News: Capuano gave up four runs on eight hits while fanning eight and walking two in Tuesday's no-decision against the visiting Astros.
Impact: That's 23 strikeouts in his last three outings, an 18-inning span that has also featured just three walks and a total of eight earned runs. Capuano will look to pick up his first win in a Yankee uniform again when he takes to the mound against the White Sox on Sunday.
News: Phelps threw 50 times from 60 feet Monday, after which an MRI was performed on his recovering right elbow, Meredith Marakovits of YES Network reports.
Impact: Phelps stated that he's felt no discomfort in the elbow in more than a week, but the fact that he's throwing is an encouraging first step in his recovery. If all goes well, a return during the second week of September is his best-case scenario.
News: Tanaka (elbow) is slated for a bullpen session Wednesday, Meredith Marakovits of YES Network reports.
Impact: Tanaka is intent on building up his stamina, meaning an uptick from Friday's 25-pitch session should be expected. To avoid further injuring his recovering UCL, though, more caution than normal likely will be exercised.
News: Leroux accepted his outright assignment to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports.
Impact: Leroux has now gained and lost a 40-man roster spot on three occasions this season, but his two outings with the Yankees haven't gone swimmingly (five runs on seven hits and two walks to go with three strikeouts in two innings). The 30-year-old righty will continue to provide organizational bullpen depth.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tanaka (elbow) played catch Sunday and reported no issues, MLB.com reports.
Impact: The Yankees were anxious to see how Tanaka would respond one day after throwing a 25-pitch bullpen session, so the news is yet another encouraging sign that the 25-year-old may be able to avoid Tommy John surgery. Tanaka is scheduled to throw another bullpen next week, which could include some off-speed pitches. If all goes smoothly, he could return to the team in early September.
Austin Romine - #51 - Catcher - 6'0" - 220lbs
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Romine was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the YES Network reports.
Impact: The move was made to clear space for the return of starting catcher Brian McCann from the 7-day concussion disabled list. Romine got one at-bat in his latest major league stint, going 0-for-1.
News: Teixeira went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in Sunday's win over Tampa Bay.
Impact: Teixeira had a productive series against the Rays, racking up five hits in 12 at-bats. Overall, he's slashing .235/.333/.446 with a team-best 20 home runs to go with 53 RBI this season.
News: Kuroda allowed four hits and two earned runs over 6.2 innings in Sunday's win over Tampa Bay.
Impact: Kuroda looked much sharper after struggling through 4.2 innings against Cleveland in his last start. The 39-year-old now stands at 8-8 with a 3.97 ERA on the season, with his next assignment scheduled for Saturday at home against the White Sox.
News: McCann (concussion) was activated from the 7-day DL on Sunday, Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York reports.
Impact: McCann was initially targeting Saturday as the return date from the disabled list, but the return was recently bumped back to Sunday. He is back in the lineup, so he appears to be healthy again.
News: Phelps (elbow) is scheduled to resume throwing in the next week, MLB.com reports.
Impact: Phelps has been shut down completely since landing on the disabled list nearly two weeks ago, so it seems unlikely that he'd return any earlier than the end of August or beginning of September. Once he begins throwing again, there should be a clearer timetable on his return.
News: Leroux has been outrighted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports.
Impact: Leroux cleared waivers, enabling the Yankees to retain him as organizational depth in the International League.
News: Tanaka (elbow) threw fastballs off the mound without pain Saturday, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Impact: The outing marks Tanaka's first time on the hill since landing on the disabled list in early July. He hopes to include breaking balls during his next session off the mound, but many hurdles still exist in his quest to pitch again this season.
Stephen Drew - #33 - Short Stop - 6'0" - 190lbs
News: Drew is out of the Yankees' lineup Saturday against the Rays, Newsday's Erik Boland reports.
Impact: Martin Prado will draw the start at second base Saturday with Carlos Beltran returning to right field, pushing Drew to the bench after eight straight starts. The move from Boston to the Bronx did little to ignite Drew's bat, as he's hit just .170/.204/.255 in 13 games since joining the Yankees.
News: Beltran will return to right field Saturday against the Rays, Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com reports.
Impact: Saturday's start will mark Beltran's first in the field since May 10. The 37-year-old has been restricted to DH duty for most of the year due to elbow issues but resumed throwing about a month ago. Beltran is just 1-for-18 at the plate in his last five games.
News: Tanaka (elbow) threw long toss and took fielding practice off the mound Friday, MLB.com reports.
Impact: Each pain-free step Tanaka takes makes it more likely the 25-year-old will be able to return before the end of the 2014 season. He's scheduled to throw 25 fastballs off a mound Saturday, the first time he'll throw off a mound since landing on the disabled list in July.
