Just over a week ago, the Yankees were well supplied with starting pitch depth.
After a flurry of trades before the deadline last Tuesday, however, that depth is more tenuous as the Yankees head into the final two months of the season.
In addition to surprisingly trading Jordan Montgomery for injured outfielder Harrison Bader (the Yankees face Montgomery with the Cardinals on Saturday), general manager Brian Cashman eliminated JP Sears, Ken Waldichuk, Hayden Wesneski and Luis Medina in deals for right-hander Frankie Montas and relievers Lou Trivino and Scott Effross. The Yankees also moved Luis Severino to the 60-day injured list, much to his chagrindelaying his return until mid-September.
Instead of Montas taking Domingo German’s rotation spot, he will replace Montgomery. That leaves Clarke Schmidt, who recently returned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to rebuild as a starter, as the Yankees’ only real protection if an injury occurs in their rotation.
“Certainly, especially taking Monty out of our squad, it does affect us a bit,” manager Aaron Boone said. “But we were able to add Frankie Montas, which is pretty good. Clarke is going to try to stretch a bit to give us more depth. We feel good about where Sevy is going to be eventually. We are definitely a little thinner depending on [Tuesday’s] move, but hopefully if we stay healthy we feel like we’re going to be in a really good position down the stretch and what we hope to be in the playoffs and beyond.
The rotation at SWB currently includes Schmidt, Jhony Brito, Ryan Weber and Matt Krook. There’s also former top prospect Deivi Garcia, but he’s currently at Double-A Somerset after returning from a two-month stint on the injured list. It doubled as a chance to work on his pitching after a rough start to the year at SWB.
Trivino began his Yankees tenure with back-to-back perfect outings Tuesday and Wednesday, combining for 1 ²/₃ innings against the Mariners. The right-handed reliever was hoping a change of scene, and a little more luck, could help improve the career-high 6.47 ERA he posted in 39 games this season with the Athletics.
Opposing batters had a .451 batting average on balls in play (BABIP) against Trivino, suggesting he was unlucky and there may be some improvement to come.
“I feel like a lot of contacts are weak and sometimes baseball is just a very cruel game,” Trivino said. “But I feel really good and I feel like I can contribute to this team… It’s nice to have a fresh perspective. I can’t wait to see what they have [in store] for me.”
Jose Trevino was named the winner of the Yankees’ Heart and Hustle Award, as voted by the MLB Players Alumni Association. The award honors one player from each team “who demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the game.”
Hard throwing reliever Stephen Ridings, who has been on the IL since spring training with a right shoulder impingement, threw his “first official bullpen [session]”Thursday,” he tweeted.