New York Yankees to start a pair of rookies in Sunday doubleheader

New York Yankees, Deivi Garcia

The New York Yankees are looking to sweep a Sunday doubleheader to turn their bad fortunes around and win a five game series against their crosstown neighbors. However, they will be trying to do so with a pair of rookie hurlers starting both games.

Michael King will get the ball for game one of the twin-bill against the Mets, his fifth major league appearance and second start. He will be facing former Red Sox Rick Porcello. In four appearances this year, King is 1-1 with a 6.59 ERA and a WHIP just over one.

Starting game two will be the young Deivi Garcia, making his major league debut. He was appointed as the “29th man” for the doubleheader, and was chosen due to the team playing a lot of games in a short period of time. The team needed someone to start a game, and they chose the rookie.

Garcia is just 21-years-old and has pitched just 11 AAA games. He was 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA with the Railriders last season. The Dominican born righty is the Yankees number three prospect and the #100 prospect in all of baseball, according to MLB.com.

The Yankees need good starts out of these two young pitchers if they want a chance to win the American League East. The Tampa Bay Rays have quietly extended their division lead up to four games and are playing really good baseball. They’ve won four in a row and eight out of their last 10.

However, the Yankees and the Rays meet for their final series in the regular season beginning on Monday in the Bronx. The Yankees will have their ace, Gerrit Cole, going in game one of the important three game set.

New York Yankees’ young pitcher shooting up the roster, could claim starting role

New York Yankees, Michael King

The New York Yankees are being very picky with who they choose to add to their 30 man active roster for the condensed 60 game season. They have already made surprising changes with some players, optioning Jordan Montgomery to an alternate training site.

The expectation is that Montgomery will be a part of the taxi squad, who the Yankees will eventually elevate to the active roster. In his absence, though, the Yankees made one interesting move to give a youngster an opportunity.

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On Tuesday afternoon, field manager Aaron Boone announced that Michael King would make the Opening Day roster. At 25 years old, King will feature on the active roster as they travel to Washington to face the Nationals on Thursday night.

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In 2019, King appeared in just one game. However, he is climbing the roster and has proven himself to a point where they feel comfortable supplementing Masahiro Tanaka.

Tanaka took a 112 mph comebacker to the head off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton several weeks ago. He’s projected to return at the end of this month. With that reality striking, the Yankees have elected do utilize their third game of the season against the Nationals as a “bullpen game.”

Schmidt beat out both Deivi Garcia and Clarke Schmidt, who seemingly weren’t ready to play at the MLB level just yet. Garcia was thrashed against the Philadelphia Phillies, lasting only 1.2 innings on Monday evening.

Despite Schmidt being sent down to Scranton, Boone believes the young arm could impact the club at some point this season. He would be the first man up aside from Montgomery to supplement any further injuries.

With that being said, the Yankees have a solid starting rotation, especially when everyone is healthy. The bullpen will play a significant role in helping to limit fatigue. However, a hot and heavy Gerrit Cole will be unleashed in a shortened campaign. Expect to see him every few days and to get better with each passing game.

As for King, I don’t anticipate Boone putting him in an over-strenuous position. Iff you make the active roster, though, you should be prepared to play.

New York Yankees: Full Analysis of last night’s Yankees/Mets game

Mike Tauchman, New York Yankees

The New York Yankees shined last night in their 9-3 win over the crosstown New York Mets. Unfortunately, the Mets, on the other hand, did not look good for a team that said this would be a bounce-back year for the team. The Yankees were errorless, and the Mets committed four errors and two plays that should have been errors.  That being said, the mistakes didn’t cost the Mets much.  The Yankees won on pitching and the best hitting I’ve seen from them during this summer camp.

The Yankees sent out prospect Michael King that they hope to use at some point in the regular season when needed.  King did not disappoint, King went four innings with one earned run, three hits, and three strikeouts, an encouraging sign for the Yankee brass.  Zack Britton and Ben Heller both pitched an inning, giving up one run apiece.  The trio of Chad Green, Tommy Kahnle, and Adam Ottavino went three scoreless innings.  Chad Green looked particularly sharp.

New York Mets starter Rick Porcello looked like a shadow of his former self.  He went five innings while giving up three runs and striking out only three Yankees. Not only did he not pitch well, but he looked thin and even somewhat frail.  If Porcello pitched poorly, the Mets bullpen was worse. The next six pitchers out of the bullpen combined for only four strikeouts while giving up six runs.  Simply put, it was a pitching disaster for the Mets.

