New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton hits a single to left field during the eighth inning against Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. (Catalina Fragoso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton hits a single to left field during the eighth inning against Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. (Catalina Fragoso/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: Aaron Judge, Jonathan LoaisigaJames PaxtonGiancarlo Stanton, Troy TulowitzkiMiguel Andujar

60-day IL: Jacoby Ellsbury, Didi Gregorius, Luis SeverinoDellin BetancesGreg Bird, Jordan Montgomery


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, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar
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Look out, drivers. Yankees LHP Aroldis Chapman is hitting the streets with one of the sickest Jeeps ever created. 

Courtesy of South Florida Jeeps, Chapman will now be riding around in style with a six-wheel (yes, you read that correctly) Jeep that not only has custom red interior that reads "The Cuban Missile" with his pitching silhouette on it, but the outside is completely lined in Kevlar. 

Check this bad boy out: 

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The Yankees' initial 60-man player pool for the 2020 MLB season contained only 58 players, giving them only a little wiggle room to add more players soon and/or or down the road.

Per MLB rules, players on the existing 40-man roster do not need to be included in the 60-man player pool, and pool players don't need to be added to the 40-man roster unless they are added to the active roster during the season.

If a player is added to and then removed from the 60-man player pool (for a reason other than injury, suspension, paternity leave, etc.) he cannot be added back on, with teams also running the risk of losing that player to another team.

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The Yankees joined many other MLB teams on Sunday in releasing their summer camp rosters ahead of the 2020 MLB season.

Teams were allowed to bring up to 60 players to camp, but the Yankees announced 58 will be heading to New York. Here's the player pool: 

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Mar 5, 2020; Lakeland, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 5, 2020; Lakeland, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Major League Baseball has not yet officially unveiled the full schedule for the 60-game 2020 season, but a new report has the Yankees starting off the season in prime time. 

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yankees will begin their season in Washington against the reigning World Series champion Nationals on July 23. 

Most teams will begin play the following day on July 24, but Gerrit Cole's Yankees debut against Max Scherzer and the Nationals will be one of the opening games, and it will likely be in prime time, per The Post.

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The Yankees have reportedly inked their top pick from the 2020 MLB Draft.

According to Jim Callis of MLB Pipieline, the Yankees have signed University of Arizona catcher Austin Wells to a $2.5 million signing bonus, which is right around the projected slot value for the 28th overall pick.

A left-handed, power-hitting catcher, Wells hit .375 with two home runs and 17 RBI during his sophomore season with the Wildcats, a season in which he started just 15 games due to the coronavirus pandemic stopping play.

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The Yankees will be in New York on July 1 for their second go at spring training to gear up for the 2020 regular season. Baseball is finally back. 

But manager Aaron Boone has a lot of decisions to make. 

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With the 2020 MLB season on the way, DraftKings Sportsbook has their World Series odds set and the Yankees -- as one might expect -- are near the top. However, they don't have that top spot. 

The Los Angeles Dodgers own that at +375, while the Yanks are slightly below them at +400. The Houston Astros (+650) and the Atlanta Braves (+1300) are third and fourth in odds. 

So who should be the World Series favorite when the season kicks off on July 23-24? That's the latest topic in What Are The Odds?, but we want to hear from you. Be sure to vote below!

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This 60-game MLB season is one unlike any we've ever seen before. Everything from how players move around in the dugout to the banning of spitting has been put in place to deal with the current coronavirus pandemic that has delayed the game of baseball for months. 

But details have finally been ironed out, and there will be a first pitch everywhere around July 24. So how will these new rules and the overall shortened season impact one of the game's top World Series contenders? 

The Yankees, like every other team, have to adapt to this new format. There are, however, a few advantages for the Bombers. Exploiting those will be vital as every game means so much more. 

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The 2020 MLB season is finally on its way, with the projected start date around July 24. In turn, predictions for division standings and World Series winners are abundant. 

The Yankees were always coming into this year as serious World Series contenders, especially with the addition of a bonafide ace in Gerrit Cole. FanGraphs' ZiPS projection thinks they'll be on the right path to do so when viewing their division standings. 

Over the 60-game season, FanGraphs has the Bombers finishing first in the AL East with a 37-23 record. The Tampa Bay Rays are close behind them at 35-25, so they could be securing one of the Wild Card spots. The Boston Red Sox come in third at an even 30-30. 

