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The Yankees' 2016 season did not end with a postseason appearance, but there were still plenty of big moments. Rather than relive each one, let's see how some of those circumstances might shape the 2017 season...

Chapman redux

Aroldis Chapman was traded to the Yankees just prior to the new year, but his 30-game suspension for violating the league's domestic violence policy was announced right before the season began. The Yankees tried to say all the "right" things concerning the trade and then continued to back Chapman as a person they believed deserved a chance to redeem himself.

The Yankees obviously feel that Chapman showed enough as an individual in his few months with the club to sign him to the largest free agent deal for a reliever in MLB history. There is no denying Chapman's abilities on the mound, but the off-the-field concerns could follow him forever. Some fans were willing to put Chapman's history to the side so long as he dominated hitters. However, if Chapman's performance on the hill falters, will he be unable to hide from his off-field issues?

Avoid a slow start

Teams seek improvement from one season to the next and the Yankees can look to their performance in 2016's first month as a good starting point. They absolutely cannot have the same kind of April they did last season. Winning just eight games in the season's first month would surely put the club up against the wall while playing in one of the game's best divisions.

If the Yankees have as many young players leading the way as expected when the club breaks camp, manufacturing a winning record in April might be difficult. The Yankees will need to get the most out of the veterans on the roster in an effort to balance the growing pains of the inexperienced players the club expects to provide a boost.

Another summer sell-off?

The Yankees did something last summer for the first time since 1989, when they conducted a full-fledged sell-off at the trade deadline. The moves were bold and helped propel an already improving farm system into one of the best in the game. If the Yankees find themselves in a similar situation as July winds down, it will not be at all surprising to see them do it all over again.

The Yankees have a handful of players who might entice playoff contenders to trade away prospects, including Masahiro Tanaka (he can opt out of his deal at season's end), Michael Pineda (free agent after 2017), Brett Gardner (continuously in trade rumors), and perhaps Chase Headley (also surfacing in rumors this offseason). 



The organization has demonstrated they will not maintain players reaching free agency or older veterans if they can add depth to the farm system while simultaneously opening up a spot for a younger player.

What remains to be seen is which of the prospects will wear pinstripes for the major league club and which will be used as a trade piece for a young controllable star.

Surprise retirement?

After the Yankees sold off their top trade assets, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez both decided to hang up their cleats. There was a bit of a surprise here as each player had big comeback seasons in 2015. The Yankees' 2016 offense was built to rely on Teixeira and Rodriguez in the middle of the lineup and the set up completely failed when each player regressed to the point that they realized walking away from the game was their best option.

The Yankees could be in for a similar situation with CC Sabathia, who like Teixeira in 2016, is in the final season of his contract. Last season, the veteran left-hander pitched to an ERA below 4.00 for the first time since 2012 and was the second-most reliable starter behind Tanaka. At 36 years old and battling severe knee issues, there is a distinct chance Sabathia falters in 2017, and sadly perhaps to the point that he might have to consider how long he can be an effective pitcher in the league.

Youth movement's next star?

Once Teixeira and Rodriguez decided to retire, the Yankees also transitioned from Brian McCann to Gary Sanchez behind the plate. Sanchez had proven himself at Triple-A, but what happened when he took over as the starting catcher was beyond anyone's expectations. Sanchez's 20 home runs, 42 RBI and 1.032 OPS in 229 plate appearances thrust him into the conversation for Rookie of the Year honors despite just two months of MLB playing time. Sanchez's production begs the question of which Yankees prospect can make an impact at the big league level in 2017.

It would be incredibly unfair to expect the level of production Sanchez provided from any rookie, but I do believe that Aaron Judge has the potential to provide a force to the Yankees lineup as the starting right fielder. Judge was ushered into the league following the sell-off and after he homered in his first at-bat, the rest of his time with New York was a struggle. He struck out in 44.2 percent of his 95 plate appearances before going down with an injury that kept him out of the lineup for the remainder of the season.

Judge has demonstrated the ability to pick himself up after his initial promotion from level to level. I expect he will be able to do the same thing in 2017. The numbers might not be otherworldly, but I believe they will be respectable enough to put him in the Rookie of the Year conversation this coming season.

The Yankees' 2017 season might not develop into a complete replication of 2016, but there are sure to be storylines in the upcoming campaign that can be traced to the recent past.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Alex Rodriguez, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, CC Sabathia, Chase Headley, Gary Sanchez, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Chris Carelli

Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman successfully completed a bullpen session on Thursday and had no issues with his hamstring, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post. 

