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The Yankees are in the middle of a transition and there is a good chance RHP Masahiro Tanaka might not be a part of it after 2017.

Tanaka can opt out of his seven-year deal after this season, and if he pitches anything like he did in 2016, he will most certainly test the free agent market. Should the Yankees allow it to get that far?

Tanaka has been the Yankees' best starter over the last three seasons, most recently putting together his finest full-year effort, in which he put to rest chatter that he was not a bonafide ace. If the Yankees lose Tanaka to free agency, they run the risk of entering the 2018 season without a tested frontline starter, let alone an ace.

CC Sabathia and Michael Pineda become free agents at season's end, and while they might not be the biggest losses in many eyes, if Tanaka goes elsewhere it would leave the Yankees with five mostly inexperienced starters should the club stick with the current pitchers in the organization. If the team seeks assistance on the free agent market to fill one or two voids, surely Tanaka would be among their considerations.

If the Yankees were to open discussions with Tanaka and his agent Casey Close, it should be expected that Tanaka would want at least two-to-three more years on top of the three years left on his current deal following this season. Tanaka is currently set to earn $67 million ($22.33 million annually) over the final three years of the deal, which in my view means he would want a major boost in average annual under a potential new deal.

Recent top-tier free agent starter contracts have eclipsed $25 million per season and entered into the $30 million range -- Jon Lester ($25.8 million), Max Scherzer ($30 million), David Price ($31 million), and Zack Greinke ($34.4 million). It should be noted that each of those players was hitting their age-30 season when the deal was struck and will take them into their mid-30s.

If Tanaka turns in another strong season in 2017, he would certainly warrant conversation in the $28 million per season vicinity. Depending on the length of the contract, Tanaka could be set to earn $140-to-168 million across five or six seasons based on a $28 million average annual value (AAV). Such a pact would bring Tanaka through his age-32 or age-33 season and I would suggest it could take a higher AAV.



The Yankees will not have to abscond from the youth movement within the rotation by extending Tanaka. There would still be four spots left over for whichever of the many prospects can prove themselves in 2017 and beyond. In fact, extending Tanaka provides the Yankees a necessary veteran leader among the rotation as the youngsters grow into their roles.

The starting pitcher free agent class next offseason has exactly two players, Jake Arrieta and Yu Darvish, who will be 32 and 31 years old respectively, that might be considered ace quality and do not have a reasonable contract option to pick up. If Tanaka is allowed to opt out, his market could soar beyond the $28 million AAV suggested earlier with multiple bidders expected to be interested in his services.

An important question here is whether or not it makes sense for Tanaka to consider an extension. One incentive for Tanaka to sign an extension soon is that the salary is guaranteed before his 2017 performance can impact his value. If he is happy in New York and sees the Yankees as one of a few fits for his prime seasons, it is possible he would be willing to sign an extension in an effort to avoid dealing with a free agent scenario. The flip side is Tanaka can improve his value with another stellar season.

Finally, the elephant in the room is that Tanaka has a partial tear in the UCL in his elbow that was diagnosed in 2014. He rehabbed and has worked through the injury, ultimately performing quite well -- enough so that he might have significantly diminished concern surrounding the elbow both from his and the team's perspective.

Of course, Tanaka would be thoroughly examined in spring training and if Yankees doctors are encouraged by the state of the ligament there would be little worry going forward for the club.

This is hardly an easy decision for either party. There are valid arguments for both sides. In my view, the Yankees should at least be in the process of gauging Tanaka's interest in an extension if they believe he is someone that they want on their club over the next five-to-six seasons.

If the Yankees believe they are going to move in another direction, then there is no sense in opening talks. They could even entertain trading Tanaka at the trade deadline under that circumstance.

However, I would hesitate to suggest the Yankees feel moving forward without Tanaka is in their best interest -- especially when considering the look of the 2018 rotation and the continuing inflation of salaries for top-tiered starters who will be available before the 2019 season.