News: McCarthy turned in 6.1 innings Friday night, allowing four runs (two earned) on seven hits and a walk while piling up seven strikeouts in a 5-0 loss to the Rays.
Impact: McCarthy pitched well for the Yankees once again, but the New York lineup was unable to come up with much of anything against the Rays' staff. The towering righty has been extremely solid on the mound since first coming from Arizona to the Bronx back on July 6, posting a 2.30 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 9.0 K/9 across 43 innings. McCarthy is scheduled to be back on the bump Thursday versus the Astros.
News: McCann (concussion) is now shooting for a return from the 7-day DL on Sunday, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Impact: There is no clear indication that McCann has suffered a setback in his recovery from a concussion he sustained last week, but it was previously expected that he would return to the lineup Saturday.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Tanaka is scheduled to throw 25 pitches Saturday in his first bullpen session since going on the disabled list with a partial tear in his right elbow.
Impact: The Yankees put Tanaka on the disabled list on July 9 and hope he can return next month. Tanaka says he has "no pain" in his comeback work and Girardi says "everything has been positive" so far. Tanaka threw on level ground for 12 minutes Friday. He also took grounders for 4 minutes and made pickoff throws to first base.
News: Tanaka (elbow) will throw a 25-pitch bullpen session Saturday, Meredith Marakovits of the YES Network reports.
Impact: Tanaka will throw off a mound for the first time since going on the disabled list in early July. He hopes to return to the club at some point in September, but it remains to be seen if that will be the case. The 25-pitch session is a step in the right direction, however.
Francisco Cervelli - #29 - Catcher - 6'1" - 210lbs
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cervelli went 1-for-2 with a homer and two RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Orioles.
Impact: Cervelli has seen his playing time pick back up over the last week while Brian McCann (concussion) has been unavailable, recording four hits in 15 at-bats during that time. McCann is reportedly progressing and could be back by the weekend, however, meaning Cervelli's usefulness could quickly come to a close.
Shawn Kelley - #27 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 220lbs
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kelley (2-4) picked up the loss Wednesday against Baltimore, giving up three runs in two-thirds of an inning.
Impact: The 30-year-old hasn't had much success of late, having allowed four runs while retiring just one in an outing last week against Cleveland. After Wednesday's loss, his ERA stands at 13.50 for the month of August.
News: Tanaka (elbow) threw 10 pitches -- all fastballs -- off flat ground Wednesday, Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports.
Impact: With Tanaka checking out fine during long-toss sessions earlier this week, he'll move on to the next phase of his rehab in preparation for a bullpen session, perhaps as early as this weekend. The Yankees still haven't offered a clear-cut return date for Tanaka, but it at least seems like the club very much intends to have the star rookie back at some point over the next few weeks.
News: Pineda (back) was activated from the 60-day DL in advance of Wednesday's start vs. the Orioles, Erik Boland of Newsday reports.
Impact: Pineda will match up against the Orioles' Chris Tillman for his first start since Apr. 23. The 25-year-old will be making just his fifth start for the Yankees since the team acquired him from the Mariners prior to the 2012 season. In spite of the missed time, the Yankees still have high hopes for him becoming a critical member of the rotation over the final month and a half of the season.
News: Pineda allowed one run over five innings in his first start since returning from the DL on Wednesday against the Orioles. He gave up two hits and no walks, striking out four.
Impact: If the Yankees can extend Pineda deeper into games, it could be a huge shot in the arm for them. Marring Pineda's effort was the four-run eighth inning by the O's against the Yankees' bullpen, most notably against Shawn Kelley.
Dellin Betances - #68 - Pitcher - 6'8" - 260lbs
News: Betances gave up a game-tying homer in the eighth inning Wednesday night to the Orioles' Jonathan Schoop. It came in his third inning - overall he pitched 2.1 innings, striking out four while allowing one run.
Impact: The homer was the fourth allowed by Betances, but the third since July 20th. Some allowance has to be made of course for the workload in Wednesday's game. Shawn Kelley came in and poured gasoline on the fire after Schoop's homer, allowing three more runs, which illustrates why manager Joe Girardi was working Betances so hard.
News: Yankees manager Joe Girardi reiterated Wednesday that the team is hoping Tanaka (elbow) can pitch in September, ESPNNewYork.com reports.
Impact: Tanaka threw actual pitches Wednesday -- 10 fastballs off flat ground -- and reported afterward that he felt "really good." Girardi likened Tanaka's status to that of a pitcher at the start of spring training, with the right-hander needing to gradually build up strength over a several-week period, but it sounds like the plan is for Tanaka to make at least a couple starts before the year is out.