The team does not plan on placing him on the disabled list at this time and Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reported that the team hopes he can pitch on Friday. He tweaked his hamstrong while running on the final play of the team's 5-4 win over the Mets on Tuesday.

He is 4-2 with a 3.48 ERA and has 15 saves in 36 games for the Yankees this season. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees' sweep 00:02:32
Sweeny Murti joins GEICO SportsNite from Citi Field to discuss the Baby Bombers being instrumental in the Yankees' sweep of the Mets.

Gary Sanchez had a home run and five RBIs, Luis Severino allowed no earned runs in six and 1/3 innings, and the Yankees completed a four-game, two-stadium sweep of the Mets on Thursday night at Citi Field. >> box score

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New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro hits an RBI single against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro hits an RBI single against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Matt Holliday and Starlin Castro will begin rehab assignments on Friday, reports Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.

Holliday will play for Single-A Tampa, while Castro will play for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Prior to Monday's game against the Mets, Holliday took batting practice while Castro fielded grounders.

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The Mets' four-game series with the Yankees marked a series of big-league firsts for rookie 1B Dominic Smith: his first Subway Series, his first home run, and his first game at Citi Field. But he'll also remember the series because it was the first time he played a big league game with his childhood idol, Aaron Hicks.

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Daily News Live: Judge's K's 00:02:58
The DNL panel discusses Aaron Judge's penchant for the strikeout and if the Yankees can live with those numbers if the power continues.

 

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino throws the ball against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino throws the ball against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Yankees (64-55) will go for the sweep in the final game of a four-game series with the New York Mets (53-65) at Citi Field on Thursday at 7:10 p.m.

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The Yankees have promoted Tyler Austin from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and placed 1B Garrett Cooper on the DL due to a hamstring injury, the team announced Thursday.

Austin had been optioned on Friday. By recalling him prior to 10 days passing, the Yankees -- by rule --had to add Austin to the roster in place of a player who is heading to the disabled list.

The 25-year-old Austin is 2-for-13 in four MLB games this season.

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Will Jeter win with the Marlins? 00:01:16
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR thinks Derek Jeter will bring his winning ways to Miami as Marlins owner.

Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has agreed to sell his team to the group involving former Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, according to multiple reports.

Loria will sell the franchise for $1.2 billion to the group comprised of about 16 investors. Bruce Sherman, who was the former chairman of Private Captial Management, will have the majority control over the franchise with Jeter having the say in baseball and business sides of the organizaiton. 

The agreement is expected to be completed soon. Officials are not expected to vote on the purchase at the upcoming owners meeting in Chicago, but it will be a topic to discuss. The closing of the deal is expected to be completed by October. 

ESPN's Darren Rovell says NBA legend Michael Jordan is also part of the ownership group. Jordan is the majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, which he purchased in 2010 for $275 million. The franchise is now worth $780 million. 

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Chad Green (57) throws against the Seattle Mariners during the fourth inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Chad Green (57) throws against the Seattle Mariners during the fourth inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV: 

The Yankees have an advantage over many teams when it comes to their bullpen, but it's not where you might believe. Yes, the endgame quartet of Tommy Kahnle, David Robertson, Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman is not rivaled by many clubs, but assembling a dominant backend of the bullpen is fairly common in today's game.

However, some organizations are also changing their methods of bullpen assembly in the middle innings. Yankees are now dominating in this area, courtesy of right-handers Chad Green and Adam Warren.

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(Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

Even if the year began with some lower expectations, Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner is making sure that's not the case anymore. 

With the team contending in the middle of a playoff race, Steinbrenner made clear that he expects the team to make the postseason this year. 

"If we don't make the playoffs," Steinbrenner said at owners meetings in Chicago, according to MLB.com, "it's a failure. Any year, any year. That's just the mindset for us."

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New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) hits a two run double against the New York Mets during the seventh inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) hits a two run double against the New York Mets during the seventh inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Didi Gregorius came through with a two-run double in the seventh to give the Yankees the lead for good, as they beat the Mets, 5-3, on Wednesday night at Citi Field. >> box score


Making his third start since being traded to the Yankees, Jaime Garcia was charged with three runs on five hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings.

