New York Yankees — as of April 23, 2017

2017/04/28

Up:

     Austin Romine, C: April 23 – With Gary Sanchez on the DL, Austin Romine has been seeing a lot more action at Catcher. Prior to Sanchez’s April 8 injury, Romine had not started at all. Since then, however, he’s started 10 of 13 games.

     Ronald Torreyes, SS: April 23 – In Didi Gregorius’ absence, Ronald Torreyes has received the vast majority of the starts at SS. He’s racked up starts in 15 of 18 total games since the season commenced, compared to only 3 for Pete Kozma.

Gregorius is set to return soon, though, so Torreyes should step back into his role as a utility IF in the next few days.

     Aaron Hicks, OF: April 23 – Prior to Gary Sanchez’s injury, Aaron Hicks had started only 1 game – and he had batted in the #8 spot in the batting order in that game. Afterwards, though, Hicks saw a bit more action, particularly in Sanchez’s former #2 slot. In the 13 games since Sanchez went on the DL, Hicks has started 7 of them – including 6 of the first 8 – and all of them have been at #2.

     Jacoby Ellsbury, OF: April 23 – After starting the year in the #5 slot in the batting order, Jacoby Ellsbury has moved around a bit – primarily because of Greg Bird’s slow start and Gary Sanchez’s injury. Overall, though, his value has probably increased a bit, as he’s gone from hitting in the #5 position over the first 5 games to spending 4 games at leadoff, 2 games in the #2 spot and 6 at cleanup. In fact, he’s been in the #4 position for 6 out of the past 9 games.

     Starlin Castro, SS: April 23 – Starlin Castro hit from the #5 slot for the first 5 games of the year but, since then, he’s always been higher in the batting order. Currently, he’s more or less sharing the cleanup spot with Jacoby Ellsbury, starting 4 of the past 10 games there. In addition, he’s started 5 games at #5, 3 at #3 and 1 at #1.

     Chase Headley, 3B: April 23 – As part of the Yankees’ revamped lineup, Chase Headley has moved from the #7 hole to a variety of higher ranking spots. He started the team’s first 5 games at #7 but, more recently, he’s started 3 of the past 4 games in the #2 slot, while the other saw him at #3. Prior to that he was at #5 for 4 games and #6 for 4 games.

     Aaron Judge, OF: April 23 – Aaron Judge has been coming on after getting off to a very cold start. He was hitting .133 with a .200 Slugging Percentage, 0 Home Runs and 1 RBI after the first 5 games. But now he’s up to .279, .639, 6 HRs and 13 RBI.

As a result, he’s moved up the batting order, too, after seeing action from the #8 hole for the first 5 games. First, it was 4 games at #7, followed by 4 out of 6 games at #6. In the last 5 games, he’s batted from the #5 spot – including the last 3 games in a row.

     Adam Warren, RP: April 23 – Even though he’s part of an excellent bullpen, Adam Warren has stood out in the early going. Working mainly in long relief, he’s racked up an .084 ERA and a .047 WHIP to go along with 12 Ks and 2 BBs in 10.7 innings of work over 6 games. It’s possible that if the team needs to replace someone in the starting rotation, Warren could be stretched out to fill that role.

Down:

     Gred Bird, 1B: April 23 – A combination of things – a bruised ankle, the flu and a slow start – conspired to keep Bird out of the lineup for 4 games between April 8 and 12. He’s improved his production a bit since then but has still not hit his stride. For now, it looks like the Yankees will use a platoon, with Bird getting most of the playing time over Chris Carter by facing RH starters.

Bird has also been removed from the #3 spot in the batting order, though. After starting there in the Yankees’ first 4 games, he’s spent most of the rest of the schedule to date in the #6 and #7 slots.

In:

     Pete Kozma, SS: Apr 2 – 10:15 AM (Rotoworld) — Yankees purchased the contract of SS Pete Kozma from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Kozma will provide depth while Didi Gregorius (shoulder) is sidelined. He’s not known for his bat but he offers a steady glove.

     Kyle Higashioka, C: Apr 8 – 9:26 PM (Rotoworld) — Kyle Higashioka will join the Yankees tomorrow in Baltimore.

He’ll back up Austin Romine behind the plate while Gary Sanchez recovers from a strained biceps. This will be his first stint in the big leagues.

     Jordan Montgomery, SP: Apr 12 – 12:40 PM (Rotoworld) — Yankees purchased the contract of LHP Jordan Montgomery from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Montgomery, a fourth-round pick in 2014, will serve as the Yankees fifth starter and will make his major league debut this afternoon against the Rays. The 24-year-old southpaw posted an impressive 2.13 ERA and 134/45 K/BB ratio over 139 1/3 innings last season between three different levels of the minor leagues and could be of interest in AL-only fantasy formats. He’s taking the place of Chasen Shreve on the Yankees’ roster, as Shreve was sent down to the minors yesterday.

Out:

     Didi Gregorius, SS: Apr 23 – 9:41 AM New York Daily News/Rotoworld) — Didi Gregorius (shoulder) has gone 2-for-6 at the plate while playing six innings in each game in his first two rehab contests with High-A Tampa.

