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)

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


10-day IL: Giancarlo StantonCameron Maybin

60-day IL: Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis SeverinoDellin BetancesGreg Bird, Jordan MontgomeryMiguel Andujar, Jonathan Loaisiga, Troy Tulowitzki


July 16, 5:12 PM:

Aaron Boone said before Tuesday's game that Giancarlo Stanton's progress has been "a little bit slow" as he recovers from a PCL strain in his right knee. Stanton has been on the IL since June 26, but Boone also said he thinks Stanton has made some "breakthroughs" in the last 24-48 hours. 

"As far as rehab, it's building the strength and trying to get that strength going in the quad," Boone said. "I know the last couple of days, and even talking to Giancarlo yesterday, he felt good about some of the breakthroughs he's starting to have the last 24-48 hours. Nothing that he's doing [is] baseball related, more just rehab stuff right now. For something that was moving slow the first couple weeks, I think, in his eyes, he's making a little more progress the past couple of days."

July 14, 9:35 PM:

Yankees LHP Jordan Montgomery threw batting practice earlier this week for the first time since being shut down since an MRI revealed shoulder inflammation on June 20, and manager Aaron Boone said the Yankees are still holding out hope that Montgomery could return by the end of the season, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.

The 26-year-old Montgomery, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, is 11-7 with a 3.84 ERA in 35 career starts since debuting in 2017.

July 14, 11:06 AM:

Boone said on Sunday that both Luis Severino (shoulder/lat) and Dellin Betances (shoulder/lat) have both been cleared by doctors to begin a throwing program on Monday. 

July 13, 11:16 AM:

Cameron Maybin (calf strain) ran, threw and took batting practice on Saturday. It was his first time running at 100 percent since his injury, but he has not yet run the bases. He told reporters he hopes to begin a minor-league rehab assignment in about a week. 

July 12, 4:52 PM:

Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters on Friday that Luke Voit will be activated off the 10-day IL. Boone said on Thursday that Voit would return by Monday at the latest.

July 12, 12:40 PM:

Luis Severino will be examined again on Saturday with the hope that he will be able to resume his throwing program after, GM Brian Cashman said Friday on MLB Network radio

According to Cashman, Severino will need "six or more" weeks to get ready once he's cleared. That timetable could put Severino's return around early-September if all goes well. 

July 4, 5:27 PM:

Manager Aaron Boone said he didn't have a definitive timetable for when Severino or Dellin Betances would return, saying Severino was "closer" and could resume throwing "maybe by this time next week," according to the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert.

Boone said Giancarlo Stanton, out with a sprained right PCL, has "made some progress as far as range of motion" and is showing improvement, while Greg Bird, who is dealing with a torn plantar fascia, is "still going slow" in his mission to return.

July 2, 5:40 PM:

Aaron Boone announced on Tuesday that RHP Domingo German will return from the IL on Wednesday and start against the Mets at Citi Field. 

June 30, 8:39 AM:

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman admitted on Sunday that in "hindsight" he should have had Severino go for an MRI prior to restarting his throwing program. Severino's sore lat is only 90 percent healthy and has been shut down for the next five to seven days. Cashman expressed optimism that Severino will pitch this season. 

"I plan on getting him back, but whenever he does come back, a guy like that, you make room for," he said. "The job is to improve on what we've got regardless. And when he's available we'll certainly easily find a spot for him."

Cashman also said he has no update on Troy Tulowitzki while Jacoby Ellsbury continues to rehab. 

June 29, 10:36 AM:

Yankees manager Aaron Boone revealed before Saturday's game that Luis Severino had a setback and was shut down again with soreness in his right lat. Severino underwent an MRI that showed his lat is 90 percent healed and will not throw again until it is 100 percent healed. Boone estimated that it would be another five to seven days before that could happen. 

Boone also provided an update on Dellin Betances, who has also not resumed throwing but will likely do so when the Yankees return home from London. 

June 26, 5:09 PM:

Giancarlo Stanton just can't catch a break. Aaron Boone said after the Yankees' walk-off win on Wednesday that he is going back on the IL with a PCL strain. 

Boone initially said before the game that the tests came back good. However, Stanton will return to the IL after just coming off it last week. He only played in the opening series of the season before spending more than two months on the list.

June 25, 10:22 PM:

Aaron Boone said after Tuesday's win over the Blue Jays that Domingo German (hip) will make a rehab start for Triple-A Scranto/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday. If all goes well, he is expected to rejoin the team after its London trip. 

June 25, 11:52 AM:

After activating Kendrys Morales from the 10-day IL on Tuesday, the Yankees desingated him for assignment.

June 21, 3:49 PM:

Aaron Hicks was not in the lineup on Friday for the second straight game and he revealed he has been playing through a right shoulder injury the last week and a half. He said he is on day two of a cortisone shot and expects to be back in the lineup on Saturday, per Coley Harvey of ESPN.

 

June 21, 12:01 PM:

The Yankees reinstated outfielder Aaron Judge off the injured list after he had missed the past two months due to an oblique strain.

Judge, 27, had been out since April 20, slashing .288/.404/.521 with five home runs and 11 RBIs before going on the IL.

In five rehab games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Judge went 2-for-16 with one home run and two RBIs.

June 18, 8:43 PM:

Aaron Judge said earlier in the day that he felt 100 percent, and he put his words into action on Tuesday night.

Judge blasted a home run to right center field in the fifth inning for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. After Giancarlo Stanton made his return to the Yankees' lineup on Tuesday, it appears that Judge isn't too far behind. 

June 18, 6:00 PM:

Aaron Judge was in Scranton on Tuesday to resume his rehab assignment and said the plan is for him to play two nine-inning games in the field before he returns to the Yankees. Judge also added that he is "100 percent."

"I wouldn't be in games if I wasn't ready to go," he said. "Just about getting the reps after two months off."

June 18, 3:44 PM:

Per Bryan Hoch of MLB.comLuis Severino's throwing program is up to 105 feet and he expects to throw off a mound on June 25 or 26. Domingo German also played catch on flat ground Monday and felt no hip discomfort. He will play catch again on Tuesday and added he is feeling better, per ESPN's Coley Harvey. 

Dellin Betances told reporters that he is still dealing with discomfort from his lat strain and hopes to return to the team in the second half of the season. 

Aaron Boone also said that LHP Jordan Montgomery "walked off" with discomfort after his bullpen session in Tampa on Tuesday.

June 17, 11:11 PM:

Giancarlo Stanton has been given a path to return from the IL as the Yankees optioned OF Mike Tauchman to Triple-A Scranton. Stanton is expected to be in the lineup Tuesday for the first time since March 31. 

June 14, 8:03 PM:

Giancarlo Stanton's power display continued on Friday night. Making his debut with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Stanton hit a monstrous three-run home run.

Aaron Judge was also in the RailRiders' lineup as the DH, but he did not record a hit in four at-bats, striking out three times.

June 14, 12:36 PM:

Aaron Judge is nearing his return. The Yankees slugger will begin his rehab assignment Friday night with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Joining Judge in Scranton is Giancarlo Stanton, whose rehab assignment is being transferred there from Single-A Tampa, signaling he could soon be on his way back, too. 

June 13, 6:10 PM:

Giancarlo Stanton could be back in the Yankees' lineup early next week. According to Aaron Boone, Stanton will spend the next three days with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and if all goes well, he could be activated on Tuesday when the Yankees are at home against the Rays.

June 12, 7:26 PM:

Giancarlo Stanton continues to rake during his rehab assignment in Tampa. The outfielder slugged his third and fourth home runs in three games for the Tarpons on Wednesday night.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone has said that there's a chance Stanton could be sent up to Triple-A by this Friday.

June 11, 6:27 PM:

Appearing on The Michael Kay Show, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said that Aaron Judge could be back in the Yankees' lineup by the team's next homestand, when the Yankees start a 10-game stretch in the Bronx with a Monday matchup against Tampa Bay. 