If preliminary talks start now, a review of the entire situation midseason would provide the team with a chance to assess the progress of its prospects and Tanaka an opportunity to gauge the direction of the team's future. At that point, a mutual decision on an extension might be more easily consummated.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Chris Carelli

 (Charles LeClaire)
(Charles LeClaire)

The Yankees haven't discussed the possibility of designating RH reliever Tyler Clippard for assignment, GM Brian Cashman told the NY Daily News on Monday.

"If I feel that way, that's what we would do," Cashman said, whle speaking at Mariano Rivera's charity golf tournament. "You're the first person that's mentioned it. It's never come up. If that's something we choose to do (DFA Clippard) -- we just recently did it with (Chris) Carter -- the only time to talk about stuff like that is after you do it."

Clippard has allowed 10 runs on eight hits (including two home runs) while walking two and striking out one over his last three appearances (1 1/3 innings).

He has a 4.85 ERA and 1.28 WHIP with 35 strikeouts in 25 1/3 innings (34 games) this season.

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( Adam Hunger)

The Yankees annouced OF Jacoby Ellsbury has been reinstated from the 7-day concussion DL. 

He was shut down from all baseball activities during the first week of June due to concussion-related symptoms.

Ellsbury was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list on May 24 after he crashed into the center field wall during a game against the Royals.

He is hitting .281 with four home runs and 14 RBI so far this season. He also has 25 strikeouts to 13 walks and has scored 19 runs in 39 games played this season.

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New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks is expected to miss three to four weeks with an oblique injury after leaving Sunday's game against the Texas Rangers, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.

The Yankees announced Monday that they placed Hicks on the 10-day DL with a right oblique strain. 

Hicks left Sunday's game against the Rangers and was replaced by Mason Williams to begin the fifth inning. In the fourth inning, he twisted his body to catch a Jonathan Lucroy line drive, however it is unclear if that is when he sustained the injury.

After the game, Hicks told reporters he will go on the disabled list. He was hitting .290 with 10 home runs and 37 RBIs in 60 games this season.

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(Rick Osentoski/USA Today Sports Images)

The Yankees have recalled INF/OF Rob Refsnyder and RHP Ronald Herrera from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

LHP Tyler Webb and OF Mason Williams were optioned to Triple-A to make room on the roster.

Refsnyder, who had been sent down last week, was eligible to be called up before 10 days in the minors elapsed since he's replacing a player (Aaron Hicks) who is heading to the disabled list.

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Michael Pineda sits in the dugout after allowing three runs in the first inning.  (Seth Wenig/AP )
Michael Pineda sits in the dugout after allowing three runs in the first inning. (Seth Wenig/AP )

Michael Pineda was rocked by the Rangers, who hit three home runs against the right-hander on Sunday. The Rangers won the rubber match of the series, 7-6.

Elsewhere, the Mets sweep the Giants, Tim Tebow is promoted to High-A ball and the Yankees deal with injury trouble. 

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge reacts after striking out against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Coliseum. (Andrew Villa)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge reacts after striking out against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Coliseum. (Andrew Villa)

Yankees star outfielder Aaron Judge was the talk of New York's Old-Timers' Day at Yankee Stadium on Sunday.

"Unbelievable," Jorge Posada said to Daniel Popper of the Daily News. "I'm super happy for him. Great kid who has worked really hard to be up here, and it's not easy at his height to do the things that he's able to do."

"He makes this ballpark look like a little league ballpark," Goose Gossage said while watching batting practice. "I hope he sustains it. I hope that he builds on it. There's no place like playing in New York."

Both Posada and Tino Martinez said they have never witnessed a player with the type of power Judge possesses. Posada specifically mentioned the 495-foot monster home run Judge hit in Yankee Stadium earlier this month.

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New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda (35) throws the ball in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz)
New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda (35) throws the ball in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz)

Michael Pineda struggled on the mound on Sunday, allowing three home runs as the Yankees fell at home to the Rangers by a score of 7-6.

