here he is running to first base, and it doesn't look too promising...

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Oct 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; The Houston Astros wait for a replay during the eighth inning in game three of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Oct 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; The Houston Astros wait for a replay during the eighth inning in game three of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

It was reported by SNY's Andy Martino that the Yankees were not happy with a whistling sound that came from the Astros' dugout that was believed to be sign stealing. 

After an investigation, though, the MLB found no violations.

Martino confirmed that the MLB investigated the situation and found no wrong doing on the Astros' front. The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal was the first to report the investigation taking place.

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Masahiro Tanaka/Zack Greinke
Masahiro Tanaka/Zack Greinke

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After a washout on Wednesday night, the Yankees and Astros return to the field for Game 4 of the ALCS. And even though the series is only at 2-1 in favor of Houston, the Yankees find themselves with their backs up against the wall. 

Because Thursday night in the Bronx is a must-win for this Yankees club...

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Mike Tauchman (Bob DeChiara)
Mike Tauchman (Bob DeChiara)

Yankees GM Brian Cashman dropped some news on Tuesday when he said OF Mike Tauchman was fully healthy. He had been dealing with a calf injury, but has since rehabbed himself back into the conversation of a roster spot. 

But, with the Yankees already three games into the ALCS, Tauchman may not be able to be considered until a potential World Series berth. However, there is one reason why the Yanks may consider placing him on the roster right now. 

Giancarlo Stanton has been dealing with a strained quad after Game 1, and he had to sit the bench in the past two contests because of it. Little is known about how bad the strain is, but Aaron Boone has noted Stanton being available off the bench. He also said on Wednesday during his presser that no decision has been made on him just yet. 

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Oct 7, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch (14) gestures while in the dugout during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays in game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Oct 7, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch (14) gestures while in the dugout during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays in game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

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Yankees players and coaches became angry with the Astros during Game 1 of the ALCS when they noticed a whistling sound in the Astros' dugout -- which they believed was an over-the-line example of sign stealing, and a violation of the game's unwritten rules.

According to three sources, a Yankees coach noticed a whistling sound in the opposing dugout on certain pitches on Saturday night in Houston. The Yankees started yelling across the field, and people in the dugouts argued back and forth.

"The whole dugout was pissed," said one source. "Everyone was chirping."

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Oct 5, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning in game two of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 5, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning in game two of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Major League Baseball made the weather decision Wednesday to push Game 4 of the ALCS at Yankee Stadium in New York back 24 hours, and both the Yankees and Astros have adjusted accordingly as they set their starting pitchers for the next two matchups.

When each starter -- Astros RHP Zack Greinke (18-5, 2.93 ERA) and Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka (11-9, 4.45 ERA) -- returns to the mound for first pitch Thursday at 8:08 p.m., the rematch of Game 1's 7-0 Yankees win from Minute Maid Park in Houston has series-altering implications.

With potential for four games in as many days through Sunday, should the series reach Game 7, did manager Aaron Boone make the right call to start Tanaka off five days of rest?

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Masahiro Tanaka (Troy Taormina )
Masahiro Tanaka (Troy Taormina )

A curveball hit the Yankees-Astros ALCS when Game 4 was postponed at Yankee Stadium due to impending rain on Wednesday night. But manager Aaron Boone won't be making any changes to his roster moves, especially when it comes to the starting rotation. 

Instead of going with an opener in Game 4, which was a possibility, Masahiro Tanaka will get the ball. James Paxton is also set up for Game 5 in the Bronx. 

With the way Chad Green has been pitching out of the bullpen this postseason, an opener would've definitely made sense for a bullpen game to ensue. But Tanaka was also extremely solid in his Game 1 start of this series, going six innings without allowing a run and only one hit with four strikeouts as well. 

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Oct 12, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) hits a solo home run against the Houston Astros in the sixth inning in game one of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina )
Oct 12, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) hits a solo home run against the Houston Astros in the sixth inning in game one of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina )

With Game 4 of the ALCS between the Yankees and Astros rained out, there is an extra day of rest before the series resumes. But the status of injured Giancarlo Stanton was still cloudy when Aaron Boone spoke on Wednesday afternoon.

Boone said he wasn't sure if Stanton would be available to start on Thursday, adding that he believes he'll be available as a bench bat -- as he was in Games 2 and 3. Stanton did not pinch-hit in either game.

"I do believe we have his bat off the bench right now, Boone said.  "We'll continue to evaluate this as smartly as we can moving forward"

Asked at what point the Yankees would need to consider replacing Stanton on the ALCS roster, Boone responded by noting that since Stanton is available to hit, they don't feel like they're playing a man short.

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Justin Verlander (Thomas Shea)
Justin Verlander (Thomas Shea)

With Game 4 of the ALCS washed out as expected and set to be made up on Thursday night, the Astros have done the expected thing. And the expected thing could give them an advantage over the Yankees.

Manager A.J. Hinch said earlier this week that the likely plan was to have a bullpen game in Game 4. With the game moved back a day due to the postponement, Zack Greinke will move up and pitch Game 4 on regular rest (instead of Game 5) and Justin Verlander will pitch on regular rest in Game 5 (instead of Game 6).