According to Boone, there's a chance that both Judge and Giancarlo Stanton could be playing in Triple-A this weekend. On Tuesday night, Stanton went deep with an opposite field home run for the Tampa Tarpons.

June 11, 4:43 PM:

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said on Monday that the team had their "fingers crossed" that Dellin Betances' setback in Tampa was nothing serious, but Aaron Boone announced to reporters on Tuesday that the right-hander has a "low-grade lat strain" and the team will shut him down for "a couple weeks."

Betances threw 25 pitches on May 30th, but after feeling pain in his shoulder/lat area, the 31-year-old traveled to New York on Monday for further evaluation. 

June 11, 11:39 AM:

Luis Severino, whose return could be around the All-Star break, was throwing at 60 feet on the grass at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday morning, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. Severino is basically re-doing his Spring Training after suffering a setback earlier this season while rehabbing. 

June 9, 5:39 PM:

Aaron Judge, who has been out since mid-April due to a right oblique strain, could appear in some minor-league rehab games as early as this weekend, manager Aaron Boone told reporters before Monday's Yankees-Mets game.

Meanwhile, Giancarlo Stanton, who had put his rehab on hold due to left calf tightness, will play rehab games with High-A Tampa on Tuesday and Wednesday, then move on to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday.

GM Brian Cashman had differing viewpoints on the injuries to Domingo German and Dellin Betances when he spoke on WFAN on Monday afternoon.

Though the Yankees placed German on the IL on Sunday with a left hip flexor strain, Cashman said the MRI looked "good" and that "it doesn't really look like there's anything of concern there."

However, Cashman sounded worried for Betances, who suffered a setback over the weekend when he felt soreness in his right shoulder. "Fingers crossed, we're holding our breath to make sure it's nothing serious," Cashman said of Betances, who is set to visit another team doctor.

June 8, 2:15 PM:

Dellin Betances will head from Tampa to New York to visit Dr. Chris Ahmad on Monday. He didn't throw a scheduled side session in Tampa on Friday because of soreness in his shoulder/lat.

Meanwhile, Giancarlo Stanton could begin a rehab assignment on Monday or Tuesday, Aaron Boone told reporters in Cleveland.

June 7, 12:37 PM:

Didi Gregorius officially returned to the Yankees' 25-man roster on Friday. To make room for Gregorius, they optioned infielder Thairo Estrada to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Yankees have also transferred Troy Tulowitzki from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL as he continues to recover from a calf injury.

June 6, 3:27 PM:

Aaron Judge took on-field batting practice on Thursday for the first time since suffering a strained left oblique on April 20. Aaron Boone said Wednesday that Judge could be back with the Yankees for their London series against Boston on June 29-30.

"I'm taking it day to day," Judge told the Associated Press in Tampa. "The minute I start thinking about when I'm going to come back, when I'm going to do that, then my hopes might either go up or down if I get pushed back or some thing like that. So I'm just focused on getting better every day."

Judge is pain-free but isn't going to rush back, especially with the Yankees performing well despite a rash of injuries.

"Now it's just going through the protocols so I can finally get out there," Judge said. "They haven't been needing me the past couple weeks, so I'm going to take my time and make sure I get healthy and get ready so I can help them down the road."

June 5, 5:21 PM:

Aaron Judge could make his return to the Yankees' lineup in time for the Yankees-Red Sox two-game series in London on June 29 and 30, per Aaron Boone.

Also, Boone said that Troy Tulowitzki was given a few days off by the Yankees to go home and rest his calf injury. Boone has said on Sunday that Tulowitzki was 'pretty much over his injury.'

June 4, 3:25 PM:

Giancarlo Stanton had nine plate appearances in a simulated game in Tampa on Tuesday and also went through running drills as he works his way back from left calf tightness. The slugger took at-bats against Danny Farquhar and Ben Heller before running the arc behind the infield on the grass, a sign rehab games could be next. 

June 2, 4:45 PM: 

Aaron Judge continues to take the next step in his rehab and hit in the indoor cages at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. He'll head to Tampa as he ramps up his baseball activities and nears participating in rehab games. 

Joining Judge in Tampa will be right-hander Dellin Betances and first baseman Greg Bird. Per The Athletic's Lindsey Adler, Bird is still feeling pain in his injured foot but has running on an anti-gravity treadmill and hitting off a tee. 

Additionally, manager Aaron Boone said Troy Tulowitzki is "pretty much over his injury" and discussions are being held regarding when he will begin a rehab assignment. 

June 1, 4:42 PM:

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said on Saturday that there is a "real chance" Didi Gregorius joins the Yankees on their road trip when the team heads to Cleveland later in the week. 

Boone said that Gregorius will play nine innings at shortstop for Scranton on Saturday, DH Sunday, off Monday, and play Tuesday and Wednesday with the hopes of rejoining the Yankees lineup by Thursday against the Indians. 

May 31, 4:50 PM:

Giancarlo Stanton is "probably close" to restarting a rehab assignment soon, Aaron Boone said on Friday. Stanton has been running sprints in Tampa as he recovers from a mild calf strain he sustained during his previous minor-league rehab assignment.

May 31, 8:51 AM:

Dellin Betances threw 25 pitches on Thursday and is expected to throw another bullpen session on Sunday before he pitches in a simulated game as he looks to return from a right shoulder impingement, manager Aaron Boone told the New York Post's George A. King III.

May 30, 9:05 PM: 

Giancarlo Stanton continues to ramp up his workload. Prior to Thursday's Yankees-Red Sox game getting rained out, Aaron Boone told reporters that Stanton ran sprints and hit in the batting cage on Wednesday and was expected to do the same on Thursday.

May 30, 4:47 PM: 

Didi Gregorius is still on track to return as early as next week. On Thursday, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Gregorius will return once he plays back-to-back nine inning games at shortstop.

That won't occur this weekend, Boone said, as the Yankees host the Red Sox for a pivotal three-game series. But the hope is that the shortstop will rejoin the team during the upcoming road trip in either Toronto or Cleveland.  

May 28, 5:35 PM:

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre manager Jay Bell said that Gregorius is expected to be with the team for the next six days, which would set up a potential return to the Yankees' lineup on June 4 against the Blue Jays. Gregorius will play seven innings at shortstop on Tuesday, DH Wednesday and play nine innings at shortstop on Thursday. 

CC Sabathia also appears close to returning with the Yankees having him slated to pitch on Sunday, according to Anthony Rieber of Newsday. 

May 28, 4:40 PM: 

Aaron Judge's comeback has begun in earnest with light baseball activities. Judge (oblique) hit off a tee Monday in addition to taking dry swings as part of his swinging progression, manager Aaron Boone said.

On Tuesday, Judge was seen taking fly balls and participating in various running drills before the Yankees played the Padres.

May 27, 4:25 PM:

LHP James Paxton was cleared to come off the IL and is likely to return to the Yankees' rotation on Wednesday against the Padres, Aaron Boone announced. Paxton estimated earlier on Monday that he would throw about 75 pitches in the start. 

RHP Luis Severino told reporters he expects to throw from 60 feet either Tuesday or Wednesday and added he has not felt pain in his shoulder or lat in about "20 something days." RHP Dellin Betances threw a bullpen consisting of 25 fastballs off the mound on Monday. 

Didi Gregorius will be joining Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday and could be one to two weeks away from returning. 

May 26, 4:10 PM 

Aaron Judge hopes to begin swinging a bat again soon, he told YES Network before the Yankees' game Sunday in Kansas City. 

"I'm feeling really good," Judge said. "We're progressing the way we want to, and it's a good sign getting a chance to get on the field again and throw a little bit. It feels good to be back -- sort of.

"That's what the real test is going to be, swinging. If I'm swinging and I feel no pain, then we'll start moving forward and hopefully I can get back here pretty soon."

May 26, 1:27 PM: 

James Paxton (knee) was able to throw his side session, long-toss and complete fielding drills without issue, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. Manager Aaron Boone is hopeful the lefty can slide back into the starting rotation in the coming days against the Padres. 

