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The Yankees left the Winter Meetings having secured their big fish by inking Gerrit Cole to a record deal. They also brought back Brett Gardner.

But while GM Brian Cashman has checked off his biggest needs, there is still some work to be done.

Here's what should still be on the Yankees' agenda with about two months to go until spring training begins in Tampa...

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, Giancarlo Stanton, Kyle Higashioka, Danny Abriano
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Austin Romine (Adam Hunger)
Austin Romine (Adam Hunger)

It looks like Austin Romine is going to have to make peace with Miguel Cabrera, as the catcher has agreed to a one-year deal with the Tigers, per The Post's Joel Sherman. The deal is worth $4.15 million.

Romine infamously fought Cabrera while the Yankees were in Detroit last season, but they'll likely put that aside when they both make it to Lakeland, Fla. for Spring Training. 

As for New York, they will be without the man that held the backup catcher role for the past four seasons. Romine also had his best year at the plate in 2019, slashing .281/.310/.439 with eight homers and 35 RBI over 72 games. 

Tags: Austin Romine, Gary Sanchez, Kyle Higashioka, Scott Thompson
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 (Joe Nicholson)
(Joe Nicholson)

The Yankees (97-52, 9.0 GA in AL East) continue their three-game series with the Blue Jays (58-90, 38.5 GB in AL East) at 3:07 p.m. inside the Rogers Centre in Toronto.

Yankees notes

The lineup shuffles for the Yankees after they suffered their 6-5 loss in 12 innings to the Blue Jays late Friday night. Among the notables, RF Aaron Judge is back in the two spot after he sat out -- until a pinch-hit strikeout in the top of the 12th inning -- as a precautionary move following his collision into the right-field wall during Thursday's doubleheader with the Detroit Tigers. Cameron Maybin, who replaced Judge in Friday's starting lineup, slides back to LF in favor of Clint Frazier after an 0-for-5 night in RF. Without Gary Sanchez until -- likely -- the end of the month as he recovers from his pulled left groin Thursday, the Yankees give C Kyle Higashioka the nod behind the dish after Austin Romine spent all 12 innings as the team's backstop Friday. Didi Gregorius gets the day off, sliding SS Gleyber Torres in the middle infield and giving 2B Thairo Estrada his first start since Aug. 17 before he suffered a calf injury.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Cameron Maybin, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Kyle Higashioka, Luke Voit, Thairo Estrada
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Jun 7, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German (55) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Jun 7, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German (55) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

The Yankees (66-38, 8.0 GA in AL East) finish up their four-game set with the Red Sox (59-47, 8 GB in AL East) Sunday at 7:05 p.m. at Fenway Park.

Yankees notes

American League batting average leader DJ LeMahieu remains out of the lineup for the Yankeees, suffering from what the team is calling an "acute" groin strain... Gio Urshela went a perfect 4-for-4 with a home run in Saturday's loss and has posted a .720 slugging percentage over his last seven games... Though not in Sunday's starting lineup, Kyle Higashioka has knocked in runs in both of his starts since Gary Sanchez was placed on the IL. He hit a solo homer off of Rick Porcello on Friday.

Tags: DJ LeMahieu, Domingo German, Gio Urshela, Kyle Higashioka
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 (Brian Fluharty)
(Brian Fluharty)

The Red Sox jumped all over Yankees' pitching on Thursday, cruising to a 19-3 win. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Thursday's game...

1) Masahiro Tanaka had the worst start in his Major League career on Thursday night. The Red Sox jumped all over him right out of the gates, as Xander Bogaerts slammed a three-run home run in the first inning, followed by a pair of two-run doubles from Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Bets. After that seven-run first, Tanaka was tagged again for five more runs in the fourth, including a Rafael Devers homer. Tanaka allowed a career-worst 12 earned runs on 12 hits in just 3.1 innings, causing his ERA to jump from 4.00 to 4.79.

The only Yankees pitcher to allow more earned runs in an outing is Carl Mays, who allowed 13 earned against the Indians on July 17, 1923.

