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Tests on right-hander Masahiro Tanaka‘s sore arm came back clean, Joe Girardi told reporters. The doctor said it’s just fatigue. Tanaka has been working out at Yankee Stadium these last few days and he played catch this afternoon. He is scheduled to throw a bullpen session sometime later this week. Worth repeating: the tests came back clean. Exhale.
The Yankees have acquired right-handed reliever Chaz Roe from the Marlins for cash considerations, the team announced. Chris Cotillo says Roe will likely join the big league team when rosters expand tomorrow. The Yankees will have to clear a 40-man roster spot to accommodate him but that shouldn’t be much of a problem.
Roe, 27, has a 3.66 ERA (3.73 FIP) with very good strikeout (10.13 K/9 and 27.5 K%) and walk (2.95 BB/9 and 8.0 BB%) rates in 64 Triple-A relief innings this year, all with the Marlins. He has 22.1 big league innings to his credit, all with the Diamondbacks last season (4.03 ERA and 4.39 FIP). The Yankees are facing a pretty big 40-man roster crunch after the season, and between this and the Josh Outman pickup, it appears their September call-ups will be a bunch of guys they can cut in the offseason rather than prospects who are not yet Rule 5 Draft eligible and would only further clog the 40-man. Eh, whatever.
Via Ken Rosenthal: The Yankees are unlikely to call up left-handed reliever and 2014 second round pick Jacob Lindgren in September due to workload and 40-man roster concerns. The team acquired Josh Outman on Thursday to upgrade over Rich Hill and add more lefty depth. Outman joins David Huff as Joe Girardi‘s two southpaw options in the bullpen.
Lindgren, 21, has already thrown 80 innings this year between college and pro ball. He’s reached Double-A and struck out 48 batters in 25 innings since signing, and a scout recently told John DeMarza that Lindgren could get big leaguers out right now. You don’t draft a reliever with your top pick unless you think he can get to the big leagues in a hurry, but Lindgren has already pitched a ton this year and the Yankees are facing a big 40-man crunch after the season. It would be disappointing if he isn’t called up when rosters expand but also understandable. I’d still expect Lindgren to come to big league camp next spring with a chance to win a bullpen job.
Jacoby Ellsbury injured his left ankle sliding into home plate in the ninth inning of last night’s game. A fluoroscope exam — whatever that is — came back negative, but he was walking with a limp in the clubhouse after the game and received treatment. “I’m going to call them first thing in the morning when I wake up and let them know how it feels,” said Ellsbury to Brendan Kuty. “It’s not going to feel great, but hopefully it’s good enough for me to play tomorrow.”
Replacing Ellsbury in the outfield won’t be much of a problem for the Yankees — they could play Brett Gardner in center field and Martin Prado in left or right — but losing his bat this point of the season would be a big blow. He’s been the best hitter on the team over the last week or two, igniting the offense once he moved back into the leadoff spot. Hopefully the ankle is just a little sore and it’s not anything more serious. Ellsbury is one of the most indispensable players on the roster.
4:28pm: Tanaka told reporters the soreness is “throughout the arm” and he does not feel any pain in his elbow. He attributed it to the layoff and said he isn’t worried. He just needs to build arm strength.
4:23pm: Masahiro Tanaka has been sent back to New York with “general soreness” in his right arm, the Yankees announced. It is not specifically his elbow. He will perform some strengthening exercises and is not scheduled to see a doctor. Hopefully this is nothing more than a dead arm phase after the long layoff. Either way, it now seems unlikely Tanaka will return to the team at some point next month.
As expected, the Yankees have added Josh Outman to the active roster and designated Rich Hill for assignment, the team announced. They acquired Outman from the Indians for a player to be named later or cash last night.
The Yankees have acquired left-handed reliever Josh Outman from the Indians for a player to be named later or cash, the team announced. Outman is not on the 40-man roster but will report to the big league club. I assume Rich Hill‘s time in pinstripes is coming to an end.
Outman, 29, had a 3.28 ERA (5.24 FIP) in 24.2 innings for the Tribe this year before being sent to Triple-A, where he had a 4.43 ERA (4.09 FIP) in 22.1 innings. Big league lefties hit .180/.293/.380 (.304 wOBA) with a 25.9% strikeout rate against Outman in his limited time this year. He manhandled same-side hitters last year, holding them to a .195/.278/.261 (.249 wOBA) line with a 31.0% strikeout rate in 2013. Just another incremental upgrade.
As expected, Masahiro Tanaka threw his second simulated game this morning. He threw 49 pitches across three innings while facing Brendan Ryan, who batted both right- and left-handed. Tanaka threw all of his pitches and said he feels nothing more than normal soreness, though he is rusty. Joe Girardi called it a “good step in the right direction.”
The Yankees will wait to see how Tanaka and his partially torn elbow ligament feel in the coming days before setting the next step in stone. Girardi indicated his ace will throw at least two and likely three more simulated games before returning to the team. The minor league season ends Monday, so Tanaka will have to do all of his rehab and prep work in simulated games. That’s not ideal but there’s really nothing they can do.
Via MLBTR: The Yankees were among the teams to scout Cuban left-hander Misael Siverio during a showcase event back in June. He is scheduled to throw for teams again on Friday, according to Jon Heyman. Siverio has already been declared a free agent by MLB and cleared by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, so he is free to sign at any time.
Siverio, 25, is a small guy listed at 5-foot-9. Heyman says he has a low-90s fastball with a “tight offspeed variation” that includes a curveball, a changeup, and a splitter. The recent history of Cuban defectors heavily favors position players, but both Orlando Hernandez and Jose Contreras (after he left the Yankees) had success in the big leagues not too long ago. The Yankees signed Cuban lefty Omar Luis to a $2.5M deal a few years ago and there’s no word on what kind of bonus Siverio is expected to command.
4:43pm: Norris says the Yankees are also sending a catcher to be named later to the AzFL. Maybe Kyle Higashioka after he missed the first half of the season following Tommy John surgery?
4:17pm: According to Josh Norris, the Yankees are sending OF Tyler Austin, 1B Greg Bird, 3B Eric Jagielo, OF Aaron Judge, RHP Caleb Cotham, RHP Branden Pinder, and RHP Alex Smith to play for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League after the season. I thought they might send LHP Manny Banuelos to continue pitching following Tommy John surgery, but it’s already been a long season for him. The AzFL season begins October 7th.
The Yankees are sending more top prospects to the desert this year than I can ever remember. Usually they only send one or two top prospects. Austin (wrist, groin), Bird (back), Jagielo (oblique), Pinder (groin), and Cotham (unknown) all missed several weeks due to injury this summer and will be making up for lost time. Pinder is Rule 5 Draft eligible this winter and the club probably wants some more time to evaluate him. Judge is the team’s best prospect and Smith has had a nice year out of the bullpen for High-A Tampa (2.40 ERA and 3.29 FIP). Great crop of players going to the AzFL this year.