Pineda was able to last only four innings, surrendering seven runs on six hits and a walk while striking out four. Six of the seven runs crossed home plate on the three deep balls.

The 28-year old entered yesterday's contest with a 6-1 record and a 1.92 ERA at home this season, but could not get into a groove on Sunday.

Pineda has now given up 17 home runs on the season, trailing only Masahiro Tanaka for the most allowed on the Yankees.

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New York Yankees infielder Starlin Castro hits a sacrifice fly against the Oakland Athletics. (Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees infielder Starlin Castro hits a sacrifice fly against the Oakland Athletics. (Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports)

New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro said he expects to play Monday against the Chicago White Sox after missing Sunday's game with a wrist injury, according to the New York Post's Zach Braziller.

Manager Joe Girardi said Castro has been dealing with a wrist injury for six weeks and got a cortisone shot in his wrist on Saturday, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.

Castro, 27, is hitting .315 with 12 home runs and 45 RBIs in 72 games this season.

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New York Yankees RHP Michael Pineda (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees RHP Michael Pineda (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Michael Pineda gave up seven runs in four innings as the New York Yankees' comeback fell short in a 7-6 loss to the Texas Rangers on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


Pineda (7-4) gave up three runs in the first inning on an Elvis Andrus single and Adrian Beltre two-run home run, then allowed a three-run homer to Shin-Soo Choo in the second inning that put the Yankees down 6-0.

Gary Sanchez hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning that made it 7-4 and the Yankees added two more runs in the bottom of the seventh inning on a Ronald Torreyes solo homer and Didi Gregorius RBI single, but Sanchez was thrown out at third base to end the inning.

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Michael Pineda, Ronald Torreyes
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Joe Girardi and Tyler Clippard discuss the Yankees' 8-1 loss to the Texas Rangers on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees, after a walk-off win on Friday, fell to the Rangers, 8-1, on Saturday afternoon. Luis Cessa allowed three runs over five innings of work, but Tyler Clippard continued his struggles in the ninth inning. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Luis Cessa, Tyler Clippard
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Jun 12, 2017; Anaheim, CA, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Chris Carter (48) throws to first for an out against Los Angeles Angels left fielder Eric Young Jr. (8) in the second inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (Richard Mackson)
Jun 12, 2017; Anaheim, CA, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Chris Carter (48) throws to first for an out against Los Angeles Angels left fielder Eric Young Jr. (8) in the second inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (Richard Mackson)

The Yankees have designated 1B Chris Carter for assignment and recalled INF Tyler Austin from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The move was completed following the team's 2-1 win over the Rangers on Friday, during which Carter went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. He had gone hitless in five of his last six games.

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Masahiro Tanaka was masterful over eight scoreless innings. (AP)
Masahiro Tanaka was masterful over eight scoreless innings. (AP)

Masahiro Tanaka pitched eight scoreless innings and Ronald Torreyes drove in the winning run in the 10th as the Yankees edged the Texas Rangers, 2-1, on Friday night in the Bronx.

Tanaka delivered one of his best outings in what has been a trying season. He allowed only three hits, walked two and struck out nine. His matchup with countryman Yu Darvish turned out to be a classic pitchers' duel. Darvish was arguably even better than Tanaka, allowing two hits, walking nobody and striking out 12 in seven scoreless innings.

The game remained 0-0 until the top of the ninth inning, when Aroldis Chapman's third strike to Adrian Beltre got by Gary Sanchez, allowing Elvis Andrus to score. However, Brett Gardner's solo home run off Matt Bush tied the game in the bottom half of the frame and forced extra innings. Bush was still on the mound when Torreyes singled in Sanchez the following inning to win the ballgame.

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( Adam Hunger)

The Yankees (39-31) open a three-game set with the Rangers (36-36) at Yankee Stadium on Friday at 7:05 p.m.

