New York Yankees Recap: Yankees swept by the Blue Jays, six losses in a row

This was the last game between the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays tonight, and the Yankees hoped to capture a win and save being shut out in the series. The Yankees have lost all three of their games against the Jays and two losses from the Orioles for 5 straight losses when fighting to hold on to a wild card slot in the AL East. The Yankees pitted Nestor Cortes Jr. against Jose Berrios. Unfortunately, the Yankees lost the game 6-4 for their sixth consecutive loss.

Against Nestor Cortes Jr., Bo Bichette led off for the Jays and started with a Blue Jays led with a massive homer to left field. Semien followed with a single to left. Vlad Guerrero struck out on a high fastball. Teoscar Hernandez doubled, with Semien going to third. Alejandro Kirk flew out to Aaron Judge in right, and Semien didn’t challenge his throw. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. went down looking, getting Cortes out of the inning, only giving up one run. At the bottom, Brett Gardner led off by walking. Aaron Judge hit into a force out as the ball went into the camera well. Anthony Rizzo flew out to the left-field foul territory. Giancarlo Stanton popped out to the infield. Blue Jays 1 Yankees 0.

The second inning was led off by Randal Crichuk, who flew out to Judge. Danny Jansen struck out. Kevin Smith also struck out to end the half. At the bottom, Gleyber Torres led off by grounding out to third. Joey Gallo flew out, and Sanchez flew out for an easy inning for Berrios. Jays 1 Yankees 0.

Bo Bichette led off the third inning by singling to left. Semien flew out to Judge in right. Guerrero hit into a double play to end the half. At the bottom, Tyler Wade ground out to first. Gio Urshela singled. Brett Gardner waved at a pitch for an out. Judge singled to right. Rizzo, with two on and two outs, grounded out, stranding two. Blue Jays 1 Yankees 0.

The fourth inning was led off by Hernandez, who lined out to Gardner. Kirk flew out to Gallo in far left. Gurriel flew out to Rizzo. At the bottom, Stanton was out; as he tried to reach a  double, he hit to left. Torres struck out swinging. Gallo went down swinging to end the inning. Blue Jays 1 Yankees 0.

Randal Grichuk led off the fifth inning went yard into the left-field stands. Jansen flew out to Judge in right. Smith ground out to Urshela, who made the catch of the rocket look easy. Bichette went down on strikes to end the half, but the Jays tacked on a run. At the bottom, Sanchez advanced when he was hit by pitch. Wade struck out swinging. Urshela hit into a double play to end the inning. Blue Jays 2 Yankees 0.

Marcus Semien led off the sixth inning by skying one to the infield for the first out. Guerrero flew out to left. Hernandez hit one off of Cortes that bounced into the center for a single. Kirk grounded out on Cortes’s 103rd pitch. At the bottom, the top of the lineup for the Yankees was up. Gardner flew out to the left-field wall. Judge singled. Rizzo got a two-run home run into the right-field stands. Stanton ground out. Torres went down on strikes, but the Yankees tied the game. New York Yankees 2 Blue Jays 2.

The seventh inning was led off against new Yankee pitcher Sal Romano by grounding out to second base. Grichuk struck out on a Romano slider. Jansen got a double off the left-field wall. Jake Lamb pinch-hitting for Smith was hit by a pitch. Bichette singled driving in Jansen. Semien walked to load the bases. Guerrero faced the new Yankees pitcher Wandy Peralta and struck out, leaving the bases loaded. At the bottom, Gallo walked. Sanchez went down on strikes. Wade struck out swinging. Urshela facing new pitcher Joakim Soria struck out. Blue Jays 3 New York Yankees 2.

Hernandez led off the eighth inning by striking out. The Yankees were scoreless in the eighth, although the Blue Jays picked up another run. Blue Jays 4 and the Yankees 2.

In the top of the ninth against Chad Green Guerrero Jr. homered into the center-field stands. Hernandez singled. Valera doubled driving in Hernandez. Gurriel singled. Dyson came in to pinch run for Gurriel. Crichuk struck out. Jansen went down on strikes, but the Blue Jays picked up another two runs. At the bottom, with the game on the line, Torres led off and flew out to center. Gallo struck out looking. Sanchez homered just inside the left-field foul pole. Luke Voit pinch-hitting for Wade followed with another home run. Gio Urshela struck out to end the game and give the Yankees their sixth loss in a row. It was also the first time since 1908 that the Yankees have lost a series without ever leading the series at Yankee Stadium.