The Yankees fell behind early but quickly tied things up in the second on Garrett Cooper's ground out. In the fourth Aaron Judge hit a home run into the third deck in left field for his AL-leading 37th roundtripper. 

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the New York Mets during the fourth inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the New York Mets during the fourth inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge smashed a home run into the third deck at Citi Field during Wednesday's game against the Mets. 

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Jaime Garcia (34) delivers in the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Jaime Garcia (34) delivers in the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Yankees (63-55) play the third game of a four-game series with the New York Mets (53-64) at Citi Field on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m.

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New York Yankees LHP CC Sabathia (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees LHP CC Sabathia (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia threw a 25-pitch bullpen session at Citi Field on Wednesday and told reporters that he feels ready to pitch against the Red Sox this Saturday. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees win 00:01:44
Sweeny Murti reports from Yankee Stadium, where the Yankees defeated the Mets for the second straight game, 5-4.

Gary Sanchez and Jacoby Ellsbury each homered off Mets starter Jacob deGrom and Sonny Gray finally got enough run support as the Yankees beat the Mets, 5-4, for the second straight day. >> Box score

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Sonny Gray fires a pitch in the first inning of his Yankees debut. (David Dermer/AP)
Sonny Gray fires a pitch in the first inning of his Yankees debut. (David Dermer/AP)

The New York Yankees (62-55) play the second game of a four-game series with the New York Mets (53-63) at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.

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 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

The Yankees have placed RHP Luis Cessa on the 10-day DL with a ribcage injury, and recalled LHP Caleb Smith from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Cessa started in place of RHP Masahiro Tanaka, who is on the 10-day DL himself with right shoulder inflammation. In the fifth inning, he felt discomfort in his upper back, and manager Joe Girardi knew he had to end his night. 

"When I was facing [Rene] Rivera in the fifth, I felt a little bit of discomfort, but I thought I could keep pitching," Cessa told The Post's Fred Kerber.  "Then Girardi came out and said, 'Let me take you out. I don't want you to do something wrong mechanically and get hurt even more.' That's when I was taken out of the game."

Smith has appeared in three games -- two of them starts -- with the Yankees this season. His last start came on July 29 where he earned a no-decision against the Rays. He allowed two runs on three hits while striking out four and walking three in 3 1/3 innings. 

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Aug 14, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Aug 14, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton has cleared waivers and is eligible to be traded to any team, reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports.

Passan notes that four teams have already reached out the Marlins about trading for Stanton, with one of those teams exchanging player names with the Marlins before a potential trade prior to the July 31 non-waiver deadline fizzled.

One of the teams that has received information on what it would take to trade for Stanton is the Giants, with a team source telling Passan the Marlins were willing to absorb "limited money via other major leaguers' contracts" as part of a potential deal.

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Aaron Judge connected on his 36th home run of the season in the Yankees' 4-2 win over the Mets on Monday night. (Rich Schultz)
Aaron Judge connected on his 36th home run of the season in the Yankees' 4-2 win over the Mets on Monday night. (Rich Schultz)

The Yankees defeated the Mets in the first game of the Subway Series.

Elsewhere, the schedule for the upcoming NBA season was released, and Matt Forte is nearing a return for the Jets. 

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New York Yankees RHP Luis Cessa (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees RHP Luis Cessa (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees RHP Luis Cessa will undergo an MRI after leaving Monday's game in the fifth inning with a back injury, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.

Cessa injured his right rhomboid and left the game accompanied by a trainer with one out in the fifth inning.

Cessa visibly grimaced after Juan Lagares fouled off Cessa's 64th pitch of the night, which resulted in manager Joe Girardi visiting the mound with a trainer. Two pitches later, after Lagares singled, and Girardi removed Cessa from the game.

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Yankees defeat Mets 4-2 in Bronx 00:01:59
SNY's Sweeny Murti reports from Yankee Stadium where the Yankees defeated the Mets 4-2 in the first game of their four-game Subway Series.

Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez each hit solo home runs to power the New York Yankees to a 4-2 win over the Mets on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


With the game tied at 2 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Hicks crushed Hansel Robles' 1-1 fastball to deep right field to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead. Sanchez added an insurance run later in the inning with a solo home run off Erik Goeddel.