Dellin Betances (shoulder) will throw from a mound Monday, per Boone. 

Didi Gregorius' rehab will take him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, where he will need "a week or two" to ramp up, according to Boone. 

May 25, 10:28 PM:

Didi Gregorius continues to progress as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery. Saturday night, that progression took him to Single-A Tampa, where he began a rehab assignment. Gregorius went 0-for-3 and played seven innings at shortstop, having a hand in three double plays.

May 24, 3:06 PM:

The Yankees are working out Troy Tulowitzki at second base and third base, in addition to shortstop, as he continues to rehab back from a calf strain, according to The Associated Press in Tampa. 

Didi Gregorius will also begin an official rehab assignment with Class A Tampa this weekend while James Paxton threw four innings in an extended Spring Training game. Players who begin rehab assignment can spend up to 20 days until being re-activated, which means Gregorius could be back mid-June. 

May 24, 12:51 AM:

Didi Gregorius returned to shortstop in extended spring training on Thursday. He missed Tuesday's game because of dehydration and was a DH on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Dellin Betances threw off of flat ground again Thursday and hasn't yet progressed to throwing off a mound. ... James Paxton is set to throw his sim game Friday. If all goes well, he could rejoin the Yankees' rotation next week.

May 23, 9:10 AM:

The Yankees placed LHP CC Sabathia on the injured list with right knee inflammation after pitching five innings in Wednesday's 7-5 win over the Orioles.

Sabathia started the year on the IL so he could recover from an offseason heart procedure. He returned in mid-April and has gone 3-1 with a 3.48 ERA in eight starts this year.

May 22, 2:47 PM:

Shortstop Didi Gregorius was held out of an extended Spring Training game on Tuesday night due to dehydration. He felt better today, though, as he went 1-for-3 with an opposite-field single and a walk down in Tampa, per Newsday's Erik Boland. The veteran is expected to play again on Thursday.

May 21, 4:30 PM: 

Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton could return to the team as soon as this weekend, Aaron Boone said Tuesday. He homered Monday during his first rehab game with High-A Tampa.  

Additional updates in the good news department included James Paxton tossing a bullpen in which he felt "next to nothing," according to YES Network's Meredith Marakovits. Meanwhile, Masahiro Tanaka also threw a bullpen session. Aaron Judge stood in the batter's box and tracked pitches for both. 

May 20, 8:18 PM:

Stanton homered in his first rehab game with High-A Tampa in his first rehab game on Monday.

Stanton went 1-for-3 and played six innings in right field as he looks to return from a shoulder injury and a biceps strain. Stanton's home run hit off the batter's eye in center field at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

After the game, he said his timing at the plate feels good and that he's "not far" away from returning.

May 20, 5:18 PM:

Outfielder Aaron Judge made some slight progress from a strained oblique that has kept him out since April, playing catch and running on the field before Monday's game, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. Despite the progress, manager Aaron Boone said Judge is not yet ready to swing a bat.

May 20, 2:57 PM:

Didi Gregorius played in his first extended spring training game on Monday, getting two hits in five plate appearances while playing shortstop. Gregorius will play again on Tuesday, when he serves as the DH, according to Erik Boland of Newsday

May 20. 10:16 AM:

As Aaron Boone noted on Saturday, Giancarlo Stanton will begin his rehab assignment with Single-A Tampa Tarpons on Monday. The Yankees' slugger was placed on the IL with a biceps strain and had a setback with a shoulder strain. 

May 19, 12:26 PM: 

James Paxton still felt some discomfort in his knee while throwing a bullpen session on Sunday. Because of that discomfort, he will throw another bullpen session on Tuesday instead of jumping back into the rotation, reports Randy Miller of NJAM.

May 19, 11:32 AM:

The Yankees are hopeful that Masahiro Tanaka, who left Saturday's game early after taking a line drive off his shin, will be able to make his next scheduled start, reports Pete Caldera of the Bergen Record.

May 19, 12:21 AM:

James Paxton is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday, and if all goes well he should be cleared to start at some point within the next week. Paxton said he still felt "something" in his left knee during his Friday bullpen, but it's been less and less each time he's thrown.

May 18, 11:27 AM:

Didi Gregorius is scheduled to play shortstop in an extended Spring Training game on Monday, according to Aaron Boone. "It puts a smile on my face," the Yankees manager said. He added that if things continue to progress as is, Gregorius could return to the Yankees sometime in June. 

Boone also provided an update on Giancarlo Stanton, who is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Class-A Tampa on Monday. 

May 17, 4:24 PM:

After being "pleasantly surprised" that there was no soreness in his injured knee when he woke up Wednesday, James Paxton threw his bullpen on Friday to the liking of manager Aaron Boone. During the session, he would pitch then sit like he would during a game. He did that a couple times, and took some pitching fielding practice, per ESPN's Coley Harvey

There is hope that if Paxton continues to feel good, he could rejoin the rotation at some point next week.

May 15, 12:43 PM:

James Paxton was "pleasantly surprised" to wake up Wednesday without any soreness or swelling in his injured left knee, and was set to throw a bullpen session on Friday, he told reporters. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Tuesday that Paxton won't necessarily need a rehab start before returning. 

May 14, 5:04 PM: 

Giancarlo Stanton's diagnosis has been called a left shoulder strain, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. The Yankees have been pretty vague about what exactly Stanton has been dealing with since his Grad 1 left biceps strain was healed. We did know it was the shoulder that was ailing him, but now we know exactly what it is. 

May 14, 11:45 AM: 

Giancarlo Stanton's progression from a Grade 1 left biceps strain reached the batter's box Monday. The slugger took live at-bats at extended spring training in Tampa, but there is still no timetable for his return. 

May 13, 5:47 PM:

The Yankees placed Miguel Andujar back on the injured list on Monday and are not ruling out surgery from a labrum tear in his right shoulder. 

While Andujar missed 28 games from April 1 to May 3, he was 3-for-34 upon his return. Manager Aaron Boone said he thought the injury "is a contributing factor to some of the struggles" in addition to his throwing motion. Surgery would end Andujar's 2019 season.

May 13, 3:57 PM:

James Paxton played catch in the concourse and threw off flat ground in the cage with no issues in his left knee, according to YES Network's Meredith Marakovits. The Yankees will have Paxton throw a bullpen session on Tuesday. 

May 13, 3:21 PM:

Just as the Yankees get one player back, another goes down. While the Yankees had Aaron Hicks back in the lineup batting leadoff on Monday against the Orioles, Jonathan Loaisiga was placed on the IL retroactive to Friday with a sore right shoulder after originally being scheduled to start the game. The Yankees recalled right-hander Chance Adams from Triple-A to replace Loaisiga while Luis Cessa gets the start. 

Meanwhile, outfielder Mike Tauchman was optioned to Triple-A to make room for Hicks. 

May 12, 11:18 AM:

Aaron Hicks will be activated from the IL prior to Monday's game, Yankees manger Aaron Boone said on Sunday. 

Hicks got the first hit of his rehab assignment on Saturday by belting a solo home run from the right side in the first inning fo Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Hicks was 0-for-14 on his rehab assignment before the at-bat, but Scranton manager Jay Bell said the night before he could tell Hicks was "close."

May 11, 10:37 PM

Aaron Hicks' rehab stint continued to go poorly on Friday night. The center fielder went 0-for-3 with a walk for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and is now 0-for-14 overall in four rehab games. 

The Yankees expect Hicks to return as early as Monday and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre manager Jay Bell believes Hicks is "getting close."

"Certainly, timing wise, he's in the process of getting there," Bell told reporters after the game. "Just seeing balls off the batt and that kind of stuff. He's going to be fine."

May 10, 6:01 PM:

Didi Gregorius (Tommy John surgery) took grounders in Tampa on Friday, and Aaron Boone said the shortstop should begin playing in extended Spring Training games in about 10 days. 