2) Stephen Tarpley was tasked with trying to keep things from getting any worse after Tanaka was pulled, but the lefty also had a rough night on the mound. Tarpley allowing four earned runs on five hits in just 1.2 innings, raising his season ERA to 8.22.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Kyle Higashioka, Masahiro Tanaka
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Jul 4, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jul 4, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

It hasn't been a good last month for Gary Sanchez, and now it just got worse. 

The All-Star catcher is headed to the IL with a left groin strain, the Yankees announced. His injury came in Tuesday night's thrilling win against the Twins after trying to beat out a groundball to shortstop. He was set to have an MRI on Wednesday.

The injury initially looked like an ankle ailment, as replay showed Sanchez turn his right ankle. However, Boone said it was a groin injury and the IL stint was possible. 

Tags: Austin Romine, Gary Sanchez, Kyle Higashioka, Scott Thompson
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Jun 20, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) between innings against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 20, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) between innings against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees had to place Giancarlo Stanton on the IL once again after Wednesday's win, with manager Aaron Boone saying he sustained a PCL strain during Tuesday's contest against the Blue Jays.

And, according to GM Brian Cashman, he's going to need a good amount of time to recover from it. 

Cashman told media members on Thursday that "it's going to be a while" for Stanton, who is unlikely to return in July. While the Yankees will definitely take it if he does come back next month, Cashman said August is "the sweet spot" to expect him back in the lineup. 

Tags: Clint Frazier, Giancarlo Stanton, Kyle Higashioka, Scott Thompson
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New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton goes to the dugout after a strike out against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton goes to the dugout after a strike out against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Giancarlo Stanton is headed back to the Yankees' injured list.

Eight days after he returned from a 2 1/2-month absence with various injuries, Stanton will be placed on the IL with a strained right PCL, manager Aaron Boone said after Wednesday's 8-7 win over the Blue Jays.

The 29-year-old Stanton left Tuesday's game before the fourth inning after injuring his knee on the basepaths. He told Boone he wasn't sure if he injured it sliding into second base or diving into third base in the first inning.

Tags: Clint Frazier, Giancarlo Stanton, Kyle Higashioka
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Apr 9, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Chad Green (57) hands the ball to manager Aaron Boone (17) during a pitching change in the eighth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Apr 9, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Chad Green (57) hands the ball to manager Aaron Boone (17) during a pitching change in the eighth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

The Yankees optioned struggling reliever Chad Green to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old right-hander, who excelled in 2017 and 2018 after transitioning from a starting role to the bullpen, has a 16.43 ERA in 7.2 inning so far this season.

He nearly cost the Yankees the game Tuesday night when he allowed four runs. In his previous outing he allowed three runs without recording an out. 

Tags: Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Kyle Higashioka, Stephen Tarpley
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New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela hits a sacrifice fly against the Los Angeles Angels in the 12th inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela hits a sacrifice fly against the Los Angeles Angels in the 12th inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)

Gio Urshela hit the game-winning RBI single in the top of the 14th inning, two innings after Aroldis Chapman's first blown save of the season, as the Yankees beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 on Monday at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. >> Box score

Eight takeaways from Monday's game

1) With runners on the corners and two outs, Urshela lined a 1-1 Luke Bard fastball into right-center field to break a 3-3 tie. 

2) Jonathan Holder pitched two scoreless innings of relief as the Yankees won their fourth straight game.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Clint Frazier, J.A. Happ, Kyle Higashioka, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Luis Cessa, Luke Voit, Matt Eisenberg
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Mar 6, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) smiles as he works out prior to the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 6, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) smiles as he works out prior to the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees (8-10, 5.5 games behind the first place Rays in the AL East) host the Royals (7-12) on Friday night at Yankee Stadium at 7:05 p.m.

Yankees Notes

CC Sabathia is 11 strikeouts away from reaching 3,000 for his career and becoming just the 17th pitcher ever to accomplish that feat. ... Despite being two games under .500, the Yankees' +15 run differential is the fourth-best in the American League. ... Clint Frazier has gone 8 for his last 21 to rise his batting average from .321 to .347. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Kansas City Royals, Kyle Higashioka, Luke Voit, Tyler Wade, Danny Abriano
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CC Sabathia (52) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
CC Sabathia (52) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees (5-8) host the White Sox (4-8) at Yankee Stadium on Saturday at 1:05 p.m.

