Report: Yankees acquire Gregorio Petit from Astros

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The Yankees found out earlier this afternoon Brendan Ryan had a Grade 2 calf strain. So what did they do? They went on the trade market and got a replacement shortstop.

The Yankees have announced they have acquired Gregorio Petit from the Houston Astros in exchange for cash considerations. He’s slated to report to big league camp. Here’s his resume from the Yankees official press release:

In 2014, Petit batted .278 (27-for-97) with 14R, 8 doubles, 2HR and 9RBI in 37 games with Houston. He also played in 85 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City, batting .297 (94-for-317) with 46R, 19 doubles, 1 triple, 10HR, 43 RBI, 20BB, a .340 on-base percentage and a .798OPS.

In his Major League career, Petit owns a .278 batting average (42-for-151) with 20R, 11 doubles, 2HR, 10RBI and a .692OPS in 62 games over parts of three seasons with Oakland (2008-09) and Houston (2014).

With the signing of Petit, it seems to once again take Nick Noonan, Cole Figueroa and Rob Refsnyder out of the running to claim the back-up spot to Didi ..read more

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Brendan Ryan diagnosed with right calf strain

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During today’s game, Brendan Ryan went to make a play on a ball up the middle which resulted in him hurting his right calf. He was able to limp off the field, but he had to be helped down the dugout stairs and into the clubhouse. The Yankees later diagnosed Ryan with a strained right calf and are currently sending him for an MRI.

So now it’s time to play “I’m not a doctor, but let’s diagnose [insert player here] anyway”: I’ve seen video of this particular situation–it actually happened to Mark Teixeira and Francisco Cervelli in the past. On a Grade 1 calf strain, the player can get himself off the field and into the clubhouse on his own will.With a Grade 2 calf strain, they need to be helped off the field and dugout by trainers/other players. Both Teixeira and Cervelli were diagnosed with Grade 2 calf strains, so it’s safe to assume Ryan will be diagnosed with a Grade 2 strain. A Grade 3 strain is possible but judging from the injury, it didn’t appear to be Grade 3 serious.

Back to the matter at hand, the Yankees are now looking at alternatives since it’s likely Ryan won’t make the Opening Day roster. The Yankees could either call up Nick Noonan or Rob Refsnyder, although Noonan seems like the logical choice. The Yankees want Refsnyder to work on his defense in Triple-A and with Jose Pirela also on the shelf, Noonan would get the job via process of elimination. Refsnyder did say the Yankees were going to test ..read more

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Yankees worry Gregorius might not be ready for Opening Day

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The 2015 season is slated to begin on Monday, but Didi Gregorius‘s wrist hasn’t exactly been cooperating with him.

The original plan was for Gregorius to take the day off Monday and Tuesday, and re-enter the lineup today. However, Gregorius’s wrist is still a little swollen and while he believes he could play tomorrow, the Yankees won’t rush him which could put him in jeopardy of potentially missing Opening Day. If Gregorius was hurt and all the back-ups were healthy, the next player who would have been called up was Jose Pirela–unfortunately he suffered a concussion in a game against the Mets and won’t be ready for the home opener.

So if Gregorius is unable to play on Opening Day, who would replace him with no Pirela in the picture? If the Yankees needed a ‘Plan-B’, it’s quite possible Brendan Ryan would start on Opening Day and Rob Refsnyder would be the back-up. However, the team hasn’t been completely sold on Refsnyder; while Refsnyder’s bat provides an offensive spark, his defense has suffered and this Spring Training has proven why Refsnyder isn’t considered an option to break camp with the team.

Now, there’s a good chance Gregorius is actually ready to play tomorrow and the Yankees won’t need to worry about finding a back-up. But there’s also a chance Gregorius isn’t ready to go and the Yankees have to visit ‘Plan-B’. When players are injured during the last week of Spring Training, all teams can do is hold their breath and hope for the best. But when injuries occur during the last week of Spring Training, it’s also a situation where teams have to prepare for the ..read more

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Injury Updates: Gregorius, Teixeira, Ellsbury and Tanaka

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With only four games left until Opening Day, the Yankees still have some injuries in camp. However, while some are progressing, there are some that are in danger of playing on Opening Day. Here’s some injury updates from camp yesterday:

Didi Gregorius: Didi Gregorius might not play in today’s game after sitting out three days with a sprained wrist. There’s still a bit of swelling and while it would be ideal for Gregorius to play before camp, the Yankees are unsure if it will be a possibility.

Mark Teixeira: Mark Teixeira is scheduled to play in today’s game after being hit on the knee with a pitch in a minor league game on Sunday. Teixeira was supposed to have Monday and Tuesday off, so there’s not really a concern with him.

