Jun 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Cameron Maybin (38) hits a home run against the Tampa Bay Rays in the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
The Yankees made it official on Tuesday, activating Giancarlo Stanton to join the team for the first time since the opening days of the 2019 season. And the corresponding move for his arrival was OF Mike Tauchman being sent back down to Triple-A, which was made last night following the win over the Rays.
So two roster moves have been made for the Yankees, which includes Clint Frazier being sent down in correspondence with Edwin Encarnacion joining the team via trade. Now the final puzzle piece will be put into place when Aaron Judge is finally activated after rehabbing his oblique injury.
But who will be purged to allow him room on the 25-man roster?
Many look at the extra outfielder in the room in Cameron Maybin. He was brought in by the Yankees to add more outfield depth with all these injuries, and like the other replacements, has performed well in the absence of the sluggers. Overall, he is hitting .299/.375/.467 with four homers and 11 RBI in 38 games in New York this season.
“He’s been a really good player and another guy that has come in here and fit in, jelled, impacted the room, and then his performance speaks for itself between the lines, what he’s brought,” manager Aaron Boone told The Post’s Zach Braziller. “The flexibility to play anywhere in the outfield, the speed he brings to the basepaths, the energy he plays the game with and brings to the dugout on a nightly basis. We’ve seen the power come into play the last few days. He’s been really good for us — really good.”
Those are some strong words from the skipper, but, if the Yankees do move Maybin for Judge, the 32-year-old won’t be heading down to Triple-A. He doesn’t have any minor league options, which means he would hit the market for another team to scoop up.
And Maybin is making it hard for the Yankees to do that this week. In his last three games, Maybin has mashed a homer in each contest while going 6-for-12 with four runs scored as well.
So here’s a better option for the Yankees: send down a pitcher to keep Maybin on the team.
The Yankees currently carry 13 pitchers that includes four starters (Domingo German is on the IL) and nine bullpen options. Those nine arms in the bullpen would be more expendable compared to Maybin who would be the only bench option other than Brett Gardner on the bench.
When Judge returns, the starting outfield of him, Stanton, and Aaron Hicks would be players that have all had long IL stints this season. Maybin, then, should be kept as extra insurance and another player Boone can use based on pitching matchups and who needs rest.
In turn, David Hale should be the first pitcher out of the pen to be considered for a demotion. Nestor Cortes Jr. is another name that comes up, but after his great relief of CC Sabathia the other night, he should remain another lefty option there.
Maybin has proven he can handle the bright lights of New York, and as Boone said, he has jelled in the clubhouse. Breaking off that bond wouldn’t be the best move for the Yankees, even though all of their power bats are back in the lineup.
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Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Giancarlo Stanton
Jun 30, 2019; London, ENG; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) hits a single during the seventh inning of the game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees at London Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports (Steven Flynn)
The Yankees left their final game in London with another victory over the Red Sox, and yet another injury scare came there way.
It was Luke Voit first in the inaugural game on Saturday that he to leave with a core strain. And in the ninth inning of today’s contest, Gary Sanchez wasn’t behind the plate as he was for the first eight innings.
Speaking through a translator after the game, Sanchez admitted jamming his thumb on his glove hand during a pitch in the eighth inning that forced him to exit early.
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez and second baseman Gleyber Torres celebrate after second baseman DJ LeMahieu hit an RBI single against the Seattle Mariners in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
In addition to Gary Sanchez and DJ LeMahieu, there is another Yankee who was named to the American League’s All-Star roster: Aroldis Chapman.
Chapman was New York’s lone pitcher named to the All-Star Game, the league announced Sunday.
The 31-year-old Chapman, who has 23 saves and a 1.36 ERA in 35 relief appearances this year, makes his sixth All-Star Game in his 10-year career.
Aroldis Chapman, Gary Sanchez
Yanks beat Sox again, 12-8
Aaron Boone, Didi Gregorius and Alex Cora on the London experience and Yankees weekend sweep
The Yankees completed a two-game sweep in London of the Red Sox with a 12-8 win over Boston on Sunday. >> Box score
6 takeaways from Sunday’s game…
1) After being held in check for the first six innings, the Yanks tallied nine runs in the seventh, with 14 batters coming to the plate. Gary Sanchez, Gio Urshela and DJ LeMahieu each had two-run hits in the inning.
Chance Adams, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Luis Cessa, Stephen Tarpley
Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
The frustration over the Yankees’ injuries this season is beginning to mount for Brian Cashman, particularly with ace Luis Severino.
The Yankees GM provided more updates on Sunday on the 25-year-old right-hander, who was shut down again on Saturday after an MRI discovered his lat strain was only 90 percent healed.
“Clearly, in hindsight, he never should have started his throwing program,” Cashman said. “He passed all his physical testing. He was strong. They made a determination not to do an MRI. And normally they don’t do an MRI to follow up after the down period of time. They test him out.”
Luis Severino, Luke Voit
The Yankees (53-28, 7.0 GA in AL East) conclude their series in London against the Boston Red Sox (44-39, 10 GB in AL East) on Sunday at 10:10 a.m. at London Stadium.
