Update: Chase Headley leaves game with groin injury

10:42pm: Headley left the game because he felt nauseous after the shot the groin, Joe Girardi told reporters. Yup. He’s day-to-day.

8:47pm: Chase Headley left tonight’s game with an injury, apparently. Headley whiffed while attempting to field a ground ball in the third inning and the ball hit him right in the biscuits, though he did stay in to complete that inning plus one more after that. The Yankees haven’t provided any sort of update yet.

The Yankees do not have a backup third baseman, so losing Headley would be really bad, errors or no errors. Alex Rodriguez is the full-time DH now, which means either Brendan Ryan, Gregorio Petit, Jose Pirela, or mostly likely Stephen Drew would get the nod at third if Headley has to miss any time. Hopefully not.

Game 60: Big Mike in Baltimore

BIG MIKE IS HERE

Following a ten-day hiatus, Big Mike returns to the mound tonight in Baltimore. The Yankees took advantage of their recent off-days by skipping Michael Pineda‘s last start in an effort to control his workload. He’s already thrown 70.1 innings this season, just six fewer than last year. Pineda threw only 124.2 innings from 2012-14 due to his shoulder surgery, and in his only full MLB season in 2011, he topped out at 171 innings. The Yankees have to do what they can to keep him healthy.

The seven-game winning streak was snapped on Wednesday, but the Yankees have still won eleven of their last 15 games overall, which is awesome. It’s easy to forget how the club rallied from behind Wednesday before two of the last three relievers in the bullpen gave the game away in the late innings. The Yankees are playing pretty well right now. This should be a fun road series against the also hot Orioles. Here is Baltimore’s lineup and here is New York’s lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. 3B Chase Headley
  3. DH Alex Rodriguez
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. C Brian McCann
  6. RF Carlos Beltran
  7. SS Didi Gregorius
  8. 2B Stephen Drew
  9. CF Mason Williams
    RHP Michael Pineda

It has been crazy hot in Baltimore all day. There is some rain in the forecast tonight, nothing too heavy, but it is expected to arrive a little before first pitch. I suppose that means this game may start in a short delay. We’ll see. Tonight’s game will begin at 7:05pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Roster Move: Gregorio Petit (hand) was activated off the 15-day DL and optioned to Triple-A Scranton, the Yankees announced. That was expected … Marly Rivera says the recently signed Sergio Santos is in Baltimore and may be activated this weekend. That is unexpected.

Injury Updates: Jacoby Ellsbury (knee) ran again today and continues to progress. He will join the team on their trip to Miami this coming week, then stay behind in Tampa to continue his rehab.

6/12 to 6/14 Series Preview: Baltimore Orioles

(Presswire)
(Presswire)

The Yankees start their annual stretch of 20 games in 20 days — every team does the 20-in-20 thing once a year — this evening at Camden Yards. They’re in Baltimore to start a three-game weekend series with the Orioles. The O’s took two of three from the Yankees at Camden Yards in April while the Yankees took three of four from the Orioles at Yankee Stadium in May.

What Have The O’s Done Lately?

The Orioles just swept the Red Sox and have won four straight games and six of their last seven, so they’re on a hot streak. Baltimore is 29-30 with a +4 run differential overall, good for fourth place in the AL East. They’re four games back of the Yankees, who have a two-game division lead over the second place Rays.

Offense & Defense

With an average of 4.10 runs per game and a team 98 wRC+, manager Buck Showalter has basically an average MLB offense at his disposal. They do hit a fair amount of home runs (65, seventh most in MLB) but struggle to get on base (.308, tenth worst). Their only injured position player is Yankees killer IF Jonathan Schoop, who will miss another month or so with a knee injury. Hard to believe the Yankees are catching a break when a guy with a career 72 wRC+ will miss the series. Schoop straight up kills them.

Davis. (Presswire)
Davis. (Presswire)

As always, Baltimore’s lineup is anchored by OF Adam Jones (141 wRC+), who is simply one of the best players in the game. Yeah, he never walks (4.6%), but he does everything else. Such a good player. UTIL Jimmy Paredes (120 wRC+) has predictably cooled down following his insane start, though 3B Manny Machado (121 wRC+) and 1B Chris Davis (113 wRC+) have been productive all year. Davis will strike out a ton (33.2%), but, if you make a mistake, he’s going to flick his wrists and hit it a mile. Unreal power.

