New York Giants: Golden Tate OUT For Season Opener

New York Giants, Golden Tate

The New York Giants kick off their season at 7:20 p.m. tonight. Wide receiver Golden Tate has been questionable to play in the season opener all week. Now, Golden Tate has officially been ruled out of tonight’s game with a hamstring injury, according to Jordan Raanan of ESPN.

Second-year quarterback Daniel Jones will be without one of his top wide receivers again to start the season. In 2019, Jones never played a single game with all of his playmakers. Daniel Jones never hit the field with Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard, Saquon Barkley, Darius Slayton, and Golden Tate all healthy last season. The Giants’ skill positions looked different week-to-week last year, and the discontinuity is continuing to begin the 2020 season.

Who’s Next?

Filling in for Golden Tate will likely be Damion Ratley. The Giants claimed Ratley off of the waivers last week. He was listed as the second-string wide receiver behind Golden Tate on the Giants’ first depth chart. Ratley spent the last two seasons with the Cleveland Browns, totaling 25 catches for 344 yards and 1 touchdown.

The New York Giants are facing one of the toughest defenses in the NFL tonight. Being without Golden Tate will be a serious blow to the Giants’ offense. Tate was one of Daniel Jones’s favorite targets last year as he totaled 676 yards and 6 touchdowns in 11 games. There was a strong chance that Tate played tonight, so he should be ready to roll in Week Two despite tonight’s disappointing game-time decision.

New York Giants Week 10 Game Day Inactives: Who’s Out & Who’s In?

The New York Giants face off against their in-town rival New York Jets today at 1:00 p.m. Both New York teams have struggled tremendously this season, combining for 3 wins. The Giants are 2-7 while the Jets are 1-7.

Here is the Giants’ Week 10 injury report for their matchup against the New York Jets.

Week 10 Inactives:

Seven players are inactive for the New York Giants today:

  • Tight end, Evan Engram (foot)
  • Wide receiver, Sterling Shepard (concussion)
  • Right tackle, Mike Remmers (back)
  • Center, Jon Halapio (hamstring)
  • Guard, Chad Slade
  • Linebacker, Chris Peace
  • Quarterback, Alex Tanney

This means that four starters will not be playing today for the Giants. Mike Remmers and Jon Halapio will each miss their first game of the season. Evan Engram will be inactive for the second time this season. Sterling Shepard will miss his sixth game of the season (and could miss even more). Slade, Peace, and Tanney are healthy scratches (as usual).

Week 10 Replacements:

The Giants will start Rhett Ellison in place of Evan Engram today. Ellison has seen limited playing time in 2019 but has made the most of his opportunities. He has caught 15 passes for 125 yards and 1 touchdown so far this season. Rookie Kaden Smith should also see some playing time.

Sterling Shepard is out again, so expect to see another game with a high volume of targets for Golden Tate. Darius Slayton and Cody Latimer could also see an increased role.

Nick Gates will make his first career start today at right tackle in place of Mike Remmers.

Spencer Pulley will be back in the Giants’ starting lineup today, filling in for Jon Halapio. Pulley played in 13 games and started 9 of them for the Giants in 2018.

The Giants will also have a few reserve players active to serve as backups. Offensive tackle Eric Smith, offensive lineman Evan Brown, and linebacker Devante Downs will all be active for the Giants today.

New York Yankees: Hicks, Sabathia could possibly be on the ALCS roster

New York Yankees, Aaron Hicks

The New York Yankees will continue their postseason campaign into the ALCS following their destruction of the Minnesota Twins in the ALDS.

Aaron Hicks, who’s been on the injured list since August dealing with a flexor strain, is hopeful that he’ll be considered to be on the ALCS roster.

“Yeah, he is very much a consideration,” manager Aaron Boone said on Hicks. “He’s here today actually. We’re hoping to have some sim-game stuff going on with a couple of our pitchers. He did a lot of hitting and what not. He’s good physically. Obviously hasn’t had the kind of reps or games that you’d like, but he has certainly put himself in the position to be considered.”

Hicks has been throwing and hitting the past few days and has made good progress in his rehabbing. The New York Yankees are considering his addition to the roster but have not decided yet.

The switch-hitting center fielder wants to be considered for a roster spot. He told the Associated Press that he’s “definitely ready to go and play” for the ALCS.

The 30-year-old slashed .235/.325/.443 with 12 home runs and 35 runs batted in during the regular season.

For C.C. Sabathia, the left-hander was ruled out for the ALDS after shoulder issues. However, Sabathia threw on Wednesday showing signs of improvement. Aaron Boone was encouraged by the way he threw.

“CC did throw today and frankly looked really good,” said Boone. “I was really excited about how he looked. He was sharp, he was really able to finish his pitches. I think he’s feeling considerably better than he was this time last week certainly. I would say he is now an option for us as well and somebody that we’re considering. We’ll see how he bounces back tomorrow from his session today.”

If Sabathia were to return, Boone alluded to that the veteran would be having a bullpen role. More specifically, a multi-inning outing is unrealistic for Sabathia.

“I could certainly see him in there in a lane where he’s facing three or four hitters. Possibly an inning-plus, something like that. I think the biggest thing is evaluating where he is.”

