Yankees suffer another injury; relievers swapped

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 19: Stephen Tarpley #71 of the New York Yankees celebrates after defeating the Colorado Rockies 8-2 at Yankee Stadium on July 19, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 19: Stephen Tarpley #71 of the New York Yankees celebrates after defeating the Colorado Rockies 8-2 at Yankee Stadium on July 19, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /
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Following Saturday’s 5-4 loss to the Blue Jays, the Yankees made a series of roster moves, including Stephen Tarpley to the 10-day IL, while promoting relief pitchers Joe Mantiply and Brady Lail.

It was only a matter of time before the Yankees made a decision on left-hander Stephen Tarpley. However, the 26-year-old beat the club to the punch when he was diagnosed with a left elbow impingement.

Following 2.1 innings of work that featured four walks and two runs on one hit, Tarpley’s ERA hit a robust 8.24. Although he did strike out four batters across 57 pitches, Tarpley has been horrendous in 16 appearances this season for the Yanks.

With a 2.085 WHIP, 12.4 H/9, 6.4 BB/9 and five home runs allowed in only 19.2 innings pitched, Tarpley needed to go. And so, with his injury diagnosis, making him the 27th player to be placed on the IL this season (34 stints), the Yanks promoted fellow left-hander, Joe Mantiply, whom they only acquired from the Reds on Friday.

Mantiply, 28, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2016 with the Tigers. In five games, the slider-reliant reliever didn’t fare too well, allowing seven hits and five runs in 2.2 innings for an ERA of 16.88.

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Hopefully, Mantiply pitches similarly to the way he has at Triple-A Lousiville in 2019 — 1.00 ERA, 8.1 K/9 and 0.9 BB/9 in 29 innings.

As for Brady Lail, the 18th round pick back in 2012 has yet to make it to the bigs. Lail, 26, has pitched across three different minor league levels this season and has compiled a 4-1 record with a 2.79 ERA, 1.024 WHIP and 55:13 K:BB ratio in 42 innings (20 appearances).

With 17 players currently in the IL, the Yankees still needed to make a few roster moves, which included flipping Giancarlo Stanton, who has been out of action since June 25 with a PCL strain to the 60-day IL and infielder Breyvic Varela to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Following a nine-game winning streak, the Yanks have lost their last two contests to the Blue Jays.

After missing four straight games due to core muscle soreness, Gleyber Torres will play shortstop as Didi Gregorius gets the day off.

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Gary Sanchez, who returned from the IL on Saturday and hit a home run (his 25th), will assume the DH duties after having a ball fouled off his right hand. Sitting at 96 career home runs for his career, Sanchez is only four long balls shy of becoming just the sixth primary Yankee catcher with at least 100 homers. Yogi Berra tops the list with 358.