Overall over this short summer camp, I have been impressed with how the New York Yankees pitching staff seemed to be prepared and sharp, starters and relievers.  Conversely, throughout summer camp, I thought the hitters were far behind the pitchers in their preparedness, with the exception of Thairo Estrada that had three homers in five intrasquad games.  Last night, however, the Yankee lineup looked ready for the postseason.  It was if they turned the page and said this game counts.

Gio Urshela, although he didn’t get a hit, had really good swings.  The highlight of the game was the masked Clint Frazier’s monster 428′ blast into the Queen’s night. His bomb went well into the second deck of the left-field stands at Citi Park.  The hitting star of the game was bench player Mike Tauchman who went 3 for 3 on the night. Miguel Andujar went 2 for 4 while making some nice catches in left field.

Although Aaron Judge was not in the lineup last night, Giancarlo Stanton was. Stanton looked good walking, hitting a double and scoring twice. Catcher Erik Kratz brought in in the ninth, had his impact on the game by singling and driving in two, in a ninth-inning where the Yankees poured it on.

The New York Yankees defense was sharp last night, Miguel Andujar did a fine job in the outfield and Gleyber Torres was errorless at short.  Tyler Wade was particularly sharp playing at second in place of DJ LeMahieu making several excellent plays. The Yankees may need him if DJ is not ready to start on opening day.  Also in the ninth Zack Granite made a great catch at the wall.

The New York Mets hitters, for the most part, looked impotent, with the exception of 1st baseman Pete Alonso who racked up two hits.  I was impressed with Amed Rosario’s stand up triple; he ran like the wind. I was somewhat surprised to see Yoenis Cespedes in the lineup last night.  He hasn’t played for two years, and it showed last night as he went 0-4.

If the New York Mets are going to have a bounceback year, they are going to have to play better than they did last night.  Looking forward, if the New York Yankees continue to look as sharp at the plate and in the field, is any indication, they look great going into the season.  The Mets will have another chance at the Yankees tonight at 7 pm at Yankee Stadium. Tonight the Mets Oswalt will face the Yankees Jordan Montgomery.

As far as the atmosphere was concerned, I was a bit surprised.  I really thought that cutouts of fans in the stands were pretty corny, I really didn’t mind it, it added a bit of color compared to empty seats behind home plate. I also didn’t mind the lack of sound in the stadium.  It may just be because I have been so anxious to see baseball restart.

I’d like to close by discussing Clint Frazier for a moment. I have never been a big Frazier fan.  Realizing that he is definitely a talent with a sweet swing, I always thought his lack of maturity would hold him back.  He has obviously been a work in progress in his defense, but how he handles himself by not taking responsibility for poor play, has been a turn-off.

It’s possible that we are seeing a new Clint Frazier this season.  His statement about why he wears a mask on the field is inspiring, and at the same time, it may show that he has turned the page on his responsibility issues.  The young man could have a great future with the New York Yankees and I hope he does.

 

 

 

 

New York Yankees: Preview of tonight’s Yankees/Mets game at Citi Field

New York Yankees, Michael King

Tonight the New York Yankees will face their first MLB team of this summer camp in preparation for the Yankees opening day next Thursday. Yes, it’s finally here the Yankees get to meet another team in this drastically shortened coronavirus baseball season.

The Yankees have seen the spring training shut down, seen a divisive set of baseball negotiations between the owners and players.  They have seen a strange summer camp with players wearing masks and Yankee fans missing from the stands.  All this caused by a serious COVID-19 virus infection that has killed over 140 thousand Americans.  Even baseball players across the country have been infected by the insidious virus, but through all of this baseball has found a way to return to American baseball fans.

Tonight the New York Yankees will face their crosstown rival New York Mets at Citi Field in the Queens. It will be the first interleague meeting of summer camp.  The game tonight will be televised on the YES Network and will start at approximately 7:10 pm.  Michael King will start for the Yankees, and newly acquired Rick Porcello will start for the New York Mets.

Michael King has performed well in both the spring training and the summer camp.  King is a pitching prospect for the Yankees and has been in the Yankee system since 2018 coming from the Florida Marlins organization. In his minor league career, he is 28-19 with an ERA of 2.93. He was in one major league game last year in a 2 inning no-decision game. The Yankees see King as one of the brightest.  He may well appear in the starting rotation this season if there are injuries.