Yankees Notes

The depleted Yankees have lost four games in a row to fall 5.5 games behind the Rays for first place in the AL East. ... CC Sabathia returns from the DL to make his first start of the season. ... Aaron Judge has struck out four times over his last two games and is on pace to strike out 249 times this season. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chicago White Sox, Clint Frazier, Domingo German, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Kyle Higashioka, Tyler Wade
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New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

The injury-riddled Yankees return home to begin a nine-game home stand Friday night when they host the White Sox at 7:05 p.m.

Yankees Notes

Gary Sanchez officially went on the injured list with a left calf strain after Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre manager Jay Bell revealed Thursday night that catcher Kyle Higashioka was going to New York. Austin Romine starts behind the plate. ... J.A. Happ tries to stop the bleeding for the Yanks, who were swept in Houston. ... DJ LeMahieu shifts back to second base with Gio Urshela at third and Tyler Wade on the bench.

Tags: Chicago White Sox, Gary Sanchez, J.A. Happ, Kyle Higashioka
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Mar 3, 2019; Dunedin, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Kyle Higashioka (66) at Dunedin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 3, 2019; Dunedin, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Kyle Higashioka (66) at Dunedin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

This might isn't a good sign regarding the status of Gary Sanchez.

The Yankees are calling up catcher Kyle Higashioka from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Scranton manager Jay Bell said Thursday night, according to the Times-Tribune's Conor Foley.

Sanchez was the designated hitter on Tuesday and did not start on Wednesday because of tightness in both legs. Sanchez pinch-hit in the eighth inning Wednesday and struck out. 

Tags: Austin Romine, Gary Sanchez, Kyle Higashioka
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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports)

In his roster announcements for the ALDS with the Red Sox, manager Aaron Boone said LHP CC Sabathia and LHP Stephen Tarpley will be added with Tyler Wade and Kyle Higashioka being replaced. 

Sabathia had postseason success last year during the Yankees' improbable run. He owned a 3.72 ERA in two starts against the Indians, and a 0.96 ERA in two ALCS starts against the Astros.

Sabathia could work as the fourth starter if Boone wants to use him in that Game 4 situation if it comes down to it. Overall, his veteran presence on the roster is always good to have. 

Tags: CC Sabathia, Kyle Higashioka, Tyler Wade
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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives A rookie skipper automatically gets some rope to navigate his way up the managerial learning curve, but what happens when the rope begins to fray?

Yankees manager Aaron Boone has been provided more leash than others due to a 50-22 start. But, since the exceptional opening to the season, Boone's Yankees are 19-20 and lost five straight games before Monday night's win in Chicago.

Boone has called the span of lackluster play a "blip," and repeatedly says there is not an energy problem. After the sweep at the hands of the Red Sox, Boone said the Yankees were "too good" to let it define them.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Kyle Higashioka, Neil Walker, Chris Carelli
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Giancarlo Stanton, Kyle Higashioka and Aaron Judge homered to back CC Sabathia as the Yankees defeated the Braves, 6-2, at Yankee Stadium on the Fourth of July. >> Box score

Things to know about Wednesday's game...

1) The Yankees' power surge continued, with Stanton's three-run shot in the third inning the biggest blow. Higashioka's solo homer in the fourth was the third long ball and third hit of his Major League career. Judge's home run to right padded the Yankees' lead in the seventh. New York has now hit a staggering 22 home runs in its last 10 games.

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Giancarlo Stanton, Jonathan Holder, Kyle Higashioka
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Jul 1, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price (24) pitches in the second inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jul 1, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price (24) pitches in the second inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

When players of any sport travel on the road, they hear tons of chants from fans designed to get them off their game. They can be harsh, vile, and downright degrading. 

And what Red Sox LHP David Price heard from Yankees fans on Sunday night during his dreadful start was the worst of them all. 

Price had arguably his worst start of his career as the Yankees shelled him for eight runs on nine hits including five homers over 3.1 innings. And while Yankees fans enjoyed their team hitting one of the best left-handed pitchers in the game like batting practice, they added insult to injury by chanting, "Who's your daddy," at Price before his early exit. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, Kyle Higashioka, Scott Thompson
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Aaron Hicks hit three of the Yankees' six home runs en route to an 11-1 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1) Hicks homered in the second and fourth innings off David Price and hit his third home run of the game in the eighth inning off Hector Velazquez to become the first Yankee since Alex Rodriguez in 2015 to hit three home runs in a game.

