While the New York Yankees got a much needed win in Chicago late last night, not all news for the Bronx Bombers is good news.
It appears as though all of the good fortune, good health and good luck seem to be catching up with the New York Yankees as they have yet another addition to their ever-growing injury report.
During Monday night’s 6-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox, Starlin Castro came up lame running out a ground ball and had to leave the game early with a right hamstring strain.
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According to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch, the second baseman said that he felt a tweak in the leg and pulled up before hearing the dreaded pop of his hamstring. Castro is set to undergo an MRI on Tuesday morning, at which point the Yankees brass will have a better idea as to the severity of the injury and will be able to put together a more accurate timetable for Castro’s return.
It was also noted that the Yanks’ 11th overall prospect and super-utility man Tyler Wade left Monday’s Scranton rain-delayed game and was headed for Chicago to meet up with the big club.
If Castro avoids a DL stint, the Yankees will certainly have some maneuvering to do in order to get Wade on the 40-man roster.
Regardless, Wade is absolutely deserving of the promotion. Not only has he slashed an impressive .313/.390/.444 with five home runs, 25 runs batted in and 59 runs scored in 71 games at AAA Scranton, but he’s also put time in at second base, third base, shortstop (his natural position) and all three outfield positions.
With the way that guys keep dropping like flies from the active roster, a super-utility man like Wade could be invaluable to a team trying to win their division — if he can carry over his tremendous production from the minors.
Holliday Still No Play
For the second consecutive game, Matt Holliday was unable to play due to the lingering nature of an allergic reaction he suffered from breakfast food in Oakland on June 17.
Matt Holliday is still experiencing fatigue issues and is not available to play tonight. Joe Girardi said Holliday was sent for more tests.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) June 26, 2017
Manager Joe Girardi said prior to Monday’s game that Holliday still felt fatigued and was held out for more testing. He added that he had hoped that the symptoms would subside enough for the former all-star to play Monday, but such was not the case and we will have to wait and see how the 37-year-old feels prior to Tuesday’s game two.
Warren Peace: Hopeful for Homestand Return
Adam Warren was seen throwing this weekend and is optimistic to return to the team by their next homestand, according to Mike Mazzeo of the New York Daily News.
Adam Warren doesn't know when he'll be able to come off the DL. Maybe next homestand but that was just his own hope #Yankees
— Mike Mazzeo (@MazzNYDN) June 26, 2017
While the right-hander is hopeful for a return sooner rather than later, no official word has been offered by the Yankees as to the middle reliever’s actual expected reactivation.
With how unbelievably awful the bullpen has been, however, I’ll take “sooner rather than later” for 200, Alex.
ICYMI: Montgomery – Great, Bullpen – Not So Much
The Yankees got exactly what they needed from rookie left-hander Jordan Montgomery in last night’s 6-5 game one win over the Chicago White Sox.
The rookie tossed an impressive seven innings of one-run ball, allowing only five hits with eight strikeouts and just one walk. And with a 6-1 lead headed into the ninth on the strength of Chase Headley’s 3-for-4 night and Tyler Austin’s two RBI game, which included his first homer of the season, you’d think it was money in the bag at that point, right?
Jordan Montgomery with a gem:
7.0 IP | 5 H | 1 ER | 8 K | 1 BB
Postgame follows on YES! pic.twitter.com/jynGwyi2kw
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) June 27, 2017
Well, leave it up to this fragile bullpen to make it considerably more interesting than it needed to be.
First, Jonathan Holder was unable to finish the eighth after taking over for the masterful Montgomery. Dellin Betances, who inherited a two-out with runners on first and third situation, immediately walked Todd Frazier to load the bases before striking out Matt Davidson to end the threat and the frame.
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Then, in the ninth, Chasen Shreve came on and promptly let Chicago back in the game by serving up a three-run jack to shortstop Tim Anderson to make it a 6-4 contest. The blast forced closer Aroldis Chapman into a game that he had no business pitching in, articulating such as the fireballer gave up an RBI double to Jose Abreu before getting Todd Frazier to fly out to end the game.
Here’s to hoping for a game two “W” that is not nearly as dramatically unnecessary as Monday night’s victory.