News: The Yankees expect to activate McCann (concussion) from the 7-day DL on Saturday, MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports.
Impact: McCann reported improvement in his recovery earlier in the week and was set to undergo further testing Tuesday. Though he hasn't yet resumed baseball activities, the positive news surrounding his recovery suggests he may have come through Tuesday's test symptom-free. The Yankees should relay further information on McCann's condition as the weekend draws nearer.
News: Leroux was designated for assignment Wednesday, MLB.com reports.
Impact: The Yankees will drop Leroux from the 40-man roster in order to create move for Wednesday starter Michael Pineda, who was activated from the 60-day DL in a corresponding move. Look for the 30-year-old Leroux to pass through waivers unclaimed after he yielded five runs on seven hits over his two innings of bullpen duty with the Yankees.
News: Kuroda will start Sunday against the Rays, Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com reports.
Impact: Contrary to prior reports, the Yankees will not skip Kuroda's turn in the rotation entirely, and will rather just push him back to oppose Jeremy Hellickson in the finale against Tampa. With Thursday's team off day built in, Kuroda will be afforded two extra days of rest, something the team felt the right-hander needed after he labored through 4.2 innings against the Indians last Sunday.
News: Tanaka (elbow) did not throw 90 pitches from 120 feet on Tuesday as was originally planned due to weather issues, and instead played catch indoors, the NY Post reports.
Impact: Being forced to push back his schedule one day likely won't have a big impact on Tanaka's return date, but it's not clear if his rehab program has changed at all. At this point, it seems likely that Tanaka will attempt to throw from 120 feet on Wednesday instead, or the next available day if weather continues to be an issue.
News: The Yankees have decided to skip Kuroda's next rotation turn, Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports.
Impact: After the Indians got to Kuroda for three runs on five hits over 4.2 innings Sunday, the right-hander said that he's operating at less than 100 percent, saying "I'm good enough to get on the mound out there." However, GM Brian Cashman said that the decision to skip Kuroda is not due to injury, rather the team just thinks he could benefit from extra rest. With Tuesday's game rained out, the Yankees will push Shane Greene to Saturday and start Chris Capuano in Sunday's series finale against Tampa Bay.
News: McCann (concussion) reported feeling better, according to manager Joe Girardi, and could undergo another concussion test Tuesday, MLB.com reports.
Impact: McCann was placed on the 7-day concussion DL on Saturday, so he won't be able to return until a week from then at the earliest. If he passes a concussion test symptom free, he could be cleared to resume baseball activities and a return to the team as soon as he's eligible would seem likely.
News: Tanaka (elbow) was pain-free after throwing 50 times from 90 feet on Monday, MLB.com reports.
Impact: The next step for Tanaka will be to throw from 120 feet, which could happen as early as Tuesday according to manager Joe Girardi. If all goes well there, the plan would be for Tanaka to throw off of flat ground. Each step he takes without pain makes it more likely Tanaka will be able to avoid surgery and return this season.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Jeter had a double in four at-bats Monday.
Impact: Jeter ended a seven-game run without an extra-base hit. He began Monday with a .652 OPS - the 14th-worst mark in baseball.
News: The Yankees selected Leroux's contract Monday, Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports.
Impact: Since he was designated for assignment on July 25, Leroux has started three games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, surrendering six runs on 13 hits and five walks while striking out 12 in 17 innings. With Wednesday's starter, Michael Pineda (back), not entirely stretched out at the moment, Leroux will likely act as a bridge in middle relief.
News: Capuano lost Monday against the Orioles as he pitched six innings, allowing four runs and six hits to go along with seven strikeouts.
Impact: Capuano has provided the Yankees with a mostly dependable starting option as he has allowed four runs or less in each of his four starts with the team. He has 15 strikeouts over his last two starts, and although he's not flashy, he's at least fantasy relevant again with his new role.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | STATS
News: Pineda will come off the disabled list Wednesday and make his first start since his suspension for using pine tar on the mound.
Impact: Pineda last pitched on April 23, when he was ejected from a game against Boston. He received a 10-game suspension from Major League Baseball for ''possessing a foreign substance on his person.''
Jacoby Ellsbury - #22 - Center Field - 6'1" - 195lbs
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | STATS
News: Ellsbury went 2 for 4 with his 10th home run in Sunday's 4-1 loss to visiting Cleveland.
Impact: Ellsbury went 4 for 7 in the last two games of the series and is 10 for 24 in his last seven games.
News: Beltran could soon be cleared to play in the outfield, Erik Boland of Newsday reports.