The final score was the Toronto Blue Jays 6 and the New York Yankees 4. The winning pitcher was Jose Berrios, and the loser was Sal Romano.

 

Can Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett become the UFC’s next European star?

Paddy Pimblett

Last Saturday night at UFC Vegas 36, we saw the promotional debut of former Cage Warriors lightweight champion Paddy “The Baddy” Pimblett (17-3). Pimblett was taking on the game Luigi Vendramini (9-2).

While all the hype was surrounding Pimblett, Vendramini was there to try and play spoiler. Early on in their fight at UFC Vegas 36, it was Vendramini who was getting the better of the exchanges.

Pimblett was fighting with his chin straight up in the air with his hands low. Vendramini did an excellent job of finding the chin of Pimblett throughout the first part of the first round. In fact, Vendramini even rocked Pimblett at one point in the first.

However, after he got hurt is when Pimblett turned the tables. Paddy The Baddy started really pressing forward with an exciting yet reckless style. He was then able to catch Vendramini with some big shots and he rocked him.

Pimblett started pouring it on throwing everything he had with full power. Eventually, the finishing blow found it’s target and Vendramini went down in a heap giving Pimblett his first UFC win and he did it in style.

What’s next for Pimblett after UFC debut?

In his post-fight interview at UFC Vegas 36 with Michael Bisping, you can see why people love Paddy Pimblett. He is cut from the same cloth as a Conor McGregor, Darren Till, and Michael Bisping.

Pimblett has an exciting style and when he talks, he has the personality that can make him a star in the UFC. Now, he can only become a true superstar if he performs on the highest level. Saturday was a good start, but it was far from perfect.

In thinking about what the UFC should do with him next, I think he needs to be challenged but needs to be given an opponent with an exciting style. Think of the way the UFC booked Conor McGregor against Max Holloway early in their careers.

I think a great fight for Pimblett would be Ignacio Bahamondes (12-4). Bahamondes just had a sensational knockout a few weeks ago and many in the UFC really like his style. These two would be fireworks and it would do nothing but push Pimblett to new heights if he could pick up the victory.

New York Giants: Kadarius Toney could be a special teams playmaker

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The New York Giants kick off their season at 4:25 pm on Sunday against the Denver Broncos. The wait for the regular season is finally over as the 2021 NFL season kicks off Thursday night in Tampa Bay. The Giants are hoping to get off to a strong start after having a fantastic offseason that saw them drastically improve their roster. One of the team’s most exciting acquisitions was first-round wide receiver, Kadarius Toney.

It was a wild summer for Kadarius Toney unlike any other. The rookie barely practiced with the team and did not participate in the preseason. Toney had a fight with COVID-19 and a mysterious injury that held him out of practice for a while. Despite this, Kadarius is expected to play on Sunday.

The Giants are excited to see their rookie wide receiver line up with the rest of their offense. However, the area of the game where Toney might make the biggest instant impact is on special teams.

Kadarius Toney as the punt returner

The New York Giants would like to ramp Kadarius Toney up to game speed. This is a difficult task, though, as the rookie missed all of the preseason, losing his opportunity to learn the game’s speed. One way for the Giants to get Toney involved early is through special teams.

Initially, Kadarius might struggle while going up against NFL cornerbacks. The competition is bigger, stronger, and faster in the pros than in college, and one criticism of Toney’s game coming out of school was his inability to beat bigger opponents. But as the Giants try to get the ball in Toney’s hands and give him a chance to create an explosive play, placing him as the team’s punt returner is a fantastic way to get the rookie involved.

On the Giants’ unofficial depth chart, Jabrill Peppers is listed as the starting punt returner. Adoree’ Jackson is second string and Kadarius Toney is third string. Jackson, though, has been dealing with an injury for the last few weeks. Peppers is also a valuable player that typically plays over 90% of snaps for the defense. This could give Kadarius Toney an avenue onto the field.

On 177 touches in his collegiate career at UF, Kadarius Toney forced an insane 64 missed tackles (PFF). Toney was the best tackle-breaking wide receiver in this year’s NFL draft. Toney forced a missed tackle on 35% of touches since 2018, which was first among the 2021 wide receiver draft class (PFF). Anytime he has the ball in his hands, Kadarius Toney is a threat to take it to the end zone. As a punt returner in college, Toney has done just that.

Kadarius Toney returned 13 punts in his collegiate career. In his 2020 senior season, Toney returned 11 punts for 139 yards and 1 touchdown.