New York Yankees: Encarnacion and Sanchez to return for last series

New York Yankees, Gary Sanchez

New York Yankees’ sluggers Edwin Encarnacion and Gary Sanchez are expected to return to the lineup for the last series of the regular season against the Texas Rangers.

“Everything I did, nothing bothered me,” said Gary Sanchez. “The plan is to get back before the season ends.” When asked about a timetable Sanchez added, “Hopefully in the next few days, with all I have to do, and after working with the trainers, I can feel the way I feel now.”

Sanchez was dealing with the same groin injury that he had earlier in the season. He’s been sidelined ever since the doubleheader against the Detriot Tigers on September 12th. Encarnacion has also been sidelined since that doubleheader against the Tigers with an oblique strain.

Both players took batting practice Tuesday before the game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Sanchez also completed some agility and condition drills where he responded with no problem. “I’m optimistic that there’s a chance that he could be back at some point in that Texas series,” said manager Aaron Boone.

Encarnacion has also been taking consistent swings and completing running drills. “I feel like (Encarnacion) is probably ready and certainly he’s pushing to get in there tomorrow,” said manager Aaron Boone.

Encarnacion who was traded to the New York Yankees earlier this year has been a dependable bat in the lineup where he’s batting .244 with 34 home runs on the season. Sanchez whos signed to a 1 year/$669,800 deal is batting .233 on the year with 34 home runs as well.

 

New York Yankees: Aaron Hicks Likely To Miss Remainder of Season

New York Yankees, Aaron Hicks

New York Yankees’ slugger Aaron Hicks has been sidelined since early August with a right flexor strain. The 29-year-old will avoid getting Tommy John surgery, but was told by a doctor in California that he needs a few more weeks to rest which will likely end his season. Dr. Neal ElAttrache recommended that he rest before getting reevaluated in a few weeks. This “rest-and-rehab” method will hopefully help Hicks to avoid getting surgery.

“Surgery certainly would be on the table,” said manager Aaron Boone. “I wouldn’t even call it likely. It’s very much up in the air with how he responds.”

Hicks had begun a throwing program which ultimately proved that he needed more time to recover. He was shut down again just days after the program began.

“Yeah, even if it’s ultimately not surgery, the clock’s against him now,” Boone said  Wednesday. “We have a lot of good players out there. We’ll be all right.”

Without Hicks, the outfield will primarily be left to Brett Gardner, Cameron Maybin, Aaron Judge, and Clint Frazier. Giancarlo Stanton is expected to make a return from the injured list soon as well. There have also been talks that Tyler Wade could see some more time in the outfield now in Hicks’ absence.

Hicks signed a 7 year / $70,000,000 contract with the New York Yankees this year.

This season Hicks is batting .235 with 12 home runs and 36 runs batted in. Fans remember his spectacular game earlier this year against the Minnesota Twins when he hit the go-ahead home run and superman-dove to catch the final out. Hicks’ defensive and offensive production will be missed by the Yankees heading into the postseason.

 

New York Yankees: Mike Tauchman’s Season is Likely Over

Mike Tauchman, New York Yankees

New York Yankees’ outfielder Mike Tauchman was removed in Sunday’s game against the Boston Red Sox with an apparent left leg injury. Reports on Monday said that Tauchman suffered a grade 2 left calf strain which most likely ends his season.

“I hurt for him,” manager Aaron Boone said. “He’s been such an important player for us. I know he’s a big part of us moving forward, even though obviously it’s not going to be on the playing field for a while. Right now, I’m just bummed for him, but we’ve got to keep moving.”

After tracking down a hit into left field yesterday, Tauchman was clearly uncomfortable going to field the ball. He hopped to it before throwing it into second base.  “I planted coming in on that ball and I felt it grab up on me,” said Tauchman. “It felt a little bit like I got kicked, which would be weird because I was the only person in left field.”

Tauchman’s absence will be covered primarily by Cameron Maybin. Even though Maybin has been dealing with wrist issues, he spoke of it before Monday’s game against the Red Sox where he indicated that he believes that is behind him. Clint Frazier, who just recently was called back up, will most likely also be seeing more playing time.

This season Mike Tauchman has batted .277 with 13 home runs and 47 runs batted in. He’s proved to the New York Yankees that he can produce both offensively and defensively in the major leagues.

New York Yankees: Miguel Andujar Kicks Up Rehab, Will Begin to Throw

New York Yankees, Miguel Andujar

New York Yankees’ Miguel Andujar is expected to ramp up his rehab where he intends to start throwing again on Monday. The 22-year-old played in 12 games before he decided to get surgery for a shoulder injury that ended his season.

“I’m super excited to start something different,” said Andujar Wednesday. He’s looking forward to begging baseball activities rather than physical therapy rehab he’s been doing since surgery in May.

When asked about how his shoulder is feeling, Andujar said, “It’s stronger now. Just definitely feels better than it did before. Very happy with the work we’ve been doing. It’s shown progression and I’m happy with it.”

The Yankees announced in August that Andujar would begin throwing the next month, so he’s right on schedule with his rehabbing. The club will be mindful with what they do with him, as there’s no rush. They intend to have him be throwing over the next five months to prepare him for next season’s spring training.

