Today’s Bomber Buzz highlights some history notes, rotation news and more involving the surging New York Yankees.
The New York Yankees have 11-of-their-last-14 to reach a season-high watermark at 16 games above .500 and there are plenty of updates starting with a huge factor of that success, shortstop Didi Gregorius.
After going 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI’s on Saturday afternoon, Didi reached extended his career-high homer total to 23, tying the second-highest total as a shortstop in Yankees history. Only Derek Jeter (24 in 1999) had more.
Furthermore, he became the fourth shortstop in franchise history to reach the 23 homer, 80 RBI’s mark and the first to do it since Jeter did it 11 years ago in 2006.
The 27-year-old is proving to be one of the best deals general manager Brian Cashman has pulled off throughout his tenure in New York. Or, at the very least, he’s proving to be a huge reason why the Yankees are surging at the right time.
Other Yankees’ Notes:
- The Yankees announced on Saturday that left-handed pitcher Caleb Smith has been placed on the disabled list (retroactive to Sept. 13) with a viral infection. The 26-year-old last pitched on Sept. 10 and surrendered one run in as many innings against the Texas Rangers. In his last three appearances, he has allowed seven runs on six hits including two homers in 4.2 innings.
Roster Move: Earlier today, the Yankees placed LHP Caleb Smith on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to 9/13) with a viral infection.
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) September 17, 2017
- According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, New York will shuffle their rotation in order to keep CC Sabathia off the turf in Toronto next week. Sonny Gray will start on Sunday, Jaime Garcia will kick-off the three-game series with the Twins on Monday, and Sabathia will go on Tuesday.
#Yankees shuffle rotation. Sonny Gray tomorrow, Jaime Garcia Monday, CC Sabathia Tuesday. They want to keep CC off the turf in Toronto.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) September 16, 2017