New York Yankee Top 10’s: Worst acquisitions, is Aaron Hicks on the list?

New York Yankees, Aaron Hicks

The New York Yankees looked to improve their team for the  2021 season. They resigned DJ LeMahieu and brought back Brett Gardner for yet another year. They also hired 2-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber and traded for Jameson Taillon to revamp the pitching rotation. They also made several minor league deals to accomplish their goals. With Corey Kluber and Aaron Hicks on the IL, it makes this the perfect time to look at some of the worst Yankee acquisitions ever.

The Yankees, in their glorious history, have had some of the greatest players to play the game of baseball. Players like Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Ron Guidry, Derek Jeter, etc.  Some were farm-raised, and some were acquired.

For some franchises paying too much for a player that doesn’t work out can be financially devastating. And it can take a club a long time to recover from that purchase.  For teams more flush-like, like the New York Yankees, those poor choices usually can be recovered from in a short time. In other cases, a club gives up a prime prospect in a trade to get that player while significantly weakening their farm system when that player turns out to be a bomb.

When acquiring a player, the New York Yankees either have to spend money or trade players or a combination of both to get the player they want.  Some have been amazingly successful, like Babe Ruth, Alex Rodriguez, El Duque, Roger Clemens, Roger Maris, Ricky Henderson, and many more.  But they also have had some bummers. Today we examine my picks for the Yankee’s worst acquisitions.  I based my picks on how the Yankees performed and how much they had to pay to get the performance or lack thereof.  Picks are only from the modern era.

The Last time I wrote this article, Aaron Hicks wasn’t even on the list. But with all the injuries and poor play, and now being out for the rest of the season, he has pushed himself up to number 5 on this list.

10. A. J. Burnett

When A. J. Burnett came to the Yankees in 2009 from the Toronto Blue Jays, where he had an 18 win season.  The Yankee contract with Burnett was for $85.5 million over five years. Burnett was one of those players like Kenny Rogers and, more recently, Sonny Gray that couldn’t adjust to the bright lights of New York Yankee Stadium.  In his three years before being traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates, he was 34-35 with an ERA of .493.

9. Pedro Feliciano

Pedro Feliciano was a two-year $8 million disaster with the Yankees. There is little to say here.  He required two shoulder surgeries after leading the AL with the most starts in the previous three years.  For the Yankees, he never pitched a game—end of the story.

8. Spike Owen

Owen was coming off a career year with the Expos, where he won a gold glove, hit .269, and racked up 24 extra-base hits.  He came to the Yankees from the Expos and was so bad at short that he didn’t even complete a year with the Yankees.  In 1993 the Yankees were in dire need of a shortstop with prospect Derek Jeter not yet ready.  So they paid $7 million for a three-year contract.  He hit .234 with a stinking .300 OBP.  The Yankees dealt him to the Angels to play out the contract.

7. Ed Whitson

If you thought Pavano and Igawa and were bad, Ed Whitson was worse.  The New York Yankees acquired Whitson in a five-year deal for $4.5 million from the Padres. For most of his career, he was a near ace pitcher but not for the Yankees.  What followed? Fifteen wins and a 5.38 earned run average over two years with the team. They dealt him back to the Padres in 1986, where they’d fork 90% of his contract the remainder of the deal.

6. Hideki Irabu

The big problem with the Irabu acquisition is that he was supposed to be the next great Yankee ace pitcher. He never even came close to being anything more than a 4th or 5th pitcher in the rotation. In his four years, starting in 1997, he went 29-20, 4.80 ERA, 64 starts, 74 games, 395 2/3 IP. For this, the Yankees had to pay the San Diego Padres $3 million to acquire him and give Irabu $12.8 million over four years.

5. Aaron Hicks

In 2019, general manager Brian Cashman gave Aaron Hicks a seven-year $70 million contract extension. It was a puzzle why he did it then and remained a puzzle. From 2016 to 2019, Hicks was an average fielder and only slightly above average at the plate. But from 2019 to date, he has been mostly a disaster, spending almost as much time off the field as on. Since the extension, he has played in only 145 games with a 223, 22 HR, 71 RBI, .748 OPS slash line. This year alone, he was hitting only .194 with  4 homers while driving in only 14 runs.

Fast forward to today, and Aaron Boone has announced that Hicks will be out for the rest of the year after wrist surgery. Early last week, Hicks tore the sheath of a wrist tendon. After a visit in New York to the team doctor, it was discovered that he would have wrist surgery. Now the Yankees will have to look for a centerfielder. Brett Gardner is more than capable of handling the job, but there is no suitable backup. What makes this sting is that the present management wants to stay below the luxury tax threshold, and this will be a $10 million slap in the face for the next five years.