Impact: Manager Joe Girardi confirmed the development Monday, stating Beltran may return to right field in "the near future." Handling DH duties since his activation from the DL on June 5 following nearly a month off due to a hyperextended right elbow, Beltran has fared well in August, batting .289 (11-for-38) with two homers, eight RBI, and seven runs scored.
News: Rogers will not start Wednesday as originally scheduled, with Michael Pineda returning from the disabled list, Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York reports.
Impact: The news means Rogers is likely headed back to the bullpen. Pineda hasn't pitched in the big leagues since April, so he could be on a limited pitch or inning count, which could allow Rogers the opportunity to have an extended relief appearance Wednesday.
News: Pineda (back) will start Wednesday at Baltimore, Sweeny Murti of WFAN reports.
Impact: In two August starts at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pineda displayed his standout strikeout ability, punching out 11 in 7.2 innings. Note the innings count, which likely forecasts a cap in his initial big league appearances. However, his first nod since Apr. 23 is now a certainty.
News: Esmil Rogers, and not Pineda, is currently slated to start Wednesday's game against Baltimore, Newsday reports.
Impact: Pineda said he'd be ready to return to the big league club after his last rehab start, but manager Joe Girardi has yet to say when he believes Pineda could return. With Rogers tentatively scheduled to start Wednesday, a third rehab start for Pineda seems likely. No official announcement has been made yet, so it is worth monitoring until one is.
News: Rogers has been listed as the Yankees' starter Wednesday against Baltimore, though an official decision has yet to be made, Newsday reports.
Impact: There has been some speculation that Michael Pineda would be ready to return to the team and start Wednesday, but if not, Rogers would be in line to make his second start for the Yankees. Rogers picked up the win last time out, allowing just run one over five innings. While the decision still isn't official, this would likely mean Pineda would be in line for a third rehab start.
News: Teixeira (finger) said he felt "not bad" in his return to the starting lineup Sunday after missing three games with an injury to his pinky finger, the NY Post reports.
Impact: Teixeira said he's still dealing with some pain in his finger, but it feels a lot better than it initially did. He made it through the full game Sunday, and added a hit, so he likely won't miss any more time with this injury, but his status is still worth monitoring until the finger fully heals.
News: While Beltran has continued his throwing program, Yankees manager Joe Girardi suggested they won't rush to play him in the outfield. "He definitely feels better," said Girardi. "But with the flexibility we've got with [Martin] Prado, you feel less of a rush. We feel that we're OK, and it's subject to change, but we'll see what happens."
Impact: The Yankees have no more road interleague games remaining, so from a practical standpoint, they can just use Beltran at DH the rest of the season. It just limits their ability to play other hitters at DH.
News: Teixeira (finger) went 1-for-4 in his return to the lineup Sunday. He's more capable hitting left-handed than right-handed right now.
Impact: The Yankees face left-handed starters Tuesday and Saturday this week, so there's a possibility he might not start on those two days.
News: Kuroda lasted just 4.2 innings Sunday against the Indians, allowing three runs on five hits and four walks to get the loss.
Impact: Kuroda alluded that he's somewhat less than 100 percent. "I'm good enough to get on the mound out there," said Kuroda. "Everybody look around. It's hard to find players 100 percent physically. So you've got to be able to respond with whatever you've got."
News: Headley is out of the lineup Saturday against the Indians.
Impact: Headley will get the day off after a long string of consecutive starts. Martin Prado will man third base in his place and bat seventh for the Yankees on Sunday.
News: Teixeira (finger) is back in the lineup Sunday, but will need to go through batting practice to ensure his finger will hold up, Meredith Marakovits of the YES Network reports.
Impact: Teixeira's left pinky was stitched up Thursday and it caused him to miss Friday and Saturday as well. He should be back in the lineup Sunday, but batting practice will be an important test.
News: Teixeira (finger) took soft toss in the batting cages Saturday but suggested he'll need to see improvement before he can think about playing, the New York Daily News reports. "Probably 50 percent, but obviously that's not going to get the job done" Teixeira said. "It's not the cut. The cut is -- I don't want to say irrelevant -- but it's the joint that's really, really sore. So whether it was sprained or bruised -- we're not really sure -- the joint is really sore. The cut you just wrap and play, (with) the joint I can't grip a bat."
Impact: Manager Joe Girardi, meanwhile, said Teixeira is "definitely closer than he was (Friday)" and added that it's possible he could be available in some capacity Sunday. However, with the 34-year-old Teixeira still not capable of gripping a bat, it seems likely he'll remain on the bench for the finale against Cleveland. The Yankees will continue to monitor him on a day-to-day basis, but a DL stint remains a possibility if he is unable to make sufficient progress by the middle of next week.