"Very easy for us," Hinch said Wednesday during a conference call about the rotation changes. "It was our plan if this happened. ... JV on regular rest in Game 5 -- the sooner that we can use our best pitchers, the better for us. It was an easy decision."

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Jul 27, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; General view of a tarp on the field as the scoreboard at Yankee Stadium informs fans of a rain delay before a game between the New York Yankees and the Kansas City Royals. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 27, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; General view of a tarp on the field as the scoreboard at Yankee Stadium informs fans of a rain delay before a game between the New York Yankees and the Kansas City Royals. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Game 4 of the ALCS between the Yankees and Astros has been postponed, it was announced late Wednesday morning, just over eight hours before the first pitch was set to be thrown.

The Bronx is set to be hit with inclement weather and as a result, there will be no baseball on Wednesday, as the Washington Nationals have already clinched a berth to the World Series.

The Yankees and Astros will no longer get a break in between Game 5 and 6 to travel back to Houston, and will now have to play four games in four days. Game 5 is slated to begin at 7:08 p.m. in New York.

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Oct 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) strikes out off a pitch by Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) during the seventh inning in game three of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Oct 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) strikes out off a pitch by Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) during the seventh inning in game three of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

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Your mission, Yankees, should you choose to accept it, is now to win three straight games or at best be doomed to facing Gerrit Cole in Game 7, which is pretty much a death sentence these days. 

Ok, choose isn't exactly the right word, since the Astros are going to have plenty to say about the Yankees getting on any type of roll in this ALCS, and obviously Justin Verlander would be no picnic in Game 6 as well. 

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Oct 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Ottavino (0) hands the ball to manager Aaron Boone (17) during the fifth inning of game three of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Ottavino (0) hands the ball to manager Aaron Boone (17) during the fifth inning of game three of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Sanchez's receiving
 
In the seventh, Gary Sanchez struggled to receive two consecutive pitches, costing the Yankees a run -- though it was questionable whether he should have been able to handle the second one.
 
The first, a sinker from Zack Britton with a runner on third, hit umpire Kerwin Danley, preventing the runner from scoring. The second, another sinker was ruled a wild pitch, but it was one that Sanchez might have stopped. This time, the run scored.
 
"Sanchez needs a good catching coach," tweeted former Yankees pitcher David Wells. "Wow."
 
Another former pitcher texted to disagree.
 
"I don't [think he should have caught it]," the pitcher said. "It was a nasty sinker in the dirt."
 
Perhaps Sanchez could have at least moved more quickly in an attempt to stop a tough pitch.

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Oct 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Ottavino (0) pitches during the seventh inning in game three of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Ottavino (0) pitches during the seventh inning in game three of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Throughout the regular season, the Yankees bullpen was one of the team's calling cards. Even at times when the starting pitching struggles, the Yankees could seemingly always rely on the backend of their bullpen. 

One of the key cogs of that backend has been Adam Ottavino, who pitched to a 1.90 ERA in 73 regular season appearances.

But the postseason, specifically the ALCS, has been a different story for the right-hander. 

After allowing the game-tying home run to George Springer in the fifth inning of Game 2, Ottavino struggled again in Tuesday's Game 3 loss.

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Boone on Game 3 loss 00:01:51
Luis Severino's outing and the lack of offense in Gm3 loss to the Astros

In a crucial Game 3 of a tied series with the Astros, the Yankees sent Luis Severino to the mound to start the first of three games at Yankee Stadium. Despite throwing a scoreless set of innings in his last time out, he was unable to match that performance Tuesday afternoon.

Severino exited Game 3 Tuesday earlier than he or Aaron Boone would've liked, heading back to the dugout after 4.1 innings that saw him allow five hits on 97 pitches, with six strikeouts and three walks. Severino allowed two home runs in the first two innings, including one to Jose Altuve on just the third pitch of the game.

When asked after the game how hard it was to get back on track after the rough start, Severino said "it was tough."

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Astros take 2-1 lead in ALCS 00:01:39
Gregorius, Judge, Gardner, Hicks, Cole and Hinch on Cole shutting down Yankees offense

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The Yankees fell to the Astros 4-1 at Yankee Stadium, and now trail 2-1 in the ALCS. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Tuesday's game

1) The Yankees' task just got a whole lot tougher, and not just because of the math. 

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Sep 8, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Mike Tauchman (39) walks off the field after an apparent injury during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Sep 8, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Mike Tauchman (39) walks off the field after an apparent injury during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

In the wake of Giancarlo Stanton's strained quad and possible insertion onto the IL, the Yankees may have another option to go to as they battle the Astros in the ALCS.

It was reported by Joel Sherman of the NY Post Tuesday that Mike Tauchman may be available to return from a left calf injury for the Yankees if they decide to downgrade Stanton's availability. Sherman spoke with Yankees GM Brain Cashman prior to Game 3: "He is healthy and eligible," Cashman said. "That is why he has been down in Tampa doing all his stuff."