The Yankees trailed 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning when Judge slugged his American League-leading 36th home run of the season, his second in the month of August, to tie the game.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Curtis Granderson, Erik Goeddel, Gary Sanchez, Hansel Robles, Luis Cessa, Rafael Montero, Yoenis Cespedes
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 (Jesse Johnson)
(Jesse Johnson)

The New York Yankees (61-55) begin a four-game series with the New York Mets (53-62) at Yankee Stadium on Monday at 7:05 p.m.

Mets Yankees
Curtis Granderson, DH Brett Gardner, LF
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B Aaron Hicks, CF
Yoenis Cespedes, LF Aaron Judge, RF
Michael Conforto, RF Didi Gregorius, DH
Wilmer Flores, 3B Gary Sanchez, C
Dominic Smith, 1B Chase Headley, 1B
Amed Rosario, SS Todd Frazier, 3B
Rene Rivera, C Ronald Torreyes, 2B
Juan Lagares, CF Tyler Wade, SS
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New York Yankees designated hitter Matt Holliday hits a double against the Detroit Tigers during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees designated hitter Matt Holliday hits a double against the Detroit Tigers during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Yankees designated hitter Matt Holliday and first baseman Greg Bird both took batting practice on the field prior to Monday's game against the Mets.

Holliday, who last played Aug. 4 due to a lower back strain, is hitting .229/.319/.430 with 16 home runs and 51 RBIs this season. He told NJ.com's Brendan Kuty he wasn't sure how much longer he would need to be on the disabled list.

Bird, who has been out since May 1 and underwent ankle surgery nearly a month ago, is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment on Wednesday and could return later in August.

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New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) in the dugout after blowing a save in the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) in the dugout after blowing a save in the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

"Remove Aroldis Chapman as the Yankees' closer" is the latest cry from the team's fans and even some in the media after the flame thrower allowed a game-tying homer in the ninth inning and then put the go-ahead run on base in the 10th inning of Sunday night's loss to the Red Sox.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi can be overly stringent in his bullpen usage, consistently turning to the same formula day in and day out. The writing on the wall should tell the skipper that a change could do the Yankees some good, especially when Girardi can turn to an established closer now on the roster. If administered a truth serum, Girardi might very well feel the same way as those clamoring for a change.

Except, it's not that simple. Consider these factors.

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Aroldis Chapman blew a 2-1 ninth inning lead to the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night. It was the Yankees' 20th blown save of the season. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Aroldis Chapman blew a 2-1 ninth inning lead to the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night. It was the Yankees' 20th blown save of the season. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

The Yankees suffered their league-leading 20th blown save of the season losing to the Red Sox, 3-2, in 10 innings on Sunday night. 

Elsewhere, the Jets won their first preseason game and the Mets completed a series win against the Phillies. 

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) in action against the Cincinnati Reds at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) in action against the Cincinnati Reds at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge went 1-for-4 with three strikeouts during Sunday night's loss to the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. 

During the three-game series against Boston, Judge struck out six times in 10 at-bats. 

"In my first at-bat, I got a walk off Sale. The next two at-bats he struck me out, but he throws two [different] sliders on the corner, he paints a fastball in, he throws a fastball up," Judge told reporters after the game. "You're battling and it's grinding, but I feel good at the plate."

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Yankees on 3-2 loss to Boston 00:00:53
Joe Girardi and Aroldis Chapman discuss Sunday night's 3-2 loss to the Red Sox in heartbreaking fashion

Tommy Kahnle allowed a go-ahead RBI single to Andrew Benintendi in the top of the 10th inning after Aroldis Chapman blew a one-run lead in the ninth inning as the New York Yankees lost their second straight game to the Boston Red Sox, 3-2, Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


After the Yankees took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning on Todd Frazier's sac fly, Chapman surrendered a game-tying solo home run to Red Sox 20-year-old rookie Rafael Devers in the top of the ninth.

In the top of the 10th, Chapman hit Jackie Bradley Jr. and walked Eduardo Nunez with one out before he was pulled in favor of Kahnle, who walked Mookie Betts and gave up Benintendi's RBI single.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Boston Red Sox
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Luis Cessa pitches in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. (Patrick Gorski/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Luis Cessa pitches in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. (Patrick Gorski/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Yankees RHP Luis Cessa will start Monday's game against the New York Mets after the team promoted LHP Caleb Smith when RHP Masahiro Tanaka went on the disabled list, manager Joe Girardi told Newsday's Anthony Rieber.