Yankees Rangers
Brett Gardner, LF Shin-Soo Choo, RF
Aaron Hicks, CF Elvis Andrus, SS
Aaron Judge, RF Nomar Mazara, LF
Matt Holliday, DH Adrian Beltre, 3B
Starlin Castro, 2B Rougned Odor, 2B
Gary Sanchez, C Carlos Gomez, CF
Didi Gregorius, SS Jonathan Lucroy, C
Chris Carter, 1B Mike Napoli, DH
Ronald Torreyes, 3B Joey Gallo, 1B

 

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Dellin Betances reacts after allowing two runs in the Yankees' 10-5 loss Thursday night.  (Kathy Willens/AP )
Dellin Betances reacts after allowing two runs in the Yankees' 10-5 loss Thursday night. (Kathy Willens/AP )

The Yankees allowed nine unanswered runs in a 10-5 loss Thursday night, as they dropped the series finale to the Angels. 

Elsewhere, the Mets continue their skid, the Knicks and Nets make their NBA draft selection, and the two local MLS teams gear up for the Hudson River Derby. 

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Jun 22, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; Los Angeles Angels short stop Andrelton Simmons (2) hits a two run double against the New York Yankees during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 22, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; Los Angeles Angels short stop Andrelton Simmons (2) hits a two run double against the New York Yankees during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Aaron Judge blasted his 25th home run of the year to help the Yankees jump out to an early 5-1 lead, but the Angels scored nine unanswered runs to beat New York, 10-5, at Yankee Stadium on Thursday. >> Click here for a full box score

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Aug 13, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; Former New York Yankees Derek Jeter leaves the field following a ceremony for the reunion of the 1996 World Series Championship Team prior to a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Aug 13, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; Former New York Yankees Derek Jeter leaves the field following a ceremony for the reunion of the 1996 World Series Championship Team prior to a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

Derek Jeter is closer to obtaining the necessary funds to purchase the Miami Marlins, but still does not have enough to complete the sale, according to The Miami Herald.

Jeter met with MLB Comissioner Rob Manfred and the Miami Marlins in New York on Thursday, and the meeting ended with the understanding that Jeter will continue to work towards finding the money he needs to buy the team, an MLB source said to the Miami Herald.

 

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(Reinhold Matay)

The Yankees have recalled LHP Tyler Webb from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and optioned INF/OF Rob Refsnyder, the team announced Thursday.

Webb, 26, has a 3.24 ERA and 1.08 WHIP with 47 strikeouts in 33 1/3 innings (21 appearances) this season for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

He has a 3.45 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in five minor league seasons.

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(AP)

The Yankees (39-30) finish a three-game set with the Angels (37-37) at Yankee Stadium on Thursday at 7:05 p.m.

Yankees Angels
Brett Gardner, LF Cameron Maybin, CF
Aaron Hicks, CF Kole Calhoun, RF
Aaron Judge, RF Albert Pujols, DH
Matt Holliday, DH Yunel Escobar, 3B
Starlin Castro, 2B Luis Valbuena, 1B
Gary Sanchez, C Andrelton Simmons, SS
Didi Gregorius, SS Eric Young, Jr., LF
Chris Carter, 1B Martin Maldonado, C
Ronald Torreyes, 3B Cliff Pennington, 2B
Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Luis Severino
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Didi Gregorius and Aaron Judge celebrate the end of the Yankees' seven-game losing streak
Didi Gregorius and Aaron Judge celebrate the end of the Yankees' seven-game losing streak

The New York Yankees snapped their seven-game losing streak on Wednesday night. 

Elsewhere, the Mets lose to the Dodgers again, The Rangers lose Oscar Lindberg in the expansion draft and the Knicks fail to trade Kristaps Porzingis. 

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Sweeny Murti reports from Yankee Stadium, where the Yankees were victorious for the first time in seven games.

The Yankees snapped their seven game losing streak with an 8-4 win over the Angels on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium. 

Left-hander Jordan Montgomery allowed two runs on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings to earn the win. He lowered his season ERA to 3.74. 

