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Gary Sánchez exits game early with hand injury

When it rains, it pours. Gary Sánchez, one of the few Yankees off to a decent start this season, left today’s ballgame a couple of innings after taking a foul ball to his hand.

The training staff and Aaron Boone checked on Sánchez immediately, but the backstop remained in the game for the rest of the fourth inning. He even hit in the bottom half of the frame and flew out. His swing didn’t look so great during the at-bat. Gary typically has a one-hand finish, but it looked like he had almost no use of his right arm on any of his swings. It was probably painful to hold the bat.

Come the top half of the fifth, Sánchez warmed up Jordan Montgomery but was removed once the inning was about to begin. Kyle Higashioka took over.

I imagine Sánchez will get some imaging and/or testing done today and we’ll find out more later. We’ll update this post as more details emerge.

UPDATE: No broken bones, thankfully. I imagine Gary won’t play tomorrow and there’s no game on Monday, so hopefully he’s back in the lineup Tuesday. Here’s the Yankees’ announcement:

Report: Yankees Finalizing Trade for Rougned Odor

Here is a surprising one: according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Yankees are finalizing a trade with the Texas Rangers to acquire Rougned Odor. I can’t say I saw this one coming (Randy, on the other hand, can say that). Odor, a 27-year-old second baseman, owns a .237/.289/.439 (86 wRC+) career line in just over 3,400 plate appearances. He is most famous for laying a very satisfying punch on Toronto’s Jose Bautista several years ago, though he was pretty good in 2015 and 2016. He”s been on a downward trend since.

Odor definitely has some lefty pop, hitting 30+ home runs three times in his career, in 2016 (33), 2017 (30), and 2019 (30), and he typically logs pretty solid exit velocities on average. He is also viewed as a plus defender in the infield by Baseball Savant, which may be worth something.

Hilariously, Odor also owns this distinction:

As the tweet above indicates, Odor did not make the Rangers’ Opening Day roster, so it was to be expected that a trade was coming. How he fits onto the Yankees is a different question. He could either be a Tyler Wade replacement or a Jay Bruce replacement. The latter feels more likely to me, though who knows. I will say that a young infielder with pop from the left side and high exit velocity who has not quite been a great hitter is the sort of profile that the Yankees can unlock. That wouldn’t surprise me at all.

No word on the package or where he’ll play. We’ll keep updating this post throughout the day as we learn more.

Update (4:05 pm): The Yankees announced their end of the trade, which involved giving up Antonio Cabello and Josh Stowers. Those are both familiar names to followers of the Yankee farm. Here’s a refresher on both:

  • Antonio Cabello: The 20-year-old outfielder was signed as an IFA in 2017 by New York. He was a stud in the GCL in 2018, hitting .321/.426/.555 in 150 plate appearances, but has been on somewhat of a downward trajectory since, largely due to injury. Overall, he’s a .251/.344/.409 MiLB hitter ~420 professional plate appearances. He was ranked the #20 prospect in the Yankees system in 2021 by Baseball America, whose scouts say his tools impress even if his performance did not in 2019. He was slated to start the season in low Class A.
  • Josh Stowers: The 24-year-old outfielder was drafted by the Mariners in the 2nd round of the 2018 draft and traded to the Yankees in the Shed Long deal. He topped out with Single-A Charleston in 2019 and is a career .268/.384/.403 hitter in about 700 MiLB plate appearances. He was not included in the 2021 organizational top 30 by Baseball America, though he was #12 and #30 on those lists in 2019 and 2020, respectively. BA reports that he has a plus bat with average power (15-20 HR potential) and mediocre defense.

So that’s who the Yankees gave up. Cabello is the headliner of this deal. It was not a huge package, but it is more than I expected it to be given the fact that Odor was DFA’d by the Rangers. We’ll keep tabs on these guys moving forward, of course. Still no word on the 40-man move needed to add Odor, as neither Stowers nor Cabello were on that roster. That is still to come.

Aaron Boone predictably likes the move, saying the Yankees will “unlock” him. Here’s the full quote:

I’m not betting on it, per se, but we’ll see. They’ve certainly done it time and time again. Finally, here is the last word from Ken Rosenthal:

This was obviously not the big factor in the trade, but it certainly played a role. Optimistically, this allows for more flexibility at the July trade deadline. Realistically, it does not matter at all. Another move could also be in the works. Folks, only time will tell. Jaime will have more in-depth thoughts on the deal later on, so stay tuned for that.

The Yankees 2021 Opening Day roster is set

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Aaron Boone informed the media this afternoon that Lucas Luetge has made the team, which settles the final spot on the Yankees 2021 Opening Day roster. There will be a corresponding move soon because the Yankees have a full 40-man roster and Luetge is not yet on it. Could be something as simple as placing Zack Britton on the 60-day injured list, but we’ll update this post as soon as that’s announced.

Here’s what the 26-man roster looks like for tomorrow’s opener against the Blue Jays:

Yankees Spring Training News & Notes: March 29, 2021

Friends, the last day of Spring Training has come and gone. It’s time for the Yanks to travel back to New York for Opening Day, where they’ll take on the Toronto Blue Jays this Thursday. Just because today was the last day of spring, however, does not mean that it was uneventful. Far from it, in fact.

More on that in a second. First, the Yanks played a game today and they lost it to Detroit 5-2. They finished the Grapefruit League season 14-12, if you’re one of the 5 people in the universe who cares about that. Next time they play, the game will count. I can’t wait for that. On to the final news and notes of the Grapefruit League season after the jump.

Luke Voit to have knee surgery, Jay Bruce makes the team

So much for all of the debate about Jay Bruce vs. Mike Tauchman. The veteran 1B/OF has made the team, but not for the reason most folks anticipated. Instead, an injury to Luke Voit paved the way for Bruce:

Voit had an MRI yesterday that revealed the meniscus tear. This comes after the first baseman dealt with some knee trouble earlier in the month. One can’t help but wonder if this decision to tag up from second to third made matters worse:

This is a big blow to the Yankees’ lineup, but fortunately, it’s coming at the start of the season rather than the end. Voit could be back at some point in May.

Bruce will be the Yankees’ everyday first baseman for the time being. The soon-to-be 34 year-old has hit .194/.242/.419 with two homers in 33 plate appearances this spring.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Bruce, the Yankees placed Clarke Schmidt on the 60-day injured list (elbow). He suffered a common extensor tendon strain earlier in camp. Meanwhile, the Yankees also released Robinson Chirinos and Derek Dietrich from their minor league contracts.

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