MLB Notebook – Week Four: 4/23/18

  • Jace Peterson was re-signed by the Yankees to a Major League contract on Monday. The 27-year old was designated for assignment last week.  He was then designated for assignment again so the Yankees could bring up David Hale.
  • Injured first basemen Greg Bird played catch on Monday with Carlos Mendoza, the Yankees quality control coach. All reports indicate that things are progressing well and he could return on the shorter end of the six-to-eight-week recovery timeframe that was given. Prior to Thursday’s game against Toronto, Bird ran on the field and hit.
  • Aaron Judge became the fastest player in the history of Major League Baseball to reach 60 career home runs on Monday. It took the All-Star slugger 197 games to reach the mark. The prior record was 202 games held by Mark McGuire.
  • Infielder Brandon Drury, who is currently on the 10-day disabled list with severe migraines, addressed the media on Monday. The Yankees opening day starting third basemen said that he is making progress but is still awaiting results/a formal diagnosis following a series of neurological tests that were taken last week. Drury said, “I’ve been dealing with this for a while and I want nothing more to go out there and play baseball with clear vision and a clear head, and to go help this team win ballgames”. He also added that he hasn’t been seeing clearly “all the time” throughout games.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury is now fighting plantar fasciitis according to manager Aaron Boone. Initially placed on the disabled list with a right oblique injury, the outfielder injured his left hip during his rehab and received a cortisone shot last week. He has been shut down from playing in games. On Thursday he hit off a tee and has resumed workouts.
  • Prior to Tuesday’s contest against Miami, New York placed star reliver Tommy Kahnle on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to Monday) with shoulder tendinitis. The DL stint comes on the heels of a puzzling drop in velocity for Kahnle. The Latham, New York native underwent an MRI and “several” strength tests in an attempt to figure out the issue. Boone has come out and said that it may be three weeks before we see Kahnle return to action. In a corresponding move, Luis Cessa was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
  • Luis Cessa left Tuesday’s 9-1 loss to the Marlins with a left oblique strain and was placed on the 10-day disabled list. Cessa, who was called up earlier in the day, pitched two innings and gave up two earned runs on three hits and a walk.
  • The New York Yankees re-signed free-agent veteran 1B/OF Adam Lind to a minor league deal on Wednesday. The 34-year old was given his release by New York on March 14th. Since then, Greg Bird suffered an injury and his replacement, Tyler Austin, is going to spend up to five games suspended from last week’s brawl against Boston. Just last season for the Washington Nationals, Lind slashed .303/.362/.512 with 14 home runs. He will report to Tampa, FL at the Himes Scouting and Player Development Complex and join extended spring training. In 156 pinch-hit appearances, Adam is batting a strong career .324 average.
  • Clint Frazier is still progressing well and has been cleared to play in games. His return could be imminent. He is taking batting practice and performing defensive drills with the Class A – Advanced Tampa Tarpons.
  • Veteran lefthander CC Sabathia returned to action on Thursday against Toronto. The southpaw tossed 4.1 innings, gave up two unearned runs on four hits and a walk. He struck out one.
  • The Yankees placed Adam Warren on the 10-day disabled list with a right back strain and recalled Jonathan Holder from Triple-A prior to Saturday’s afternoon game against Toronto.
  • On Sunday, the Yankees called up top prospect Gleyber Torres, selected the contract of David Hale, designated utility-man Jace Peterson for assignment, and optioned Tyler Wade to Triple-A. Torres was immediately inserted into the lineup. He went 0-for-4, played second, and batted eighth.