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) works out during batting practice prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) works out during batting practice prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told reporters Greg Bird was not ready for a return to the Yankees before facing a setback in Triple-A. 

Bird had a .143/.357/.238 slash line in six games with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before fouling a ball of his injured right ankle last week. The team "pulled the plug" on his rehab after the incident. 

"The performance wasn't there," Cashman told reporters.

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Jun 3, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) gestures as he walks back to the dugout during a 7-0 win over Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)
Jun 3, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) gestures as he walks back to the dugout during a 7-0 win over Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)

Though the Yankees dropped their seventh-straight game Tuesday, manager Joe Girardi is not panicking, per Brendan Kuty of NJ.com.

Girardi actually found something positive after the 8-3 loss to the Angels. He thinks his team's true colors are showing during the losing streak.

"I think you do," Girardi said when asked if his team can learn from the skid. "I think you find out a lot about the makeup of your club when you go through tough times. I think a lot of times you find out a lot more about your club now than you do when you're going through great times and how they respond every day."

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(Charles LeClaire)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

The Yankees lost their seventh straight game Tuesday and once again the main culprit was Tyler Clippard.

After the Yankees clawed back to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth inning, Clippard immediately coughed up a home run to Cameron Maybin and then allowed a couple more hard hits before being removed by Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who said the right-hander "had another tough night." 

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Jonathan Holder reacts after allowing a home run in the Yankees loss Wednesday.  (Frank Franklin II/AP)
Jonathan Holder reacts after allowing a home run in the Yankees loss Wednesday. (Frank Franklin II/AP)

The Yankees bullpen allowed five runs in the late innings Wednesday against the Angels, dropping their sixth straight, 8-3. 

Elsewhere, the Mets are pounded by the Dodgers, the Nets acquire two players from the Lakers and the Knicks are reportedly mulling dealing Kristaps Porzingis

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Sweeny Murti breaks down the Yankees' 8-3 loss to the Angels and reviews the players' reactions to the team's seventh straight defeat.

After New York fell into an early 3-0 hole, Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez homered in the fifth and sixth innings to help tie game, but Tyler Clippard and Jonathan Holder combined to allow five runs in the final three innings and the Yankees fell to the Angels, 8-3, at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday. >> Click here for a full box score 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Tyler Clippard
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New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda (35) delivers a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels during a MLB baseball game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Kirby Lee)
New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda (35) delivers a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels during a MLB baseball game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Kirby Lee)

The Yankees (38-29) return home for a three-game set with the Angels (36-37) at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.

Yankees Angels
Brett Gardner, LF Cameron Maybin, CF
Aaron Hicks, CF Kole Calhoun, RF
Aaron Judge, RF Albert Pujols, DH
Matt Holliday, DH Yunel Escobar, 3B
Starlin Castro, 2B Luis Valbuena, 1B
Gary Sanchez, C Andrelton Simmons, SS
Didi Gregorius, SS Eric Young Jr., LF
Chase Headley, 3B Martin Maldonado, C
Chris Carter, 1B Danny Espinosa, 2B
Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Michael Pineda
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The DNL roundtable debates what the Yankees have to do to bounce back after dropping six straight on the road to the Angels and Athletics.

Aaron Judge hits a home run against the Angels. (AP)
Aaron Judge hits a home run against the Angels. (AP)

Aaron Judge said he has received an invitation to participate in the upcoming home run derby at Marlins Park in July, according to the Associated Press.

Judge said he was invited last week but has not yet made his decision. In April, he said that he would "probably do it if they asked me," according to NJ.com's Randy Miller.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi does not have a problem with Judge participating, and said the team's schedule will make it easier.

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New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley (12) sits in the dugout during an MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Kevin Sousa)
New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley (12) sits in the dugout during an MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Kevin Sousa)

The Yankees suffered a terrible blow over the weekend when top prospect Gleyber Torres suffered a season-ending torn UCL in his non-throwing shoulder when he slid head-first into home on Saturday. Torres will undergo Tommy John surgery and hopes to be ready for spring training next year.