Few are more explosive with the ball in their hands than Kadarius Toney. New York would be wise to put Toney’s electric playmaking ability to use on special teams as a punt returner in Week One.

New York Yankees Breaking News: Jameson Taillon had been added to the IL

New York Yankees, Jameson Taillon

There appears to be no end to the bad breaks for the New York Yankees. Today the Yankees put starting pitcher Jameson Taillon on the 10 day IL due to a right ankle injury as reported by YES Network commentator/reporter Meredith Marakovits and CBS Sports.

This is the second bad starting pitching news for the Yankees this week. First, Gerrit Cole removed himself from a game against the Blue Jays when he felt left hamstring tightness. No MRI has been scheduled as of today for Cole. So his next start is in question.

After a slow start of the season, Taillon has turned out to be one of the Yankees’ most reliable starters. He is 8-6 with an ERA of 4.41. The Yankees have won 8 of his last 10 starts. This is quite unexpected as his last start against the Blue Jays was a quality one. It may have to do with a dive he made in the game. As more information becomes available, you will find it on EmpireSportsMedia.com.

Yankees receive awful Zack Britton injury news

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As if things couldn’t get any worse for the New York Yankees, they learned on Thursday afternoon that relief pitcher Zach Britton would miss at least a year rehabilitating after undergoing surgery to reconstruct and repair his UCL, also known as Tommy John surgery. In addition, they removed a bone chip from his elbow, keeping him out until the end of the 2022 season, at least.

Britton finished the season with a 5.89 ERA and an eight-season-low 68% ground ball rate. He also walked a career-high 6.87 batters per nine innings and allowed nearly one homer per nine innings as well. It was clear he was dealing with something significant, which damaged his production and efficiency on the mound. Losing one of their best relief pitchers, the Yankees will continue relying on a bevy of inexperienced options.

In the most recent loss for the Toronto Blue Jays, the Yankees rolled with several different relief pitchers to get through the game, as starter Luis Gil lasted just 3.1 innings before being pulled by skipper Aaron Boone. The majority of the Yankees’ bullpen has been problematic this year, and that reality doesn’t expect to change anytime soon as they crawl their way toward the end of the season. Currently, the Yankees are just 1.5 games ahead of Toronto in the Wild Card standings, and with the final game of the series Thursday night, they need to extract a victory before their playoff hopes slip away.

New York Giants: Evan Engram sits on Thursday, Saquon Barkley close to 100 percent

New York Giants, Evan Engram

For much of the offseason, a fear was that the New York Giants could end up missing running back Saquon Barkley in their season opener. However, now that we’re only days away from that opener, it looks like a different player is likely to miss the week one matchup with Denver. That player is Evan Engram, who may once again have to sit out with an injury and this time miss the first game of the season.

It’s looking more and more like Engram will miss the game, and the latest evidence is his absence from practice on Thursday. On the Giants’ injury report for the day, a number of players were listed as limited – but Engram was notable for not participating entirely, and was the only player on that part of the list.

There is good news, however. While the Giants may not have Engram for the game, it looks at this point like they will have Saquon Barkley on the field. That’s been the feeling for the past week, but Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett made some statements on Thursday that might support the idea of Barkley getting back for week 1.

Garrett on Barkley getting back to 100 percent

“Yeah, a lot of confidence in him as a player and I think he’s done a great job to get himself back healthy and 100 percent,” Garrett said when asked by reporters whether Barkley was the same player he’d seen before.

With Barkley looking 100 percent in the eyes of the team’s offensive coordinator, it doesn’t seem like there’s much holding the player back at this point.

Losing Engram will be a blow to the offensive depth of the Giants for Sunday’s game, but the offense should still look like an improvement from what we saw in the preseason if Barkley and the team’s new additions at wide receiver play.

The offensive line will remain a point of contention for the foreseeable future and for good reason, but the Giants are far from uncompetitive with their first opponent of the season. Given the way the injury news is looking recently, the Giants should be able to put more weapons on the field than they’ve featured on any previous roster in years.

New York Jets 2021 opponent report: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Tom Brady isn’t done with the New York Jets just yet, as he and the defending champions ring in the new year with a visit to East Rutherford.

The Opponent: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Date:
Week 16, January 2, 1 p.m. ET, Fox (@ NY)
The Series: 
Jets lead 10-2 (last meeting: 2017, 15-10 TB)

Just when the New York Jets thought the Tom Brady nightmare was over, the defending Super Bowl champions have forced them back to sleep.