News: Beltran went 2 for 5 with a grand slam and five RBIs in a 10-6 win over Cleveland on Friday.
Impact: Beltran is batting .400 with three homers and 13 RBIs in his last 13 games.
News: Jeter has passed Honus Wagner on the career hits list with 3,431, getting an infield single in the sixth inning Saturday against the Cleveland Indians.
Impact: Jeter led off the inning with a soft grounder off Corey Kluber that shortstop Jose Ramirez charged but failed to pick up with his bare hand.
News: Jeter singled Saturday against the Indians to pass Honus Wagner for sixth on the all-time hits list with 3,431.
Impact: Passing Wagner also means Jeter has more hits than any shortstop in baseball history. Jeter, who has 115 hits this season, is 84 behind Tris Speaker for fifth place, which is probably out of reach.
Scott Sizemore - #45 - Third Base - 6'0" - 185lbs
News: Sizemore re-signed with the Yankees on a minor league deal Saturday, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports.
Impact: Sizemore was released by the Yankees on July 31, but the team decided to take him over Brian Roberts, who was released by the team to make room. The veteran infielder spent most of the season at Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre but could provide the Yankees with depth in September, if the team decides to bring him up.
News: McCarthy gave up two runs on seven hits while striking out eight in 6.1 innings Saturday against the Indians.
Impact: McCarthy now has just a 2.21 ERA with 36 strikeouts in 36.2 innings since joining the Yankees and warrants ownership in the majority of leagues. He'll look to notch another quality start when he takes the hill Friday in Tampa Bay.
News: The New York Yankees have placed catcher Brian McCann on the seven-day concussion list less than a day after he was hit in the facemask by a foul ball.
Impact: McCann was hurt in the third inning Friday night against Cleveland but remained in the game until he was pinch hit for in the sixth. Manager Joe Girardi said McCann was feeling cloudy.
News: Pineda (back) said he's ready to rejoin the Yankees' rotation after tossing 4.1 innings of one-run ball in a rehab start for Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes-Barre on Friday, MLB.com reports. He gave up six hits and struck out seven without issuing a walk.
Impact: Several setbacks have delayed Pineda's return from a lat injury, but it seems he may finally be on the verge of making it back to the major leagues. His fastball velocity sat around 92-94 mph Friday, and his slider was working, as he fanned seven in a 72-pitch effort. A New York Daily News report suggested Pineda will likely return next Wednesday to take on the Orioles, but manager Joe Girardi was non-committal, saying "we'll sit down and we'll talk about it." Esmil Rogers pitched fairly well in a spot start Friday, and it seems the club is thinking about giving him another turn.
Brian Roberts - #14 - Second Base - 5'9" - 175lbs
News: Roberts was granted his unconditional release from the Yankees on Saturday, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Impact: The Yankees were unable to find a willing trade partner to acquire Roberts after the team designated him for assignment last week, and with the veteran infielder uninterested in accepting a minor league assignment, he'll cut ties entirely with the organization. Given his age, health concerns, and middling production with the Yankees, he may have difficulty finding another major league opportunity this season.
Austin Romine - #51 - Catcher - 6'0" - 220lbs
News: Romine was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre prior to Saturday's game, Eric Boland of Newsday reports.
Impact: With Brian McCann (concussion) landing on the 7-day DL on Saturday, Romine will step in to replenish the Yankees' catching depth. Francisco Cervelli figures to see the large share of at-bats at catcher while McCann is out, relegating Romine primarily to backup duties.
News: McCann was placed on the 7-day concussion DL on Saturday, Eric Boland of Newsday reports.
Impact: McCann's visit with a neurological specialist Saturday morning confirmed that he has a concussion, requiring him to follow MLB's protocol on head injuries. The Yankees will monitor his status on a day-to-day basis, with the catcher able to resume working out once he's no longer experiencing symptoms. In the meantime, Francisco Cervelli looks primed to pick up the large share of at-bats behind the plate while McCann is out.
News: Teixeira attempted to hit off a tee Friday, describing the activity as "very painful," MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports.
Impact: Teixeira said that he's still hopeful about avoiding the DL, but with the first baseman only putting his health at about 50 percent at the moment, it's hard to be optimistic about his chances of returning in the next couple days. Despite being nicked up repeatedly this season, he's managed to remain fairly productive on a per-game basis, homering 19 times and driving in 52 runs in 84 games.
News: Teixeira (finger) is not in the lineup Saturday versus the Indians, MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports.
Impact: Teixeira will miss his third straight contest as he waits to regain feeling in his left pinky finger, after requiring stitches in the digit a couple days earlier. Chase Headley will again cover first base in his absence.