SS J.J. Hardy (38 wRC+), OF Travis Snider (93 wRC+), OF Delmon Young (90 wRC+), and 2B Ryan Flaherty (119 wRC+) are playing every day — yes, Young is the everyday right fielder now — while UTIL Steve Pearce (75 wRC+) has had his playing time scaled back because he isn’t hitting. C Matt Wieters (135 wRC+ in very limited time) recently returned from Tommy John surgery and has played a handful of games. C Caleb Joseph (90 wRC+), OF Nolan Reimold (228 wRC+ in very limited time), and OF David Lough (50 wRC+) are the other bench players.

The Orioles are solid defensively, probably not as good as their reputation, but still solid overall. Jones, Hardy, Machado, and Wieters are studs while Young is a total disaster. Flaherty, Davis, and Snider are fine. Not great, not terrible. This will be a good series for all those left-handed pull hitters the Yankees have. Hit it to Delmon.

Pitching Matchups

Friday: RHP Michael Pineda (Career vs. BAL) vs. RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (Career vs. NYY)
The 31-year-old Jimenez has turned things around from last season and is having a good year in 2015, though with Ubaldo you never really know when the other shoe will drop. He is the most unpredictable pitcher in baseball. Jimenez has a 3.03 ERA (3.38 FIP) in eleven starts and 62.2 innings with average-ish strikeout (22.9%), walk (8.4%), ground ball (49.1%), and home run (0.72 HR/9) rates. Lefties (.301 wOBA) have had a little more success against him than righties (.286 wOBA). These days Ubaldo sits right around 90 mph with his four-seamer and a touch below that with a two-seamer. A mid-80s splitter is his go-to offspeed pitch, and he’ll also throw some low-80s sliders per start. It’s not the same power stuff he had with the Rockies back in the day. That Yankees haven’t seen Jimenez yet this year. Also, Pineda will be making his first start in almost two weeks after having his last turn skipped to control his workload.

Saturday: LHP CC Sabathia (Career vs. BAL) vs. RHP Bud Norris (Career vs. NYY)
Norris, 30, missed about a month with bronchitis recently, and this will be his second start off the DL. He’s been dreadful this year, pitching to an 8.63 ERA (4.84 FIP) in seven starts and 32.1 innings. The peripherals aren’t all that good (16.6 K%, 9.1 BB%, 39.6 GB%, 1.11 HR/9) and lefties (.459 wOBA) have absolutely crushed him. Righties have a more respectable .311 wOBA. Norris is basically a two-pitch pitcher, using his low-to-mid-90s fastball and mid-80s slider about 95% of the time combined. He’ll show a changeup on rare occasions. The Yankees have seen Norris twice this season, scoring three runs in five innings in early-April and then four runs in 3.1 innings early-May.

Wright. (Presswire)
Wright. (Presswire)

Sunday: RHP Adam Warren (Career vs. BAL) vs. TBA
This start is expected to go to righty Mike Wright, unless he’s needed out of the bullpen tonight, in which case the O’s would change plans for Sunday. Wright, a 25-year-old rookie, filled in when Norris was out, and Miguel Gonzalez’s recent groin strain means he’ll stick around a little longer. Wright has a 2.96 ERA (4.67 FIP) in four starts and 24.1 innings, and in those four starts he hasn’t struck anyone out (16.5%), hasn’t walk anyone (4.1%), hasn’t gotten many ground balls (43.2%), and has given up a bunch of homers (1.48 HR/9). Wright has had major problems with lefties (.372 wOBA) but no issues with righties (.213 wOBA) in his limited time as a big leaguer. He’s a mid-90s fastball guy and he throws his four-seamer a lot, almost 70% of the time. Mid-80s sliders, low-80s changeups, and upper-70s curves round out his repertoire, though none of them are out pitches. “He doesn’t have a put-away pitch or the stuff to elevate as a starter,” wrote Baseball America (subs. req’d) when they ranked Wright as Baltimore’s eighth best prospect before the season.

The Yankees, meanwhile, rearranged their rotation ever so slightly this weekend. They flipped Sabathia and Warren to give Warren an extra day of rest. He’ll be on seven day’s rest Sunday thanks to the off-days this week. Warren has already thrown 64.1 innings this season after throwing 78.2 innings last year and 74 innings the year before that. His career high is 155 innings back in 2012. The Yankees not only want to make sure Warren stays healthy, but also make sure he doesn’t run out of gas in August and September.

