New York Yankees: Schmidt injury update, Taillon shows off, Yankees to face the Phillies, and more

At the start of New York Yankee‘s spring training prospect, Clarke Schmidt had a common extensor strain. Schmidt is just one of several young pitchers contending for the fifth spot in the Yankees pitching rotation. When you have extensor tendonitis in your hands, it’s usually due to excessive use of the tendons in a short amount of time or sports or other activities that use the wrists. Schmidt is coming along but is not yet ready to start throwing. Saturday, when Boone was asked about it, he had this to say:

“Actually saw him before I walked out,” Boone said before a 3-2 loss to the Pirates at LECOM Park. “He’s doing well. He’s in Day 15 or Day 16 of no throw. He’s made steady progress as we’ve checked in with him. It’s kind of been better each and every day. But he’s still at least another week before he starts throwing. At least three weeks but then completely asymptomatic, range of motion, strength, all of those things are coming back the way it should, but he’s still probably a week from throwing.”

Jameson Taillon isn’t perfect, but jam, no problem

In yesterday’s loss to the Pirates, Jameson Taillon showed his old team what they already knew; he can get out of a jam. Taillon came over to the New York Yankees in a trade with his old Pittsburgh team. He was the starter for the Yankees yesterday, and he showed off his stuff.

Taillon first faced Dustin Fowler, who he struck out on four pitches. Bryan Reynolds also stuck out. Colin Moran lined out sharply to left fielder Dietrich. Taillon continued his excellent play from March 1, when he struck out the side in his Yankee debut.

Out for the second Taillion ex-Yankee Todd Frazier, who managed a single. Gregory Polanco also singled. For the first time, this season Taillon had two runners on base. Erik Gonzalez popped out. Anthony Alford struck out, and Michael Perez walked, loading the bases. Kevin Kramer closed out the inning for Taillon by striking out. Taillon worked out of trouble and has not allowed a run in spring training.

Zack Britton be COVID cautious

Zack Britton an essential part of late-inning relief for the New York Yankees. He may find himself taking on an even bigger part this season, closing more games as manager Aaron Boone mixes and matches. Britton managed to escape the coronavirus during last season. Many fans don’t know that he contracted a pretty bad case of the disease in mid-January. He said it hit him pretty hard.

“Physically, I’m all good now but trying to be smart,’’ Britton said.

Because of his earlier infection, he takes all the precautions as he builds back up his strength. The left-hander has participated in drills with teammates but hasn’t thrown off a mound since last Saturday. The Yankees will be slow with him, but Aaron Boone says he will be ready for opening day on April 1. Boone will watch the innings pitched by Britton and all the pitchers as they prepare for a 162 game season after having just 60 games last season.

Yankees face the Phillies today at 1 pm

After a loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates yesterday, the New York Yankees are back at home today at George M. Steinbrenner Field in St. Pete. The Yankees have a 1 pm game facing the Philadelphia Phillies. The game will be televised on the YES Network. It should be a pretty nice day for a baseball game. The temperature throughout the game should be hovering around 70 under sunny skies, but there will be a relatively stiff breeze from the northeast to contend with.

Jordan Montgomery who won his first game of spring training will be starting for the Yankees. Zack Wheeler will be on the mound for the Phillies. There is some info that Cole is starting, but with spring training we will have to wait and see.