MLB Notebook – Week Five: 4/30/18

  • Rookie third basemen Miguel Andujar joined a prestigious group on Monday as he recorded his seventh straight game with an extra-base hit. Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio are the only other two Yankees to ever achieve this feat.
  • Gleyber Torres recorded his first career Major League hit on Monday. It came as Torres led off the bottom of the eighth inning on a 1-2, 88 mph slider off of Twins reliever Tyler Kinley.
  • Following Monday’s game against Minnesota, the Yankees acquired right-handed pitcher A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals in exchange for cash considerations. In a corresponding move, New York designated reliver David Hale for assignment.
  • Clint Frazier played in five innings of an extended spring training game on Monday. He also began a rehab stint with the Tampa Tarpons (Class-A Advanced) on Thursday as he continues to work his way back from a concussion.
  • Brandon Drury began a rehabilitation assignment with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A) on Wednesday.
  • According to multiple reports, first basemen Greg Bird could begin a rehab assignment as early as next week as he works towards a return from right ankle surgery.
  • Impeding free agent left-handed starter Patrick Corbin told USA Today that New York “would definitely be great to play there” and that “I grew up a Yankee fan. My whole family are Yankee fans. My mom, my dad, my grandpa, everybody. Really, every generation of my family have been Yankee fans”. The 28-year old was an All-Star back in 2013 and is off to a tremendous start thus far in 2018.
  • On Tuesday, the Baltimore Orioles claimed utility-man Jace Peterson off waivers from the Yankees. He was placed on the Major League roster following an injury to starting third basemen Tim Beckham.
  • Recently signed veteran 1B/OF Adam Lind was added to the Tampa Tarpons roster on Tuesday from Extended Spring Training.
  • Gary Sanchez became the first player in MLB history to record nine multi-home run games in 196 career games on Tuesday.
  • When Didi Gregorius hit his solo-home run in the bottom of the third inning in Wednesday’s contest against Minnesota, he became the only Yankees shortstop to homer in four consecutive games. Gregorius also is the first Major League shortstop since 1908 to hit nine round-trippers and collect 29 RBI’s through the first 23 games to begin the season.
  • David Hale was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Twins on Thursday.
  • Tyler Austin’s suspension for his role in the April 11th brawl against the Boston Red Sox has been reduced from five to four games. He began serving the suspension on Friday, April 27th.