May 9, 8:48 PM: 

Despite hope that he'd be ready to return for this weekend's series against the Rays in Tampa, Aaron Hicks (back) will play in three more rehab games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this weekend and is scheduled to be activated on Monday, when the Yankees begin a three-game series against the Orioles in the Bronx.

Meanwhile, Aaron Judge (oblique) has yet to take part in baseball activities, but Aaron Boone says he's improving. There are no timetables for Judge or Giancarlo Stanton (shoulder.) 

May 8, 3:54 PM: 

Aaron Boone gave some good injury update news on Wednesday, as he said the team believes Aaron Hicks could return at some point this weekend. There has been no definitive date set, but there is hope he will be back in the outfield. 

Hicks did very well in his extended Spring Training, and though he hasn't gotten a hit in two games with Class A Tampa, the Yankees seem confident he is reaching his benchmarks to come back.

May 6, 10:04 PM:

Giancarlo Stanton, who has been dealing with a shoulder injury ever since he went on the IL with a biceps strain, said he will swing in the batting cage on Tuesday but still doesn't know when he will return.

May 6, 9:36 PM:

Aaron Hicks, who has been out since spring training with a back injury, went 0-for-4 in his first rehab game with High-A Tampa on Monday.

Hicks, who could be activated over the weekend, flew out twice, grounded out once and struck out once. He played eight innings in center field.

May 6, 3:47 PM:

Dellin Betances began a throwing program on Monday -- making 25 throws from 60 feet -- but said afterwards that he isn't close to returning.

Though he's making progress, Betances told reporters there's "no way" he'll be ready before June.

May 6, 10:46 AM:

The Yankees officially activated Clint Frazier off the 10-day IL on Monday. 

The outfielder will rejoin the Yankees after missing two weeks with a left ankle sprain. He was hitting .324/.342/.632 with six home runs and 17 RBI before landing on the IL. 

May 5, 8:21 PM:

Outfielder Clint Frazier will return from a two-week stint on the injured list for Monday's game against the Mariners, manager Aaron Boone said after Sunday's rain-shortened win.

May 5, 12:21 PM:

GM Brian Cashman gave a slew of injury updates on Sunday afternoon during an appearance on SiriusXM Radio:

  • James Paxton will "probably" be out a maximum of three weeks.
  • Aaron Hicks could be activated from the IL next weekend.
  • Giancarlo Stanton will take batting practice this week.
  • Didi Gregorius will complete his throwing program this week.

Cashman also confirmed what was already pretty much known: Luis Severino will not return until after the All-Star break. 

Additionally, manager Aaron Boone said Dellin Betances is beginning a throwing program Monday. The expectation is that he can rejoin the team sometime in June.

May 4, 11:07 PM:

The Yankees are still awaiting the results of James Paxton's MRI on his sore left knee, which caused him to leave Friday's game after the third inning. Boone said it is possible they skip his next start. 

Greg Bird was in the Yankees clubhouse on Saturday and was no longer wearing a walking boot. Bird, who is on the IL with a left plantar fascia tear, told reporters he has been walking on a treadmill but still no timetable on a possible return. He added that the injury occurred when he felt a pop in his left foot while running. 

May 3, 4:30 PM:

Aaron Boone provided some good news on Friday when he revealed Miguel Andujar would be back with the Yankees on Saturday. 

He also rattled off updates on the following players:

Clint Frazier: Will play two rehab games with Double-A Trenton this weekend and is expected to be activated off the IL and rejoin the team on Monday. 

Aaron Hicks: Taking at-bats. Still needs more at-bats before beginning rehab games. Timetable on Hicks returning to team is about a week to 10 days. 

Troy Tulowitzki: Has been shut down for another week after sustaining a mild calf strain. Boone is unsure if it is the same injury getting worse or if this is a new injury. 

Giancarlo Stanton: He was at Yankee Stadium for Friday's game but Boone did not have any update to provide. 

Aaron Judge: Still no baseball activities but improving in weight room and with range of motion. Boone still not comfortable setting timetable yet. 

Didi Gregorius: A few weeks away from beginning any sort of rehab assignment. Boone categorized his progress as "best case scenario" so far. 

May 2, 12:35 PM:

Outfielder Aaron Hicks has three hits, including a double and a home run, in an extended spring training game on Thursday, a day after he went 1-for-3 with two walks. Hicks also had an outfield assist as he looks to return from a back injury that has kept him out since spring training.

May 2, 10:18 AM:

Infielder DJ LeMahieu, who left Sunday's game and missed the Yankees' past two games with right knee inflammation, believes he is "really close" to returning and could come back as soon as Friday, according to Newsday's Erik Boland. He was running on the field before Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks.

May 1, 7:28 PM:

Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was removed from his rehab game with Class A Tampa Tarpons on Wednesday night after experiencing "tightness" in his left calf, per Boland. Though it was said to be just a "precaution," manager Aaron Boone noted he was hit in the leg by a pitch last night, but finished the game. 

Tulowitzki was already down rehabbing a calf strain, so hopefully this isn't a setback on that initial ailment.

May 1, 2:15 PM:

Outfielder Clint Frazier was going through defensive work in left field before Wednesday's game in Phoenix, according to the Daily News. Frazier is recovering from a left ankle sprain.

April 30, 8:52 PM:

Yankees 3B Miguel Andujar is close to returning to the team, but his rehab start with the Tampa Tarpons didn't go that well. He was 0-for-4 with two popouts, a groundout, and fly out over seven innings. He also committed two errors in the field at third base. 

That's not what New York wants to see from Andujar, who is working back from a partially torn labrum. 

April 29, 6:02 p.m.  

Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu is day-to-day after an MRI revealed right knee inflammation. LeMahieu, who suffered a bruised knee on Friday after fouling a ball off his right leg, left Sunday's game in the third inning.

X-rays came back negative on Sunday, and Monday's MRI revealed inflammation. Neither he nor manager Aaron Boone were concerned about LeMahieu joining the crowded injured list, and LeMahieu was hopeful he would play Tuesday against the Diamondbacks.

April 26, 5:25 p.m.

The Yankees received some encouraging news regarding Andujar on Friday. The third baseman played five innings in an extended Spring Training game and went 2-for-3 with a walk and home run. 

It was his first rehab game since he sustained a partially torn labrum on April 1.

April 25, 4:30 p.m.

It was revelaed that Stanton's strained biceps had healed. But that good news was canceled out by the bad news that Stanton was dealing with a new shoulder injury.

According to SNY's Andy Martino, the new shoulder injury is only expected to cost Stanton an additional week. 

Stanton, who received a cortisone shot in his shoulder and is resting for a few days, said on Wednesday that his return would be delayed due to feeling some "residual stuff" in his left shoulder, according to the New York Times' James Wagner

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar
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American League starting pitcher Deivi Garcia delivers in the first inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Futures Game at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)
American League starting pitcher Deivi Garcia delivers in the first inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Futures Game at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)

Deivi Garcia's Triple-A debut on Sunday caught the attention of many, including Yankees skipper Aaron Boone.

Prior to Tuesday's game against Tampa Bay, Boone was asked about Garcia's debut, when the 20-year-old right-hander allowed three earned runs over five innings, striking out six Columbus Clippers along the way.

"Good first Triple-A start," said Boone. "[He] had a presence. I actually watched probably a little over an inning of it, just to watch his stuff. Wasn't as dominant as we've seen in some of his outings, but I think a very good first showing in Triple-A. 

"One of the reports said he had really good presence. He flashed all the pitches that have made him really special so far this year, so a good first outing for him to go get a win and throw strikes and rack up some punch outs too."

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Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion (30) hits a home run against the Tampa Bay Rays in the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion (30) hits a home run against the Tampa Bay Rays in the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees (59-33, 5.0 GA in AL East) are hosting the division foe Tampa Bay Rays (56-40, 5 GB in AL East) on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.  

