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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:

C.C. Sabathia expected to go on the DL with a left hamstring strain

During the fourth inning of last night’s game, Sabathia grabbed his hamstring after a pitch to Martin Maldonado. He left the game after that inning, and it was later revealed that he suffered a hamstring strain and will most likely go on the 10-day DL.

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First off, this is a tragic loss. C.C. has been the Yankees best starter for the past month, pitching to a 0.99 ERA in his last six starts including last night’s game. Overall on the season, he’s 7-2 with a 3.46 ERA. His success this year is a big reason why the Yankees are in first place, so this injury is a big blow to the team. Get well soon, C.C.

If/when Sabathia is placed on the DL, the Yankees will need a starter to replace him. They have a few options for this. They could just leave Chad Green in the rotation, and roll with what they have now with Tanaka-Pineda-Severino-Montgomery-Green. They could also use one of their starters down in AAA, such as Domingo German or Luis Cessa. I wouldn’t expect Chance Adams to get the call unless the strain is very severe, and Sabathia will miss extended time. 

Article by: Alex Weir
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