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The 2020 MLB season will finally take place, as the 60-game campaign was implemented by commissioner Rob Manfred after the Players Association rejected the league's latest proposal that was also 60 games. 

As a part of the agreement, the number of players on active rosters for each team is being raised from 26 to 30 due to the current climate of the sport amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Looking at both New York teams, there are some pretty sweet swings that grace the batter's box every game. Whether it's Pete Alonso and Michael Conforto or Gleyber Torres and Aaron Judge, these majestic swings are always producing.

But who's the best of them all? The Baseball Night in New York: Living Room Edition crew gave their thoughts on who sits atop that throne...

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Jul 20, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA New York Yankees third baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) singles against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jul 20, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA New York Yankees third baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) singles against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

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Looking down the road, the Yankees will need to start extending some key players before they hit free agency -- waters that those players might want to navigate to find a new team. 

So, while the Yankees have a roster capable of winning a World Series at the moment, GM Brian Cashman will be doing everything in his power to make sure that remains intact. To do so, it requires some big decisions. 

We've already taken a look at Gary Sanchez's situationMasahiro Tanaka'sand James Paxton's. Now let's examine DJ LeMahieu, who is set to hit free agency after the 2020 season...

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Ken Griffey Jr. was one of the best to ever play the game of baseball, which is why a plaque of him sits in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. 

And he couldn't be happier that it didn't come in a Yankees jersey. 

MLB Network's documentary "Junior," which is all about Griffey, aired on Sunday night and there was a clip in it that explained why he grew up hating the pinstripes.

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If and when the MLB season gets underway, Aaron Hicks says he'll be good to go. 

Hicks had to undergo Tommy John surgery at the end of last season, and his timeline for return was expected to be around the All-Star break. That would've been a couple of weeks from now, so Hicks is confident in telling the New York Post's George A. King III that he will be available on Opening Day. 

"I would be ready to play," Hicks said. "The plan was July to see where I am at and ready to play games. For me, I want to be back to the arm strength I had before."

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Mar 15, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; A general view of George M. Steinbrenner Field were the spring training game between the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees has been canceled do to the COVID-19 virus. Major League Baseball is also delaying the start of the regular season by at least two weeks.Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 15, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; A general view of George M. Steinbrenner Field were the spring training game between the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees has been canceled do to the COVID-19 virus. Major League Baseball is also delaying the start of the regular season by at least two weeks.Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

According to a new report, four members of the Yankees organization in Tampa have tested positive for coronavirus.

Per George King of the New York Post, two of those staff members work at Steinbrenner Field, while the other two work at the nearby minor league complex.

The two Steinbrenner Field employees are non-players, and one of the minor league complex employees is "a staff member who hasn't been around the Yankees' facility for a while."

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As negotiations between MLB and the players' union continue, many players around the league have been tweeting "When and Where," asking MLB to finally set a schedule and let them know when to report for spring training.

So the BNNY crew decided to play its own version in the newest show segment ...

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

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Looking down the road, the Yankees will need to start extending some key players before they hit free agency -- waters that those players might want to navigate to find a new team. 

So, while the Yankees have a roster capable of winning a World Series at the moment, GM Brian Cashman will be doing everything in his power to make sure that remains intact. To do so, it requires some big decisions. 

We've already taken a look at Gary Sanchez's situation. Now let's examine James Paxton, who is set to hit free agency after the 2020 season...

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Tulane's Connor Pellerin (NOLA.com/YouTube)

The Yankees just continue to add right-handed pitchers as undrafted free agents, with Tulane's Connor Pellerin the latest signee at $20,000. 

The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder was playing in his junior season before it was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic. He owned a 2.25 ERA over six games. 

Pellerin had a rough sophomore season, with a very high 8.44 ERA over 21 appearances (26.2 innings). He had just about as many strikeouts (38) as he did walks (31), and he allowed 25 earned runs. 

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Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Marcus Stroman and others who play in New York were among Black MLB stars who let their voices be heard in a video calling for change in association with the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Former Yankee CC Sabathia posted the video to his Twitter with Judge at the front to lead off the statement put together with players from around the league...

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With negotiations to start the 2020 MLB season at an impasse due to the league's refusal to make an offer that's good enough and the union's refusal to budge off receiving 100 percent of their salaries pro rata, players are continuing to get ready in their own ways.

For Gerrit Cole, that means driving to Yankee Stadium and throwing in the bullpen while a hitter stands in but doesn't swing.