Bullpen Status
The O’s have typically had a strong bullpen during the Showalter era, but that isn’t so much the case this year. The ‘pen has a collective 3.12 ERA (3.64 FIP) this season, which is good, but is closer to middle of the pack than the league’s best. Closer LHP Zach Britton (1.51 FIP) and setup man RHP Darren O’Day (3.15 FIP) are Showalter’s horses. They’re his moment of truth relievers. RHP Tommy Hunter (3.11 FIP) will also see some high-leverage spots but not as many as in the past. Britton pitched yesterday and got five outs two days before that.

RHP Brad Brach (3.04 FIP), LHP T.J. MacFarland (4.43 FIP), and ex-Yankees RHP Chaz Roe (2.95 FIP) make up the rest of the six-man bullpen, though Wright will be available in relief if necessary tonight. I’m not sure how long the six-man bullpen this will last, but it looks like that’s the plan through the weekend, barring something crazy that forces the O’s to call up an extra arm. Joe Girardi‘s bullpen is as fresh as can be thanks to yesterday’s off-day. Check out our Bullpen Workload page and then check out Camden Chat for everything you need to know about the Orioles.

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Chase Headley, the clutch Yankee

(Richard Perry/The New York Times)
(Richard Perry/The New York Times)

There are a ton of ways you can slice-and-dice Chase Headley’s first full season in the Bronx. Unfortunately, most of them paint the picture of a player having one of the worst statistical seasons of his career, both offensively and defensively, and performing well below preseason expectations.

He’s on pace to post the lowest walk rate, on-base percentage and OPS of his career (excluding his cup-of-coffee season in 2007), and is just a few ticks away from career-worsts in batting average and slugging percentage. Overall, his park- and league-adjusted production is 16 percent worse than the average major-league hitter, a stunning reversal from both last season with the Yankees (21 percent better) and his career entering this year (14 percent better). Yuck.

And that’s just what he’s done this season at the plate.

In the field, he’s already matched his career-high in errors (13) — barely one-third of the way through the schedule — and he’s cost the team a whopping eight runs on defense (per Defensive Runs Saved). This surprisingly sloppy glovework comes on the heels of being ranked as one of the best fielding third baseman in baseball last year, and is really shocking given his stellar defensive reputation throughout his career.

But there’s a very good reason why every Yankee fan should thank Brian Cashman for signing Headley this winter:

Headley has performed better in clutch situations than any other Yankee hitter this season, and has raised his game when the stakes are the highest.

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First let’s take a look at the most basic “clutch” situation — hitting with runners in scoring position. Headley boasts a .308/.350/.635 in those plate appearances, one of the top three slash lines on the team. That’s pretty darn good.

Then, let’s add a little pressure and look at “close and late” at-bats, which is defined as the seventh inning or later with the batting team ahead by one, tied, or has the tying run on base, at bat or on deck. Headley checks in with the team’s second-best batting average (.290) and on-base percentage (.389), and third-highest slugging percentage (.387). Bravo, Chase.

Finally, let’s see Headley performs in all high-leverage situations. Leverage is basically an attempt to quantify how tense and suspenseful any single at-bat is in a game. For example, there is a lot more on the line — in terms of winning or losing — when a batter steps to the plate trailing by a run in the ninth inning with two outs, compared to a similar at-bat in the third inning or if you are ahead by five runs.

Headley has the highest batting average (.333), slugging percentage (.625) and OPS (1.010) in high-leverage situations on the team. Boom! He’s producing at a level 83 percent better (!) than the average guy, a top-25 mark among all qualified players in the Majors this season.

It’s not only that Headley had performed really, really well in these high-pressure situations. The other part of the story is that Headley is also having perhaps the worst offensive season in his career, yet he’s come up huge for the Yankees in the biggest spots. Hitting .333 in high-leverage at-bats when you are hitting .245 overall is not the same as doing that when you are hitting .333 overall. The first guy is, by this definition, clutch; the second guy is … just awesome. How clutch, though?

FanGraphs has a statistic that attempts to measure this nebulous “Clutch” term, by comparing a player’s production in high-leverage situations to his context-neutral production. Headley has by far the highest Clutch score on the Yankees, and also one of the top-15 marks in baseball.

