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2 weeks ago  ::  Apr 17, 2016 - 2:48PM #5021
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New York Yankees recall LHP Tyler Olson and option RHP Luis Cessa to Triple-A

04/15/2016 5:03 PM ET

By The Associated Press

Yankees pitcher Tyler Olson throws during spring training.(AP)

NEW YORK - Prior to Friday night's homestand opener against Seattle, the New York Yankees recalled LHP Tyler Olson from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and optioned RHP Luis Cessa to the RailRiders.

Olson, 26, was acquired over the winter (along with infielder Ronald Torreyes) from the Dodgers, and was one of the team's final cuts in Spring Training. He actually began the season in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's rotation and made his first and only appearance this past Monday, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out three over four scoreless innings.

Cessa, 24, was acquired from Detroit over the winter and made the team out of spring training. He made his MLB debut (and only appearance of the season) on April 8th in Motown, allowing 1 run on 2 hits and striking out 2 in 2 innings of work against the Tigers.

Manager Joe Girardi said he was pleased with Cessa's 1st outing and bullpen work so far, but the move was made as a simple lefty-righty swap to take advantage of matchups against a Mariners lineup that leans heavily to the southpaw side.

"With as many left-handed hitters as they have, we thought adding another lefty would be beneficial," Girardi said. "I thought Cessa did a good job here, but he'll go down and get built up as a starter; I think his first outing will probably be three innings in relief, but we will continue to build him up.

5 days ago  ::  Apr 24, 2016 - 2:00PM #5022
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Yankees' Aaron Hicks gets cortisone shot, immediate status uncertain

MRI on outfielder's left shoulder reveals "traumatic bursitis"

04/23/2016 6:05 PM ET

By Lou DiPietro

New York Yankees outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury and Aaron Hicks high five during a recent contest against the Detroit Tigers.(AP)

NEW YORK - Aaron Hicks was unavailable for the New York Yankees on Saturday, as he underwent an MRI on his ailing left shoulder that revealed a tricky diagnosis.

"He has what's called traumatic bursitis, I believe, but it's inflammation in his shoulder," Yankees manager Joe Girardi revealed after the Bombers' walk-off 3-2 win over the Rays.

Hicks received a cortisone shot in the shoulder and will be withheld from baseball activities for a few days, but the team isn't sure how they will proceed with the outfielder's status in the immediate short-term.

"He received a shot today and won't do anything for four or five days," Girardi said, "so obviously, I'm sure we'll discuss what we'll do once I get back in there, whether we'll go short for a little while or do something (to make a roster move)." do we go 4-5 days short or do something.

Hicks was hurt diving for a ball in the outfield during the fourth inning of Friday night's game, and he was replaced defensively by Jacoby Ellsbury the next inning. Both he and Girardi thought it would be a day-to-day situation following that game, with no further tests were planned at that point.

"I'll wake up and see if it feels sore or not or something else and if I feel good, I'll give him a call and tell him I feel good," Hicks said after Friday's game. "I's just a little annoying, but as of right now, it feels pretty good."

Unfortunately, it didn't feel as good 12 hours later, so Hicks headed for further testing.

"When he went through the tests yesterday he went through them pretty well, so we thought we'd wait to see how he felt this morning," Girardi said Saturday morning, "and we told him if he was really sore when he woke up, we would send him for an MRI. He woke up sore today, so that's what's happening."

Hicks has appeared in 14 games this season, going just 2-for-24 (.091) at the plate but playing very strong defense, including two impressive plays in left field during Thursday's loss to Oakland.

If Hicks is to be lost for any significant amount of time, the need for a right-handed hitting outfield replacement could lead to some history; potential top choice Cesar Puello is currently on the Triple-A disabled list with a concussion, and that could help either Aaron Judge get the call to make his major-league debut or expedite Nick Swisher's return to the Bronx.

5 days ago  ::  Apr 24, 2016 - 2:01PM #5023
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Yankees place RHP Branden Pinder on DL, recall RHP Nick Goody

04/22/2016 5:01 PM ET

By Lou DiPietro

Branden Pinder reacts after giving up a solo home run.(AP)

The New York Yankees announced Friday that they have placed RHP Branden Pinder on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to April 21) with a right elbow strain and recalled RHP Nick Goody from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Pinder, 27, was called up last Saturday and made his only appearance on Wednesday, allowing two runs on three hits in one inning of work in the Yankees' 5-2 loss to Oakland. He had made two appearances in Triple-A prior to being called up, working five scoreless innings (with eight strikeouts) and notching one save.