"Baseball state of mind" Cole wrote on Twitter while posting a video of him on the highway to Yankee Stadium and then on the mound in the 'pen...

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Mar 8, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) tips his hat to the crowd as he is taken out during the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 8, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) tips his hat to the crowd as he is taken out during the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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Looking down the road, the Yankees will need to start extending some key players before they hit free agency -- waters that those players might want to navigate to find a new team. 

So, while the Yankees have a roster capable of winning a World Series at the moment, GM Brian Cashman will be doing everything in his power to make sure that remains intact. To do so, it requires some big decisions. 

We've already taken a look at Gary Sanchez's situation. Now let's examine Masahiro Tanaka, who is set to hit free agency after the 2020 season...

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Mar 6, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; A general view of New York Yankees batting practice 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; A general view of New York Yankees batting practice 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 have brought in another undrafted free agent following the MLB Draft, with BYU pitcher Jarod Lessar signing the $20,000 deal with New York, per The Deseret News

Lessar, who grew up in Price, Utah, was a Yankee fan growing up, so it seemed fitting that when they called he said yes. He was also getting looks from the Astros, Angels and Orioles. 

"I hung up the phone and I was overwhelmed with a sense of joy and gratitude," Lessar said, adding that it took him "about two minutes" to accept their offer.

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Oct 2, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manger Brian Cashman gestures while on the phone during a workout day before game 1 of the ALDS at Yankees Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 2, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manger Brian Cashman gestures while on the phone during a workout day before game 1 of the ALDS at Yankees Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

With the 2020 MLB Draft being only five rounds instead of the usual 40, there are roughly 1,000 prospects who would've gotten drafted under the new rules who were left looking for teams.

On Sunday, the Yankees signed one of those players.

RHP Carson Coleman, who was a redshirt junior this season for Kentucky, has agreed to a deal as an undrafted free agent, the school announced.

Coleman was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 33rd round of the 2019 MLB Draft, but opted to return to Kentucky instead of signing with the Rays.

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Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred gestures while speaking during a Major League Baseball owners meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) (Ben Margot/AP)
Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred gestures while speaking during a Major League Baseball owners meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) (Ben Margot/AP)

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A letter sent by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred to the Yankees in 2017 does not allege that the Yankees participated in sign-stealing, because the league concluded that the team did not steal signs, sources with direct knowledge of the investigation told SNY.

On Friday, Judge Jed Rakoff ordered the letter unsealed against the Yankees' wishes. The Yankees were a third party in a lawsuit brought by DraftKings players against MLB, the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox. The plaintiffs contended that the defendants defrauded them in various sign-stealing scandals.

Rakoff dismissed the suit in April, but on Friday ordered the release of a minimally redacted version of Manfred's letter addressed to Yankees GM Brian Cashman.

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Oct 2, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone speaks to the media during a workout day before game 1 of the ALDS at Yankees Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 2, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone speaks to the media during a workout day before game 1 of the ALDS at Yankees Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

With the coronavirus pandemic front and center, the sign-stealing scandal that rocked baseball may feel like it's in the rear-view mirror -- but here we go again.

While the Astros' elaborate trash-can scheme gained the most notoriety and resulted in the harshest punishments, the Red Sox and Yankees were both fined in 2017 in relation to an Apple Watch scandal and the improper use of a bullpen phone, respectively. 

A judge ruled Friday that the league's letter to the Yankees regarding the findings of that investigation should be unsealed, while the Yankees argue that the letter would cause "significant reputational injury," according to The Athletic's Evan Drellich

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Jul 23, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora (20) at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jul 23, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora (20) at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

For the first time since he was named in MLB's 2017 Houston Astros sign-stealing investigation and subsequently fired as Boston Red Sox manager, Alex Cora has spoken publicly about those events.

Cora and the Red Sox parted ways on Jan. 14, shortly after he and Carlos Beltran were the only coaches/players named among the group of Astros who used a center field video feed and a trash can-banging system to relay signs to hitters.

Since then, Cora has remained silent, apart from a brief statement following he and the Red Sox splitting. 

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MLB Draft

After selecting University of Arizona catcher Austin Wells with the 28th overall pick on Wednesday, the Yankees have two more picks during Thursday's second and final day of the 2020 MLB Draft. Here is the latest on what the Bombers are up to during the draft ...


Round 4, No. 129 overall

The Yankees selected right-handed pitcher Beck Way from Northwest Florida State junior college.

