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Yankees lose six players to the Rule-5 draft, acquire one

The Yankees’ minor league systems is deep even beyond the flashy prospects, and as a result, they had six players they chose not to protect on the 40-man roster selected by other clubs in the Rule-5 draft. Only one of the six Yankees, RHP Nick Green, was selected in the Major League phase, while five players were selected in the Triple-A phase. The Yankees chose one player of their own in the Triple-A phase in RHP Adonis De la Cruz. A friendly reminder for those who are not familiar with the Rule-5 draft, the teams who select these players must keep them on their active roster of either the Major League or Triple-A team, depending on the phase of selection, or be offered back to their former club. Here is a breakdown of Cruz and who the Yankees lost:

Severino to 15-day DL, Chad Green called up from Triple-A Scranton

After being pulled from the game with two outs in the third inning, Luis Severino underwent an MRI late Friday night and it revealed a mild right triceps strain. Severino will not pick up a baseball for 5-7 days, and therefore, has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. In Friday’s game, Severino gave up seven earned runs in 2.2 innings and struggled with his command. With Severino now joining CC Sabathia on the disabled list, the Yankees called up Chad Green from Triple-A Scranton as the corresponding move.

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Chad Green (2-3, 1.22 ERA at Triple-A Scranton this year) has has been dominant in Triple-A as of late, allowing just one earned run in his last three starts (18.2 innings), while striking out 20 batters and allowing only 11 hits. His last outing was on May 9, so he should be ready to pitch in the bullpen for now. Green came over with Luis Cessa from the Detroit Tigers in the Justin Wilson trade. Last year, Green spent all season in Double-A Erie, pitching to a 5-14 record with a 3.93 ERA in 27 starts. He allowed 170 hits in 148.2 innings, while striking out 137 batters.

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With Green up, here is my prediction for how the Yankees starting rotation will play out (Nova currently occupies Sabathia's rotation spot):

  • Luis Severino: Severino’s rotation spot comes up on May 18 at Arizona, May 24 vs. Toronto
  • Ivan Nova: Nova’s rotation spot comes up on May 19 at Oakland, May 25 vs. Toronto

According to Yankees manager Joe Girardi, it looks like Sabathia will be back within 15 days of being put on the DL, and he was placed on the DL on May 5, so his return should be around May 20-22. Below is my suggestion for how to manage the rotation:

  • May 18 at Arizona: Spot-start by Chad Green
  • May 19 at Oakland: Ivan Nova
  • May 24 vs. Toronto: CC Sabathia (makes his return, and it is more than 15 days after he was placed on the DL, so this is a reasonable estimation)
  • May 25 vs. Toronto: Ivan Nova

Ivan Nova would stay in CC Sabathia’s spot, and continue pitching every five days, while Sabathia would take over Severino's spot when he returns. If Severino is out for an extended amount of time or needs time to work on his mechanics, Sabathia will take over Severino’s spot indefinitely. Green is well-rested and may even be able to make a bullpen appearance before a potential spot-start on May 18 just to keep his arm fresh. Keep in mind, this is a prediction, so make sure to follow us on Twitter to receive the most updated news.

Article by: Bryan Peng
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