4. Kei Igawa

Wow-what a mistake this was.  Kei Igawa was a miserable pitcher.  The Yankees signed him to a 5 year $20 million contract and paid a $26 million Japanese posting fee to get him in the first place.  In 2006 Igawa started for the Yankees at the major league level.  He was 2-4, 6.66 ERA, 13 starts, 16 games, and 71 2/3 innings for his first two years.  He was then demoted to Scranton Wilkes/Barre for two years and the third year with AA Trenton. While in the minors, Brian Cashman tried several times to send Igawa back to Japan, but Igawa refused to go.

3. Jason Giambi

Some may wonder why I have Giambi so high on this worst deal list. It’s not because he wasn’t a decent player because the Yankees paid far too much for a declining player.  There is no question that he was a star player for the Oakland Athletics.  His 40 points lower batting average with the Yankee was not deserving of his $120 million seven-year contracts.

While with the Yankees, the first baseman never was a Gold Glover, Silver Slugger, while only being an All-Star once and begin nominated for MVP twice in which he received few votes.  In 2004 due to injuries, he missed half the season.  Giambi was often a liability at first, leading him to play a lot of games as DH.  Oh, and then there was the whole doping thing.  After initially denying doing drugs, he admitted to injecting himself with human growth hormone during the 2003 season with the Yankees.

2. Carl Pavano

Carl Pavano is a pitcher that many Yankee fans don’t remember, as he was seldom on the mound during his four years $40 million deal. Pavano was a pretty average pitcher for the Florida Marlins until 2004; he had an 18-8 year, came in 6th in the Cy Young voting, and was an All-Star.  Based on this, the Yankees decided to take a chance on this break-out pitcher during the offseason. In his first year with the Yankees, he pitched in only 17 games for a 4-6 record and an ERA of 4.77.

His lackluster performance in 2005 was just the beginning things were about to get worse, much worse.  In 2006 he didn’t pitch at all due to injuries.  In his last two years with the Yankees, he pitched in only nine games between injuries.  His record was a dismal 5-2 with an ERA of 5.15. The Yankees were happy to be rid of him.

1. Jacoby Ellsbury

Without a doubt, in recent memory or Yankee history, the acquisition of Jacoby Ellsbury from the Boston Red Sox was the worst ever buy.  And that’s not only in how he performed. It’s what they had to pay for him to be away from the team the majority of his Yankee contract.  General Manager Brain Cashman is undoubtedly one of the smartest traders and purchasers in the business. But in this case, he missed the mark by a mile, not only in the original contract but how this player turned out.

Ellsbury was a good player for the Red Sox, but his best years were early in his centerfield career.  In 2011 he hit .321 with 32 home runs, and the guy could steal bases.  But he would never hit those figures again.  On December 3, 2013, Ellsbury and the New York Yankees agreed in principle to a seven-year, $153 million deal, including an option for an eighth year that could increase the contract’s value to $169 million. Mistake number one was that he was never worth this gargantuan contract, to begin with.

Ellsbury never enjoyed the fan praise that Red Sox acquisition Jonny Damon received, mostly due to his performance, which never reached the level that the money spent demanded.  In his Yankee employment in the first four years, he only managed less than 10 home runs a year while hitting a league average of .264 batting average. That’s when a deplorable trade turned into a disaster.  In 2018 and 2019, Ellsbury never set foot on the field due to continued injuries, which led many Yankee fans to think he was faking it and just wanted to collect the money and not play.

With the 2021 season, Jacoby Ellsbury is finally off the payroll. Many wonders in the future if Giancarlo Stanton will be on this list. He has never been the player he was in his 2017 season with the Marlins, he is often injured, and his huge contract limits what the Yankees can do with new acquisitions. Although he is about to come off the IL this season, he has been one of the best Yankee players. Now the looming question is, is Corey Kluber’s shoulder injury worse than what the Yankees are admitting?

Dishonorable mentions go to Jose Contreras: 4-Years, $32 Million, paid too much for his 1 1/2 years, Kenny Rogers 4-Years, $20 million, ERA 5.12, Pascual Perez: 3-Years, $5.7 Million, drugs only won 3 games, Mel Hall: 4-Years, $4 Million, he kept the Yankees from the 1991 postseason due to his constant arguments with Don Mattingly, and finally Jaret Wright: 3-Years, $21-Million, when he became a Yankee his body fell apart.