News: McCann (concussion) is out of the lineup Saturday versus the Indians, MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports.
Impact: McCann was set to undergo a concussion test prior to the game, after which the Yankees will decide if he'll require a stint on the DL. Even if he receives clearance to resume catching, he'll likely be held out through the rest of the weekend just to afford him ample recovery time. Francisco Cervelli will serve as the battery mate for starter Brandon McCarthy on Saturday.
News: Teixeira (finger) remains out of the lineup Friday.
Impact: He received stitches in his left pinky finger and will now miss his second game in a row as he recovers. It's a day-to-day situation with Teixeira, and he could be back Saturday, but Chase Headley will slot in at first base Friday.
Matt Daley - #40 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 180lbs
News: Daley was designated for assignment on Friday.
Impact: In 13 appearances out of the Yankees' bullpen, Daley posted a 5.02 ERA, so it's doubtful he'll be claimed by another team, which will allow him to return to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Bare.
News: Beltran went 2-for-5 with a grand slam, five total RBI and two runs scored in Friday's 10-6 win over the Indians.
Impact: Beltran continues his tear through the early days of August. Over the first eight games of this month, the switch-hitting veteran has hit a cool .355 with two homers, eight RBI and seven runs scored.
News: Rogers turned in five solid frames Friday night, giving up one earned run on four hits and one walk while striking out three in a winning effort against the Indians.
Impact: Rogers' first start of the season turned out to be a successful one, as the soon-to-be 29-year-old hurler was able to settle into a nice rhythm after the Yankees staked him to a 5-1 advantage in the first frame. Rogers has now worked a total of nine innings since coming to the Pinstripers back on July 31 and has so far been a nice addition, surrendering just one run on five hits with eight strikeouts.
News: McCann will undergo a concussion test Saturday, which should determine whether he'll require a stint on the disabled list, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Impact: The injury is being diagnosed as a mild concussion, although the severity is likely a moot point. McCann reported feeling foggy in the sixth inning of Friday's game prior to his departure, and is officially day-to-day until Saturday's test results are revealed.
News: McCann left Friday night's game with a mild concussion, Erik Boland of Newsday reports.
Impact: The Yankees have not provided any additional details regarding McCann's availability for the rest of the weekend, but he'll almost certainly miss time beyond Friday's contest as a result of the injury with the possibility of a 7-day DL stint if his symptoms linger for more than a day or two.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Teixeira is out of the New York Yankees lineup for a second straight game after getting spiked on the left hand in a play at homeplate.
Impact: Teixeira got stitches in his left pinkie Wednesday night and says the finger is still too sore to play Friday against the Cleveland Indians. He will try to hit off a tee and do soft toss instead.
News: Tanaka (elbow) "felt good" after throwing at 60 and 90 feet Friday and will throw at 90 feet again Saturday, Newsday's Erik Boland reports.
Impact: He will get a day off after Saturday's work, but it certainly sounds like he's progressing well in his recovery from an elbow injury. Tanaka and his owners are not out of the woods yet, but as long as he continues without significant setbacks, he may be able to avoid Tommy John surgery and make a return later this season.
News: Pineda (back) is expected to start for the Yankees next Wednesday against Baltimore, the New York Daily News reports.
Impact: Pineda's second rehab start for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday is likely to be his last. He's expected to build up his pitch count to around 75-80, and then rejoin the team in Baltimore for his first start for the big club in more than three months. The right-hander suffered several setbacks in his recovery from a lat injury.
News: Rogers will start for the Yankees on Friday against the Indians.
Impact: Rogers hasn't been added to the 25-man roster yet, but will be Friday and will make the start for the Yankees. He posted a 6.97 ERA and 1.69 WHIP out of the bullpen for the Blue Jays, and hasn't started a major league game since 2013. He will get his opportunity to do so for the Yankees, a team with five starters currently on the disabled list.
News: McCann is out of the Yankees' lineup Thursday against the Tigers, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Nothing out of the ordinary here, as McCann has caught four straight games and the Yankees have an early afternoon tilt on tap following a night game. Francisco Cervelli will step in behind the plate to catch starter Shane Greene. McCann has homered in consecutive games to bring his total on the season to 13.
News: Jeter is out of the Yankees' lineup Thursday against the Tigers, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Impact: This looks like nothing more than a routine day off for the 40-year-old Jeter, with an early afternoon game on tap following a night game. Deadline acquisition Stephen Drew will move over to shortstop in his absence, with Brendon Ryan manning the keystone against right-hander Rick Porcello. Jeter has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games, posting a .347 average over that span.
