The New York Yankees have Thursday off after taking two out of three from the Seattle Mariners as they gear up for a weekend in Los Angeles against the Dodgers. Unfortunately for LA, the Bombers will be getting much-needed reinforcements for the three-game set.
According to just about everyone connected with the Yankees, all of Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson and Tommy Kahnle are expected to be activated and added to the 26-man roster before Friday's series opener.
So who's getting the boot? Harrison Bader hitting the injured list may have saved someone for the time being, but three players will have to go.
Yankees insider and trusted voice Jack Curry revealed late Wednesday night who he expects to be sent down to Triple-A once the trio of veterans are activated.
In comes Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle and out goes Oswaldo Cabrera, Franchy Cordero and Matt Krook, it would seem.
Yankees expected roster moves for Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle
Cabrera could be considered a "surprise" because he was supposed to be a main fixture of this roster as the team's super utility player. Instead, he's been good for a -0.7 WAR (negative on both sides of the ball) and is hitting .195 with a .538 OPS and 49 OPS+ in 168 plate appearances. Hopefully the youngster can get back on track with the RailRiders. This won't be the last we see of him.
Krook is the least surprising. He recently got the call to fill a spot in the bullpen but hasn't yet logged an appearance despite being with the team since Saturday. He's been tremendous at Triple-A and should be back at some point to make his MLB debut.
And finally, we bid another goodbye to Franchy Cordero, who got another opportunity with the bases loaded in extra innings on Wednesday night but struck out on a full count. The Yankees would eventually lose 1-0.
Cordero was, once upon a time, a spark plug for this team at the beginning of the season but has since come back down to earth, at least when he's gotten big-league opportunities after his lone hot stretch. He'll return to Triple-A and continue raking there.
Here's to hoping Donaldson's bat is better.