Rick Porcello was acquired by the Mets during this offseason from the Boston Red Sox.  Many feel that Porcello’s best years are behind him. He was a successful pitcher for the Detroit Tigers for six years before becoming a Red Sox.  For the Sox, he has been a mixed bag winning 22 games in 2016 but also had two losing seasons in his five-year stint with the Sox.  Both teams will be watching their starters intently as they may have an impact on this short season.

After tonight’s game, the Mets will take the subway across town to play another game against the Yankees, this one at the Stadium. In the game, the Mets Cory Oswalt will face the Yankee Jordan Montgomery.  On Monday, the Philadelphia Phillies will travel to Yankee Stadium for a 6:05 pm game.  All three of these games will be televised on the YES Network.

Next Thursday in the first game of the MLB season, the New York Yankees Gerrit Cole will face the Washington National’s Max Scherzer in MLB’s opening day.  Later in the evening the Los Angeles Dodgers will meet the San Francisco Giants.  Opening day for the rest of MLB will be the following day, July 24th.

New York Yankees Recap: Pitching ace Gerrit Cole shines in his first outing of summer camp

New York Yankees fans, many of which are still sheltered in their homes, last night got to see what the Yankees paid $324 million to get.  In a somewhat shocking first look, Gerrit Cole gave up an opposite-field home run to Miguel Andujar. In the second inning, he allowed a walk to Estevan Florial, but then he kicked in and went a surprising five innings and 67 pitches while putting down the last 10 hitters he faced.

This had to be an outing that impressed New York Yankee Manager Aaron Boone. Cole showed Boone and Yankee fans that he is ready to come out hot when he faces the Washington National’s Max Scherzer on July 23, opening day in the Nation’s capital city.

Cole ended up allowing one run on one hit and two walks while striking out six. Cole had control of all four of his pitches. He highlighted his 97-mph fastball and filthy slider. Cole provided his own encouragement, but after the game talked about whether pitching in front of empty stands would be an issue.

“I don’t know. This is the first kind of real most game-like scenario I have been put in with it. It is certainly different. I didn’t have trouble focusing tonight. Try to get in my space and do what I do. I tried to find that middle ground between too high or too low,’’ Cole said. “It was one of those where I was trying to get up and make sure I was focused because you want to make it as much as businesslike as you can. It was nice to see and feel the competitiveness on the field. That is just a testament to the guys, everybody is bringing it.’’

On the other side of the New York Yankees scrimmage was highly respected prospect Michael King. King impressed in his own way by pitching two scoreless innings.  King feels he can learn by watching the intensity in which Gerrit Cole pitches.

“He does not take a pitch off and I talked to him about his in-between start routine, the bullpens in between are max effort,’’ King said. “He doesn’t want to overdo it. He doesn’t want to throw 56-pitch bullpens, which I do because I like throwing as much as I can. He wants to be game-like every time he is on the mound. So when he is on the mound in his bullpen, 15-20 pitch bullpen, every single pitch was full intensity. In this intrasquad, the first one of spring training 2.0, he is mad at himself for missing pitches.’’

We’ve watched two intrasquad games now, last night’s effort was a little more game-like than the first game, that lacked an outfield and infield at times.  It has given us a feel for what games in an empty park where you can hear the mice walking around will feel like.  Assuming the coronavirus lets the baseball season start, that opening day is now just fifteen days away.

 

New York Yankees Prospects: Michael King

New York Yankees, Michael King

The New York Yankees 25th best prospect in their minor league system might have a major impact whenever the season gets under way. Michael King is a pitcher that a lot of Yankees fans have heard about in the last couple of years. The 6’3 right hander was acquired from Marlins back in 2017 and he immediately made a big impact in the minors. In his first season in the Yankees system, King went 11-5 with a 1.79 ERA. He pitches his way from A+ all the way to AAA. In AAA he really shined going 4-0 in six starts with an ERA of 1.15. King was dominating and he did so with his great control. In his 39 innings in AAA, King struck out 31 batters while only walking six. A lot of folks thought King was going to be a rotation option for the Yankees in 2019, but the Yankees injury bug struck again.

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Derailed 2019

Last spring when King was getting ready for the season, he felt some discomfort in his pitching elbow. Everything came to a screeching halt, and King was sidelined until August with the elbow injury. In his four starts at AAA last year, King went 3-1 with a 4.18 ERA in 23.2 innings. In those 23 plus innings King kept the walks down while striking out 28 batters. King played his way up and got a chance with the big league club at the end of the year. King pitched in one game for the Yankees and he threw two scoreless innings. As a pitcher, King really relies on his fastball. He probably has the best control out of any pitching prospect the Yankees have in their farm system. His breaking pitches are nothing spectacular, but his fastball is so good that he’s able to get away with a lot.

