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New York Yankees outfielder, Clint Frazier.
May 25, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Clint Frazier (77) dives for the ball against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning in the second game of a double header at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees identify a ninth Covid case

It’s no secret that the New York Yankees have a serious situation with the Covid virus. It all started last Sunday night when Phil Nevin the Yankee third base coach was diagnosed as a “breakthrough” case of the virus, thats when a fully vaccinated person contracts the virus.

In the following days, the virus spread to seven coaches and support staff, all of which were vaccinated. On Wednesday the Yankees got the news that the first player, Gleyber Torres tested positive. Now the Yankees have announced that a ninth staff member on in the traveling party has tested positive. The staff member was not identified but is among the support staff. The first infectees including Torres are quarantined in Tampa and this ninth member will be quarantined in Baltimore.

Yankees pitched poorly in failure to sweep the Baltimore Orioles

The New York Yankees pitching completely collapsed in yesterday’s finale in Baltimore. Starter Jordan Montgomery seemed uncomfortable on the mound, giving up five runs in just three innings of work. and for the Yankees, the bullpen was just as bad giving up an additional five runs. Micheal King in two innings of work gave up a run. Wandy Peralta gave up another two runs, followed by Luis Cessa allowing another two runs for the 10-6 Yankee loss.

Aaron Hicks heads to the IL

Aaron Hicks has a torn tendon sheath and will head back to New York to have it evaluated by the team doctor. He is headed to the 10 day IL and will not travel with the team to Texas for the 4 game Rangers series.

When the injury was identified on Friday manager Aaron Boone said it could just be rest or the IL or he could need surgery. Now it is evident that rest will not solve the problem and ultimately will require surgery sooner than later. After today we should have a clearer picture of what the future holds for the centerfielder.

In good injury news, DH Giancarlo Stanton and second baseman Rougned Odor will travel with the team to Texas and play in the Ranger Series. Odor’s chance to play against his previous team may be a bit optimistic, time will tell.

It’s a bird it’s a plane, no it’s Clint Frazier

It’s no secret that Clint Frazier has been struggling mightily behind the plate and his batting average is the lowest of any regular lineup hitter. But during this time Frazier is making a name for himself defensively. He has become the teams flying, diving outfielder making at least three flying through the air diving catches. Last night was no different, he flew through the air crashing down on his chest and face stealing a hit from Trey Mancini in the seventh. In the dive, he destroyed his sunglasses breaking them into several pieces.

“I think that was my best catch so far,” Frazier said. “I think people think that I dive for some balls that I don’t have to. That one, we can all agree that I needed to dive for it.”

On the other side of the plate, Frazier may be ready to break out. He hit a back-to-back homer and got a single in the Yankee loss.

It’s not Florial, it’s Ryan LaMarre

The injury to Aaron Hicks left a hole in the outfield. His absence assures Brett Gardner of more playing time, but without Tauchman on the team, there is no backup, so the Yankees had to call someone up to sit on the bench. Many thought it would be Estevan Florial but just being called up to Scranton he had to be there for 72 hours before he could be called up to the Stadium, so the Yankees went for Ryan LaMarre instead. LaMarre went hitless in 3 at-bats last night but made some nice plays in the field.

LaMarre is a six-year veteran of the major leagues, playing with six different teams after suffering a number of injuries. Now with the Yankees, he has the opportunity to play in the majors again. His best year was in 2018 when he had a batting average of .303 in 33 games with the White Sox.

Oswald Peraza, Deivi Garcia turning heads

Oswald Peraza is the up-and-coming New York Yankee shortstop prospect that is presently playing for the Hudson Valley Renegades. Last night he hit a homer, the only run scored in the Renegade loss to the Iron Birds. A home run is not that remarkable, but in Peraza’s case, it is. It was his third straight homer in as many at-bats. He has now hit five long balls in his last four games.

In other prospect news, Deivi Garcia is major league-ready. He is pitching well and staying in form. In last night’s RailRider’s win, Garcia went five innings not allowing a run while striking out 9 Lehigh Valley hitters.