Fortunately, the Jets only have to face the arguable GOAT only once this time around, as opposed to what was an annual double dose of pain bestowed by Brady and his New England compatriots. Their quadrennial get-together with Brady’s new group from Tampa Bay will serve as the Jets’ home finale. Time will tell if the Jets are ringing in the new calendar year with a positive outlook, while the Buccaneers will possibly be prepping for a Super Bowl title defense. This will mark Tampa’s second-ever visit to MetLife Stadium to play the Jets and their first since 2013.

Brady will be searching for his 30th win against the Jets, his second-best tally against any opponent, behind only the 32 victories he has tallied against the Buffalo Bills. As defending champions, the Buccaneers will open in Week 1’s traditional Thursday night spot, taking on the Dallas Cowboys at home (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC).

New York Giants, Chris Godwin
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The Skinny On the Buccaneers 

Claiming that a defending Super Bowl champion is built for a long-haul dynasty is a tried storyline, especially since so many “they’ll be back in no time” contenders (i.e. Jacksonville, Philadelphia, San Francisco) have quickly faded into obscurity. But Tampa Bay locked up several of its major pieces from the championship trek: they franchise tagged Chris Godwin and re-upped with Leonard Fournette, Lavonte David, Antonio Brown, Rob Gronkowski, Shaquil Barrett, Ndamukong Suh, and Steve McLendon (obtained through the Jets’ in-season fire sale).

Mere months after they became the first team to both host and win a Super Bowl, Tampa Bay also became the first team in the salary cap era to retain all 22 of their offensive/defensive starters. Leave it to a Brady-led squad to accomplish historical firsts in the name of adding more rings, it appears.

“The bond that we had, the bond that we shared this year, it’s like no other, with the coaching staff included,” the tenured Tampa linebacker David said of the bond build during the title run, per Buccaneers team reporter Carmen Vitali. “Everybody is a real tight-knit group and that’s something I haven’t been around in a while and it’s something I definitely want to be a part of.”

Re-upping with their champions was made possible in part due to a contract restructuring on Brady’s end. Not only does his adjusted contract keep him in Tampa through the 2022 season but also saved the team $19 million in cap space.

“(Brady) has proven himself to be the ultimate competitor and delivered in every way we had imagined, helping us capture the Lombardi Trophy,” Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht in team statement announcing the deal. “Year after year, Tom proves that he remains one of the elite quarterbacks in this game and we couldn’t be happier to keep him in Tampa Bay as we continue to pursue our goals together.”

Of course, Brady didn’t earn his seventh title on his own. He was anchored by a strong support system headlined by Tampa’s offensive line, one that allowed only 22 sacks (fourth-best tally in the NFL) and allowed a run game headlined by Fournette and Ronald Jones to work wonders. Tristan Wirfs proved to be well worth the draft day trade-up (allowing only one sack) while blindside anchor Donovan Smith earned a contract extension.

Defensively, the Buccaneers (under ex-Jets head coach turned Tampa coordinator Todd Bowles) proved their worth long before providing a blueprint on how to neutralize Patrick Mahomes. They had the top-ranked run defense in the league (80.6 yards per game) and ranked second in the NFC in takeaways (25).

What’s New In Tampa Bay?

The Buccaneers understandably kept the adjustments to a minimum after the full retainment. They bolstered their run game through the addition of former Bengal Giovani Bernard and obtained several projects through the draft. 

Tampya used its first pick, the traditional 32nd slot assigned to the defending champion, on linebacker Joe Tryon-Shoyinka. It might’ve been easy for the Washington alum to fade into the background, especially with Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul back for another go at it, but he instead became one of Tampa’s most dangerous pass-rushing threats during the preseason.

“Joe is going to be amazing. He’s doing stuff that I’m looking at and thinking, ‘Man, I wish I would of knew that when I was a rookie,’” Pierre-Paul said of Tryon-Shoyinka, per Jenna Laine of ESPN. “He’s doing amazing stuff out there…He’s been moving since day one when he got here. From there to now, he’s been moving tremendously. He just has to stay on his feet. I had that problem myself.”

Tampa also potentially prepped for the post-Brady by drafting Florida thrower Kyle Trask in the second and opened day three with Sun Belt weapon Jaelon Darden. Scorer of 31 touchdowns during his final two seasons at North Texas, Darden is already listed as the team’s primary returner.