Role in 2020

This year, King was projected to compete for a spot in the Yankees rotation. James Paxton and Luis Severino were both sidelined with injuries and Domingo German was suspended. Now with the Covid-19 pandemic, James Paxton will be ready to go when the season starts. Jordan Montgomery is likely to get the fifth spot in the Yankees rotation which leaves King as the odd man out. The Yankees have a few options when it comes to King. They can keep him at AAA and continue to develop him or they could place him in the bullpen for the year. King’s fastball and command could make him a serious weapon out of the bullpen in 2020. I would like to see King develop those off-speed pitches a little more so he wasn’t so one dimensional when he pitches. I think King is due for a great bounce back season in 2020, I’m just curious to see what his role will be.

New York Yankees: Take-a-ways from the Phillies 3-1 win over the Yankees!

New York Yankees, J.A. Happ

Game 18:  Phillies 3, Yankees 1

It was a beautiful day for New York Yankees baseball in Clearwater, Florida.  The skies were mostly cloudy, with a delightful temperature of 75.  The Yankees met the Philidelphia Phillies at their packed home park.  The Phillies started Ramon Rosso ERA 2.45 against the Yankees J.A. Happ ERA 1.00 in his fourth start of the season.  Happ has been excellent so far during the spring, so far in three games, he has pitched nine innings giving up just one run.

The game started with Rosso striking out leadoff Brett Gardner.  Rosso made quick work of the Yankees using just nine pitches.  Urshela struck out, and Mike Ford popped out.  J.A. Happ on the mound with Chris Iannetta catching for Gary Sanchez, who was recovering from a sore back.  Bryce Harper singled, but the Phillies left him on first as Happ used eight pitches to close out the inning.  In the second, Clint Frazier led off with an off the wall double. Rosell Herrera was hit by a pitch. An Erik Kratz drove Frazier in for the Yankee 1-0 lead.  First up for the Phillies was former Yankee Didi Gregorius, who had yet to get a hit this season.  He popped out, and Happ shut down the rest of the side.

The Phillies picked up a Mahtook home run in the bottom of the third to tie up at 1.  Harper reached on a ground-rule double that Frazier didn’t read correctly of just didn’t run for.  A pop-out ended the half.  Thomas Milone, who had three hits yesterday, hit a long triple but failed to score at the top of the fourth.  At the bottom, Happ, in his fourth-inning, put down the side. The Yankees got two on in the fifth but failed to score. At the bottom, Aroldis Chapman made his second appearance of the season and pitched a scoreless half.

On the sixth, the Yankee couldn’t score.  Michael King gave up a hit to Bryce Harper and a walk but drew a double play and got out of the inning unscathed.  At the Seventh, Morgan loaded the bases with Yankees, and Joe Girardi replaced him with Russ, who got the last out and left the bases loaded.  At the bottom of the seventh, Michael King pitched his second scoreless inning.  Yankees 1 Phillies 1. Russ for his second inning allowed a single and a walk but got out of it.

At the eighth, Michael King came out for the third inning of work and allowed a single followed by a long home run by Christian Bethancourt for the Phillies 3-1 lead.  King got two outs and was replaced by Jonathan Holder, who got the last out.  With last licks for the Yankees, Garrett Cleavinger came in to close it out for the Phillies, he gave up a walk to Stowers but then got a strikeout and ground out, and that was the game.  Final score Phillies 3 and the Yankees 1.

Take-a-ways:

For the Yankees, J.A. Happ continued his excellent pitching giving up one run in four innings for an ERA of 1.33 in 13 innings of work.  Prospect Michael King gave up the other two runs, one a homer as he pitched 2.2 innings in the game.  Thomas Milone who went 3 for 3 yesterday, hit a really long triple that was first called a homer, but it bounced off the top of the wall for the three-bagger.  The winning pitcher was Addison Russ and the loser Michael King for the Yankees.  Of note, former Yankee shortstop Didi Gregorius went hitless in the game and is now 0 for 26 at the plate.  The Yankees spring training record is now 10-6-2.