Sure, you can lament the fact that he’s been pretty mediocre overall; but you can also celebrate the fact that Headley has contributed positively in the most critical at-bats this season.

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Now, the big caveat in this whole discussion is that while these various clutch metrics do a good job of describing what’s happened in the past, they do very little to predict the future.

So instead of trying to analyze why Headley has performed like Bryce Harper in high-leverage situations, or debate whether he can sustain his clutch hitting, let’s just sit back and enjoy the ride. There are a lot of reasons to be disappointed in how much Headley has under-performed this season, but there’s also one big reason to be happy he’s on the team and his bat is in the lineup every day.

Mailbag: Nova, Kaprielian, Gordon, All-Star Game, Warren

Got 14 questions in the mailbag this week. Use the “Submit A Tip” box in the sidebar to send us any questions throughout the week. The form stinks, it doesn’t give you any kind of confirmation, but trust me, the question goes through even if it looks like it doesn’t.

(Presswire)
(Presswire)

Zac asks: Instead of bumping someone like Adam Warren to the bullpen when Ivan Nova returns, couldn’t the Yankees just stick Nova out there, at least for the short-term? They’ll need to manage his innings anyway, right?

For what it’s worth, Joe Girardi has said sending Nova to the bullpen is not an option they are considering. “That’s how we look at him, yes,” he said to Chad Jennings when asked if they see Nova as a starter going forward. Nova has some experience in the bullpen — he was demoted to long relief in the middle of 2013 because he was getting smacked around — so it wouldn’t be new to him, though I think the Yankees want to keep him on a set schedule coming off Tommy John surgery rather than working irregularly. I also think they feel they’re better off with Nova in the rotation and Warren in the bullpen, which could very well be true. I’m not sure anyone expected Warren to pitch this well as a starter. I don’t think using Nova in relief would be a bad idea. I just don’t think the Yankees will do it.

Hank asks: Assuming the Andrew Miller injury is not a lengthy one, is it a potential blessing in disguise? Dellin Betances as closer should dial back his workload some, and Girardi is going to be forced to start entrusting other relievers in his Circle of Trust with 3, 4, 5 run leads more often which should make things better for the Millertances formula when Miller gets back.

Eh, maybe. I don’t think there’s much positive to be taken from the reliever you just signed to a four-year contract going down with an arm injury 26.1 innings into the deal. Betances might work less, yeah, and that might because the Yankees are losing more often. He could also end up working more if Girardi doesn’t trust his middle relievers — it sure seems like he doesn’t — and goes to Dellin for four or five-out saves regularly. It’s an opportunity for someone else to prove themselves, sure, but that’s not really a blessing in disguise. Miller getting hurt is bad news, both in the short-term and potentially long-term for the health of his arm.

Michael asks: Does James Kaprielian compare at all with Mike Mussina as the same age?

Oh no, not at all. I know Mussina was a guy throwing mid-80s and locating like video game the last time we saw him, but Moose had nasty stuff earlier in his career when he was coming out of Stanford. He sat mid-90s with that hammer curveball and a great changeup, and he had top notch command of everything. Young Mussina was a bonafide ace in every way. Kaprielian’s very good, he should have a long MLB career as long as he stays healthy, but everything about him is at least a grade behind Mussina at the same age. They aren’t comparable at all. I wish they were.

Joe asks: Wouldn’t a fair comp for Kaprielian be Warren — 4 pitch pitcher from major college who projects as a 3-5 starter or high leverage bullpen piece?

This is the opposite of the Mussina question — Kaprielian is better than Warren was at the time of the draft, rather easily too. Warren didn’t have much of a changeup and his slider was just okay when he was drafted — he relied on his curveball a ton in college — though he did develop that change and improve his slider as a pro. He took some big steps forward in the minors to get to where he is now. Maybe the current version of Warren, the 27-year-old in MLB, is an appropriate comparison for the 21-year-old Kaprielian, but I think even that sells him short. Kaprielian has both a really good changeup and curveball already. He’s way ahead of where Warren was a the same age.

Flash Jr. (Presswire)
Flash Jr. (Presswire)

Andrew asks: I know it’s unlikely to happen, but what kind of package would the Yankees have to put together to get Dee Gordon? He’ll be arbitration eligible soon so you have to assume the Marlins won’t hang on to him for too long.