Working his way back from a right shoulder strain, Gregorius is expected to be activated from the disabled list in early May, assuming all goes well. Ronald Torreyes has been filling in at SS for the Yankees.

     Apr 5 – 8:35 AM (ESPN.com/Rotoworld) — Didi Gregorius (shoulder) has begun a throwing program.

Gregorius strained his right shoulder while playing for Team Netherlands at the World Baseball Classic last month. The Yankees are expecting him to miss all of April and perhaps the early part of May. Ronald Torreyes has been filling in at shortstop for the Bronx Bombers.

     Apr 2 – 10:13 AM (Rotoworld) — Yankees placed SS Didi Gregorius on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to March 30, with a right shoulder strain.

Gregorius is currently shut down from baseball activities and is expected to miss all of April after injuring his right shoulder this spring. Ronald Torreyes will be the primary SS in his absence.

     Mar 21 – 3:58 PM (Rotoworld) — Didi Gregorius has been shut down for two weeks due to a right shoulder strain.

It could have been worse but obviously Gregorius can be ruled out for Opening Day and Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the shortstop could miss all of April. Tyler Wade or possibly Ronald Torreyes will probably be the primary shortstop for the Yankees to begin the regular season. The club could also consider using Starlin Castro there.

     Mar 20 – 11:26 AM (Rotoworld) — Didi Gregorius has left Team Netherlands because of a right shoulder injury.

Gregorius is flying back to Yankees camp in Tampa for more tests today after undergoing a preliminary MRI yesterday. The initial diagnosis is a hematoma of the sub-capsular muscle. There should be more clarity on the situation by tomorrow. Gregorius obviously won’t be suiting up for Team Netherlands against Team Puerto Rico in the WBC semifinals tonight.

     Tyler Austin, 1B, OF: Apr 2 – 10:16 AM (Rotoworld) — Yankees placed 1B/OF Tyler Austin on the 60-day disabled list with a fractured left ankle.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Pete Kozma. Austin will miss the first couple months of the season.

     Feb 17 – 1:34 PM (Rotoworld) — Tyler Austin will be in a boot for three weeks and shut down from baseball activity for six week after being diagnosed with a small fracture in his foot.

Austin suffered the break when he fouled a ball off the foot while taking batting practice. The 25-year-old might have been squeezed off the roster following the Chris Carter signing and now he’ll begin the season on the disabled list. Austin batted .241/.300/.458 in 31 games for the Yankees last season.

     Gary Sanchez, C: Apr 23 – 9:37 AM (New York Daily News/Rotoworld) — Gary Sanchez (biceps) played catch from 90 feet and hit off a tee and took soft toss on yesterday.

“I think everything is going the way we want it to,” Sanchez said through an interpreter. “I don’t have any pain or discomfort.”

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he expected Sanchez to begin hitting on the field soon. Barring any setbacks, Sanchez should return from his biceps injury in about two weeks.

     Apr 18 – 4:01 PM (Rotoworld) — Gary Sanchez (biceps) expects to resume throwing tomorrow.

Sanchez has already begun swinging a bat with his left hand as he tries to stay in baseball shape while he works his way through a Grade 1 strain behind his right biceps. The expectation is that he’ll be ready to return to the Yankees’ active roster around early-to-mid May. Austin Romine and Kyle Higashioka will continue to share time behind the plate for the Yankees.

     Apr 10 – 4:01 PM (Rotoworld) — Yankees manager Joe Girardi said today that Gary Sanchez is expected to miss four weeks with a Grade 1 strain of a muscle behind his right biceps.

The specific injury is a strain of the right brachialis muscle. Given this sort of timetable, we shouldn’t expect to see Sanchez back until early-to-mid May. The Yankees will go with Austin Romine and Kyle Higashioka behind the plate for the next month.

     Apr 8 – 8:40 PM (Rotoworld) — Yankees placed Gary Sanchez on the 10-day disabled list with a right biceps strain.

Sanchez suffered the injury during the fifth inning of today’s loss to the Orioles. Triple-A catcher Kyle Higashioka is already en route to Baltimore and should join the team in time for tomorrow’s series finale. Austin Romine figures to see most of the catching work in Sanchez’s absence. As of now, there’s no timetable for his return.

     Apr 8 – 6:26 PM (Rotoworld) — Gary Sanchez has been diagnosed with a right biceps strain.

Sanchez seemed to be in pain after fouling off a pitch in the fifth inning and couldn’t finish the at-bat. It could have been much worse but Sanchez is probably still looking at a stint on the disabled list. Austin Romine will handle the lion’s share of catching duties during his absence, with Kyle Higashioka called up from the minors to serve as his backup. It’s a big downgrade for the Yankees’ offense.

     Apr 8 – 5:51 PM (Rotoworld) — Gary Sanchez left today’s game against the Orioles with an apparent right wrist injury.

Sanchez was removed after fouling off a pitch in the fifth inning. Austin Romine finished his at-bat and replaced Sanchez behind the plate. Obviously, it would be a huge loss for both the Yankees if Sanchez is out for any amount of time.

     Chasen Shreve, RP: Apr 10 – 4:41 PM (Rotoworld) — Yankees optioned LHP Chasen Shreve to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Shreve was not scored upon in three appearances this season but that wasn’t enough to keep him around. He’ll be back up eventually, though.

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