Goody, 24, has made five appearances for the RailRiders, allowing three runs - all on solo home runs - in 5 2/3 innings (a 4.76 ERA) and recording one save. He also has 11 strikeouts in those 5 2/3 frames.

Both Pinder and Goody made their MLB debuts with the Yankees last season.

5 days ago  ::  Apr 24, 2016 - 2:03PM #5024
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Yankees RHP Branden Pinder diagnosed with partial tear of right ulnar collateral ligament

Righty to decide on either rehab or possible Tommy John surgery soon

04/23/2016 12:11 PM ET


New York Yankees pitcher Branden Pinder reacts after giving up a solo home run to Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista.(AP)

NEW YORK - When the New York Yankees placed RHP Branden Pinder on the 15-day disabled list Friday, he went down with what was termed a right elbow strain - but the diagnosis got a lot worse a day later.

As first reported by Brendan Kuty of and later confirmed by Yankees manager Joe Girardi, Pinder has a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right arm, an injury that more often than not leads to Tommy John surgery.

"He has a partial tear," Girardi confirmed in his pre-game press conference Saturday, "and he needs to make a decision here on what course of action he wants to take, whether he wants to try to rehab it and pitch through it or go get it taken care of."

Per Kuty's report, Pinder started feeling pain during his first outing with the Yankees on Wednesday night, and it continued as he tried to warm up on Thursday - and according to Girardi, there truly was no indication of any issue until then.

"He pitched in the minors a few times and the one time here, and he came up sore," the skipper said. "It's unfortunate, but we'll see what happens. He'll probably make a decision in the next couple days."

Pinder told Kuty that he may try to rehab and pitch through the injury but isn't sure, and has consulted his family and his agent about the situation.

Whichever route he goes, though, Pinder will miss significant time, and with righty Nick Rumbelow already having had the season-ending Tommy John surgery earlier this week, the Yankees' bullpen depth has already taken a serious hit just three weeks into the season.

"(The injuries) definitely affect you, because it's now two less choices that you have," Girardi said of Pinder and Rumbelow. "Injuries also open the door for someone else, but it's frustrating because it's two guys we thought would help us over the course of the year that we now don't have."

5 days ago  ::  Apr 24, 2016 - 2:07PM #5025
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Former RailRider Russ Canzler joins the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre front office

04/20/2016 12:26 PM ET

By Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders Media Relations

Moosic, Pa. - The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) are excited to announce the hiring of former player, and Hazleton native, Russ Canzler as the team's new Business Development Executive.

Canzler, 30, appeared in 51 games with SWB in 2014. Originally chosen by the Chicago Cubs in the 30th round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft out of Hazleton High School, he made his Major League debut at 25-years-old with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011. He appeared in 26 games with the Cleveland Indians in 2012. He finished with three home runs and 12 RBI to with a .271 batting average in 29 career Big League games. With seven different organizations over 12 Minor League seasons, Canzler tallied 141 home runs, 651 RBI and carried a combined .275 batting average.

"I'm tremendously excited and grateful to announce I'll be joining the Railriders front office," Canzler said. "I love the game of baseball, I love our area, and I love this organization. I look forward to promoting the fun, entertaining culture that I first experienced here as a child. That same culture helped nurture my dreams of becoming a Major League Baseball player. Although my role in the game as changed, I will continue to bring the same passion and energy to the field that I did as a player."

"Not only is Russ still very passionate about being in the game, we believe his traits as a player and person make him a no brainer to add to the organization" said RailRiders' Chief Operating Officer Josh Olerud. "We believe he will be highly successful in the roles in which he is put in and there is no ceiling for his growth here. The sky is the limit."

"The first NEPA-born player to wear our uniform, Russ will be a great addition to our staff," said Jeremy Ruby, RailRiders general manager. "We've long viewed the Hazleton area as one of our greatest untapped resources and hope that with Russ as our ambassador, our family of fans and corporate partners can grow all the more."

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