New York Yankees cut Breyvic Valera to make room for Severino

New York Yankees, Luis Severino

With Luis Severino’s return, the New York Yankees had to find room for him on the roster. The club announced Tuesday that they have designated Breyvic Valera for assignment to find that room. Coming off the 60-day injured list, Severino is expected to play a significant part during the postseason if all goes well. They intend to work up his pitch count and innings, either returning as a starter or working out of the bullpen.

Severino signed a $40-million contract in February before suffering his injury during Spring Training. He had missed all season dealing with a rotator cuff, shoulder, and lat injuries. Severino had a 19-8 record last season with a 3.39 ERA and a 1.145 WHIP. He made his 2019 season debut Tuesday night where he went four innings with two hits, two walks, and four strikeouts.

Valera was claimed off waivers from the San Francisco Giants earlier this season, who’s been in the middle of the Yankees’ “next man up mentality.” In 12 games, Valera was slashing .219/.324/.313 (Baseball-Reference). In triple-A this season with the Yankees affiliate, Valera balled out. He batted .315 with 13 home runs and 49 runs batted in.

The 27-year-old has been with four different major league teams in three seasons including the Dodgers, Orioles, and Cardinals. The Dodgers sent him to the Orioles in the Manny Machado trade.

Valera will not have minor league options next year, so if there’s any team that wants him will have to add them to their 2020 roster or pass him through waivers again (MLB Trade Rumors).

 

 

New York Yankees: Voit And Hale To The IL

New York Yankees, Luke Voit

In case you missed it, the New York Yankees placed first baseman Luke Voit and reliever David Hale on the 10 day injured list.  Voit is on the IL with a sports hernia, and Hale is on with a lumbar strain.

Yankee skipper Aaron Boone didn’t have much concern about Hale, saying he should be back in no time. But things get a bit more complicated with Voit.

The team is in a 24-48 hour waiting period with him to see how the injury repairs itself in that time span. Then, they will look at it again to decide if he will need surgery. If he does, he likely wouldn’t be healthy again until the postseason. If results come back clean, he should be ready once the 10 days end

Voit sustained the injury on a swing in Tuesday’s loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. We don’t know exactly how Hale was injured.

Recalls

To fill the two roster spots, the team has recalled Breyvic Valera and Jonathan Holder from AAA.

Valera is a versatile infielder who the team claimed off of waivers early in the season from the Giants, then proceeded to rake in AAA. Valera appeared in a Yankee uniform last time Voit was sidelined by an injury, so in mid-July.

Holder is still a work in progress after his poor start to 2019, but has fired a scoreless major league inning since initially being sent down in June.

It’s good that Hale should be back soon because he has made a quiet but great impact in the bullpen. Losing Voit for the rest of the season could be devastating, and here’s to hoping for positive results.

New York Yankees: Luke Voit Is Back

New York Yankees, Luke Voit

After missing just eight games due to an abdominal injury, New York Yankees first-baseman Luke Voit has returned from the IL and will be in the lineup on Saturday, batting third.

Voit was batting .280 on the season with 17 home runs and 50 RBIs. The Yankees sent Breyvic Valera to AAA as the corresponding move.

Voit will be facing Clayton Richard in his return. He is 2-for-5 off of him in his career. Richard has just one win on the season.

JA Happ will be going for the Yankees, looking to start his second half strong.

The Yankees beat the Blue Jays 4-0 on Friday to open the second half, led by a three run double off of the bat of Edwin Encarnacion. Domingo German picked up his 11th win of the season, good for second in the AL, surprising after almost a month on the IL. Leading the league in wins is former Yankee Lance Lynn.

Luke Voit returning to the lineup makes the team even stronger, literally, and boosts the team morale.

BREAKING: Miguel Andujar Likely Back To The IL For The New York Yankees

New York Yankees, Miguel Andujar

As reported by several sources close to the New York Yankees, Miguel Andujar will be heading to the IL once the team gets another player available.

Andujar tore his labrum in the opening homestand of the season.

The team claimed infielder Breyvic Valera off of waivers from the San Francisco Giants on Sunday, so it’s all beginning to make sense.

Valera, 27, is a switch hitting infielder that has played with the Orioles, Dodgers, and Cardinals. He has only appeared with the Giants AAA affiliate. He is batting .257 in 74 AAA at-bats.

THIS IS A DEVELOPING STORY. MORE TO COME.