This is a big development for a New York squad that has been riddled with injuries all season, and that had just gotten Aaron Hicks back from injury just in time for the ALCS as well.

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Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) delivers during the first inning of game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) delivers during the first inning of game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

After the Yankees split Saturday and Sunday at Minute Maid Park in Houston, New York returns home Tuesday to the Bronx at 4:04 p.m. from Yankee Stadium for Game 3 of the ALCS against the Astros.

Yankees notes

Sunday's Game 2 of the ALCS alone made the series live up to the hype. After the Yankees dominated Saturday's 7-0 win to grab Game 1, the Astros got New York back in Game 2 with an 11th-inning leadoff home run by SS Carlos Correa against LHP J.A. Happ. Correa starred for the Astros at the plate and in the field, highlighted by his sixth-inning throw home when he caught 1B DJ LeMahieu rounding third base by three steps.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Chad Green, DJ LeMahieu, Edwin Encarnacion , Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gio Urshela, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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Giancarlo Stanton (Troy Taormina )
Giancarlo Stanton (Troy Taormina )

Giancarlo Stanton remained out of the Yankees' lineup for Game 3 of the ALCS on Tuesday after missing Sunday's Game 2 due to a quad injury, with manager Aaron Boone updating Stanton's clouded status before the game.

Before reaching the podium for his pregame press conference, Boone told reporters including Lindsey Adler of The Athletic that Stanton would "probably" be on the IL if it was the regular season.

Talking before the game about his injury, Stanton said he can hit but that playing the outfield is "the biggest question."

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Masahiro Tanaka (Troy Taormina )
Masahiro Tanaka (Troy Taormina )

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

As things currently stand, the Yankees and Astros are both planning to have bullpen games on Wednesday in Game 4 of the ALCS. It looks like that game is in serious jeopardy of getting postponed, though, potentially opening the door for big rotation changes for both teams.

According to Accuweather, the forecast in the Bronx -- when the Yanks and Astros are set for first pitch at 8:08 p.m. on Wednesday -- calls for pretty steady rain between 4 p.m. Wednesday and 1 a.m. Thursday. 

If Game 4 is postponed, it will be pushed to Thursday at Yankee Stadium, followed by Game 5 on Friday (also at Yankee Stadium) and Game 6 (if necessary) on Saturday in Houston. Game 7 would take place on Sunday in Houston.

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Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts during the second inning of game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports (David Berding)
Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts during the second inning of game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports (David Berding)

With the Yankees and Astros set to play another three games against each other at Yankee Stadium, it's hard not to look at comparisons between this series and the one that occurred two years ago.

In the 2017 ALCS, the home team won every game that was played, and unfortunately for the Yankees, the Astros had home field advantage for that series--just like they do again for this one.

But this time around, the Yankees return home from a two-game stint in Houston with a win already under their belt, and nearly came home with two before a-walkoff home run by Carlos Correra ended that dream. And yet, one game may be all the Yankees need now that they're back in New York.

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Alex Rodriguez at Mets spring training. (Matthew Cerrone/SNY)
Alex Rodriguez at Mets spring training. (Matthew Cerrone/SNY)

ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball" reportedly could have changes coming on the horizon.

According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, ESPN is considering scrapping its current broadcast crew as it examines other potential personalities in the booth for MLB's 2020 season.

While Alex Rodriguez is safe no matter what with one more year left on his contract, he could have new teammates alongside him when the program returns next spring.

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The Yankees pulled off a bit of a Game 1 shocker against the Astros in opening game of the ALCS, topping the series favorites 7-0 on the road. The bats came to play, but RHP Masahiro Tanaka did, too. 

Tanaka continued his postseason dominance. His ERA in seven career playoff starts is now 1.32. 

Over six shutout innings, Tanaka allowed only two runners and one hit. But after just 68 pitches, the Yankees opted for the bullpen. 

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Harper on ALCS 00:01:38
SNY's John Harper looks back at the Yankees loss in Gm2 of the ALCS and looks ahead as the series shifts to Yankee Stadium for Gm 3

The Yankees already have a tentative pitching plan in place for Game 4 of the ALCS on Wednesday, a day before Tuesday's Game 3. 

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said on Monday that Wednesday is going to be a "bullpen day," adding that LHP J.A. Happ could play a role in the festivities as well, following his Game 2 mishap. 

"Obviously kind of depends a lot on what happens tomorrow. J-Happ could very much be in the mix," Boone said. "As well as... I picture our bullpen being unleashed on that day."

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General view of the exterior of Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes-USA Today Sports)
General view of the exterior of Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes-USA Today Sports)

Here are the key 2019 MLB offseason dates, and how they impact the Yankees...


Day after World Series ends: Free agency begins

Before factoring in raises for arbitration, the Yankees already have a shade over $164 million committed to their payroll for 2020. But there is still room to spend, and there will be plenty of big names out there. 

Among the biggest names expected to hit the free agent market: Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon, Marcell Ozuna, and Will Smith

The Yankees' notable free agents include Didi Gregorius, Dellin Betances, and Brett Gardner.

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