Yankees notes

Edwin Encarnacion mashed two homers against the Rays on Tuesday. He's hitting just .158 since joining the Yankees on June 17, but has a pair of two-hit, three-RBI games in his three appearances since the All-Star break... Aaron Hicks has gotten hot in July, posting a slash line of .342/.432/.656... Chad Green has also also settled down this month, allowing just one run in 7.1 innings, including two scoreless innings on Monday... Aaron Judge has made his hits against the Rays count this season. Though he's just 2-for-16 against Tampa Bay, both of his hits have been home runs.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Domingo German, Edwin Encarnacion
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Rivera now has own airport gate 00:01:45
Hall of Fame Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera now has an airport gate at JFK named after him. Delta's Gate 42 is now the Mariano Rivera gate.

On Sunday, Yankees legend Mariano Rivera will become the first unanimous inductee into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. 

But at John F. Kennedy airport in New York City on Tuesday, Rivera received his first plaque of the week.

JFK airport officially changed the name to Delta Gate B42 to "The Mariano Rivera Gate" in honor of Rivera before his induction ceremony into the Hall of Fame.

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Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Yankees have been engaged for weeks in the starting pitching market, and would still prefer to land a Zack Wheeler, Trevor Bauer, or one of the other available arms who could help with the rotation. This remains the surest way to bolster their championship chances.

But given the state of the market, the team has been forced to consider other options. According to multiple general managers in search of pitching, the asking prices for Wheeler, Stroman and the like remain very high, and teams are far apart on value.

That's why, according to sources, the Red Sox and A's settled for less exciting acquisitions in Andrew Cashner and Homer Bailey. Those teams essentially looked at the asks for higher-end help and said, "forget it, we'll go with depth."

Tags: Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Luis Severino, Andy Martino
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May 15, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Yankees injured relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) warms up prior to game one of a doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankees Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 15, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Yankees injured relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) warms up prior to game one of a doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankees Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Dellin Betances and Luis Severino have been waiting very patiently in the dugout and clubhouse to finally pick up their gloves again. And Monday was finally that time to hit the field for some catch.

"I greeted them with 'happy throwing day,'" manager Aaron Boone told The Athletic's Lindsey Adler

Both pitchers, who have been on the IL since the start of the season, were seen in right field throwing a baseball for the first time since being activated over the weekend. It was just to get the blood flowing again, with 25 throws from 60 feet. 

Tags: Dellin Betances, Luis Severino, Scott Thompson
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Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Rays catcher Travis d'Arnaud (37) celebrates after hitting a home run against the New York Yankees in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Rays catcher Travis d'Arnaud (37) celebrates after hitting a home run against the New York Yankees in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Travis d'Arnaud nearly missed the team bus to Yankee Stadium on Monday, and the Yankees probably wish he had. 

The Tampa Bay Rays catcher has suddenly emerged as a new Yankee-killer in the past month. D'Arnaud has four home runs in his last eight at-bats against the Yankees, which include a walk-off home run and a ninth inning, three-run go-ahead shot on Monday night that doomed the Bombers in a 5-4 loss. 

D'Arnaud was responsible for driving in all five of Tampa Bay's runs, with two solo home runs off James Paxton, finishing the night 3-for-3 with a walk. He became the first catcher to hit three home runs in a game out of the leadoff spot, per Elias Sports Bureau.  

 

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, James Paxton, Tampa Bay Rays, Travis d'Arnaud
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Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pauses before pitching in the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pauses before pitching in the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

For the first time all season, the Yankees lost a game with a lead after eight innings, falling to the Rays, 5-4, Monday night at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Monday's game

1) Aroldis Chapman blew the save for the Yankees as the closer allowed back-to-back singles to start the inning, before striking out the next to batters, before bringing up Travis d'Arnaud. The Rays catcher had already homered twice and after falling behind in the count, d'Arnaud lifted a 3-2 slider into right field to give the Rays a 5-4 lead. 

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American League starting pitcher Deivi Garcia delivers in the first inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Futures Game at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)
American League starting pitcher Deivi Garcia delivers in the first inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Futures Game at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)

With Mets talent evaluator Omar Minaya on hand, Yankees pitching prospect Deivi Garcia made his Triple-A debut Monday against the Columbus Clippers.

The right-hander tossed five innings, yielding three runs and six hits while walking one and striking out six, and earned the win, a 6-4 victory.

After allowing back-to-back singles and a sac fly to begin the game, Garcia escaped further trouble after striking out Brandon Barnes to begin a "strike 'em out, throw 'em out" double play. 

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Mar 14, 2019; Dunedin, FL, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Estevan Florial (92) at Dunedin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 14, 2019; Dunedin, FL, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Estevan Florial (92) at Dunedin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

As the July 31 trade deadline approaches, Yankees top prospect Estevan Florial's name is sure to come up. 

The 21-year-old outfielder is hitting .229/.282/.359 with four home runs and 17 RBI in 34 games this season with High-A Tampa. 

While the numbers do not quite jump off the stat sheet, it is just the 34 games played this season -- and just 84 last season -- that really seems to stick out to evaluators.

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American League starting pitcher Deivi Garcia delivers in the first inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Futures Game at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)
American League starting pitcher Deivi Garcia delivers in the first inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Futures Game at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets are sending their most trusted evaluator, former GM Omar Minaya, to scout the Triple-A debut of Yankees pitching prospect Deivi Garcia on Monday night, according to major league sources.

The Yankees promoted Garcia, their top pitching prospect, after he started the Futures Game in Cleveland last week. At 20 years old, Garcia is the youngest player in Triple-A.

The Mets and Yankees have had many discussions about Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler, stretching back to last winter. The Yankees will not trade Garcia for a rental player like Wheeler, who will be a free agent after this season.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez drops his bat after hitting a two run home run against the Houston Astros during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez drops his bat after hitting a two run home run against the Houston Astros during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (59-32, 6.0 GA in AL East) are hosting division foe Tampa Bay Rays (55-40, 6 GB in AL East) on Monday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium. 

Yankees notes

Aaron Judge is off to a solid start to the second half. He was 7-for-11 with two walks and a run and RBI against the Blue Jays over the weekend and is hitting .321/.433/.554 since returning from the IL on June 21. ... Gary Sanchez has some pretty good numbers against Rays starter Blake Snell. Sanchez is 5-for-17 with four home runs and seven RBI against the reigning AL Cy Young award winner. ... Brett Gardner has also fared well against Snell, with six hits in 19 at-bats, inlcuding a home run. Gardner enters the game on a seven-game hitting streak. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, James Paxton, Toronto Blue Jays
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San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner delivers a pitch against the New York Yankees in the second inning at Oracle Park. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner delivers a pitch against the New York Yankees in the second inning at Oracle Park. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees GM Brian Cashman's search for starting pitching is set to heat up over the next two and a half weeks.

The Red Sox made the first move ahead of the July 31 deadline, acquiring Orioles starter Andrew Cashner for two low-level prospects. A relatively quiet deal, the trade could be a foreshadowing of what is to come -- an arms race. This years crop of back-end options is shaping up to feature names like Mike Minor and Jason Vargas, while the high profile arm search has focused on Trevor Bauer, Zack Wheeler, Marcus Stroman and Madison Bumgarner.

Bumgarner, who turns 30 on August 1, has frequently been linked to the Yankees and Twins. According to Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic, one scenario the Giants have discussed regarding a potential Bumgarner deal is to acquire "players at roughly the same level as their top prospects at High A - catcher Joey Bart, outfielder Heliot Ramos, etc."

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Feb 13, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Albert Abreu (87) throws as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 13, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Albert Abreu (87) throws as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Every Monday, we'll be taking a look at how the Yankees' top prospects (their MLB.com Yankees Top-30 rankings are in parenthesis) are faring.


