Rosenthal: Yankees unlikely to call up Jacob Lindgren in September

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.

DotF: GCL Yanks drop Game One of GCL Finals

Triple-A Scranton (3-2 loss to Lehigh Valley in eleven innings, walk-off style) their season ends Monday and they’ve already been eliminated from postseason contention

  • LF Chris Young: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K — if Jacoby Ellsbury‘s ankle injury turns out to anything more than a minor nuisance, Young might play more than originally expected come September
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-5, 2 K
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 0-4, 1 BB, 3 K
  • RF Zoilo Almonte: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS
  • DH Adonis Garcia: 1-5, 1 R, 2 K — quietest 21-game hitting streak ever thanks to a stint on the disabled list
  • 3B Scott Sizemore: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB
  • C Austin Romine: 0-4, 2 K, 1 E (throwing)
  • RHP Zach Nuding: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 8/3 GB/FB — 63 of 93 pitches were strikes (68%)
  • RHP Bryan Mitchell: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2/0 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) — 23 of 38 pitches were strikes (61%) … finishes the minor league season with 94/45 K/BB in 103 innings … I assume he came out of the bullpen as a prep for that role come September
  • RHP Chase Whitley: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 4/0 GB/FB — 15 of 26 pitches were strikes (58%)
  • LHP Taylor Dugas: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GB/FB — seven pitches, six strikes … always rough when a position player takes a loss

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Saturday Night Open Thread

Here is your open thread for the rest of the night. MLB Network will air a regional game a little later on and there is a ton of college football on as well. Talk about those games, this afternoon’s loss, or anything else right here.

Yankees get one-hit, drop Saturday’s game 2-0 to Blue Jays

Source: FanGraphs

For the fourth time in four attempts this season, the Yankees failed to improve their record to eight games over .500. They just can’t get over that hump. Drew Hutchison (seven innings) and Aaron Sanchez (two innings) one-hit the Yankees and took Saturday afternoon’s game 2-0. Let’s recap the loss:

  • One Hit: The Yankees put five men on base all afternoon but just one came via a hit. That was Mark Teixeira‘s two-out double in the fourth inning. They actually loaded the bases with two outs that inning thanks to the double and two hit batsmen (Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann), but Martin Prado flew out harmlessly to end the threat. Beltran walked in the sixth and Stephen Drew walked in the seventh. That’s it. That was the offense. If fairly certain Teixeira’s double was the only hard-hit ball of the afternoon too. Hutchison and Sanchez shut them right down.
  • Big Mike: Michael Pineda only made one really terrible pitch on Saturday, and that was the 0-2 hanging slider Jose Bautista hit off the facing of the second deck for a two-run homer in the first inning. They handled Bautista with sliders all day, but that one was left up and he didn’t miss it. Otherwise Pineda did not allow any other runs the rest of the afternoon and held the Blue Jays to just those two runs on seven hits and no walks in six innings. He struck out three and did leave two runners on base in the seventh — Shawn Kelley bailed him out beautifully — but that’s it. Pineda was very good yet again.
  • Leftovers: Kelley escaped that second and third, no outs jam in the seventh with a strikeout, a ground ball, and a fly ball. Great job by him … David Huff threw a scoreless ninth with an unintentional intentional walk to Bautista mixed in … the Yankees were held to one hit for the first time since, coincidentally, the Blue Jays did it to them in Rogers Centre in September 2009. That game was all Roy Halladay though. has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some additional stats, and ESPN the updated standings. The Tigers are playing a doubleheader today, so depending on the outcome of that (plus the Mariners game), the Yankees can finish the day anywhere from 2.5 to 4.5 games back of the second wildcard spot. FanGraphs has their postseason odds at 12.4% at this very moment in time. Brandon McCarthy and J.A. Happ will be the pitching matchup in Sunday afternoon’s finale.