Most of the New York Yankee bomb acquisitions have been pitchers strangely, but luckily for the Yankees, they have had far more successful acquisitions, and being a rich franchise has been able to handle those that weren’t.

EmpireSportsMedia.com’s Columnist William Parlee is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research.  Follow me on Twitter @parleewilliam.

Could the New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants pull off another trade?

The New York Yankees‘ Aaron Boone announced today that center fielder Aaron Hicks will miss the rest of the season. Fans in the Bronx have expected this news ever since it was announced that Hicks would need wrist surgery.

While Hicks has been solid for the most part during his Yankees tenure, his absence won’t be felt much this season. Up until the point of his injury, Hicks had an abysmal .194 average and his walks were down with an OBP of .294.

His defense wasn’t anything spectacular and Yankees fans were growing restless. Now, Hicks can focus on getting healthy and the Yankees can focus on what they’ll do about replacing him.

The bombers did call up top prospect Estevan Florial today and it looks like he’s going to get a shot. Florial has been lighting it up in AA and AAA so far this season. Now that he’s healthy, Florial is starting to show why he was a top prospect for years.

Florial also bats from the left side of the plate. The Yankees are said to be looking hard at left-handed bats at the upcoming trade deadline. If Florial comes up and does great, the need obviously goes down. However, if he struggles, could the bombers call up the Giants for another trade?

Yankees and Giants Trade – Take 2

Back in April, the Yankees pulled the trigger on trading Mike Tauchman to San Francisco for reliever Wandy Peralta. While Peralta started well, he’s been struggling as of late for the Yankees.

The bombers made this trade due to the injuries in the bullpen and their excess number of outfielders. In hindsight, they probably regret pulling the trigger on this deal. However, you obviously can’t go back in time.

If the bombers decide to really go after a left-handed bat, there are a couple of very solid options with the Giants. If you want someone that checks every box in terms of needs, the answer would be Mike Yastrzemski.

Yastrzemski is 30 years old and he’s just now going to be arbitration eligible at the end of this season. The Giants love him, but perhaps the Yankees could put together a nice deal to pry him away.

Yastrzemski is batting .221 with six home runs and 13 RBIs so far this season. He’s more suited for the corners, but given the injury concerns with virtually every Yankees outfielder, he could still be someone they take a look at.

Another name to watch with Giants would be Gerrit Cole’s brother-in-law Brandon Crawford. The shortstop is off to a tremendous start hitting .261 with 11 home runs and 32 RBIs.

Obviously, the Yankees have a set infield, but they could get creative if they wanted to pursue Crawford. His lefty bat and tremendous glove would be welcomed in the Bronx and you know that Gerrit Cole would approve.

Giant Issue

While the Yankees and Giants do line up for a potential deal, there is one big thing standing in the way. The Giants look like legit contenders this year and are off to a 30-19 start.

Of course, a lot can change between now and the deadline. If the Giants fall completely off of a cliff, the Yankees could jump in and try to get one of their left-handed bats. However, that’s far from a guarantee.

The Yankees have been speaking with the Rangers about their outfields and Cashman has been sending feelers out there. The odds of another Yankees – Giants trade is low at the moment. However, that can change at the drop of a dime.

Everything is fluid right now, but this potential trade matchup could heat up quickly as we get closer to the deadline.

Yankees: Severino back before Kluber? Updates on 10 Yankee injuries (video)

New York Yankees, Luke Voit

Compared to the last two seasons, the New York Yankees have been blessed with far fewer significant injuries, that’s what I said 10 days ago, but since then, the situation has changed dramatically. One of the injuries is a carryover from last year. Luis Severino underwent Tommy John surgery, not allowing him to pitch at all last season. Now Severino is less than two months away from his expected return, but now the question is with the Kluber injury, which pitcher will be back with the Yankees first.

“I know a lot of teams are dealing with the injury bug, us as well now,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “We’re trying to live in the now and trying to do all we can to get the most out of our guys, but also make sure whenever we can try and prevent these kind of things.”

Here is a list of the Yankees’ present injuries and the players’ progress.

Corey Kluber, shoulder:

Today will be a very sad day for the Yankees. Today, Corey Kluber and Luke Voit are expected to be added to the IL. Kluber came out of Tuesday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays after only 3 innings, his shortest outing of the season with shoulder tightness. This created immediate concern as he only pitched one inning for the Texas Rangers last season, due to a shoulder injury.