Estevan Florial, OF, High-A Tampa (No. 1, MLB No. 47) -- ETA 2021

Florial had a 4-for-4 night on July 10 that included two runs scored and an RBI. But he collected only two more hits the rest of the week, as he went 6-for-26 (.231). Overall, Florial is hitting .29/.282/.359 this season with the Tarpons.

Tags: Albert Abreu, Estevan Florial, Scott Thompson
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Jun 27, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Jun 27, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

During the All-Star break, the Yankees and Red Sox were both talking to the Mets about Zack Wheeler, setting up a potential race between division rivals to acquire the pitcher.

Then, when the Sox acquired righty starter Andrew Cashner from Baltimore on Saturday, it left rivals to wonder if that took them out of the Wheeler sweepstakes.

That does turn out to be the case: According to major league sources, Boston is out on Wheeler now. With Cashner on board, the Sox expect to now look for bullpen help.

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New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela hits an infield single against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela hits an infield single against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

Sure, DJ LeMahieu may be considered the Yankees' MVP given his clutch hitting and the fact he leads the American League in hitting.

But third baseman Gio Urshela has been such a revelation that he, too, has garnered high praise.

"We wouldn't be in first place without him," outfielder Aaron Judge said, according to the New York Times' James Wagner, after the 27-year-old drove in two runs and scored the go-ahead run in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Didi Gregorius, Miguel Andujar, Toronto Blue Jays, Matt Eisenberg
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Yanks get by Blue Jays 00:01:32
Aaron Boone, Masahiro Tanaka, Gio Urshela and Aaron Judge on Tanaka's win and Urshela's contribution to the Yankees success all season

The Yankees won their first series of the second half, beating the Blue Jays 4-2 Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game

1) The long ball continues to plague Masahiro Tanaka, but the Yankees right-hander kept the damage to a minimum on Sunday. Tanaka allowed two solo home runs in the fifth inning, but other than that he pitched six strong innings, allowing just four hits and striking out five. 

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Gleyber Torres, Masahiro Tanaka, Tommy Kahnle, Toronto Blue Jays
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Jul 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; American League pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) of the New York Yankees throws against the National League during the second inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Jul 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; American League pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) of the New York Yankees throws against the National League during the second inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

The Yankees (58-32, 6.0 GA in AL East) are back in action for the rubber game against the Blue Jays (35-58, 24.5 GB in AL East) on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium. 

Yankees notes

Brett Gardner enters Sunday on a six-game hitting streak and three-game multi-hit streak. Since June 9, Gardner is hitting .337/.424/.663 with seven home runs and 20 RBI. ... Aaron Judge has five hits in his first eight at-bats since the All-Star break. The Yankees slugger is hitting .302/.413/.547 with four home runs and 10 RBI since returning from the IL on June 21. ... DJ LeMahieu snapped an 11 at-bat hitless streak with a ninth inning single on Saturday. He still leads the AL with a .330 batting average. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Masahiro Tanaka, Toronto Blue Jays
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Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Andrew Cashner (54) in action against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Andrew Cashner (54) in action against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Boston Red Sox have gotten the wheels spinning for this year's MLB trade deadline.

The team announced on Saturday afternoon that they had acquired starting pitcher Andrew Cashner from the Orioles in exchange for two minor leaguers. Cashner has pitched to a 9-3 record with a 3.83 ERA in 17 starts with the Orioles this season.

This trade may have a ripple effect for both the Mets and Yankees. 

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Jul 13, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) stares at home plate umpire Andy Fletcher (49) after being called out on strikes against the Toronto Blue Jays in the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jul 13, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) stares at home plate umpire Andy Fletcher (49) after being called out on strikes against the Toronto Blue Jays in the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Yankees rallied in the ninth to avoid a shutout, but it was not enough as they fell to the Blue Jays, 2-1, on Saturday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Saturday's game

1) The Yankees would certainly like to see more of this J.A. Happ. The left-hander, who entered the game with a 6.29 ERA at home this season, tossed 5.1 innings, allowing just two runs on five hits and striking out five. Happ left the game with two runners on in the sixth inning and the two runs came when Adam Ottavino allowed a two-out bloop single to Randall Grichuk to break a scoreless tie. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, J.A. Happ, Luke Voit, Toronto Blue Jays
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May 25, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (45) hits a home run against the Kansas City Royals during the sixth inning in the first game of a double header at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)
May 25, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (45) hits a home run against the Kansas City Royals during the sixth inning in the first game of a double header at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)

The Yankees (58-31, 6.5 GA in AL East) are back in action against the Blue Jays (34-58, 25.5 GB in AL East) on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium. 

Yankees notes

Luke Voit is back in the Yankees' lineup since being placed on the IL with an abdominal strain retroactive to June 30. He hit .280/.393/.509 with 17 home runs and 50 RBI the first half of the season... Brett Gardner enters Saturday on a five-game hitting streak after going 2-for-4 Friday night. Since June 9, Gardner is hitting .329/.421/.671 with seven home runs and 20 RBI. ... Edwin Encarnación is coming off his best game with the Yankees, going 2-for-4 with three RBI, including a bases loaded double against his former team in a 4-0 win. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, J.A. Happ, Luke Voit, Toronto Blue Jays
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Gardner, Boone react to 4-0 win 00:01:09
The Yankees started the second half with a 4-0 win over the Blue Jays. Brett Gardner's triple started the offense in the fifth inning.

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The Yankees beat the Blue Jays, 4-0, at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Friday's game

Tags: Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Domingo German, Edwin Encarnacion , Gary Sanchez, Toronto Blue Jays
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Carlos Beltran on Alonso, Cano 00:02:47
Jonas Schwartz caught up with Carlos Beltran ahead of the Yankees game. Beltran commented on Alonso's potential and the Cano's performance.

Carlos Beltran has played on both sides of the Subway Series rivalry.

Before Friday's Yankees-Blue Jays game in the Bronx, Beltran spoke about the outlooks for both teams, including the dynamic young duo of Pete Alonso and Aaron Judge.

"I think it's positive for baseball, it's positive for the Mets organization to have a guy that they can build around," Beltran said of Alonso. "Thirty homers as a rookie, I think that's impressive. All I can wish for Alonso is to stay healthy and continue to do his thing."

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Jun 22, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; A general view of New York Yankees hat and glove laying in the dugout at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jun 22, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; A general view of New York Yankees hat and glove laying in the dugout at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

It didn't seem like a big deal, a player known for his thoughtfulness sitting at his locker several hours before a game and reading a book. From a distance, the scene could hardly have been more routine.

But when you strolled closer to veteran catcher Chris Stewart that afternoon at Yankee Stadium in 2013, you saw that, whether he knew it or not, he was engaged in an act that would once have been unthinkable: He was a Yankee player openly reading "Ball Four" in the clubhouse.

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May 5, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Domingo German (55) pitches during the third inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
May 5, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Domingo German (55) pitches during the third inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Yankees (57-31, 6.5 GA in AL East) begin a three-game series with the Blue Jays (34-57, 24.5 GB in AL East) on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

DJ LeMahieu enters the second half of the season with an AL-best .336 batting average. ... LeMahieu also led the potent Yankees' lineup with 113 hits and 63 RBIs. ... Gary Sanchez looks to get his second half off on the right foot after leading the Yankees with 24 home runs in the first half. 

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July 8, 2000:
		In a "true" Subway Series doubleheader, the Yankees defeated the Mets at Shea Stadium before sweeping the doubleheader in the Bronx. Dwight Gooden returned to Shea in a Yankees uniform and earned the win. (AP)
July 8, 2000: In a "true" Subway Series doubleheader, the Yankees defeated the Mets at Shea Stadium before sweeping the doubleheader in the Bronx. Dwight Gooden returned to Shea in a Yankees uniform and earned the win. (AP)

Former Mets RHP Dwight Gooden was arrested for cocaine possession on June 7 in New Jersey, according to the New York Post.

The 54-year-old was charged with third-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the Post. He was also charged with being under the influence. 