WIth Torres, who was expected to take over at third at some point in the near future, out of the picture for the rest of the season, New York might look to add a third basemen. Ken Davidoff of the NY Post explores several options for the Yankees at third base.

Chase Headley has been New York's starting third baseman this season, hitting .244/.329/.364 with four home runs and 29 RBI. Less than halfway through the season, Headley has already made 11 errors in the field, exceeding last season's 10 errors. With the 33-year old set to make $13 million this season and $13 million next season, the ideal scenario for the Yankees is for Headley's production to improve both at the plate and on the field.

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Gleyber Torres will be out for the remainder of the season with an elbow injury that will require Tommy John surgery. (Matt Rourke/AP)
Gleyber Torres will be out for the remainder of the season with an elbow injury that will require Tommy John surgery. (Matt Rourke/AP)

The Yankees' tough week of baseball had its final blow Monday as news broke that their top prospect Gleyber Torres would require Tommy John surgery on his non-throwing arm after sliding akwardly into home plate. He was expected to make his debut in the majors at some point this season. The Yankees expect him to be ready just in time for 2018 Spring Training.

Elsewhere in New York sports the Mets dropped a slugfest to the Dodgers, a Jets legend passes away, and the NBA draft is just two days away. 

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Daily News Live: Torres' injury 00:05:47
The panel discusses Gleyber Torres getting Tommy John surgery, the return of Aroldis Chapman and if T.J. Rivera should start every day.

Top Yankees infield prospect Gleyber Torres needs Tommy John surgery due to the left elbow injury he suffered over the weekend, the team announced Monday.

He will miss the remainder of the season and is expected to be ready to return when spring training begins in 2018.

"It's difficult news, but at least it's a correctable problem," GM Brian Cashman said, according to the New York Daily News' Christian Red. "It's his non-throwing arm. He should be ready for spring training. He's young and has his whole career ahead of him. He'll return to form and still possess all of his abilities."

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(Brad Penner)

Yankees LHP CC Sabathia will likely miss at least six weeks due to his hamstring injury, GM Brian Cashman said Monday, according to Christian Red of the NY Daily News.

Sabathia was diagnosed with a Grade 2 hamstring strain after undergoing an MRI last week. 

He exited last Tuesday's start against the Angels after four-plus innings due to the strain.

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A general view of 2017 Spring Training MLB baseballs lay on George M. Steinbrenner Field as pitchers and catchers report. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
A general view of 2017 Spring Training MLB baseballs lay on George M. Steinbrenner Field as pitchers and catchers report. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Yankees minor league RHP Matt Marsh was suspended 50 games for failing a second drug test for recreational drugs, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale.

Marsh, 25, is 3-2 with a 2.49 ERA in 15 games with Double-A Trenton and High-A Tampa this season. Since he was promoted to Double-A, Marsh is 2-2 with a 3.68 ERA in 10 games, striking out 16 batters in 14 2/3 innings.

The Yankees signed Marsh as a non-drafted free agent in 2014. Since joining the Yankees organization, Marsh is 13-9 with a 2.42 ERA in 84 games (eight starts).

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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (right) and generial manager Brian Cashman during spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (right) and generial manager Brian Cashman during spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

The luxury of having a deep and talented farm system eventually develops into an "issue" - 40-man roster crunches.

The Yankees will have a multitude of 40-man roster decisions to make this winter ahead of the Rule 5 draft with a plethora of players requiring either movement elsewhere or being assigned to the Yankees roster, before potentially losing them to the draft. The 40-man roster can be a major guessing game; which players will mean the most to the team's future and which might be considered expendable? If the Yankees were wise, they would begin to make some of those decisions now versus waiting for the trade deadline or the winter in an effort to reduce some of the guessing.