After Corey Kluber’s no-hitter, fans waited with bated breath to see how Kluber would pitch after the Yankees’ 12th no-hitter in its history. Little did those fans know what Kluber knew; he started the first inning with shoulder tightness that he thought might be resolved with the “adrenaline” of the game. Such was not the case, as the pitcher had to leave the game. Before he left, he gave up two earned runs while walking three.

Exams and an MRI have shown that the injury is not as serious ad the one that shut him down last season. It was diagnosed as a Subscapularis strain in the right shoulder. He will not be allowed to throw a ball for four weeks and then undergo at least a month of rehab, making his return to the team sometime after the All-Star game. One thing is for sure; the Yankees will be cautious bringing him back into the rotation. If the Yankees make the postseason, they will be counting on their number two starter to be at his best.

Luke Voit, oblique

Seemingly out of nowhere, Luke Voit is also being shelved with a grade 2 right oblique strain. Voit missed the start of the season due to knee surgery and returned to the team on May 11, and has played in 12 twelve games, not really getting into the form that made him the home run leader in baseball last season. Now he will go back to the IL today. He will be out for at least 10 days assuming there are not future setbacks.

The problem with oblique injuries is that they are extremely unpredictable. Although he is being put on the 10 day, his recovery could take much longer. If you recall, slugger Aaron Judge was out for 54 days with a very similar injury last year. If Voit is out for any significant period of time, it will ruin his season and be a crushing blow to the Yankee lineup, that has several players hitting at less the .200.

Giancarlo Stanton, Quad:

Giancarlo Stanton was scratched in Baltimore due to left quad tightness. Stanton has had a history of quadriceps problems. This issue has arisen in his left quad. He previously had right quad problems in the 2019 ALCS. He was put on the 10 day IL, and the Yankees have not explained the extensiveness of the injury. We know that Stanton usually does not come back quickly from these injuries if they are serious. Luckily for the Yankees, it appears he will be the first player on this list to return.

Stanton was eligible to come off the 10 day IL on Tuesday but was held back because he still hadn’t run the bases. Aaron Boone was asked if he would return during the Toronto Blue Jays series and said it was a possibility. “We’re making sure we’re past this and getting through the final couple days and getting back to playing speed.’’ My guess is that he will return for the first game of the Tigers series at Detroit.

Aaron Hicks, wrist:

The injury to Aaron Hicks isn’t severe, but at the same time, the surgery to his wrist could be season-ending. The injury is a torn sheath on a wrist tendon, the surgery was supposed to take place on Wednesday, no news has been released as to the success of the surgery.

The Hicks injury is significant for the team as after trading away Mike Tauchman they only have three outfielders, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, and Clint Frazier. The only backups are two inexperienced players that can play in the outfield, Tyler Wade, who is mainly an infielder, and Miguel Andujar, who hasn’t played a season in the outfield. The Yankees, especially after this last injury, have no plans to use Giancarlo Stanton in the outfield. This will facilitate a trade at some point, most likely before the trade deadline.

Joel Sherman, MLB insider announced today on Twitter that Aaron Boone finally acknowledged that Hicks’ wrist injury will keep the center fielder out the rest of the year.

Zack Britton, Bone chip:

Back in March, Zack Britton underwent surgery to have a bone chip removed from his pitching elbow. Earlier in April, Aaron Boone provided a positive update on Britton’s rehab.

“Zack’s doing really well. He’s got full range of motion. I think he is scheduled to start playing catch as early as this week. … The incision and the swelling and all that, which is the biggest hurdle to clear initially, is going really well for him.

Britton is not eligible to return until May 31st., depending on his progress, but recent elbow soreness figures to push back his return. According to (Bryan Hoch on Twitter), Britton will have his first rehab assignment on Saturday with the Somerset Patriots. He is presently projected to return to the team sometime in mid-June.

Clarke Schmidt,

Jordan Horrobin of MLB.com reports that Schmidt has begun throwing again. Schmidt suffered a common flexor strain during spring training. He received a cortisone shot to relieve pain. If pitching off the flat is a success, he will move on to pitch from the mound. There is no timetable for his return. Boone said, “Obviously, it’s going to take a while because he’s starting from scratch essentially, but he’s doing well.”

Luis Severino, Tommy John:

Severino has been throwing off a mound since March 11 and has been cleared to face hitters.