Andujar was at Yankee Stadium for Wednesday night’s matchup against the Texas Rangers. “It’s always good to see Miggy,” said manager Aaron Boone who was excited to see his young talent. “He was here… (it) kind of brightens your day a little bit knowing that he’s doing well… he seems to be in really good spirits.”

Andujar signed a 1-year/$617,000 contract with the New York Yankees (Spotrac). In his rookie season, Andujar hit 27 home runs while knocking in 92 runs (Baseball-Reference). He fell short to Shohei Ohtani for the Rookie of the Year award where he placed second.

 

New York Yankees: What’s Next For Luis Severino?

New York Yankees, Luis Severino

The New York Yankees sent Luis Severino to complete his first rehab start Sunday where manager Aaron Boone said he came off the start feeling fine. Severino threw 33 pitches for the triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders, where he went one full inning allowing two runs while fanning two.

Severino allowed a two-run blast to the leadoff batter in his second inning of work that ended his outing. Even though he struggled, he looked good and healthy. Severino worked his fastball up to 96 and was throwing in the mid-90s consistently. Right now it’s not about the production, the Yankees are making sure that he feels fine throwing in a game.

“He said he felt good,” said Aaron Boone. “Normal post [start] soreness. He flashed some good things, but it’s kind of like his first spring training game.” Severino is expected to make another start for the Railriders this Friday. He’ll most likely throw more pitches so he can begin to work up his innings.

The 25-year-old’s struggles in his debut were unsurprising, as he lost command of his pitches. However, the Yankees are being positive about his performance. “We hope this is another really good step for him where the next time out, we get him up to three innings and go from there” said Aaron Boone.

Severino has missed the entire season thus far dealing with lat and rotator cuff injuries. Initially believed to be back by the beginning of the second-half, Severino’s March rotator cuff injury really set him back.

It is expected that Severino will make a September return and join the Yankees in the bullpen. Since time is running out, he won’t be able to work himself up to return to his starter role.

 

 

New York Yankees: CC Sabathia Has Another Early Exit Due to Knee Again

New York Yankees, CC Sabathia

New York Yankees’ veteran CC Sabathia was forced to leave Saturday night’s game early against the Oakland Athletics. The team announced that Sabathia is dealing with more knee discomfort which caused his early exit.

No additional tests were scheduled, the team reported, probably because they’ve seen this all season and know what is wrong. However, Sabathia will most likely be sidelined for a few days potentially being added to the injured list again. The left-hander had several surgeries on his knee during his career and had it drained at the beginning of the season.

Sabathia pitched through three full innings Saturday allowed two runs on one hit. In 48 pitches, he fanned two while walking two. Sabathia is currently credited to a 4.90+ ERA and holds a 5-8 record.

The 39-year old plans to have his knee drained again and is considering getting a cortisone shot. He believes he’ll be back on the mound again this season. Knowing that this is his final year, Sabathia will most likely do anything he can do keep pitching in pinstripes.

Sabathia mentioned that his knee was hurting him all night and was getting worse every pitch. He added that he began to feel the pain during the Los Angeles series while taking batting practice one day.

The New York Yankees dropped this game against the Oakland Athletics 8-2. The Yankees record stands at 88-48 while the Athletics are 78-56. This is a big series for the Yankees as the A’s are a team they could be matching up against in the postseason.

New York Mets Injury Report

Jason Vargas (right hand) sustained a fracture of the hamate bone in his right hand. Vargas is scheduled to get surgery Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan and will involve the removal of the bone. He will look to resume throwing five days later but is very doubtful for the beginning of the season. This gives new life to Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman as it gives them another rotation spot to earn.

Yoenis Cespedes (wrist) is set to return to Grapefruit League action Monday. He originally aggravated the injury last week in a game that he homered in. When asked about the injury he said “I am not going to be able to play anymore, ever,” meaning he is likely feeling better. The Mets played Wilmer Flores in left field Saturday just incase the Cespedes injury was not healing as expected after playing in a minor league game.

Jacob deGrom (back) looks ready to go for Opening Day. He tossed five scoreless innings on Friday and struck out eight on one hit. deGrom says he feels healthy and he will be ready to start the second game of the season. He will likely get another start or two before Spring Training ends.

Dominic Smith (quad) is regressing in his recovery from the injury. Smith has not been able to run and does not look like he will be able to play another game before Spring Training ends. All signs point to Smith starting the season in Triple-A and Adrian Gonzalez being the everyday first baseman for the Mets at the moment.

T.J. Rivera (right elbow) is still on the rehab process from Tommy John Surgery and there is no real timetable or new news coming out of the Mets organization.

David Wright (shoulder and lower back) still has about two months to go until he will be resuming baseball activity.

Michael Conforto (shoulder) has progressed very nicely and has already played in two minor league games. He played in the outfield Sunday and is very much on track to make an early May return. Conforto has been late on the ball but that comes with the adjustment of being on the sidelines for over six months. Conforto says his body feels great and if Brandon Nimmo is producing they will have a very difficult outfield decision to make.