The Yankees have made various transactions over the last several days which were directly affected by their desire to not disrupt the 40-man roster. The Yanks called up a Douple-A pitcher, Ronald Herrera, to add depth to the bullpen. The Yankees recalled Luis Cessa to make a spot start Sunday. New York decided to bring up Mason Williams to play center field in Aaron Hicks' absence. Beyond those recent moves, Rob Refsnyder remains a Yankee.

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Rob Refsnyder reacts after striking out in the Yankees' loss to Oakland on Sunday.  (Tony Avelar/AP)
Rob Refsnyder reacts after striking out in the Yankees' loss to Oakland on Sunday. (Tony Avelar/AP)

After a four-run third inning for Oakland, the Yankees fell, 4-3, as they lost their sixth straight game. 

Elsewhere, Jacob deGrom homers, Eric Decker heads south, Bradley Wright-Phillips scores twice and the Rangers, Islanders and Devils announce their protected players list ahead of the NHL Expansion Draft. 

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa (Andrew Villa-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa (Andrew Villa-USA TODAY Sports)

Luis Cessa gave up four runs in four innings as the New York Yankees lost their sixth straight game in a 4-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Sunday at Oakland Coliseum. >> Box score 


Cessa (0-1) surrendered four runs in the third inning as the Yankees were swept in a series for the first time this season.

With the Yankees up 2-0, Cessa allowed a two-run double to Chad Pinder before Khris Davis hit a two-run home run later in the inning to give the A's a 4-2 lead.

Tags: Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Luis Cessa, Oakland Athletics
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New York Yankees LHP Aroldis Chapman (Caylor Arnold/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees LHP Aroldis Chapman (Caylor Arnold/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Yankees activated LHP Aroldis Chapman off the disabled list before Sunday's game against the Oakland Athletics.

Chapman went on the disabled list on May 14 with rotator cuff inflammation in his throwing shoulder.

Over the past 30 days, the Yankees' bullpen has six saves, six blown saves and a 4.03 ERA. "My team needs me," Chapman said, according to the New York Daily News' Mike Mazzeo.

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Masahiro Tanaka and Yankees catcher Austin Romine talk during the fourth inning. (Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports)
Masahiro Tanaka and Yankees catcher Austin Romine talk during the fourth inning. (Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports)

Masahiro Tanaka allowed five runs and eight hits in four innings Saturday as the Yankees lost their season-high fifth game in a row as the A's won 5-2 in Oakland. 

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Jonathan Holder allowed two runs in the eighth inning as the Yankees lost to the Athletics, 7-6, on Friday night. Luis Severino struggled in the second inning, allowing four runs, but settled down the rest of the way. Those were the only runs he gave up over six innings. >> Box score 

 

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Mason Willams reacts after hitting a single. (AP)
Mason Willams reacts after hitting a single. (AP)

Outfielder Mason Williams and catcher Kyle Higashioka are being called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after Aaron Hicks and Gary Sanchez went down with injuries in Thursday night's loss to Oakland, according to Randy Miller of NJ.com. 

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New York Yankees shortstop Tyler Wade (82) throws to first base for the out on Philadelphia Phillies' Brock Stassi (78) (not pictured) in the fifth inning of a baseball game during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill)
New York Yankees shortstop Tyler Wade (82) throws to first base for the out on Philadelphia Phillies' Brock Stassi (78) (not pictured) in the fifth inning of a baseball game during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill)

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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. This week we'll start with a quick recap of the Yankees selections in the MLB First-year Player Draft.

The Yankees took a risk with their No. 1 pick, selecting Clarke Schmidt, a right-handed pitcher from the University of South Carolina. Schmidt was highly rated at the beginning of the college season and performed well, but he recently underwent Tommy John surgery. Schmidt will be out until about this time next season and maybe through much of next summer.

The Yankees second pick, high school righty Matt Sauer, can be looked at as more of a first rounder, as he could end up netting as much or more than Schmidt in bonus money. The Yankees went on to draft eight right-handed pitchers, a lefty hurler and one position player among their first 10 picks. Of those 10 players, eight were collegians.