News: Headley went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's victory over the Tigers.
Impact: Headley launched his third home run in a Yankee uniform, but it was only his second extra-base hit so far in August. The 30-year-old is slashing .235/.301/.366 through 369 plate appearances so far in 2014. He started his Yankees career with an eight-game hit streak, but has since gone 5-for-27 at the dish.
News: McCann went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBI in Wednesday's victory over the Tigers.
Impact: McCann now has as many home runs in August as he did during the month of July. He's hit safely in four straight games, bringing his season batting average up to .239 on the year. The regular backstop could be set to see some time at first base over the next day or two, as Mark Teixeira will miss at least Thursday's game due to a deep cut on his pinky finger.
News: Capuano allowed one unearned run on five hits and a walk, while striking out eight in Wednesday's victory over the Tigers.
Impact: Capuano kept a tough Detroit lineup in check Wednesday, but was unable to come away with the win, as Brian McCann launched the go-ahead solo shot the inning after Capuano was replaced by Adam Warren. The left-hander has been an admirable fill-in for the Yankees so far, allowing a total of six earned runs over 19 innings and fanning 17 batters along the way. He's still not the ideal fantasy option, but has the potential to do a bit of damage when he's feeling it on a particular night.
News: Teixeira is set to receive stitches in his left pinky finger, which will cause him to miss Thursday's game, MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports. However, X-rays on the finger came back negative.
Impact: Teixeira's absence isn't expected to last too long due to the recent ailment, but he'll miss at least one game as a result. On the last occurrence Teixeira had to miss time, manager Joe Girardi shifted catcher Brian McCann over to first base, while Francisco Cervelli manned the backstop. A similar strategy could be used in Thursday's -- and possibly Friday's -- games.
News: Pineda (back) could be an option to start for the Yankees next Wednesday, Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York reports.
Impact: Pineda, having just resumed pitching last week for the first time sine April, is not being considered for the opening in the Yankees' rotation that will come up Friday. However, the Yankees are in desperate need of starting pitching, so Pineda could get the nod the next time through even if he has not fully built up his pitch count.
News: Pineda (back) will be contained to 80 pitches in a rehab start Friday at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York reports.
Impact: The Yankees have an upcoming opening in the rotation (Friday against the Indians) due to David Phelps' bout with an inflamed right elbow. However, Pineda won't be considered, as he embarks upon what could be the final nod of his assignment. In his first start Sunday at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, he impressed, allowing no runs on three hits and one walk while punching out four in 3.1 innings.
Rich Hill - #57 - Pitcher - 6'5" - 218lbs
News: Hill's contract was selected by the Yankees on Tuesday.
Impact: Since inking a minor league deal with the Yankees in mid-July, Hill blanked the opposition on two hits and one walk while striking out 10 in four innings at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Considering he boasts a 11.51 K/9 at two Triple-A affiliates this season (also, Pawtucket), he should be a fair middle-relief option for the Yankees.
News: Kuroda pitched well Tuesday, giving up three runs on six hits over seven innings in a no-decision against the Yankees. He also sat down five and didn't issue a walk.
Impact: Kuroda was the first of seven Yankees hurlers to take the hill in what ended as a 12th-inning loss for the Bronx Bombers. The seventh-year big leaguer retains his 7-7 record to go with a 3.97 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 142.2 innings (23 starts) this season.
News: Tanaka has gone through a stepped-up workout in his effort to return the New York Yankees' rotation. Yankees manager Joe Girardi says Tanaka made 50 throws from 60 feet before Tuesday night's game against Detroit. That's twice as many tosses as Tanaka took Monday in his first action since being shut down in early July because of a small tear in his right elbow.
Impact: Girardi says Tanaka's latest session had "increased intensity." The 25-year-old Tanaka will take a planned day off Wednesday and resume his workouts Thursday. The Japanese rookie was 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA before going on the disabled list. He is hoping to avoid Tommy John surgery. There is no timetable yet as to when Tanaka might be able to pitch again in a game for the Yankees.
Rich Hill - #57 - Pitcher - 6'5" - 218lbs
News: The New York Yankees have shuffled left-handers in their bullpen, promoting Hill from the minors and letting Matt Thornton go to the Washington Nationals in a waiver claim. The moves came before the Yankees played Detroit on Tuesday night.
Impact: The 34-year-old Hill pitched four games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, striking out 10 in four innings without allowing a run. Hill pitched two games in the majors this year for the Los Angeles Angels and also was in the minors with Boston. He is 24-22 with a 4.75 ERA during 10 seasons in the majors with the Cubs, Baltimore, Boston, Cleveland and the Angels.