Game 134: Big Mike in Toronto


Michael Pineda made his first start of the season (and as a Yankee!) in Toronto back in April, and today he’ll face the Blue Jays again, in his eighth start of the season. Pineda held the Jays to one run in six innings in his first start, though that was a really long time ago. I’m not sure how much seeing him once before will really help at this point. Either way, Toronto seems to have checked out on the season, so beat them again and inch closer in the second wildcard race. Here is the Blue Jays lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. DH Carlos Beltran
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. C Brian McCann
  6. LF Martin Prado
  7. 2B Stephen Drew
  8. 3B Chase Headley
  9. RF Ichiro Suzuki
    RHP Michael Pineda

It’s cool and cloudy with a little bit of rain in Toronto today, so the Rogers Centre roof might be closed. This afternoon’s game will start a bit after 1pm ET and you can watch on YES locally and MLB Network nationally, depending on where you live. Enjoy the game.

Injury Update: Jacoby Ellsbury (ankle) is obviously not in the lineup and he was still limping in the clubhouse earlier today. With the off-day coming on Monday, my guess is he does not play tomorrow either and gets three straight days off.

Tests negative after Ellsbury injures left ankle sliding into home plate

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.

Yankees rally late to grab 6-3 win over Blue Jays

Source: FanGraphs

That was a good way to rebound from Thursday’s rough walk-off loss. After being shut down for the first six innings on Friday, the Yankees rallied late to walk away with a 6-3 win over the Blue Jays in the series opener. Let’s recap:

  • Five-Run Seventh: The Yankees managed four base-runners against Mark Buehrle in the first six innings, though they started to square him up better in the sixth and that carried over into the seventh. Brian McCann opened the inning with a double to right, then Carlos Beltran walked, then Brett Gardner doubled to almost the exact same spot as McCann. The relay man tried to throw Beltran out at third for whatever reason, and the throw sailed wide and into the stands, allowing the second run to score to make it 2-1 Yankees. Dioner Navarro’s attempted snap throw sailed in left field later in the inning to allow Gardner to score the team’s third run, then Jacoby Ellsbury swatted a two-run homer to make it 5-1. The Yankees have been able to put together some big innings of late. It’s nice to see.
  • Cap’d Off: When I looked at the box score, I was surprised to see Chris Capuano allowed eight hits and three runs (two earned) in 6.1 innings. It seemed like he pitched a lot better than that. A Jose Bautista solo homer and some really bad defense led to those runs. (Derek Jeter short-hopped a throw to first and McCann couldn’t handle a short-hop throw from Gardner.) Otherwise Capuano was solid. Not great, not terrible, but good enough to give the Yankees a chance to win, which is what he’s done since joining the team a few weeks ago. Given the news of Masahiro Tanaka‘s setback, the club will have to continue to rely on Capuano, and he’s given them no reason to think he won’t be up to the task.
  • Late Innings: The Blue Jays answered the five-run inning with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the seventh, thanks mostly to the poor defense. Adam Warren faced Bautista as the tying run and then Edwin Encarnacion as the go-ahead run in that inning, but he escaped with a hit-by-pitch (hey, better than another homer) and a fly out. He got two quick outs in the eighth, Josh Outman came on to allow a single to the lefty hitting Munenori Kawasaki in his Yankees debut, then David Robertson retired all four batters he faced for the four-out save. He is 35-for-38 in save chances now. The seventh and eighth innings are always iffy whenever Dellin Betances isn’t available, but Joe Girardi & Co. got through them successfully on Friday.
  • Leftovers: Chase Headley plated an insurance run with a long solo homer in the ninth … Ellsbury and Martin Prado had two hits apiece while Mark Teixeira and Beltran were the only starters without hits. Beltran did draw two walks … the Yankees had six extra-base hits for the first time in 22 games and only the ninth time this season … they scored 6+ runs for the fourth time in the last six games after doing it four times in their previous 25 games … there were two challenges on the same play in the ninth inning. The Jays challenged that Ellsbury had been tagged out at home on a fielder’s choice, and the play was overturned. Joe Girardi then challenged that Navarro was blocking the plate, but it was deemed he was not. has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some other stats, and ESPN the updated standings. The Orioles won, so the Yankees remain seven games back in the AL East. Assuming the Tigers hold on to their big lead over the White Sox, the Yankees will remain three games back of the second wildcard spot regardless of the what the Mariners do in the late game. FanGraphs puts their postseason odds at 10.8%. Michael Pineda and Drew Hutchison will square off in the second game of this series on Saturday afternoon.