New York Yankees: Can J.A. Happ have a successful 2020? So far, so good

New York Yankees, J.A. Happ

The New York Yankees met last night with the Philadelphia Phillies for game twelve of the spring training schedule. The game was played at George Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, which is just a short 20-minute drive across the causeway from Spectrum Field home of the Phillies.  The Phillies manager is Joe Girardi, the former Yankee manager.  Yankee players will also meet up with Didi Gregorius and Ronald Torreyes, both former Yankee Players. Didi was not on the lineup last night, but “Toe” was the starting shortstop.  In this away game, the Phillies started RHP Nick Pivetta ERA 8.31, and the Yankees began J.A. Happ in his third start of the season.

As Happ took the mound at 6:35 pm, the twilight skies were sunny as the sun sunk to the west.  The game-time temperature was a pleasant 77 degrees.  The first batter Happ faced was Adam Hasley, who struck out, Forsythe singled to center, Hoskins walked, Bruce flew out to Tyler Wade for two out and two on, Harrison ended the inning by lining out to Brett Gardner, and Happ got out of trouble.  At the bottom, Pivetta faced Yankee leadoff man DJ LeMahieu “The Machine” singled. Brett Gardner reached on a fielder’s choice, one down, Gleyber Torres at the plate, Gardner advanced to second on a wild pitch, Torres singled, and Gardner scored for the early Yankees 1-0 lead. Voit singled, and Torres went to second. Mike Ford singles on a Phillie error, driving in Torres for the Yankees 2-0 lead.  Iannetta, who was hitting .556, still with one out singled driving in Voit for the Yankees 3-0 lead.  Tyler Wade lined out.  Zack Granite made the final out, but the Yankees scored three in the first inning.

In the second, Garlick struck out swinging with Happ still pitching.  Martini struck out, Bethancourt gave Happ the strikeout of the side.  Happ has been extremely impressive all three of his starts.  Privetta out for the second, Holder ground out, LeMahieu flew out,  Gardner walked, and Torres ground out to end the inning.  At the third former Yankee Ronald Torreyes singled off Happ.  Haseley struck out, Forsythe hits into a double play.  In the Yankees bottom, Voit struck out; Ford ground out, Iannetta struck out as the score remained Yankee 3 Phillies 0.

On to the fourth with Hoskins faced Happ for a fourth inning, he struck out, and Bruce flew out. Harrison ground out for the final out.  At the bottom, Wade struck out, and Granite walked chasing Privetta. The new pitcher was Addison Russ facing Holder. Granite caught stealing.  Holder struck out for the final out. At the top of the fifth, Michael King replaced Happ and faced Garlick, who reached on a Torres throwing error.  Martini ground out, Bethancourt ground out bring up Torreyes who provided the third out.  At the bottom, Blake Parker faced DJ LeMahieu, who got his second base hit.  Gardner ground out, Torres walked, on four balls, and it was two on and one out. Voit struck out.  Ford ground out, and after five, it’s Yankee 3 and the Phillies 0.

King was back out for the Yankees in the sixth.  Haseley flew out, Forsythe doubled, Hoskins struck out, and Bruce hit a home run to center putting the Phillies on the board 3 -2. In the bottom Iannetta walked to start off the inning, Wade struck out, Granite walked, Kratz, struck out and LeMahieu walked the bases loaded.  With Gardner up, he flews out, leaving three on base.  At the seventh Michael King returned to face Garlick, who struck out, Martini ground out, and Marchan made the final out.  At the top of the seventh, the Phillies brought out Bud Norris.   Torres flew out, Voit walked, Ford ground out into a double play.  Yankees 3 Phillies 2.

Going to the eighth Tyler Lyons took over the pitching.  Torreyes led off with a double, Guthrie in to run for Toe.  Muzziotti struck out.  Gamboa walked, and Hall struck out on an excellent breaking ball by Lyons. Castillo made the final out, leaving two Phillies on base.  Trevor Kelley pitched the bottom.  Alverez was down looking, Zehner struck out, and Milone allowed Kelley to strike out the side.

With last licks for the Philadelphia Phillies, the Yankees sent Dan Otero out to get the save.  Listi singled, Randolph at-bat with the Yankees playing at double-play depth.  Randolph reached on the force out at second. Vierling hit into a double play, and that was the game.  The Yankees won 3-2 against the Phillies.

J.A. Happ has allowed only one run in eight innings in three starts this spring training. In this game, he allowed no runs and got six strikeouts in four innings pitched while allowing no runs.    The winning pitcher was J.A. Happ 2-0, and the loser was Pivetta 0-1. Tomorrow the Yankees face the Tigers with Gerrit Cole on the mound.