Cessa, who last appeared in a game on July 30 and started July 18, has a 4.83 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 31 2/3 innings across nine appearances (four starts) for the Yankees this season.

The Yankees promoted Smith from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and optioned RHP Giovanny Gallegos prior to Sunday's game against the Boston Red Sox. Smith is 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA in three appearances (two starts) for the Yankees this season. In the minors, he is 9-1 with a 2.41 ERA in 19 games (17 starts).

Tanaka, who was initially scheduled to start Monday, went on the DL due to shoulder inflammation.

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

New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird will begin a rehab assignment on Wednesday as he looks to return from an ankle injury that has kept him out several months, according to WFAN's Sweeny Murti.

Bird, who underwent ankle surgery on July 18, has been shut down since May 1. He participated in batting practice and light running last Tuesday when the Yankees were in Toronto to play the Blue Jays.

The 24-year-old Bird, who missed 2016 due to a shoulder injury, was hitting .100 with one home run and three RBIs in 19 games prior to going on the disabled list.

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 (Frank Franklin II/AP)
(Frank Franklin II/AP)

The New York Yankees (61-54) wrap up their three-game series with the Boston Red Sox (66-50) on Sunday at 8:08 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

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Eduardo Nunez, 3B Brett Gardner, LF
Mookie Betts, RF Aaron Hicks, CF
Andrew Benintendi, LF Aaron Judge, RF
Hanley Ramirez, 1B Gary Sanchez, DH
Chris Young, DH Todd Frazier, 3B
Xander Bogaerts, SS Didi Gregorius, SS
Brock Holt, 2B Chase Headley, 1B
Sandy Leon, C Ronald Torreyes, 2B
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Austin Romine, C
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Yankees fall to Red Sox, 10-5 00:01:41
Sweeny Murti breaks down the action from the Yanks' 10-5 loss to the Red Sox and gives an injury report on CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka.

Gary Sanchez's two-run homer in the first inning gave the Yankees an early 2-0 lead, but Andrew Benintendi hit two home runs off Luis Severino to help power the Red Sox to a 10-5 win on Saturday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

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(Frank Franklin II/AP)

Yankees starting pitcher LHP Jordan Montgomery is 'Ok' after being struck in the head by a ball during batting practice Saturday, per Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal. 

Montgomery was signing autographs when he was struck with a line drive from Red Sox C Sandy Leon on the right side of his head. He was helped into the dugout by the Yankees' bullpen catcher as he held a towel on his head. He was then escorted into the clubhouse.

The 24-year-old was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as LHP CC Sabathia went on the 10-day DL with a right knee injury. He is set to start against the Red Sox on Sunday. 

Montgomery is 7-6 with a 4.05 ERA in 21 games this season for the Yankees. 

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino throws the ball against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino throws the ball against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Yankees (61-53) play the second game of a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox (65-50) on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Yankees have announced they placed RHP Masahiro Tanaka on the 10-day DL with right shoulder inflammation. 

There had been no talk about Tanaka feeling any pain in his shoulder prior to the team's announcement. YES Network's Meredith Marakovits said Tanaka felt "general soreness" and fatigue in his arm toward the end of his last outing against the Blue Jays.

He was inconsistent in his last start where he allowed three runs, two earned on just two hits. He threw 88 pitches in that span while walking five batters. 

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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

The Yankees put together a five-run eighth inning to defeat the Red Sox, 5-4, in the first game of a three-game set.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Jaime Garcia delivers in the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Jaime Garcia delivers in the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Yankees (60-53) open a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox (65-49) on Friday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia delivers a pitch against Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia delivers a pitch against Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Yankees placed LHP CC Sabathia on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 9 due to right knee inflammation and recalled LHP Jordan Montgomery from the minors to take his spot in the rotation.

New York also activated first baseman Tyler Austin from the disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Sabathia left Tuesday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays after the third inning when he said he injured his knee and couldn't continue to pitch. An MRI revealed earlier this week that Sabathia did not suffer any new damage to his right knee, on which he had surgery last October.

Montgomery, a 24-year-old rookie who was optioned to the minors to make room for Sonny Gray and Jaime Garcia, will start Sunday night against the Red Sox in place of Sabathia, who is 9-5 with a 4.05 ERA in 19 starts this year.

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield tosses to first base in bunt drills during MLB spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield tosses to first base in bunt drills during MLB spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports)

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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.