In 40 innings pitched in 2020 (with the season cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic), Way pitched to a 0.67 ERA with 58 strikeouts and a .126 opponent batting average.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound right is a Mechanicsburg, Pa. native.

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Arizona Wildcats Baseball vs Huston, 3/7/2020 in Tucson, Ariz.
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Arizona Wildcats Baseball vs Huston, 3/7/2020 in Tucson, Ariz. Photo by Mike Mattina / Arizona Athletics (Mike Mattina)

The Yankees only have three total picks in the five-round 2020 MLB Draft, as they gave up their second and fifth-round choices when they signed Gerrit Cole to his massive nine-year contract.

So they need to make these picks count.

The Bombers used their first-round pick on Austin Wells, a left-handed, power-hitting catcher from the University of Arizona -- a player they previously selected in the 35th round of the 2018 draft before he elected to play college ball. 

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When the Yankees selected Derek Jeter in the first round in 1992, they found a cornerstone piece of their franchise for years to come. The same can be said for the Mets taking David Wright 38th overall in 2001.

But what was it about these players, aside from their talent, that made them such great draft picks? The BNNY: Living Room Edition crew answers that very question ...

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Arizona Wildcats catcher Austin Wells (16), Arizona Wildcats baseball vs. Central Michigan 2/26/20 in Tucson, Ariz.
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Arizona Wildcats catcher Austin Wells (16), Arizona Wildcats baseball vs. Central Michigan 2/26/20 in Tucson, Ariz. Photo by Mike Christy / Arizona Athletics (Mike Christy / Arizona Athletics)

Back when we were breaking down prospects the Yankees could target in the 2020 MLB Draft, Austin Wells had this sentence under his section for catchers New York might like: "But if they like the versatility, remember Wells' name on Draft Day."

Well, the Yankees took Wells No. 28 overall on Wednesday night, for the second time  -- he was selected by the Bombers out of high school in the 35th round of the 2018 draft. 

If it weren't for Wells' decision to forgo the Yankees' drafting him and enter the University of Arizona, this would've never happened in the first place. 

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The Yankees made University of Arizona catcher Austin Wells the 28th overall pick of Wednesday night's 2020 MLB Draft.

For the Bombers, the selection was notable in that Wells is the second catcher in the last three years that the team has used a first-round pick to draft.

But Wells is a player the Yankees have had their eyes on for quite some time, and here are five things you may not have known about he newest member of the organization ...

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Arizona Wildcats catcher Austin Wells (16), Arizona Wildcats baseball vs. Central Michigan 2/26/20 in Tucson, Ariz.
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Arizona Wildcats catcher Austin Wells (16), Arizona Wildcats baseball vs. Central Michigan 2/26/20 in Tucson, Ariz. Photo by Mike Christy / Arizona Athletics (Mike Christy / Arizona Athletics)

With the 28th overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, the Yankees selected catcher Austin Wells from the University of Arizona. 

It marks the second time in the last three years that the Bombers selected a catcher with their first-round pick, joining Anthony Seigler in 2018.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Wells, a Las Vegas native, is the 27th ranked prospect according to MLB.com.

Entering the first round of the draft, there had been a thought that the Yankees would go with a starting pitcher in the first round to join the ranks of Clarke Schmidt, Deivi Garcia, and T.J. Sikkema, among others. Instead, the Yankees went for a power-hitting catcher.

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The Yankees spent big money this offseason to bring in arguably the best pitcher in baseball (not named Jacob deGrom, anyway) in Gerrit Cole.

So as Cole joins the Yankees' starting rotation, where exactly does he fit in among the AL Cy Young favorites for the 2020 season?

In the latest edition of What Are The Odds?, the BNNY crew breaks down each player's current odds and discuss who figures to be Cole's greatest competition ...

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Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; A general view of a Spring Training baseball on the field during New York Yankees work outs at spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports  (Kim Klement)
Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; A general view of a Spring Training baseball on the field during New York Yankees work outs at spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Former Yankee and Met Claudell Washington died Wednesday morning at age 65, per ESPN's Howard Bryant. The cause of death is unknown.

Washington, a two-time All-Star and 1974 World Series champion with the Oakland Athletics, played parts of four seasons with the Yankees where he owned a career .270/.320/.410 triple slash with 26 homers, 45 doubles and 130 RBI. 