 

New York Yankees: How the starting pitching rotation will look after Luis Severino’s injury

New York Yankees, Jonathan Loaisiga

With the news breaking that New York Yankees No. 2 starter Luis Severino will likely succumb to Tommy John surgery, manager Aaron Boone will need to find a replacement for him in the rotation.

James Paxton is already facing a lengthy recovery after having a cyst removed from his lower back, so losing two pitchers for significant time will force others to slot in at the end of the rotation. Thank goodness GM Brian Cashman retained J.A. Happ after all since his services will be heavily required in 2020.

However, Severino and Paxton’s injury gives multiple youngsters an opportunity as starting level pitchers. The return of Jordan Montgomery will prove to be significant, and his outing against the Pittsburg Pirates on Monday was exactly what the Yankees needed to see regarding their confidence in him.

Montgomery pitched 2.0 innings, striking out three batters and walking one. He allowed zero earned runs, finishing a quality night. I expect him to slot in as the No. 4 starter while Paxton recovers, and then move down to No. 5. While Monty didn’t feature much in 2019 due to injury, his first two seasons (2017-18) saw him toss two consecutive sub-4.00 ERA campaigns.

How will the New York Yankees supplement the No. 5 spot?

The Bombers don’t have a solidified No. 5 pitcher to take the reigns and handle the final spot in the rotation with consistency. I believe they will utilize a rotating system in the last slot, consisting of Michael King, Jonathan Loaisiga, and Jonathan Holder.

The 2020 season will be King’s rookie campaign, after pitching just several innings in 2019 at the major league level. He had some consistency issues in the minor league’s but is ready to be called up and tested. Loaisiga, on the other hand, finished 2019 with a 4.55 ERA, allowing six homers and logging 37 strikeouts. I expect him to take a step forward in the coming year after working on developing his off-speed pitches. He has added a solid changeup to his arsenal of mostly fastball variations, giving him that extra diversity to confuse batters.

Holder, though, shouldn’t be cast aside. While Holder posted a 6.31 ERA in 2019, he logged 46 strikeouts over 41.1 innings. His SO9 land at 10.0, which is quite impressive, indicating a solid whiff rate. His low 90s fastball isn’t anything to write home about, but he does feature a changeup, slider, cutter, and curveball. His cutter and fastball are his best pitches in terms of accuracy and velocity, but he has the offspeed mojo to get the job done.

Overall, I think the Yankees have the talent to survive the injuries sustained to the starting rotation, and hopefully, they can gain back Severino before the postseason hits later on in 2020.

New York Yankees: James Paxton making phenomenal recovery

New York Yankees, James Paxton

Being a fan of New York sports teams required patience and tolerance. For the New York Yankees, it’s tolerating constant injuries, the Giants, terrible ownership (Knicks too), the Rangers, continuos rebuilding, and much more.

The Yankees couldn’t even manage to get through one game of Grapefruit League baseball before watching three of their best players pick up ailments. Luis Severino has a forearm issue, Aaron Judge suffered a sore shoulder due to overexertion, and James Paxton had a cyst removed from his lower back.

Paxton was expected to miss at least three months but is making phenomenal progress with his recovery. He’s expected to begin a throwing program in nine days, which is exponentially earlier than initially anticipated. A June debut seemed to be reasonable for the lefty arm, but some are saying May could be more likely after the most recent development.

New York Yankees’ Aaron Boone gives us an update:

Yankees skipper Aaron Boone stated via YES that they “feel really good about where [Paxton] is.” He mentioned that Paxton would begin throwing somewhere in the 7-10 day range and is hoping that the “nagging issues” that plagued his lower back would be alleviated in 2020.

Boone, on an interview with Suzyn Waldman and John Sterling, stated that “there is a really good chance that he’ll be ready sometime in May.” The Yankees were preparing to continue without Paxton, likely elevating Jordan Montgomery to the starting unit. After they lost Severino to a potentially significant injury, a younger option like Michael King could get the call as well.

Gaining Paxton back earlier than anticipated would allow them to eliminate any concern with their pitchers, especially with injuries continuing to mount. Expect to see rust from “Big Maple” once he makes it back, but he has plenty of time to work his way into playing form.

The Yankees have the firepower and talent in the starting rotation to survive any injuries. Signing $324 million-man, Gerrit Cole, will surely help int hat facet.