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6 days ago  ::  Aug 11, 2017 - 2:52PM #5361
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Pregame roster moves involving CC Sabathia, Jordan Montgomery and Tyler Austin

4 days ago  ::  Aug 13, 2017 - 1:28PM #5362
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Former Yankees slugger Don Baylor dead at age 68

08/07/2017 11:02 AM ET

By A.J. Herrmann

Don Baylor dead at 68.(Rick Stewart/Getty)

Former New York Yankees designated hitter Don Baylor has passed away at the age of 68.

Baylor died of multiple myeloma, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

The 19-year MLB veteran spent 3 seasons with the Bombers from 1983 through 1985, during which time he won two Silver Slugger Awards and slashed .267/.345/.472 with 71 home runs and 265 RBI.

Known for crowding the plate, Baylor was hit by 267 pitches in his career, the 4th-highest total in MLB history.

Baylor played for 6 different clubs during his career, including the Baltimore Orioles, Oakland Athletics, California Angels, New York  Yankees, Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins.

In 1979, Baylor earned American League MVP honors with the Angels after hitting .296 with 36 HRs, and an MLB-best 120 runs and 139 RBIs.

Baylor also served as a manager for the Colorado Rockies (1993-1998) and Chicago Cubs (2000-2002), and in 1995 was named Manager of the Year after guiding the Rockies to their 1st winning season as a franchise.

4 days ago  ::  Aug 13, 2017 - 1:31PM #5363
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Yankees recall RHP Bryan Mitchell from Triple-A

08/08/2017 11:40 AM ET

By A.J. Herrmann

Bryan Mitchell returns from Triple-A.(AP)

Prior to Tuesday night's game against the Toronto Blue Jays, the New York Yankees recalled right-handed pitcher Bryan Mitchell from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the team announced.

The 26-year-old North Carolina native has made 13 appearances for the Yankees so far this season, owning a 4.29 ERA over 21 innings pitched.

In Triple-A, Mitchell has pitched to a 3.93 ERA in 12 starts for the RailRiders this year, and has posted a 59 K/12 BB ratio.

For his career, Mitchell has gone 2-6 with a 4.47 ERA over the last 4 seasons, during which time he's made 9 starts, finished 15 games, notched 2 saves and tossed a total of 86 2/3 innings.

The Yankees optioned left-hander Jordan Montgomery to Triple-A following Sunday's finale against the Indians, making Mitchell a likely candidate for a long-relief role after the team juggled a temporary 6-man rotation following the arrivals of Sonny Gray and Jaime Garcia at the deadline.

Mitchell will be sporting a new number - his 3rd since making his 2014 MLB debut with the Yankees (65, 55) - after the newly acquired Gray took over No. 55 when he arrived in the Bronx, ceding his former No. 54 to Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman.

4 days ago  ::  Aug 13, 2017 - 1:34PM #5364
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Yankees place Clint Frazier on disabled list, activate Aaron Hicks from DL

08/10/2017 12:06 PM ET

By Lou DiPietro

Aaron Hicks is congratulated by teammates in the dugout. (AP)

The New York Yankees have placed outfielder Clint Frazier on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to August 9, with a left oblique strain, and reinstated outfielder Aaron Hicks from the 10-day DL.

Frazier was scratched from Wednesday's game in Toronto after feeling some tightness in his oblique. He was called up on July 1, and hit .243 with 4 HRs and 17 RBIs in 28 MBL games prior to going on the DL.

Hicks has been on the disabled list since June 26th with a right oblique strain. He was hitting .290 with 10 HRs and 37 RBIs in 60 games prior to the injury, and Wednesday concluded a rehab assignment where he hit .333 with 1 HR, 3 doubles, 3 RBIs, and a stolen base in 7 games between Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Double-A Trenton.

4 days ago  ::  Aug 13, 2017 - 1:39PM #5365
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Yankees place CC Sabathia on 10-day disabled list

LHP Jordan Montgomery recalled & INF Tyler Austin reinstated from 10-day D.L.

08/11/2017 3:01 PM ET

By A.J. Herrmann

CC Sabathia placed on 10-day disabled list.(AP)

The Yankees announced prior to Friday's game against the Red Sox that veteran left-handed starter CC Sabathia has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with right knee inflammation, retroactive to August 9th.

Lefty starter Jordan Montgomery was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in a corresponding move, after being optioned to the RailRiders less than a week ago.

Additionally, INF Tyler Austin returned from a rehab stint and was reinstated off of the 10-day disabled list, and was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Sabathia exited his latest outing on August 8 after 3 innings due to discomfort in his surgically repaired right knee, however the subsequent MRI came back showing no signs of new damage for Sabathia. He was previously placed on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain in mid-June.

In 19 starts this season, the 37-year-old veteran has gone 9-5 with a 4.05 ERA to go with 80 strikeouts and 38 walks issued. Sabathia has tossed 7 outings of at least 6 innings and 2 earned runs or fewer, but recently voiced his "frustration" with his latest injury setback, saying it came "out of nowhere."

Montgomery, 24, has been a major bright spot for the Yankees pitching staff this season, coming seemingly out of nowhere to seize the 5th rotation spot out of spring training. In 21 starts, Monty has posted a 7-6 record with an identical 4.05 ERA as his teammate Sabathia, while leading all rookie pitchers with 111 strikeouts.