It’ll cost a ton, I’m sure. Gordon has been awesome this year, going into last night’s game hitting .356/.381/.421 (120 wRC+) this year and .308/.342/.390 (106 wRC+) with 84 steals (!) in over 900 plate appearances since the start of last season. Gordon reportedly hit the weight room hard during the offseason two years ago to add some strength so he can better drive the ball, which has made him a BABIP machine when combined with his speed (.367 BABIP from 2014-15). He doesn’t walk, no, but he also plays strong second base defense now that he’s had time to adjust after moving over from short.

The Marlins traded Andrew Heaney (4.39 ERA in Triple-A), Chris Hatcher (6.88 ERA for Dodgers), and Enrique Hernandez and Austin Barnes (two young, cheap bench players) for Gordon and Dan Haren plus the money to cover their contracts. Would Miami trade Gordon for Heaney, Hatcher, Hernandez, and Barnes right now? Probably not. The Yankees would have to start a package with Luis Severino and add a few other pieces, good ones like Eric Jagielo, Rob Refsnyder, Jacob Lindgren, or Greg Bird. Severino plus Refsnyder plus Jagielo seems like a starting point. Gordon is good now and he’s under control through 2018. It’ll hurt to get him.

Will asks: You said Brian Cashman is looking for a right-handed reliever. What about Brian Wilson? I’m surprised no team has taken a flyer on him yet.

Wilson was pretty bad last season (4.66 ERA and 4.29 FIP) and I think teams are growing tired of his act too. The forced over-the-top shtick. When he was dominating in the ninth inning for the Giants, sure, you live with it, but when he’s maybe nothing more than a replacement level middle reliever, nah. Wilson was let go by the Dodgers in mid-December and any team could have signed him for the pro-rated portion of the league minimum since then. That he’s out there doing live readings of Major League rather than pitching in games is pretty telling. MLB clubs don’t think Wilson has anything left.

Kevin asks: I may be getting ahead of myself here, but do you see any AL team that you don’t think the Yankees could beat in the playoffs? No team out there to me is particularly scary right now, but it’s only June so we’ll see.

There is no great AL team this year. The entire league is awful. I think the Yankees are just as likely to win the pennant as the Royals, the Tigers, the Astros, the Orioles, whoever. Obviously the teams right now in mid-June are going to look a different than the teams we see in late-September, so who knows what will happen. Maybe a truly great AL team or two will emerge by then and become the favorite. The AL East is wide open but so is the rest of the league. The only club that seems to be really out of the race at this point is the Athletics. So I guess the answer is no, I’d feel pretty good about the Yankees going up against anyone in the postseason, especially with Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda healthy.

Michael asks: Assuming the Yankees sign their top 3 draft picks where do you see them being assigned?

Jeff asks: If/when Kaprielian, Holder, and Degano sign where would you slot them in your prospect rankings?

Going to lump these two questions together. I expect the Yankees to sign everyone they picked in the top ten rounds, including the top three guys. Once those deals get done, I figure all three will head to Short Season Staten Island. Kaprielian and Kyle Holder are locks for High-A Tampa next season while Jeff Degano might start with Low-A Charleston.

As for the prospect rankings … I’m not sure right now. Kaprielian would be pretty high up there, I’ll probably have him in the back half of the top ten and the second best pitching prospect in the organization when I do my post-draft top 30 prospects list in a few weeks. Holder’s a good bet for the 20-30 range somewhere. I’m not sure how I stack him up against other shortstop prospects like Angel Aguilar, Abi Avelino, and Thairo Estrada just yet.

Rhett asks: Does Warren have stuff/off speed to project as a long term 2 or 3? He throws 92-95, has a good change, and control seems to be continuously improving. Why do guys like Buster Olney have him as eventual reliever of back of the rotation chaff? His stuff almost reminds me of Zack Greinke with a little less velo.

Warren has been way better as a starter than I expected this year, but I don’t think he’s doing to be that good long-term. Let’s see what happens when the league gets a second look at him first. Remember what happened with Chase Whitley last year? Warren’s stuff and command are better, but still. Warren’s been very good his last five starts. Let’s not change our opinion of him and start dropping Greinke comps based on that. Remember, Warren looked very much like a reliever masquerading as a starter in his first six starts, and he still only has a 14.6 K%, which is well-below-average.

The AL All-Star Team. (Presswire)
The AL All-Star Team. (Presswire)

Kevin asks: Will the latest All-Star ballot update finally prompt MLB to get rid of fan voting for the All-Star game?