The Yankees and Red Sox return to action after combining to score 30 runs in the Bombers’ 17-13 win in the first-ever MLB game in London on Saturday. … DJ LeMahieu is the hottest hitter on the Yankees and perhaps baseball. He raised his batting average to .342 on Saturday with a 4-for-6 day at the plate and extended his hitting streak to 13 games and multi-hit streak to five games. … Aaron Judge belted a home run on Saturday in a 2-for-4 day at the plate. He is hitting .318/.400/.591 with two home runs and six RBI since returning from the IL on June 21.
Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ, Boston Red Sox
Feb 17, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
The Yankees have been decimated by injuries this year, with roughly a dozen key players going down. Check back here for the latest updates on the walking wounded.
10-day IL: Domingo German, Giancarlo Stanton
60-day IL: Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Dellin Betances, Greg Bird, Jordan Montgomery, Miguel Andujar, Jonathan Loaisiga, Troy Tulowitzki
Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar
Yanks outslug Sox 17-13
Aaron Boone, Aaron Hicks, DJ LeMahieu and Alex Cora on the Yankees prevailing in the wild 17-13 London series opener
The Yankees put their offensive prowess on display in London in one of longest nine-inning games in MLB history on Saturday, erupting for 17 runs in a 17-13 win over the Red Sox. >> Box score
Six takeaways from Saturday’s game…
1) This was the first time in Yankees-Red Sox history where both teams scored six runs in the first inning, which was highlight by Aaron Hicks blasting the first MLB home run in London with a two-run shot off Rick Porcello. It was also just the third time in MLB history where both starting pitchers allowed six-plus runs and were unable to get out of the first inning.
Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka
Apr 2, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (45) reacts after an out in the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Even in Europe, the Yankees cannot escape injuries.
First baseman Luke Voit left Saturday’s game against the Red Sox in the fifth inning with what was later announced on the broadcast as a core strain.
Voit began limping as he rounded the bases.
The Yankees received a visit from some royalty before Saturday’s game against the Red Sox in London.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his wife, Meghan Markle, arrived in the Yankees’ locker room to greet the team.
The Yankees were expecting the visit, giving the royal couple a Yankee onesie as a gift for their newborn baby, Archie.
May 31, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) follows through on a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
The Yankees (52-28, 7.0 GA in AL East) open a two-game series in London against the Boston Red Sox (44-38, 9.0 GB in AL East) on Saturday at 1:10 p.m. at London Stadium.
The Yankees and Red Sox open the first MLB game to be played in London on Saturday. … All-Star DJ LeMahieu enters the game with an AL-leading .336 batting average and a 12-game hitting streak in which he is hitting .460/.518/.880 with five home runs, two doubles, two triples and 13 RBI. … Fellow All-Star Gary Sanchez is second in the AL with 23 home runs and has reached base his last 11 games, hitting .286/.340/.571 with three home runs and 12 RBI in that span.
Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka, Boston Red Sox
Apr 20, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Clint Frazier (77) at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
The perception the Yankees have grown weary of Clint Frazier was done any favors this week when they opted to call up Mike Tauchman for the London series when Giancarlo Stanton was placed on the IL.
Tauchman has struggled with his bat at the major-league level, whereas Frazier has thrived, but GM Brian Cashman insisted that Tauchman’s defense was ultimately the deciding factor.
Frazier believes that was the right decision.
Clint Frazier, Giancarlo Stanton
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez drops his bat after hitting a two run home run against the Houston Astros during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
Gary Sanchez has returned to his true form this season as one of the best power hitters in the league, so naturally he was asked to participate in this year’s Home Run Derby.
The Yankees’ slugger is undecided, however.
Sanchez, 26, said on Friday in London that he is mulling his decision on whether or not to participate because of his offseason shoulder surgery and plans to consult with his wife first.
Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez
Trenton Thunder pitcher Deivi Garcia throws a pitch during a game against the Hartford Yard Goats at Dunkin’ Donuts Park. (Matt Eisenberg/SNY)
Deivi Garcia has been a force in the Yankees’ minor league system this season, and now he’s getting noticed for it.
The 20-year-old pitching prospect will represent the Yankees at this year’s All-Star Futures Game in Cleveland.
Garcia, a right-hander, is the owner of a 2.78 ERA and 4-4 record in time split with Single-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton. His strikeout ability has garnered plenty of attention, thanks to 109 punchouts in just 64.2 innings (15.2 K/9). The Yankees’ No. 4 prospect was part of a combined no-hitter this season when he struck out nine batters in five innings.
Yankees react to London
Aaron Judge and Aaron Boone are impressed by the fans in London and react to taking in the sights around the city.
The latest Yankees road trip stretches a bit farther than usual. The team has landed in London ahead of its two-game series against the Boston Red Sox — the first MLB games to played in Europe.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the series.
London Stadium, which hosts the soccer team West Ham United F.C., makes for a unique venue to host a baseball series. The field features a turf playing surface and has hitter-friendly dimensions — it’s 330 feet down the line, but only a shallow 385 feet to center field, which is shorter than any big-league ballpark.
May 3, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) hits a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Two Yankees will be among the American League starters at the 2019 MLB All-Star Game in Cleveland.
On Thursday, Gary Sanchez was announced as the American League’s starting catcher, and he’ll be joined in the infield by DJ LeMahieu, who will be making the start at second base.
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