Gooden has battled substance abuse issues since 1986, when he missed the Mets' World Championship parade due to his drug use. He then missed the start of the 1987 season in order to undergo treatment for cocaine abuse. He was also suspended by MLB in 1994 for violating his drug aftercare program

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American League starting pitcher Deivi Garcia delivers in the first inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Futures Game at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)
American League starting pitcher Deivi Garcia delivers in the first inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Futures Game at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees may be able to find some pitching help within their organization this season. 

GM Brian Cashman, who is searching for another starter on the trade market, acknowledged on Jim Duquette's SiriusXM radio show that 20-year-old prospect Deivi García is "pushing himself into the mix" for helping the team this year. 

Cashman also ruled out using García in a trade package for a mere rental. 

"Are we going to give up Deivi García for a rental somewhere? Clear not," he said. 

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New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit hits a home run against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit hits a home run against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees placed first baseman Luke Voit on the 10-day injured list prior to the All-Star break and he won't be there much longer, according to manager Aaron Boone.

Voit was injured (abdomen) running out a double against the Boston Red Sox during the team's London series earlier this month. Speaking to WFAN's Mike Francesa on Thursday, Boone said Voit will be returning by Monday at the latest.

"Voit will be sometime in the next couple of days. Probably won't be activated tomorrow. Might have him do one rehab game. We'll talk through that," Boone said. "He'll likely be back at some point this weekend or certainly first of next week."

Tags: CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Luis Severino, Luke Voit
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Trenton Thunder pitcher Deivi Garcia throws a pitch during a game against the Hartford Yard Goats at Dunkin' Donuts Park. (Matt Eisenberg/SNY)
Trenton Thunder pitcher Deivi Garcia throws a pitch during a game against the Hartford Yard Goats at Dunkin' Donuts Park. (Matt Eisenberg/SNY)

The Yankees have one prospect listed on Keith Law of ESPN's midseason Top 50 prospects list, and it should come as no surprise that it's Deivi Garcia -- the diminutive strikeout machine who is now just one step away from the majors.

Law writes that Garcia, who is just 5'9", has been featuring a fastball that sits between 90 and 96 MPH but that hitters "cut through his fastball like he's throwing 105 with spin."

While Law is somewhat bearish on the ceiling of Garcia due to his small stature, he still heaps high praise on the 20-year-old.

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Jun 26, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a single against the Toronto Blue Jays in the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Jun 26, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a single against the Toronto Blue Jays in the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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Life is good for a baseball team that is 57-31, the best record in the American League. But while the Yankees might be favorites to go back to the World Series for the first time in a decade, that doesn't mean the second half of the regular season is just about lining up the playoff rotation.

Yes, even juggernauts have potential trouble areas and question marks. With that in mind, we offer five things to watch while the Yanks try to hold their sizable 6.5-game lead in the AL East over the season's final two and a half months. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Anthony McCarron
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American League starting pitcher Deivi Garcia delivers in the first inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Futures Game at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)
American League starting pitcher Deivi Garcia delivers in the first inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Futures Game at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)

Everyone knows that the Yankees need to acquire a starting pitcher. Guys like Madison Bumgarner, Marcus Stroman, Trevor Bauer and Zack Wheeler have all been linked to the Yanks, who may be another quality starting pitcher away from a championship. If you're a bettor, hammer the "over" on the Yankees acquiring one.

However, there's another way they can improve their pitching staff for the stretch run. Risky as it may be, the Yankees could try to catch lightning in a bottle by calling up 20-year-old phenom Deivi Garcia.

It sounds ridiculous, right? Throwing a 20-year-old rookie into the pressure of a pennant race in New York City? The kid isn't even old enough to drink the celebratory champagne that would be flowing in the clubhouse!

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Jun 22, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; A general view of New York Yankees hat and glove laying in the dugout at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jun 22, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; A general view of New York Yankees hat and glove laying in the dugout at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Former Yankees pitcher and author of the critically acclaimed book "Ball Four" Jim Bouton has passed away at the age of 80 after battling brain disease that had been linked to dementia.

Bouton pitched seven of his 10 big league seasons in Yankees pinstripes from 1962-68, winning 21 games and earning an All-Star nod in 1963. He won 55 games overall with the Yankees, posting a 3.36 ERA, and was a part of the 1962 World Series championship group.

Despite a lengthy career as pitcher, Bouton is more widely known for being the author of "Ball Four", one of the most acclaimed sports books ever written.

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Jul 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; American League pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) of the New York Yankees throws against the National League during the second inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Jul 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; American League pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) of the New York Yankees throws against the National League during the second inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

It has been a question to all pitchers so far this season: Does the baseball feel different? 

Well, you can add Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka to the group that feels something is off.

"Probably the right word to say is, it just doesn't feel right," Tanaka told NJ.com's Brendan Kuty through a translator.

Tags: Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Jun 29, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (6) delivers a pitch against Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)
Jun 29, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (6) delivers a pitch against Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)

With just over two weeks left till the MLB Trade Deadline is upon us, expect the hot stove to catch fire. Brian Cashman and the Yankees will once again be at the forefront of discussions in the days leading up to July 31.

The target? Starting pitching.

Last season brought J.A. Happ, while Sonny Gray served as 2017's big acquisition. This summer has the chance to be very different, though, as the Yankees aim to acquire an ace -- or close to it. In many ways, it could be the right summer to make the deal for an impact starter that the team has long sought.

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American League pitcher Aroldis Chapman of the New York Yankees throws against the National League during the ninth inning in the 2019 MLB All-Star Game at Progressive Field. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)
American League pitcher Aroldis Chapman of the New York Yankees throws against the National League during the ninth inning in the 2019 MLB All-Star Game at Progressive Field. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees know a thing or two about winning. Even in the All-Star Game.

Aroldis Chapman, one of five Yankees to make the American League All-Star team, recorded the save as the AL beat the National League 4-3 on Tuesday at Progressive Field.

Chapman, making his sixth All-Star Game, joined teammates Gary SanchezDJ LeMahieuGleyber Torres and Masahiro Tanaka on the AL team, which won its seventh straight Midsummer Classic.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Masahiro Tanaka
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Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman delivers a pitch against Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning at Rogers Centre. (Kevin Sousa/USA TODAY Sports)
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman delivers a pitch against Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning at Rogers Centre. (Kevin Sousa/USA TODAY Sports)

Marcus Stroman does not really "like" the Yankees, or at least any tweets suggesting he could play for them. 

The Blue Jays pitcher, who is a potential trade chip before the July 31 deadline, was on the defensive Tuesday before the MLB All-Star Game after he was caught "liking" a tweet from a Yankees blog that read, "Marcus Stroman might be the next #Yankees or #Twins ace."

"I think people read into likes a little too much," he told Brendan Kuty of NJ.com. "I just read the article. My likes in my Twitter are articles I can go back to and articles I can reference and I happened to read the article and it was praising me. It was saying a bunch of good things. ... not necessarily because it said I was coming to the Yankees. It said the Twins, too."

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CC Sabathia had a special few days in Cleveland from throwing out the first pitch to a mound visit in the 9th. CC shared what it all means.

CC Sabathia may be retiring at the end of the season, but the left-hander does not plan to leave the Yankees any time soon. 

The 38-year-old, who was in Cleveland to be honored at the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, told reporters that he wants a front office job with the Yankees as soon as possible after his retirement. 

Sabathia said he is fully committed to retiring, but wants to stick around the stadium and continue to be around the team and has said he has been in GM Brian Cashman's ear about it, suggesting a special assistant role. 

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New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom, first baseman Pete Alonso and Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia take in the sights from the red carpet.

It was a perfect day in Cleveland as the red carpet was rolled out for the 2019 MLB All-Stars to walk and talk with the fans and media waiting for them. 

Among them was CC Sabathia and Aroldis Chapman, two Yankees hurlers that were accompanied by their family as they made their rounds. Sabathia had on his superhero threads with that went perfect with his Doernbecher Jordan 4s on his feet.