Austin, 25, has appeared in 4 games this season after dealing with several injury setbacks in 2017, beginning in spring training when he fouled a ball off of his foot and suffered a broken bone, which kept him away from the Majors until the end of June. Austin returns from his rehab stint as he recovers from a hamstring strain, and will look to get his rhythm back against Triple-A competition.

The Yankees open up a three-game set against the Boston Red Sox Friday night at Yankee Stadium.

4 days ago  ::  Aug 13, 2017 - 1:42PM #5366
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Masahiro Tanaka placed on 10-day disabled list

08/12/2017 12:47 PM ET

By A.J. Herrmann

Masahiro Tanaka lands on 10-day D.L.(AP)

Masahiro Tanaka has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, and right-hander Giovanny Gallegos was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the Yankees announced Saturday.

Tanaka, 28, has made 23 starts for the Yankees this season, posting a 4.92 ERA with 8victories and a stellar 141 K/33 BB ratio.

Over his last 9 starts, Tanaka has shown the form that made him a fringe Cy Young candidate last season, pitching to a 3.00 ERA and limiting batters to a .214 batting average over that span.

Gallegos, 25, debuted for the Yankees on May 12th, and has made 9 appearances over the course of this season in the Majors. He's allowed 9 earned runs in 11 1/3 innings pitched, but in Triple-A Gallegos has pitched to a sparkling 1.69 ERA over 24 relief appearances.

In 2016, Gallegos finished the year with a 1.27 ERA at both the Double- and Triple-A levels, while demonstrating a knack for striking out his opponents (106 K/17 BB).

The news of Tanaka comes just 1 day after another Yankees starter, CC Sabathia, was also placed on the 10-day D.L. with inflammation in his right knee.

The Yankees can clinch this weekend's series against the Red Sox with a win Saturday, as Luis Severino squares off against Drew Pomeranz at The Stadium.

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4 days ago  ::  Aug 13, 2017 - 1:49PM #5367
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Jordan Montgomery struck in head during batting practice prior to Saturday's game

08/12/2017 3:24 PM ET

By A.J. Herrmann

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Yankees rookie starter Jordan Montgomery was struck in the head by a wayward foul ball during pregame batting practice while signing autographs.

Montgomery was recalled from Triple-A 24 hours ago to replace the injured CC Sabathia, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list with right knee inflammation.

The Yankees rotation has dealt with numerous injuries of late, as Masahiro Tanaka landed on the 10-day disabled list on Saturday with right shoulder inflammation.

Montgomery leads all rookie pitchers in strikeouts with 111, and was in line to toe the rubber for Sunday's series finale against Red Sox ace Chris Sale.

In 21 starts this season, Montgomery has gone 7-6 with a 4.05 ERA, and 111 strikeouts versus 35 walks.

4 days ago  ::  Aug 13, 2017 - 2:00PM #5368
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Ex-Yankees in the News 8/7  to  8/13 MLB Rumors

  • The Angels have signed right-hander Branden Pinder, reports Baseball America’s Matt Eddy in his always-informative weekly Minor Transactions roundup (which includes dozens of moves). Pinder is a known commodity to Angels GM Billy Eppler, having spent his career to date in the Yankees organization, where Eppler was previously an assistant GM. Pinder had Tommy John surgery in 2016 but had worked back to throw 11 2/3 innings in the minors thus far in 2017. He showed promise in 27 2/3 frames with the 2015 Yankees (2.93 ERA, 8.1 K/9, 4.6 BB/9) and should have a better chance to work back to the Majors with the Halos than he’d have had in New York.

  • In a pair of moves from the Dodgers, left-hander Tommy Layne has been released, while outfielder Peter O’Brien has been outrighted to Triple-A, according to Eddy. Layne spent less than a month in the Dodgers’ system after signing a minors pact in mid-July. He threw 5 2/3 frames with their Triple-A club but walked more batters (six) than he struck out (three). He does have a nice track record in the Majors (3.23 ERA in 136 1/3 innings from 2012-16) but was hit hard with the Yankees in 2017. As for O’Brien, he’s bounced around on the waiver wire this season but finally went unclaimed and will return to the Dodgers’ minor league ranks while no longer occupying a 40-man roster spot. O’Brien’s power generated plenty of intrigue a few years ago, but there have long been questions about his defense and plate discipline. He’s also posted a .666 OPS in the minors this season.

  • Right-hander Esmil Rogers has signed on with the Nationals on a minor league pact, according to Eddy. Rogers last pitched in the Majors in 2015 and has since spent the second half of the 2015 season and the entire 2016 campaign pitching in the Korea Baseball Organization. He’s already made a pair of starts for Washington’s Triple-A affiliate and has thrown well. Rogers has 454 big league innings under his belt, but his success has been sporadic. He’ll give the Nats another veteran arm to potentially join the bullpen in September and could potentially act as a spot starter down the stretch if he continues to show well in Syracuse


Rangers Released INF Pete Kozma


The Rangers have released infielder Pete Kozma from his minor league contract, as per John Blake, the team’s executive VP of communications (Twitter link).  Texas designated Kozma for assignment and outrighted him off the 40-man roster in July.

Kozma was claimed off waivers from the Yankees at the end of April, appearing in 28 games for Texas and playing around the diamond at all four infield positions.  For the season as a whole, Kozma has played in 39 games with the Rangers and Yankees but made only 51 plate appearances, largely serving as a late-game defensive sub or pinch-runner.  Kozma only has a .378 OPS for the year, continuing his career-long status as a light-hitting utility specialist.

2 days ago  ::  Aug 15, 2017 - 10:54AM #5369
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