The outfielder joined the Yankees in the latter half of his career, being traded from the Atlanta Braves to New York during the 1986 season. The Yanks would have him in their outfield for the next two seasons, with his best coming in 1988 with a .308/.342/.442 slash with 11 dingers and 64 RBI. He would eventually end his career with the Bombers, too, in 1990 over 33 games. 

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Aaron Judge/Thurman Munson/Derek Jeter

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On Wednesday, the Yankees are set to select at No. 28 overall in the 2020 MLB Draft. It is a first-round pick that they hope will be a future star in MLB, which is always the thought in mind when punching in that prospect's name. 

But we all know it doesn't always turn out that way. 

The Yankees, compared to other teams, haven't been the best drafters when it comes to first-round talent. Yes, they've had some Hall-of-Famers, but when you look at their history, there are simply too many players you haven't heard of. 

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T.J. Sikkema (Pinstriped Prospects/YouTube)
T.J. Sikkema (Pinstriped Prospects/YouTube)

When Yankees spring training was suspended, top prospect T.J. Sikkema did what many other minor leaguers did: he went home to sit and wait. 

Home for the left-hander is in DeWitt, Iowa, and while he has been working out and throwing bullpen sessions, he needed another way to pass the time. So he and his girlfriend, Amanda Brainerd, have been doing just that and making some money along the way with DoorDash deliveries. 

Speaking to the Des Moines Register, Sikkema explained how his sister, Taryn, actually brought up the idea that led to him and Brainerd. After a little contemplation, they decided to give it a shot. 

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Simply put, the American League is the Yankees' to lose. 

The roster is absolutely stacked, and after just missing the chance to compete for their 28th World Series last season, they have the ultimate chip on their shoulder to live up to the hype and contend for that title this season -- whenever it gets underway. 

DraftKings Sportsbook has its odds for the American League pennant and the Yankees, to no surprise, come in with the best ones at +175 (Bet $100 to win $175). But which team should they worry about the most in stopping that chance? 

In the latest edition of What Are The Odds?, the crew talks through their team to watch in the American League that could be a tough battle for the Yanks in that pennant chase. 

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Mar 6, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; A general view of New York Yankees batting practice 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; A general view of New York Yankees batting practice prior to the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

In the wake of George Floyd's death, the Yankees have released a lengthy statement explaining how the events have affected the organization. 

Yankees players, current and former, have spoken, and the organization has been listening to everyone including staff and employees about it. Here's the full statement: 

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Jasson Dominguez (New York Yankees)
Jasson Dominguez (New York Yankees)

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When you hear the word "Martian," what comes to your mind? Alien? Out of this world? 

That's the nickname given to Yankees No. 1 prospect Jasson Dominguez, and those descriptions are what scouts, evaluators and anyone who has been able to see him play have thought. The name is truly fitting because the kid just seems to be from another planet with how he's played the game at such a young age. 

You might have heard of Dominguez by now because he has been compared to the likes of Mike Trout, Mickey Mantle and Bo Jackson -- some of the best athletes to ever button up a jersey and play baseball. You also might have heard that the Yankees outbid everyone hoping to land his "generational talent" with a $5.1 million international signing bonus when he was eligible to be picked up out of Boca Chica, Dominican Republic last year. 

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It is popular for a couple expecting a baby to have a photo shoot before the birth, but Luis Severino and his wife, Rosmaly, took things to the next level. 

The couple teamed up with famous New York City photographer Jose Guerra, and he's been wanting to do something for a while now: an underwater photo shoot. The Severinos said why not. 

And the results? Beautiful. Check them out:

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Derek Jeter follows through on a third-inning base hit. (AP)
Derek Jeter follows through on a third-inning base hit. (AP)

Hall-of-Famer Derek Jeter had one of the most successful careers, both individually and from a team standpoint, in major league history.

The 14-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove winner was a part of five World Series championship teams. But in an interview with YES Network's Jack Curry, Jeter explained that it was the 2000 World Series against the Mets in which he felt the most pressure to come out on top.

And if the Mets would have won? Jeter says he would have been looking for a new home address.

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Oct 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) reacts after an error during the eighth inning against the Houston Astros in game four of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) reacts after an error during the eighth inning against the Houston Astros in game four of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Former Yankees hurler CC Sabathia has been vocal through his social media in how he feels about the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. 

Sabathia has posted numerous times about Floyd, with one quoting exactly what he said while officer Derek Chauvin was prone of his neck with his knee. He also participated in "Blackout Tuesday" and urged his followers to go vote in the primaries to help enact change. 