2) Aaron Judge went 3-for-4 with a solo homer in the first inning while Gleyber Torres hit a three-run shot later in the inning as New York jumped out to a 4-0 lead. Kyle Higashioka's first MLB hit was a solo home run down the left-field line in the fourth inning as the Yankees set a franchise record for home runs hit as a team before the All-Star break. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, Kyle Higashioka, Luis Severino, Boston Red Sox
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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he hopes catcher Gary Sanchez can return from a Grade 1 right groin strain around the All-Star break, he told reporters before Sunday's game against the Red Sox.

Sanchez was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday after he left last Sunday's game against the Rays after grounding into a double play, walking gingerly off the field.

Boone estimated then that Sanchez would miss approximately three to four weeks. The All-Star break would coincide with Boone's initial evaluation.

Tags: Austin Romine, Gary Sanchez, Kyle Higashioka
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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez walks off the field with manager Aaron Boone and trainer as he leaves the game with an appoint injury during the 10th inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez walks off the field with manager Aaron Boone and trainer as he leaves the game with an appoint injury during the 10th inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees have sent catcher Gary Sanchez to the 10-day DL with a right groin strain, which he sustained during Sunday's loss to the Rays.

Sanchez is probably looking at a three-to-four week absence, manager Aaron Boone said before Monday night's game.

"It's huge," Boone said about being without Sanchez. "Gary Sanchez out of your lineup, that's a big deal."

Tags: Austin Romine, Gary Sanchez, Kyle Higashioka
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Yankees OF Clint Frazier has been sent back down to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre again in light of Gary Sanchez hitting the DL on Monday. 

Frazier has voiced his frustration of staying in Triple-A despite the fact that he is killing minor-league pitching. He his slashing .312/.389/.558 with seven homers and 11 RBI over 38 games.

Though Frazier has been the odd-man out in a loaded Yankees outfield, GM Brian Cashman has noted he wants to keep rather than deal him as he pursues an added roation arm before the trade deadline.

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

The Yankees optioned INF Gleyber Torres and C Kyle Higashioka to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday.

Tags: Gleyber Torres, Kyle Higashioka
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Feb 25, 2018; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) throws a pitch during the first inning of a Spring Training baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Feb 25, 2018; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) throws a pitch during the first inning of a Spring Training baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

Aaron Hicks had two hits and Kyle Higashioka went 3-for-3 off the bench to help the Yankees beat the Phillies on Sunday, 8-3. >> To see the full box score, click here!

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Jordan Montgomery, Justus Sheffield, Kyle Higashioka, Ronald Torreyes
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New York Yankees shortstop Tyler Wade reacts after hitting a double against the Chicago White Sox during the sixth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. (David Banks/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees shortstop Tyler Wade reacts after hitting a double against the Chicago White Sox during the sixth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. (David Banks/USA TODAY Sports)

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The MLB calendar hits one of its final milestones today as club rosters can be expanded from 25 to 40 players. The Yankees have a slew of players that will eventually come to the Bronx, but expect the shuttle to make multiple trips. We'll review some of the players who might have an impact down the stretch (in alphabetical order).

Note: All prospect rankings are via MLB Pipeline.

Miguel Andujar (Yankees' No. 6 prospect)

Andujar has shredded Triple-A pitching this season (.333 batting average, .379 on-base percentage and .531 slugging percentage with nine home runs and 30 RBIs in 235 plate appearances), but he's been bypassed as a call-up mainly because he is considered a work in progress at third base (.939 fielding percentage). Once the Yankees received Todd Frazier in the White Sox trade, Andujar feel further back on the depth chart. The thing is, Andujar's bat is legit and the Yankees could use some right-handed pop. It will be interesting to see when Andujar is moved up, but don't expect him to be replacing anyone just because he can be carried with the big club.

Tags: Austin Romine, Bryan Mitchell, Chase Headley, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jonathan Holder, Jordan Montgomery, Kyle Higashioka, Tyler Austin, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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