No. I don’t think that will ever happen. MLB wants the fans engaged and part of the process. Yes, it’s incredibly dumb the AL All-Star Team is going to be Mike Trout and the Royals, but people are talking about this, and that’s a positive for MLB. The league did step in to “fix” the All-Star rosters in 1957 when Reds fans stuffed the ballot box, and I suppose they could do that again, but I’m not sure they will. If anything, maybe this will lead to severing the ties between the All-Star Game and home field advantage in the World Series. That’s what MLB needs to get rid of, not the fan voting.

Gai asks: Not a Yankees question here, but: If a team somehow only has 8 players left that can play, including 1 pitcher, are they forced to forfeit or can they play with just 2 outfielders like in Soccer down 10 vs 11?

No, they have to forfeit. MLB rules say that if a team can not field nine players at any time, they have to forfeit the game. There are no exceptions. As soon as a team is down to eight players, the game’s over and they lose, regardless of score.

Dan asks: Do you think MLB ballparks are safe enough for fans?

No, I think the league can do a better job. They have nets down the lines in Korea for example (here’s video), and while that’s extreme, I do think MLB should at least extend the netting from dugout to dugout. The MLBPA actually proposed this in the last two rounds of Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations, but the owners said no because fans pay a lot of money for those seats and they want them to be able to get autographs and balls and whatnot. The recent incident with the lady at Fenway Park is not the worst case scenario, and we see screaming line drive foul balls ripped into the seats every game. It’s hard to react in time even if you’re paying attention. Start with extending the netting to the dugouts. The “fans won’t get balls or autographs!” excuse is as lame as it gets.

Eric asks: Followup to Chris’s question. Dellin Betances may have fewer games than Clay Rapada and Jeff Wallace, but he has more innings than either of those two without a loss. Who has pitched the most innings without a loss, if not Betances?

This refers back to last week’s question about the pitcher with the most appearances before suffering their first career loss. The most innings without a loss in MLB history does belong to Betances, who is at 130 innings right now. Evan Scribner of the A’s is second at 120 innings. The most innings to start a career before taking a loss is 154.2 by Julio Mateo, who last pitched in the bigs in 2007. There’s a bunch of players between Betances and Mateo, but Dellin isn’t far away from catching him.

Rick asks: With the increased prevalence of extreme defensive shifts, is there any evidence that teams are prioritizing hitting to all fields when evaluating prospects for the amateur draft?

Not that I’ve seen, but teams always prioritize hitters who can use the whole field anyway. The guys who can do that are usually the best hitters in the draft and they go in the early rounds. Teams don’t teach players to become dead pull hitters, it just happens because of their swings and approaches. They’re all looking for guys who can hit to all fields. Those players are hard to come by though.

DotF: Gary Sanchez injured in Trenton’s one-hitter

Got a slew of roster moves to pass along, courtesy of Nick Flammia, Matt Kardos, and the River Dogs:

  • LHP Matt Tracy, RHP Joel De La Cruz, and OF Taylor Dugas were all demoted from Triple-A Scranton to Double-A Trenton. OF Ramon Flores and UTIL Jose Pirela are joining the roster.
  • OF Mark Payton, LHP Eric Wooten, RHP Chris Smith, and RHP Alex Smith were demoted from Double-A Trenton to High-A Tampa. Tracy, De La Cruz, Dugas, and the recently signed RHP Sergio Santos will fill those roster spots, plus 2B Joe Renda is on the way.
  • LHP Conner Kendrick, RHP Angel Rincon, and RHP Phil Walby were demoted from High-A Tampa to Low-A Charleston. Those roster spots are for Payton, Wooten, and the Smiths.
  • RHP Manolo Reyes, RHP Luis Cedeno, and RHP Yoel Espinal were demoted from Low-A Charleston to Extended Spring Training. Those are the Kendrick, Rincon, and Walby roster spots.

Triple-A Scranton (9-2 win over Rochester)

  • RF Ramon Flores: 1-5, 1 RBI, 1 K — threw a runner out at second base
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP
  • C Austin Romine: 1-3, 1 RBI
  • CF Ben Gamel: 0-4
  • RHP Kyle Davies: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 6/8 GB/FB — 62 of 97 pitches were strikes (64%)
  • RHP Branden Pinder: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/3 GB/FB — 13 of 17 pitches were strikes

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