But on Wednesday, Sabathia -- someone who is never afraid to say how he feels -- posted a powerful and graphic image comparing Floyd's death to that of a lynching. 

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Aug 10, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) hits a home run during the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports (Nick Turchiaro)
Aug 10, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) hits a home run during the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports (Nick Turchiaro)

Looking down the road, the Yankees will need to start extending some key players before they hit unrestricted free agency -- waters that those players might want to navigate to find a new team. 

So, while the Yankees have a roster capable of winning a World Series at the moment, GM Brian Cashman will be doing everything in his power to make sure that remains intact. To do so, it requires some big decisions. 

Let's take a look at players the Yankees could consider giving a new contract to, starting with C Gary Sanchez...

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Tyler Soderstrom (Kim Klement)
Tyler Soderstrom (Kim Klement)

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Yankees own the 28th overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft that will take place on June 10. Who they go with at that selection is up in the air at the moment. 

As we've looked at other directions they could go, we have yet to touch on the top-rated catchers who will be available to draft. 

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Oct 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) reacts after giving up a home run to Minnesota Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco (not pictured( during the first inning in game one of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) reacts after giving up a home run to Minnesota Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco (not pictured( during the first inning in game one of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Yankees LHP James Paxton shared some very strong words on Instagram Monday, where he called out his own "white privilege" following the death of George Floyd after his arrest by a Minneapolis police officer. 

"My white privilege has allowed me to be oblivious to the true magnitude of oppression the black community faces," Paxton said. "My silence to this point is also a product of my white privilege. I'm beginning to realize my privilege and ignorance. Time to listen, learn, and take action. #blacklivesmatter"

Paxton also posted a black square for "Blackout Tuesday," which many athletes also did on their own pages.

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MLB

The Yankees are now among the many MLB teams that have begun releasing minor leaguers, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed on Monday. 

Players were already getting calls from managers in the morning, a process that is very unfortunate during these tough times for the game. According to a source, 45 players were cut across all levels of the farm system. 

The remaining minor leaguers for the Yanks will continue receiving the $400 stipend per week through at least the month of June.

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May 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins chief executive officer Derek Jeter walks onto the field prior to the game between the Miami Marlins and the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
May 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins chief executive officer Derek Jeter walks onto the field prior to the game between the Miami Marlins and the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

With most major cities in the United States protesting police brutality and racial injustice in recent days after the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, former Yankees captain and current Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter released a statement about the situation on Monday:

I am deeply saddened by the death of George Floyd and feel the pain and outrage it has caused his family and people throughout the world, Jeter said. This is a narrative that has happened far too often with us as people of color. It is time for racial hatred to end and to be unquestionably recognized and responded to with severe punishment.

It's encouraging to see people of all colors around the world speaking out and protesting another human tragedy that has too often been the death of a black person. No one should be excused from acts of racial hatred. Please do not allow anyone to demonize those who are standing up against these acts.

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Jasson Dominguez
Jasson Dominguez

MLB and the MLBPA are continuing their negotiations for the 2020 season, and though it looks to be an impasse at the moment, there is still hope that an agreement will be reached for baseball to return. 

But, for most prospects of teams, they won't be seeing baseball this season. And that includes the Yankees' top prospect,17-year-old Jasson Dominguez

The Yankees spent $5.1 million to sign Dominguez out of the Dominican Republic last year, winning the sweepstakes for easily the best international prospect in the class. Dubbed "The Martian," Dominguez is expected to be the Bombers' center fielder of the future with some even making the comparison to Mike Trout. 

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Feb 13, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws a bullpen session during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports  (Kim Klement)
Feb 13, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws a bullpen session during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Yankees RHP Luis Severino, who will miss the 2020 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in February, recently spoke about his progress toward a return.

"I've been down in Tampa since the day after I had my surgery," Severino told the New York Post via email. "I do arm bike, dumbbell exercises, and I just follow the routine that (the trainers) plan out for me. I spend an hour and half with them in the trainer's room before I move into the gym, every day, five days a week.

"Things have been progressing well. I've been making steady progress -- lifting, doing exercises. Since three months ago -- I think when I first had my surgery -- I feel way better. I'm doing everything I need to do right now so that I can start throwing this summer."

Tags: J.A. Happ, Jonathan Loaisiga, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Danny Abriano
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