The former Yankee is looking to make a comeback after recovering from Tommy John surgery. He’s pitched in just 25 games since the start of 2019.
He was a non-roster invite to Yankees camp this year and got off to a great start. He twirled three scoreless innings and allowed just one hit while striking out two. Zero walks.
But it appears he’s been dealing with an injury, which prompted the early demotion.
We just learned that the right-hander was shut down 4-5 days ago, which is exactly when the first roster moves came on March 12. Fans weren’t wrong to guess that something was up.
But when will he be back? And will he be stashed at Triple-A for the time being?
It’s worth wondering because it looked like for a second that he’d be in the running for an Opening Day roster spot, especially after the loss of Zack Britton.
But nope, more injuries, per usual.
And speaking of the very thing that plagues the Yankees ever year, Kyle Higashioka is out of Tuesday’s lineup due to side soreness, and third-stringer Rob Brantly will get the start. Don’t be surprised if you see a good amount of Brantly this year if anything else happens to Higgy or Gary Sanchez.
This is something to monitor on Higashioka, too. He dealt with a strained oblique in August of this past season and that’s sometimes the end result of “side soreness.” However, this move is said to be precautionary, so hopefully it’s just a day off to not risk anything. Then again, how many times have we seen the word “precautionary” turn into “IL stint”?
Famous nice guy Rob Brantly is leading the Yankees this spring with a .750 batting average and 3.050 OPS. Pretty unreal, right? Well, that’s because he’s only registered four at-bats thus far, so those numbers are misleading due to the sample size. But guess what? We’ll take 3-for-4 with two home runs, five RBI and a walk in four games.
For now, enjoy today’s non-televised game, but keep your eyes peeled for updates on Warren and Higgy.