Severino was originally expected to return to the mound at Yankee Stadium late in the summer, but that has advanced to him returning very late in June or at least before the All-Star break. Last week he was seen at the Tampa complex throwing batting practice with New York Yankees phenom Jasson Dominguez.

Darren O’Day, rotator cuff:

The 38-year-old sidearm reliever is on the 10 IL for a rotator cuff injury. “You talk to any veteran relief pitcher; you’re going to deal with things throughout the year,” Boone said. “This is enough to where it does require a few weeks of shutdown. Hopefully, he can get this thing right and still be an important part of our bullpen moving forward.” He is projected to return to the bullpen sometime during June.

Robinson Chirinos, wrist:

Robinson Chirinos is now at Triple-A Scranton rehabbing. He will play in exhibition games and will be able to return to the Yankees in the next two weeks if needed.

Asher Wojciechowski, lat injury:

Asher is now with the Scranton Wilkes/Barre Rail Raiders. He suffered a lat injury at the end of spring training. He has been day to day and very little information on his rehab is available, but once he is good to go,, he will unlikely return to the team in the short term.

The New York Yankees now have 3 regular players on the IL

New York Yankees, Giancarlo Stanton

The New York Yankees‘ bad luck is building up going into a four-game series with the Texas Rangers. The Yankees have been mostly unscathed with major injuries to start this season comparing to the last two years, but with today’s news, that is quickly changing. This afternoon the Yankees announced that another regular player was going on the IL, that being Yankee DH Giancarlo Stanton, with a quad strain.

This string of bad luck started last week when seven Yankee staff members tested positive for the Covid 19 virus. That spread to eight when the first Yankee player, Gleyber Torres, also tested positive for the virus. And just today, that number increased to nine Yankees, another on the support staff.

While Torres is on the Covid list, he is being replaced at short with Gio Urshela and Tyler Wade. Torres and the first seven are being quarantined in the team hotel or their homes in the Tampa area. The latest addition is quarantined in Baltimore.

The injuries mounted when centerfielder Aaron Hicks tore a tendon in his wrist. Hicks is on his way back to New York today to visit the Yankees team doctor Christopher S. Ahmad, who practices out of New York-Presbyterian Allen Hospital. Hicks was diagnosed with a rupturing of the protective covering of the left wrist tendon called the sheath.

At first, it was thought that he just might need rest, a cortisone shot, or the injury would require surgery. On Saturday, Hicks took swings from both sides of the plate, and it was decided to put him on the 10 day IL. Hicks has been replaced in center field by Brett Gardner and Ryan LaMarre, who was called up from Scranton Wilkes/Barre.

Today the New York Yankees placed DH Giancarlo Stanton on the 10 IL retroactive to Friday, with a left quadriceps strain. It was originally thought that a few days of rest might resolve the issue, and up to yesterday, he thought he would be available to play in the Texas Rangers series. Still, with today’s announcement, that will not be possible.

The loss of Giancarlo Stanton, even for 10 days, is a big blow to the Yankees; he has been the Yankees’ best player since the beginning of the season, and at times carrying the team on his back when hitters were not hitting. To date, he has batted .282 with nine homers and 24 RBIs in 33 games this season. The Yankees could have called up home run hitting Chris Gettin but instead choose to bolster the pitching department with the additions of Albert Abreu.

In addition to these new injuries, the Yankees have been waiting for the return of pitcher Luis Severino who had Tommy John surgery in 2019, and reliever Zack Britton from bone chip removal. Prospect Clarke Schmidt, flexor strain. Backup catcher Robinson Chirinos and a few other backup players.

 

 

New York Yankees News: More Covid, all the Yankee news in one place

New York Yankees outfielder, Clint Frazier.

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.

 

New York Yankees: Latest injury updates on 10 Yankee players (video)

new york yankees, nyy, giancarlo stanton

Compared to the last two seasons, the New York Yankees have been blessed with far fewer significant injuries. One of the injuries is a carryover from last year. Luis Severino underwent Tommy John surgery, not allowing him to pitch at all last season. Now Severino is just two months away from his expected return. Here is a list of the Yankees’ present injuries and the players’ progress.

Giancarlo Stanton, quad:

Giancarlo Stanton was scratched from last night’s game in Baltimore due to left quad tightness. Stanton has had a history of quadriceps problems. This issue has arisen in his left quad. He previously had right quad problems in the 2019 ALCS. He has not been put on the 10 day IL, and the Yankees have not explained the extensiveness of the injury. We know that Stanton usually does not come back quickly from these injuries if they are serious. The Yankees have to hope that the injury is minor as he is presently their best hitter.

