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Jacoby Ellsbury expected to begin season on DL

Yankees' manager Aaron Boone announced this afternoon that Jacoby Ellsbury is expected to begin the 2018 season on the disabled list.  Ellsbury has been out since early March with an oblique strain. To add insult to injury, Ellsbury missed action yesterday with what was diagnosed as a sore throat and a fever.

Yankees MLB Draft 2017: Yankees draft RHP Austin Gardner 272nd overall

Looking to bolster their future bullpen, the Yankees have once again selected a right-handed pitcher. With the 272nd pick of the ninth round New York has selected right hander Austin Gardner out of The University of Texas-Arlington.
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Standing at 6’2" and weighing in at 215 pounds, Gardner is built to be a reliever.  Splitting time between the rotation and bullpen at UT-Arlington, the righty posted a 2.42 ERA over 44.2 innings during his 2017 campaign.

Gardner really hit his stride as a reliever this past season, allowing only seven of 22 inherited runners to score. His ERA out of the bullpen was an impressive 2.11, making him the Mavericks go-to reliever.

Gardner pitched for the Wichita State Shockers as a freshman in 2014 where he saw only a combined one inning of action in two appearances, allowing two earned runs.  He played his sophomore season at a junior college, before transferring to UT-Arlington for his junior season of 2016.

After a sub-par junior season in which he posted a 9.12 ERA in 25.2 innings, Gardner finally found his groove during his senior season. He will look to keep it going as a member of the New York Yankees.

Article by: Matthew Smith