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Brett Gardner scores in the 10th inning, but the Yankees lost, 8-7.  (Ben Margot/AP )
Brett Gardner scores in the 10th inning, but the Yankees lost, 8-7. (Ben Margot/AP )

After a game-tying RBI single in the ninth inning, the Yankees were unable to hold off the Athletics in the 10th inning as they lost, 8-7. 

Elsewhere, Juan Lagares broke his thumb in a Mets' loss, the Jets starting quarterback job is up for grabs and the Giants ink the last member of their draft class. 

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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) exits the game with an injury against the Oakland Athletics in the ninth inning at Oakland Coliseum. (Cary Edmondson)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) exits the game with an injury against the Oakland Athletics in the ninth inning at Oakland Coliseum. (Cary Edmondson)

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez reached base safely five times on Thursday before having to leave the game early due to tightness in his groin.

Sanchez went 3-for-3 with a double, two walks, two RBI, and a stolen base. His two-out double in the bottom of the seventh helped tie the game at 4, while his ninth inning single brought in Starlin Castro to tie the game at six and force extra innings.

Sanchez stole second base in the top of the ninth, and was then forced to exit because of tightness in his abductor muscle.

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Gary Sanchez celebrates scoring a run with teammate Starlin Castro.
Gary Sanchez celebrates scoring a run with teammate Starlin Castro.

Chris Carter hit his seventh home run of the season and Gary Sanchez went 3-for-3 with two RBIs (including a game-tying RBI single in the top of the ninth inning) in the Yankees' 8-7 loss to the Athletics on Thursday in Oakland. After taking the lead in the top half of the inning, Giovanny Gallegos was unable to hold off the Athletics in the 10th.

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Dr. Rock Positano joins Daily News Live to discuss his close relationship with Joe DiMaggio.

Dr. Rock Positano joins Daily News Live to discuss his close relationship with Joe DiMaggio.


Michael Pineda walks to the mound after throwing a wild pitch in the Yankees loss to the Angels on Wednesday night. (Jae C. Hong/AP)
Michael Pineda walks to the mound after throwing a wild pitch in the Yankees loss to the Angels on Wednesday night. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

Despite claiming an early lead, the Yankees lost the rubber game to the Angels, 7-5, on Wednesday. Michael Pineda allowed five runs in six innings and the offense was plagued by their inability to drive in runs with runners on base. 

Elsewhere, the Mets won their rubber game, Hackenberg is impressing the quarterbacks coach and Joe Girardi would be fine with Aaron Judge in the Home Run Derby. 

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New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda (35) delivers a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels during a MLB baseball game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Kirby Lee)
New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda (35) delivers a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels during a MLB baseball game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Kirby Lee)

Michael Pineda took the mound for the Yankees last night and did not look sharp, matching a season-high of five earned runs and 10 hits allowed.

Pineda lasted six innings, adding one walk and two strikeouts to his final stats. The two strikeouts were his second-lowest total of the year.

The 28-year old gave up yet another home run, and has now surrendered at least one deep ball in 10 of his 13 starts this season. 

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda throws to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the second inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif.  (Jae C. Hong/ AP)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda throws to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the second inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (Jae C. Hong/ AP)

Michael Pineda pitched six innings allowing five runs on 10 hits as the Yankees lost the rubber game to the Angels, 7-5, on Wednesday night.

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Apr 22, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda (35) delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)
Apr 22, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda (35) delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (38-24) finish a three-game series against the Angels (34-34) at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on Monday at 10:07 p.m.

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Brett Gardner, LF Cameron Maybin, CF
Aaron Hicks, CF Kole Calhoun, RF
Aaron Judge, DH Albert Pujols, DH
Matt Holliday, 1B Yunel Escobar, 3B
Starlin Castro, 2B Luis Valbuena, 1B
Gary Sanchez, C Andrelton Simmons, SS
Didi Gregorius, SS Eric Young, Jr., LF
Chase Headley, 3B Danny Espinosa, 2B
Rob Refsnyder, RF Juan Graterol, C
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