MLB Notebook – Week Six: 5/7/18

  • Tyler Austin’s four-game suspension has been served and the first basemen/outfielder returned to action on Tuesday.
  • Didi Gregorius was named the American League Player of the Month for April. He became the first Yankee since Robinson Cano (2010) to win the honor in the season’s opening month.
  • Tuesday, the New York Yankees transferred outfielder Clint Frazier’s rehab assignment to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He had previously appeared in four games for Class-A Advanced Tampa. On Wednesday, New York reinstated him from the 7-day concussion disabled list and optioned him to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
  • New York re-signed pitcher David Hale and was assigned him to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders roster on Tuesday. The signing came just days after Hale was designated for assignment by the Yankees, claimed off waivers by the Twins, then later DFA’d again by Minnesota. Following an injury to Jordan Montgomery, Hale was signed to a Major League contract and placed on the 25-man roster on Wednesday.
  • Second-year starter Jordan Montgomery left Tuesday’s start against the Houston Astros with left elbow tightness after pitching a perfect, seven-pitch first inning. The southpaw headed back to New York to see team doctor Christopher Ahmad on Wednesday for further evaluation and was diagnosed with a left flexor (elbow) strain. He was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday. Manager Aaron Boone said the South Carolina native will be shut down for 2-3 weeks and be out for 6-8 weeks.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on Wednesday.
  • When Luis Severino shutout the Houston Astros on Wednesday he became the youngest Yankees pitcher to record the feat since 1995.
  • Giancarlo Stanton homered off Dallas Keuchel twice on Wednesday evening. The pair of round-trippers are the only homers ever hit off Keuchel by a Yankee in his career.
  • Major League Baseball announced on Thursday that the Yankees and Red Sox will play two regular-season games at Olympic Stadium in London during the 2019 season. The pair of games are set for Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30. An official announcement will come on Tuesday during a news conference that will include MLB commissioner Rob Manfred and London Mayor Sadiq Kahn.
  • Rookie Gleyber Torres hit his first career home run off Cleveland Indians starter Josh Tomin on Friday, May 4th. Torres belted a 73-mph curveball over the left-field wall in the bottom of the fourth inning for a three-run home run. At 21 years and 142 days, he became the youngest Yankee to homer since Bobby Mercer did at 19 years and 117 days at Washington and the youngest since John Ellis who did it in 1969 at 20 years and 269 days old.
  • Because the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders went on a road trip, rehabbing third basemen Brandon Drury had his rehab assignment transferred to Trenton (Double-A) on Friday. The irritated nerve between Drury’s neck and head that has resulted in blurred vision and migraines is improving with acupuncture and other therapies.
  • According to Brian Hoch, both Tommy Kahnle and Adam Warren are expected to be fully recovered and be back before month’s end.
  • Sonny Gray led the Yankees to their 14th victory in 15 contests on Saturday, marking the first time since 1998’s World Championship team to accomplish the feat.
  • Domingo German recorded his first Major League start on Sunday, May 6th and became the first pitcher in MLB history to allow no hits and strikeout nine or more batters in his first Major League start.
  • Torres became the youngest Yankee to ever record a walk-off hit on Sunday when he blasted a ninth-inning three-run home run. He was 21 years and 144 days when he recorded the feat.