Today’s ‘Bomber Buzz’ updates you on a pair of New York Yankees injuries and takes you through the latest trade deadline rumors.
Watch out: the New York Yankees have won six of their last seven games and reinforcements are on the way.
According to Mike Mazzeo of the New York Daily News, outfielder Aaron Hicks and young utility man Tyler Austin will go on minor-league rehab assignments when the team begins hits the road to take on the Cleveland Indians on Aug. 3.
Hicks, who was slashing .290/.398/.515 with 10 home runs, has been on the disabled list since June 26 with right oblique strain. Austin missed the first two months of the season with a fracture in his foot and hit the shelf again on June 29 with a right hamstring strain.
Thanks to the rise of Clint Frazier, however, the Yankees’ outfield has been able to maintain the best overall WAR (10.6) among Major League teams. It’ll be interesting to see what happens with the 22-year-old when Hicks returns, as Jacoby Ellsbury‘s struggles are making Frazier the clear-cut best option New York has.
Other Yankees Sources:
- Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that the team is “watching” reliever Justin Wilson for a potential reunion. The southpaw owns a career-best 0.941 WHIP this season to coincide with a 2.75 ERA but considering he just used a trade with Chicago to bolster his bullpen with Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson, this report seems like a far-fetched attempt to create a perfect bullpen. At this pace, Yankee starters will only have to go three innings and still have a tremendous shot to go home with a win.
Add another entrant into the Justin Wilson sweepstakes: The Yankees.
— anthony fenech (@anthonyfenech) July 27, 2017
- Jon Heyman of FanRag sports reports that the asking price for Sonny Gray has reached an unrealistic level. The Oakland A’s are targeting either Gleyber Torres or Clint Frazier, two untouchables in the Yankees’ eyes, in return for their coveted righty. Either Brian Cashman gets Billy Beane back to Earth, or it’s time to come up with a new tactic to improve the rotation.