Aaron Hicks, wrist:

The injury to Aaron Hicks wrist may not be a minor as the Stanton injury. Hicks could be out for some time with a wrist injury. They have issued a mixed bag on the injury, saying that he could return after a few days of rest, that he may have to go to the IL, to he may require surgery. If the latter is the case, he will be missing from the Yankees lineup for some time. “I think it could go either way,” is what Aaron Boone said. With Odor, Torres, and Stanton out of the lineup, the Yankee hope he will just need rest.

Gio Urshela, knee:

Gio Urshela is not on the IL and is still playing. During a catch in the Astros series, Urshela injured his knee, falling on it. He missed a few days and returned to the team. In the last game at Tampa, he seemed to run the bases haltingly. Last night he seemed to run better. In an after-game interview, he indicated it was getting better each day.

Gleyber Torres, Covid:

Of the eight positive Covid cases the New York Yankees are dealing with, Gleyber Torres is the only player affected. After being infected with the virus last December, Torres was one of the vaccinated players in April with the J&J vaccine. Wednesday, it was announced that Torres had contracted the virus again. He was placed on the 10 Covid lists. That protocol calls for him to be quarantined for 10 days in Tampa, or if he tests negative for three days in a row, he may be able to return to the team.

Darren O’Day, rotator cuff:

The 38 year old sidearm reliever is on the 10 IL for a rotaor cuff injury. “You talk to any veteran relief pitcher, you’re going to deal with things throughout the year,” Boone said. “This is enough to where it does require a few weeks of shutdown. Hopefully he can get this thing right and still be an important part of our bullpen moving forward.”

Asher Wojciechowski, lat injury:

Asher is now with the Scranton Wilkes/Barre Rail Raiders. He suffered a lat injury at the end of spring training. He has bee day to day and  very little information on his rehab is available, but once he is good to go it is  unlikely he will return to the team.

Zack Britton, Bone chip:

Back in March, Zack Britton underwent surgery to have a bone chip removed from his pitching elbow. Earlier in April, Aaron Boone provided a positive update on Britton’s rehab.

“Zack’s doing really well. He’s got full range of motion. I think he is scheduled to start playing catch as early as this week. … The incision and the swelling and all that, which is the biggest hurdle to clear initially, is going really well for him.

Britton is not eligible to return until the end of this month, depending on his progress.  He will throw off a mound now that the New York Yankees have returned from their road trip, Max Goodman of Sports Illustrated reports.

Robinson Chirinos, wrist:

Robinson Chirinos is now at Triple-A Scranton rehabbing. He is doing well playing in exhibition games and could return to the Yankees in the next two weeks if he is needed.

Clarke Schmidt,

Jordan Horrobin of MLB.com reports that Schmidt has begun throwing again. Schmidt suffered a common flexor strain during spring training. He received a cortisone shot to relieve pain. If pitching off the flat is a success, he will move on to pitch from the mound. There is no timetable for his return. Boone said, “Obviously, it’s going to take a while because he’s starting from scratch essentially, but he’s doing well.”

Luis Severino, Tommy John:

Severino has been throwing off a mound since March 11 and is close to being cleared to face hitters. Manager Aaron Boone said:

“I don’t know his exact date of throwing to hitters. I know it’s mapped out and I’ll try to peek at the schedule here (Thursday or Friday). I know that he’s got a bullpen (Thursday) (April 29) of 35 pitches, so he is getting close.”

Severino was originally expected to return to the mound at Yankee Stadium late in the summer, but that has advanced to him returning very late in June of at least before the All-Star break. This week he was seen at the Tampa complex throwing a batting practice with New York Yankees phenom Jasson Dominguez.

Yankees: Injuries beginning to pile up in the worst way – Stanton, Hicks update

New York Yankees, Aaron Hicks

The New York Yankees might have extracted a victory against Baltimore on Friday, but the injuries are starting to pile up at a serious rate. Winning 5-4, the Yankees just barely managed to score enough runs after falling to Tampa on Thursday.

Starting pitcher Corey Kluber lasted 6.0 innings, allowing seven hits at four earned runs. It wasn’t his most productive outing, but the bullpen got the job done over the last 3.0 innings, allowing just two hits and zero runs.

Offensively, Aaron Judge had a solid performance, recording two hits and two runs in the win. Thanks to Gio Urshela, who had a pinch-hit three-run home run in the 7th inning, the Bombers squeezed out a win.