How to Beat Them

-Break On Through

Brady may be the greatest, but he’s still only human: the Jets’ blue, East Rutherford co-tenants proved that by raising the pressure.

Cliche as “getting to the quarterback” has become…perhaps the gridiron equivalent of “pucks on net/pucks deep“…it’s a formula that’s as true as it is tired and could take on greater importance for the aging Brady; Tampa Bay was 1-3 when Brady was sacked at least three times. The Wild Card playoff tilt against Washington was closer than it had any right to be simply because the opposing Football Team raised the pressure. Tampa’s strong blocking corps was able to handle the threat and upped its game for the rest of the postseason, allowing only three sacks en route to the hometown Super Bowl.

That’s why the Jets, in part, opted to raise their pressure game. Everyone knows, by now, about the lack of Carl Lawson. But the team has newfound faith in its front seven after the breakthroughs of Quinnen Williams, Foley Fatukasi, and John Franklin-Myers. The late addition of Shaq Lawson should help them tread water as well.

-The Best Defense…A Good (Young) Offense

By the time the Jets square off against the Buccaneers, Zach Wilson and company will (hopefully) have had 15 games to get used to each other’s talents and idiosyncrasies.

Even if the Jets are long removed from the playoff picture (again, appearing in the “In the Hunt” column on the annual playoff charts that show up near the holidays should be enough of a win at this point), beating Tampa Bay would be such a boost of confidence for the future, a realistic “throat-clearing” gesture that can put the rest of the league on notice.

To do that, the Jets should take advantage of Tampa’s defense, which could be working through the difficulties of an extended season and a Super Bowl hangover. There’s plenty of talent and experience to go around, enough to keep the Buccaneers amongst the penthouse dwellers of the NFL’s elite. But Pierre-Paul and Suh are working through their 30s while other staples like McLendon and William Gholston are no spring chickens by NFL standards either.

There’d be no better way for the Jets to light the path to a hopeful feature by using their young offense to top the defending Super Bowl champions just two days into a new calendar year. It’s up to their progress over the first 15 games to give them a chance to make such a statement.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

Was Zhang Weili the right choice for UFC 268?

At UFC 268, we will see a rematch for the strawweight title. However, it’s not the rematch that a lot of people in the MMA community thought we were going to see. Rose Namajunas (10-4) will defend her title against Zhang Weili (21-2) in November at UFC 268.

These two first met back in April at UFC 261. Namajunas always has a flare for the dramatic when capturing world titles and April was no different. She knocked Weili out with a head kick and stopped her just over a minute into the first round.

The loss snapped a massive winning streak for Weili and it was also her first loss in the UFC. Weili lost her first ever professional MMA fight. After that, she won 21 in a row on her way to becoming the strawweight champion.

She knocked out Jessica Andrade to become the champion and defended successfully in 2020 against Joanna Jedrzejczyk in a fight of the year effort. Namajunas was looked at as her biggest challenge in the strawweight division.

However, nobody expected her to lose in the fashion she did at UFC 261. Given how lopsided and quick the fight was, many thought that Weili wouldn’t get an immediate rematch with the champion.

Was Weili the right choice for UFC 268?

When the fight was announced a couple of weeks ago, a lot of UFC fans were confused by the booking. Many believed that Carla Esparza (18-6) would be the next in line for a title shot.

Given the way the first fight with Weili and Namajunas went, most didn’t think an immediate rematch would take place. The UFC had Esparza as the top contender if Namajunas wouldn’t take the fight against Weili in April.

When Namajunas took the fight, Esparza went on to fight Yan Xiaonan and dominated her and got a second round TKO. That dominant performance was a fifth straight win for the former UFC champion.

Given the fact that Esparza was a former champion and holds a win over Namajunas, I figured she’d get the nod. However, the sexier fight in terms of numbers in the eyes of the promotion is the rematch with Weili.

Weili’s run is certainly remarkable, but I do think Esparza should’ve gotten the spot at UFC 268. Despite getting passed over, Esparza was in good spirts posting on her Instagram that she’s “Got next”.

The Islanders have legit scorers this year who should ignite the offense

The Islanders and their fans should be hoping one facet of their game takes a big step forward this season. What is it? Scoring.

It’s no secret the Isles’ offense has been questioned for the lack thereof despite how much team success they’ve had over the past three years. They ranked 21st twice and 20th in Goals Per Game in the regular season, that according to foxsports.com. In that time, they’ve also not had a 30-goal scorer; the last was captain Anders Lee during the 2017-18 season when he tallied 40 goals.