News: Tanaka (elbow) threw 50 times at a distance of 60 feet Tuesday, Meredith Marakovits of YES Network reports.
Impact: Tanaka doubled his workload from just one day earlier, but note that both sessions of catch came off flat ground. The increased reps didn't have a negative effect, as he felt well afterward. Every step taken henceforth will be a cautious one to avoid Tommy John surgery, which may be avoidable due to the minor tear in his right elbow.
News: Teixeira (illness) is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Tigers.
Impact: Teixeira was scratched shortly before Monday's first pitch as a result of light-headedness. He's been quite productive in his last six games, hitting .263 (5-for-19) with two long balls, three RBI, five runs scored and five walks versus two strikeouts.
News: Gardner was 2 for 4 in a 2-1 win over the Tigers on Monday.
Impact: Gardner is an impressive 13 for 27 over his last seven games with seven runs driven in. His .831 OPS is .027 higher than his previous career-best mark.
News: McCarthy continued his strong start to his Yankees tenure, winning his sixth straight decision in a 2-1 victory over Detroit on Monday. He limited the Tigers to an unearned run and five hits over 5 2-3 innings.
Impact: McCarthy is 6-0 with a 2.09 ERA over his last seven starts. He's 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA in five outings since joining the Yankees.
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News: Phelps was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday before New York played the Detroit Tigers because of right elbow inflammation.
Impact: Phelps will not pick up a baseball for two weeks so he cannot be counted on for much of August. Girardi, however, said a second MRI on Phelps' elbow showed only tendinitis.
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News: Gardner hit his 15th homer of the season and his fifth in six games in an 8-7 win at Boston on Sunday.
Impact: Gardner is 11 for 23 with five home runs during a sizzling six-game stretch.
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News: Jeter had two hits and two RBIs in Saturday's 6-4 win at Boston.
Impact: Jeter is batting .379 with a homer and three RBIs over the last seven games.
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News: Teixeira went 2 for 5 with his 19th homer in Saturday's 6-4 win at Boston.
Impact: Teixeira is batting .304 with three homers and four RBIs in his last six games against the Red Sox.
News: Jeter homered Friday.
Impact: Jeter has three homers, all on the road. He won't be receiving a gift in this series since his career ends with a three-game set in Boston from Sept. 26-28, barring a surprise appearance in the postseason by the Yanks.
News: Capuano lost in his return to Boston on Friday.
Impact: Capuano pitched 6 1-3 innings for New York, allowing four runs and eight hits. He began the season with the BoSox, who dumped him in late June.
News: Beltran went 2 for 3 with a homer and two RBIs on Friday.
Impact: Beltran went deep off BoSox rookie Anthony Ranaudo. He's hitting .356 against the BoSox.
News: Kuroda suffered his seventh loss in Wednesday's 3-2 defeat at Texas, giving up three runs and nine hits in seven innings.
Impact: Kuroda remains a disappointment with a career-worst 3.98 ERA.
News: Gardner hit his 14th homer of the season and fourth in three games in a 3-2 loss at Texas on Wednesday.
Impact: Gardner, who had never hit more than eight homers in a season and entered with 23 in his career, is slugging a career-high .460. He had never slugged better than .417 prior to this year.
Martin Prado - #14 - Third Base - 6'1" - 190lbs
News: Arizona has traded third baseman Martin Prado to the New York Yankees
Impact: Prado has a .686 OPS with 42 RBIs.
Stephen Drew - #33 - Short Stop - 6'0" - 190lbs
News: The Boston Red Sox have obtained third baseman Kelly Johnson from the New York Yankees for Drew.
Impact: Drew hit .253 for the World Series champion Red Sox last year but did not accept a $14.1 million qualifying offer. He re-signed with Boston on May 22 and has hit .176 with four homers and 11 RBIs in 39 games. He will likely play second base for New York.
News: Headley was 1 for 3 with an RBI in a 12-11 win at Texas on Tuesday.
Impact: A change in scenery apparently has been a good thing for Headley, who has hit safely in all eight of his games with New York while driving in four runs.
News: Gardner recorded his second four-hit game of the season Tuesday, finishing a triple shy of the cycle and scoring three runs in a 12-11 win at Texas.
Impact: Gardner is 12 for 31 (.387) over his last eight games and has three homers in his last two.
News: McCarthy picked up another win for his new club despite a mediocre outing, allowing four runs and nine hits over six innings in a 12-11 victory at Texas on Tuesday.
Impact: McCarthy is 3-0 with a 2.55 ERA in four starts for the Yankees after posting a career-worst 5.01 ERA and 3-10 record over 18 outings with Arizona earlier this season.