Despite the positive outcome, the Yankees are now dealing with a variety of injuries they will have to supplement in the coming days. Slugger Giancarlo Stanton and starting outfielder Aaron Hicks are battling individual issues.

The Yankees are fighting off injuries once again:

Giancarlo Stanton could miss time:

Per Aaron Boone:

“It could be a couple days. We’ll just see how he’s doing (Saturday) and the next day and go from there. He said that he felt it in one of his at-bats a little bit (Thursday) night and when he was going through his pre-game (Friday) he just felt like it’s probably something that he should get out ahead of. Hopefully it is something that he has gotten out of ahead of and it’s just a little bit of tightness in there.”
As we know, with Stanton, even the slightest of injuries can keep him out for weeks, so hopefully, this is nothing more than just a pulled muscle that will recover quickly and efficiently.

Aaron Hicks could be out for quite a while:

Per Aaron Boone:

“We’ll see how he responds in the next couple of days to the medicine. Sometimes that works. Surgery could be on the table at some point, as well. I think it could go either way. In these cases, it seems like a lot of times the medicine works and knocks it out. If not, then surgery could be on the table.”
Hicks’ injury is a little bit more serious, as he’s considered day-to-day with a torn sheath that holds the left wrist tendon in place. If the injury proves to be serious, it could require surgery and keep him out for a longer period of time.

Yankees: Struggling outfielder is breaking out of his slump

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks hits a home-run against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Slow starts can really change how a player is perceived by the collective, specifically fan bases. This is even more accurate in a team like the New York Yankees, where expectations are sky-high and there isn’t much patience to go around.

Yankees’ center fielder Aaron Hicks was just one of many offensive players struggling to find his stroke. Yet, he was the object of the ire of some fans, saying he has no business being a starter in the Bombers’ lineup.

After all, he hit just .155/.242/.321 with a 61 wRC+ in April. He did hit four homers on the opening month, but it was clear he wasn’t in a groove. Even his legendary walk rate was down some in the early stages of the year.

The Yankees are enjoying Hicks’ recent production

However, like most of the Yankees’ struggling stars, Hicks has taken it up a notch in May. The switch-hitter is having a very good month so far, with a .364/.500/.409 line and a 172 wRC+. For the season, the athletic center fielder is up to a .198/.301/.340 line with four dingers and an 86 wRC+.

During his last eleven games, Hicks is hitting .294 with a homer, six RBI, an .846 OPS, and a 143 wRC+.

Hicks’ numbers are slowly getting back to normal, and Yankees’ fans shouldn’t worry too much about him. He has been quite unlucky, too, with a .289 weighted on base average (wOBA) but a much higher .337 expected wOBA, or xwOBA, which takes into account plate discipline, exit velocity, launch angle, and other useful stats and circumstances.

Hicks defensive numbers aren’t what they used to be, and depending on your source, they may be good (1 OAA) or bad (-3 DRS), but as the season goes on, they should also improve.

He may not be the perfect player or even a conventional one, but the Yankees have an asset in Hicks thanks to his ability to get on base at a very high clip and hit the occasional home run.

New York Yankees: Takeaways from the day the Yankees couldn’t sweep the Astros (video)

New York Yankees, Gleyber Torres

Last night in the Bronx, the New York Yankees failed to get a sweep to the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium in what could be best described as a competitive and exciting game that didn’t go the Yankee’s way. The game had just about everything, including how to score from first base on a single. It was a game that the nearly perfect Yankee bullpen failed to hold down the Astros.

All this while some surprising things were going on around the country. One of the most iconic baseball players in the history of baseball turned 90 years old. Willie Mays celebrated the milestone. Many Yankee fans weren’t even alive when Willie hit his 660th home run. President Obama said of Mays and Jackie Robinson; you guys paved the way for me to be president of the United States.

In other stunning news, the Los Angeles Angels released future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols, designating him for assignment. Also, this is the first time in ML history that no team at this point of the season (30 games) has accomplished 18 wins or reached .600. By the way, Yankees fans, t The lowly Boston Red Sox, are the number one team in all of baseball. Also, the month of April marked the first time in baseball history that both New York teams (Yankees/Mets) have had the pitcher of the month in their respective leagues.

Gleyber Torres scores from first on a single

The New York Yankees couldn’t complete the sweep of the Astros last night, but for baseball fans, there was some pretty exciting stuff in the game, not all to their liking. One of the most exciting was when Gleyber Torres scored all the way from first base on a single by Aaron Hicks. This can all be summed up by saying the Astros were kicked in the butt by their own right field shift and a myriad of other mistakes.