Having a forward of that caliber probably could have increased those numbers slightly or maybe a wide margin. And it hasn’t been for the lack of trying. General manager Lou Lamoriello took a swing for Artemi Panarin in free agency two years ago, and this summer the team put their hat in the Vladimir Tarasenko sweepstakes. Both were unsuccessful, even with Tarasenko still possibly lingering out there.

But the Islanders might have finally solved that glaring issue. Lee and the newly re-signed Kyle Palmieri have the ability to give the offense a true shot in the arm, and both do have 30-plus goal potential.

Lee has already surpassed the 30-goal plateau twice in his career. As stated earlier, he notched 40 red lights four years ago and had 34 the season before that. Before the 31-year-old went down for the season in March, he had 12 goals and was on pace to come near or eclipsing that mark again. Could Lee have gotten there? It’s fair to say yes with the bounce back season he was having and how the line of he, Mathew Barzal and Jordan Eberle were progressing.

Lee is now fully recovered from his injury and he will be back with Barzal and most likely Palmieri. That trio should have more of an attack mentality, meaning more offense and more goals.

Palmieri is a former 30-goal scorer in his own right from his years with the Anaheim Ducks, having done it in 2015-16. He’s expected to replace the production of the departed Eberle. He and Barzal showed some chemistry in the few times they were together during the postseason.

Barzal truly has never really had someone like Palmieri, and vice versa. The former just might be the most skilled forward the 30-year-old Palmieri has lined up with in his career. That should account for something. Palmieri’s shoot-first mentality should add a new dynamic for the first line as a whole.

The offense should also see more balanced scoring with Oliver Wahlstrom, Brock Nelson, Anthony Beauvillier, and the addition of Zach Parise. Nelson has yet to score 30 in his career, but this might be the year he finally breaks through. Wahlstrom on the other hand is the team’s most complete sniper, but he is still raw and reaching 30 goals as a third liner seems a bit farfetched. But, if he does get a shot on the first line — which some may think he might — all bets are off.

As much as the Isles are a defense-first squad, offense shouldn’t be as hard to come by as its been in years past. They have some firepower that could do some damage this season.

New York Yankees: Mayday, Mayday, who’s coming to the rescue?

New York Yankees, Luis Severino

The New York Yankees, after losing 5 consecutive games, would normally be looking for reinforcements. However, those are limited by the 28 man roster rule. Normally in September, the Yankees and other teams can expand their rosters to 40 players, but that is not the case this season.

The Yankees could surely use some help to shake up the lineup and reenergize the very worn-out bullpen, but the sad fact is that no one will be coming to the rescue. Here are the latest injury updates and who will make it back to the team in time to be helpful.

James Taillon has today been placed on the 10 day IL because of a right ankle tendon injury. As this is breaking news no further information is available at this time

Aaron Hicks is a goner, out for the season with his wrist surgery.

Darren O’Day is another Yankee that won’t be returning due to his slow-healing hamstring injury.

Tim Locastro’s bad knee injury will prevent him from returning.

Miguel Andujar could return to the team after his wrist injury as early as next week, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

Clint Frazier might return by the end of the season, but his vision and vertigo problems seem to be persisting.

Zack Britton is gone for the season as three specialists have said he shouldn’t pitch for the rest of the season. If he elects to have Tommy John surgery for his elbow, he could be out until 2023, when he will be a free agent again.

Luis Severino was supposed to be back to the team in late August or early September, but that has not happened; he has just started throwing off the mound again after his second setback. If he comes back, it will likely only be in a reliever role.

Jonathan Loáisiga was placed on the 10-day injured list on Sunday morning with a rotator cuff strain. This was a huge loss to the Yankee bullpen. It is not likely he will return until the last week of the season, if at all. Rotator cuff strains can take a long time to heal.

Domingo German is in a similar situation as Severino; if he returns, it will likely only be as a reliever. Geman has been suffering from shoulder problems.

Michael King and his finger problem may be one of the Yankees that may return to the team in time to be helpful, as a spot starter or reliever. King was injured in a gym accident with weights.

Gerrit Cole was the last Yankee to complain of an injury. Unfortunately, Cole noticed something in his last start and pulled himself from the Blue Jays game. The situation has been described as left hamstring tightness; so far, no MRI has been ordered. At this point, is it unclear if he will miss a start or if it will be resolved quickly? If it turns out to be worse, it could be disastrous for the Yankees.