Chapman, on the other hand, had a nice white suit on with a glistening Cuban link chain to go with it...

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Jul 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; National League pitcher Sonny Gray of the Cincinnati Reds with his family on the red carpet prior to the 2019 MLB All Star Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Jul 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; National League pitcher Sonny Gray of the Cincinnati Reds with his family on the red carpet prior to the 2019 MLB All Star Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Around this time two summers ago, the Yankees landed Sonny Gray. The trade with the A's was supposed to be the deal that landed them an ace. Gray's tenure in New York was ultimately a forgettable one, at points looking like he'd never return to the blossoming arm he was in Oakland.

Now with the Cincinnati Reds, Gray is an All-Star.

"I wouldn't change the ups and downs that I had experienced on a personal level and on the baseball field level," Gray said to Ken Davidoff of the New York Post. "Because coming back to an All-Star Game, it's just kind of, I can't describe the feeling. It's very special."

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Feb 17, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; MLB commissioner Rob Manfred addresses representatives from the grapefruit league during the annual spring training media day at Hilton in West Palm Beach. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 17, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; MLB commissioner Rob Manfred addresses representatives from the grapefruit league during the annual spring training media day at Hilton in West Palm Beach. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

As baseballs fly out of ballparks at eye-popping, record-breaking levels and players openly accuse MLB of juicing the balls, commissioner Rob Manfred vehemently denied on Tuesday that the league had purposely altered the baseballs.

"Baseball has done nothing, given no direction, for an alteration of the baseball," Manfred said, noting that the league is still trying to figure out why the balls -- made by Rawlings -- are different this season.

"The flaw in logic is that baseball wants more home runs," Manfred explained. "If you sat in owners meetings and listen to people on how the game is played, that is not a sentiment of owners for whom I work. There's no desire among ownership to increase homers in the game -- to the contrary they are concerned about how many we have."

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Question for Yankee Fans: Could you have believed DJ LeMahieu would be the starting second baseman for the AL All-Star team before the season started? 

His former Rockies teammates did.

The team has been keeping up with LeMahieu's amazing inaugural season with the pinstripes, and it doesn't surprise them that the super utility infielder is producing the way he has. 

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Jun 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a grand slam against the Tampa Bay Rays in the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a grand slam against the Tampa Bay Rays in the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Gleyber Torres has done something that Derek Jeter has never done. Neither Alex Rodriguez. Ditto Nomar Garciaparra, Jose Reyes, Troy Tulowitzki. Not even Cal Ripken Jr. did it.

By starting his career with back-to-back All-Star Game selections, Torres has a leg up on each of those legendary shortstops.
However, Torres' path to the 2019 MLB All-Star Game did not come so easy. 

Although the 22-year-old middle infielder has put up better numbers this year than last, when he made the All-Star team while on the disabled list, Torres did not initially make the cut this season, which elicited an outcry from fans and teammates alike.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

CLEVELAND -- Zack Wheeler has become a pitcher in high demand, and the Mets have now begun trade talks, according to major league sources. Among the teams who have been in contact are the Yankees and Red Sox, both of whom are interested in Wheeler.

The Braves and Cubs are two other possibilities for Wheeler. According to one source, there is significant interest in Wheeler. A trade is not believed to be close with any one suitor, but the Mets have shifted into a more aggressive sell mode.

Jason Vargas and Todd Frazier are also available. Noah Syndergaard isn't a total lock to stay, but it is far more likely that the Mets explore trading him again this winter, per sources.

Tags: Clint Frazier, Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Trenton Thunder pitcher Deivi Garcia (Matt Eisenberg/SNY)
Trenton Thunder pitcher Deivi Garcia (Matt Eisenberg/SNY)

Yankees pitching prospect Deivi Garcia is climbing the minor league ranks and the minor league rankings.

A day after the franchise announced his promotion to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Garcia landed on Baseball Prospectus' midseason top 50 prospect list, coming in at No. 25.

The 20-year-old Garcia, who started the MLB Futures Game on Sunday and recorded a strikeout, is 4-5 with a 3.01 ERA in 14 minor-league starts this year with 114 strikeouts in 68 2/3 innings with High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton.

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CC Sabathia was invited back to Cleveland to get honored for his career, and talks to SNY about the success of the Yankees this season.

On April 8, 2001, a 20-year-old CC Sabathia made his Major League debut at the then-named Jacobs Field. As he got into Cleveland for the All-Star Game festivities on Monday, he admitted that moment and others crossed his mind. 

It's hard not to reminisce if you're Sabathia, especially considering why he's back where it all started in the first place. The MLB decided it was right to honor Sabathia, who is in his final MLB season, and he couldn't be anymore grateful.

"This is an incredible experience," Sabathia told reporters. "When Alex [Cora] called me and just had me considered to be able to come here, I was just honored. I never thought about myself in this light, I guess, and to have the MLB want to recognize me and bring me here to the All-Star Game is incredible and awesome for my family. We're all excited to be back where it all started.

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Jul 7, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; American League starting pitcher Deivi Garcia delivers in the first inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Futures Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
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Jul 7, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; American League starting pitcher Deivi Garcia delivers in the first inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Futures Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports (David Richard)

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Every Monday, we'll be taking a look at how the Yankees' top prospects (their MLB.com Yankees Top-30 rankings are in parenthesis) are faring.


Estevan Florial, OF, High-A Tampa (No. 1, MLB No. 47) -- ETA 2021

Florial had a modestly better week than he had turned in of late, going 5-for-22 in his last five games, which including his second home run of the season. Florial has struck out 30 times among his 81 at-bats.

Tags: Albert Abreu, Estevan Florial, Chris Carelli
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Jun 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) and New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) score in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) and New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) score in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

DJ LeMahieu and Gary Sanchez will both be out in the Progressive Field infield to start the 2019 MLB All-Star Game after being named starters for the American League. And AL manager, Red Sox skipper Alex Cora, announced where they will be hitting in the lineup as well. 

Cora places LeMahieu, the team's starting second baseman, in the No. 2 slot while Sanchez will be hitting further down than normal at No. 7. He also mentioned that Masahiro Tanaka will likely take over on the hill after Justin Verlander gets the start. 

LeMahieu and Sanchez blew out the primary voting for their respective position, as both Yankees are having solid seasons. LeMahieu, in particular, has been the biggest surprise for the pinstripes, hitting a team-high .336/.383/.518 with 12 homers and 63 RBI over 81 games thus far. That average also leads the American League. 

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Masahiro Tanaka
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Jul 7, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer (47) throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)
Jul 7, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer (47) throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)

Yankees GM Brian Cashman & Co. are on the hunt for a starting pitcher to add at the trade deadline, though things have been mum lately on that end. 

But that doesn't mean the pinstripes aren't working behind the scenes. 

According to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, Yankees VP of baseball operations in Tim Naehring was seen in Cincinnati on Sunday to watch Indians hurler Trevor Bauer start against the Reds. SNY's Andy Martino added on to Rosenthal's reporting, saying "Trevor Bauer definitely one to watch for Yankees."

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The Yankees have the best record in the American League and the second-best record in all of baseball (behind only the Dodgers, who are 60-32). And their place in the standings matches their current odds to win the World Series.

Per OddsShark, the Dodgers are currently +270 to win the Fall Classic, while the Yanks are +333.

The rest of the odds shake out like this:

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American League starting pitcher Deivi Garcia delivers in the first inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Futures Game at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)
American League starting pitcher Deivi Garcia delivers in the first inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Futures Game at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees pitching prospect Deivi Garcia continued his dominance in the MLB Futures Game and was rewarded with a promotion.

Garcia, New York's fourth-ranked prospect, had a strikeout and reached 96.9 mph with his fastball, according to MILB.com's Sam Dykstra, in a 1-2-3 first inning for the American League.

"Wow," Garcia said, according to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez. "There's so much energy out there. I had a lot of adrenaline. That was so was exciting."

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