With Hicks at the plate the Astros put on the shift, Hick smoked one to the third baseman that was near second base. Torres took off for second, Bregman bobbled the ball. Torres saw daylight, no one at third, and took off for third; as he approached third, he saw catcher Maldonado jogging to cover third. Torres rounded third, and Maldonado tried to reverse, and Torres tumbled home ahead of the catcher, bringing the Yankees just one run short of tieing the Astros. The shift and with Maldonado running for third. Bregman froze as he had no one to throw the ball to. Astounded, Pressly the pitcher also froze when he should have been covering home plate.

Ace Gerrit Cole left the game with the lead

After the game in an interview, Aaron Boone stated that Gerrit Cole didn’t have his best stuff but ground through six innings and left the game with the lead. Cole, in his interview, seemed to differ with that explanation, saying that he made some good pitches and was a victim of the home plate umpires tight strike zone. As an observer, I would have to say both statements were true. Cole didn’t seem as comfortable on the mound and was a victim of giving up two home runs in his six innings of work. Cole had the smallest number of strikeouts since he pitched with the Pirates during 2017. He did get an amazing 10 ground outs.

But the bottom line was that Cole was not the problem; the usually almost perfect bullpen totally fell apart trying to keep the New York Yankees in the lead column over the remaining 4 innings. The usually outstanding Chad Green gave up a very disappointing 3 run home run to Jose Altuve, much to the displeasure of Yankee fans. It was the first time in Green’s career that anyone had hit a home run off his high out pitch. Green took the 7-4 loss. In the ninth, Justin Wilson gave a 2 run homer to catcher Maldonado, who hadn’t had an RBI in his last 75 plate appearances.

Other stuff

  • Yankee Giancarlo Stanton continued his torrid play. He hit safely in his 12th straight game. He had a monster home run and leads the team in both home runs and RBI’s.
  • Other than Gleyber Torres’s amazing score caused by Aaron Hicks single, every other run scored was via the home run for both teams.
  • Aaron Hicks has had a plodding start for the 2021 season, keeping him on the interstate (below .200). Last night he went 3 for 3 and increased his batting average to .202.
  • Is the 2020 batting king DJ LeMahieu in a slump? Last night he went 0 for 5. In the Astros three-game series, he has gone 3 for 12.
  • Last night in the eighth inning, star third baseman Gio Urshela made an amazing stop with a diving catch. He landed on his knee; he made a failed throw to first but remained on his knee, apparently in pain. He was removed from the game and sent for an MRI. The outcome of that MRI is unknown at the time of this writing. The Yankees will take a hit if he has to go on the IL, being one of the Yankees’ most productive players. It could be an avenue for Miguel Andujar to return to the team.

Today the New York Yankees start their final series of the homestand against the Washington Nationals at 7:05 pm. The Yankees Jameson Taillon will take on the Nationals’ Patrick Corbin.

Yankees: Two members of the starting lineup suffer injuries in Astros’ series finale

New York Yankees, Gio Urshela

New York Yankees’ starting third baseman Gio Urshela had to leave Thursday’s game against the Houston Astros with an injury. The visitors ended up winning the series finale 7-4 after the Bombers took the first two.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said after the game that Urshela will undergo an MRI on his injured knee.

Urshela presumably got hurt while diving for a ball in the infield and making a throw, although Boone couldn’t confirm that was the case. He did say, according to Marly Rivera of ESPN, that “hopefully it’s nothing too serious.”

The Yankees skipper also said that Urshela was “stable” when put through initial testing. There is chance that the Bombers can get their star infielder back soon, but the result of the MRI will heavily dictate the outcome.

The Yankees can’t afford to lose Urshela

For now, he should be considered day to day with knee discomfort, and there is no certainty as to whether he will be available for the Yankees in their next game, as they will face the Washington Nationals.

The infielder was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk at the moment of getting removed from the game and being replaced by Tyler Wade in the top of the eighth inning.

He is currently hitting .276 with nine runs, four homers, 16 RBI, a stolen base and a .766 in the early going.

Yankees’ center fielder, who went 3-for-3 on Thursday against the Astros, is also banged up, per Boone.

Hicks unlike Urshela, stayed in play, but the Yankees aren’t sure if they will be able to write his name on the lineup for tomorrow’s game as he is dealing with a cramping issue in both of his legs.

The outfielder has been playing better in the last couple of games, and has raised his batting average to .202 after being at .139 on April 29.