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played Aug. 3, 2017, unless otherwise noted.

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Garrett Cooper reacts after a striking out in the ninth inning of Thursday's 4-0 loss. (Fred Thornhill/AP)
Garrett Cooper reacts after a striking out in the ninth inning of Thursday's 4-0 loss. (Fred Thornhill/AP)

The Yankees went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position Thursday, as their offense didn't plate a single run in a 4-0 loss to the Blue Jays.

Elsewhere, the Mets dominate the Phillies with four homers, the Knicks and the Rockets are resuming trade talks involving Carmelo Anthony and Matt Harvey will begin a rehab assignment in Brooklyn 

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Aug 10, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) reacts after striking out in the fifth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Sousa)
Aug 10, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) reacts after striking out in the fifth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Sousa)

Sonny Gray limited the Blue Jays to two earned runs in six innings, but the Yankees provided no run support in a 4-0 shutout loss on Thursday at the Rogers Centre

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(Dan Hamilton)

CC Sabathia is "probably doubtful" for his next start, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said on WFAN on Thursday.

"We want to sit down and see him tomorrow face to face before we really make any decisions (about his next start)," Girardi said while adding that Jordan Montgomery would likely start in his place if he is unable to pitch.

 

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Aug 3, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Sonny Gray (55) throws a pitch against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Aug 3, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Sonny Gray (55) throws a pitch against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

The Yankees (60-52) will play the final game of a three-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays (53-60) on Wednesday at Rogers Centre at 7:07 p.m. 

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(Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees have expressed interest in trading for Mets INF Neil Walker, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Walker, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Curtis Granderson all cleared waivers earlier this month and are eligible to be traded.

The Mets were in talks with the Yankees regarding a potential trade for Jay Bruce, but opted to instead trade Bruce to the Indians on Wednesday night.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Neil Walker
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New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) safe at third on a throwing error during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) safe at third on a throwing error during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees have placed Clint Frazier on the 10-day disabled list with a left oblique strain and have reactivated Aaron Hicks, the team announced. 

Frazier was penciled into the lineup Wednesday against the Blue Jays but was a late scratch because of the injury. He said he'd been experiencing pain over the past few days, but it came to a head during batting practice. 

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Bruce traded to the Indians 00:03:18
The Baseball Night in New York guys weigh in on Wednesday night's trade between the Mets and the Indians, sending Jay Bruce to Cleveland.

The Mets were in deep discussions with the Yankees regarding OF Jay Bruce before dealing Bruce to the Cleveland Indians for pitching prospect Ryder Ryan, according to multiple reports. 

As part of the deal, Cleveland will pay the rest of the money owed to Bruce this season. 

The Yankees were on Bruce's no-trade list, but he was reportedly willing to waive it if a deal was reached.

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Todd Frazier and Gary Sanchez connected on back-to-back homers in the second inning of an 11-5 victory against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Mark Blinch)
Todd Frazier and Gary Sanchez connected on back-to-back homers in the second inning of an 11-5 victory against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Mark Blinch)

The Yankees collected 17 hits on their way to an 11-5 win over the Blue Jays in Toronto. 

Elsewhere, the Mets traded away Jay Bruce, Carmelo Anthony will not waive his no-trade clause for New Orleans and the Nets will play two games in Mexico City next season. 

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New York Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier (29) hits an RBI double in the fifth inning during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier (29) hits an RBI double in the fifth inning during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees rebounded after Tuesday's loss and slugged their way to an 11-5 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday night in Toronto. >> Box score


Masahiro Tanaka didn't have his best stuff, allowing three runs -- two earned -- on two hits and five walks in just four innings pitched. Chad Green picked up the win but gave up two runs in 1 1/3 innings.

But the Yankees got the offense clicking in the second inning when Gary Sanchez and Todd Frazier blasted back-to-back homers. Didi Gregorius added a solo homer a frame later, while Frazier added a two-run double in the fifth. Jacoby Ellsbury would follow with an RBI double of his own. 

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Daily News Live: Worry Warts 00:02:47
The DNL panel discusses what the biggest problem is for the New York Yankees, the offense or their starting pitching?

 

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws the ball against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. (David Banks-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws the ball against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. (David Banks-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (59-52) play the second game of a three-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays (53-59) on Wednesday at Rogers Centre at 7:07 p.m. 

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