MLB Notebook – Week One: 4/2/18

    • Prior to first pitch on Thursday, the Yankees placed Greg Bird and Jacoby Ellsbury on the 10-day disabled list, and Clint Frazier on the 7-day concussion DL.
    • General Manager Brian Cashman said that Bird’s injury is not related to last year’s injury/surgery.
    • Giancarlo Stanton became the first Yankee to hit multiple home runs on Opening Day since 1963 (Joe Pepitone), the second Yankee to record a multi-home run game in their Yankee debut (Roger Maris, 1960), and the 19th Yankee since 1961 to homer in his first at-bat with the organization.
    • Stanton’s first home run, which had an exit velocity of 117.5 mph, is the hardest hit opposite-field home run in Statcast history. Statcast was created and implemented in all Major League stadiums back in 2015.
    • Aaron Boone collected his first managerial win on Thursday, leading the Yankees to their first Opening Day win since 2011.
    • Before Friday’s game, New York announced that they recalled Billy McKinney from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and placed starting center fielder Aaron Hicks in the 10-day DL with a right intercoastal strain.
    • On Friday, at 23-years old, Billy McKinney made his Major League debut as he started in left field for Boone. The former first-round draft pick went 1-4. McKinney recorded his first Major League hit in his first at-bat when he singled to right field off Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez.
    • The Yankees signed left-handed pitcher Oliver Perez to a minor league contract on Saturday. Perez went 0-0 with a 4.64 ERA for the Washington Nationals last season. He struck out 29 and walked 12 in 33 innings of work. The reliever was most recently released on March 22nd from the Cincinnati Reds organization after going 1-0 with a 13.50 ERA this spring. The native of Mexico will report to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Perez will make just over $1MM if he makes the big-league team.
    • Aaron Judge made his debut in center field in Saturday’s afternoon contest against the Blue Jays. This was a result of Hicks’ injury and Boone’s attempt to rest Brett Gardner for a day on the Rogers Center turf. At 6’7” Judge joined Walt Bond as the tallest CF to ever play center field and became the heaviest (282 lbs).
    • Outfielder Billy McKinney left the game on Saturday in the bottom of the first inning due to a left AC joint sprain. McKinney was attempting to make a leaping catch to rob a Josh Donaldson double. X-rays were taken and came back negative. As a result of the injury, he was placed on the 10-day disabled list.
    • Reliever Adam Warren also left Saturday’s game after he was drilled in the ankle with a comebacker. Warren’s X-rays were negative, and he has been diagnosed with a right ankle contusion.
    • On Sunday the Yankees recalled infielder Miguel Andujar from Triple-A. He made his first start of the season as the Yankees designated hitter. Andujar went 0-4 with two strikeouts in the contest.