Jacoby Ellsbury: Jacoby Ellsbury played in a minor league game yesterday and is scheduled to be in the lineup this afternoon. He missed five games due to an oblique injury.

Masahiro Tanaka: Masahiro Tanaka threw 76 pitches in a 3-1 loss against the Twins yesterday afternoon, which means his next step is to throw 90 pitches. Tanaka’s next start is on Opening ..read more

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Cashman on Gregorius, Teixeira, Beltran, Drew, Rodriguez and roster decisions

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With six days to go until Opening Day, the Yankees have to begin finalizing their roster, and hope their players bounce back after two non-contending seasons. Brian Cashman was asked about whether Didi Gregorius needs a platoon partner, if Carlos Beltran, Mark Teixeira and Stephen Drew will bounce back from their horrific 2014 seasons, Alex Rodriguez‘s returning to the team following a year-long suspension and the decisions for the bullpen and the back-up catcher.

Brian Cashman on Didi Gregorius: “€œIt’€™ll be more of a Joe decision right now. I’€™d just say, it’€™s something we could consider, but Ryan’€™s also here for a reason. We have two left-handers in the middle infield in Drew and Didi, and we have Ryan as an alternative, so I trust that Joe, like he does all the time, he’ll dissect the matchups and try to put the best team on the field to win. If that means Ryan’€™s in there ahead of Didi on any given day, so be it. Gregorius has shown me a lot this spring, which I’€™m happy with. He’s an exciting personality, and really, clearly, we hope that it plays well for us.”

Brian Cashman on Mark Teixeira, Stephen Drew and Carlos Beltran: “€œThere’s no reason to believe, for instance, Carlos Beltran’€™s not going to hit all of a sudden. And I have seen a lot of Stephen Drew in the last week to 10 days, and it’s encouraging. And then Tex, I haven’€™t had any worries about Tex coming back, or even Beltran. It’€™s more like, just stay healthy and we’€™ll be fine. Drew’€™s really, out of those three, the only ..read more

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Tino Martinez rejoins Yankees as instructor

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Ladies and gentlemen, the “Bamb-Tino” has returned to the Yankees–but just so we’re clear, not to play baseball.

The Yankees have announced Tino Martinez has joined the Yankees as a minor league instructor. He’ll be at the minor league complex until the end of the week and will occasionally visit minor league teams throughout the season.

Martinez is known for helping the Yankees win four World Series championship and five pennants from 1996 to 2001. He previously was a hitting coach for the Miami Marlins in 2013 but re-signed. Just last season, Martinez was honored with a plaque in Monument Park.

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Brian Cashman not concerned with Dellin Betances despite rough spring

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This time last year, Dellin Betances did what seemed to be the impossible: with no options remaining, he was able to win a job out of Spring Training and stay on the roster for the entire season. He became the set-up man to David Robertson, made the All-Star team as a rookie and beat Mariano Rivera‘s strikeout record in a single season. Fast forward to a year later and many wonder where’s the Dellin Betances of last year. He’s given up at least a run in every outing and many are concerned with his fastball. Well, everyone except for Brian Cashman.

“The Betances ‘Where has his velocity gone?’ story is not accurate,” Cashman told the media yesterday. “He’s actually averaging a mile (per hour) higher at this time this spring than last spring. If it’s apples to apples, then he’s right where he was last year. Obviously his performance in the spring is different than the arm strength, but the arm strength is not the issue. Just want to make sure everybody knows that.”

Betances was a game changer during the late innings last season, but the Yankees aren’t going to hold his rough spring against him. In his sophomore year with the team, the Yankees plan on keeping him in the late inning mix, but many question if he’ll be as effective against Major League hitters this season. Every team has seen enough of Betances to make a scouting report on him and if other teams can find cracks in Betances’s armor, it might not be a good thing for the Yankees.

“You just want to make sure it doesn’t affect the confidence,” Cashman said. “I’ve been able to at least ..read more

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Report: Yankees have scouted top Cuban RHP Yadier Alvarez

The Yankees have missed out on multiple big names in the international free agent market, but there’s another player on the organization’s adar.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting top Cuban RHP Yadier Alvarez is drawing interest from multiple teams, including the Yankees. Other teams interested in Alvarez are the Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Dodgers, Washington Nationals, Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Minnesota Twins and the San Francisco Giants.

Alvarez, 19,  throws a fastball consistently at 94-97 MPH but has topped out at 99 MPH. He’s currently petitioning MLB to be made eligible to sign this signing period rather than wait until the next signing period, beginning July 2nd. However, with the Yankees only being able to spend $300,000 during the next signing period,  their only realistic chance of acquiring him is if Alvarez wins his petition to be signed before July 2nd.

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