With spring training 2019 almost in the books, the New York Yankees booted a trio of roster hopefuls from big-league camp on Thursday.
The Bombers’ PR department tweeted out the news Thursday afternoon:
Following today’s game, the Yankees reassigned OF Billy Burns, OF Matt Lipka and C Ryan Lavarnway to minor league camp.
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) March 21, 2019
Lavarnway, a 31-year-old catcher, was having a good camp at the dish. He went 7-for-20 with a pair of doubles and a mere four strikeouts.
Since 2011, he’s had cups of coffee with five MLB teams, including the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles. In his 390 major-league at-bats, he’s slashed .208/.268/.326 with seven home runs and 43 RBI.[membership level="0"]
Lipka delivered a solid Grapefruit League as well. The 26-year-old outfielder hit two long balls as part of a 9-for-34 performance.
In nine minor-league seasons, his slash line is .248/.308/.341.
However, he batted just .125/.222/.156 in 15 games, making the Yankees’ decision to send him down an easy one.
Burns hit .294 in 520 at-bats for the Oakland Athletics in 2015, placing fifth in Rookie of the Year voting. Oh, and don’t forget that he once stole 74 bases in a minor-league season (2013).
Assuming he does anything at all in triple-A, he’s likely the first man up if the Bombers need outfield help.