New York Post | Peter Botte: Prior to last night’s game, the Yankees put Aroldis Chapman on the IL with left Achilles tendonitis. Hopefully some time to recuperate can get him back in shape, as he had struggled a lot in recent weeks. Additionally, Kyle Higashioka has been activated from COVID-19 IL while Joey Gallo and Josh Donaldson remain, although Gallo has tested negative and was seen training with the team so he can return as soon as today. today.
Finally, DJ LeMahieu was scratched from last night’s game due to left wrist discomfort. Marwin Gonzalez replaced him in the lineup and at third base. After the match, manager Aaron Boone said LeMahieu’s MRI was negative and he had been injected with cortisone. If he responds well, he could return to the line-up.”in a day or two.”
FanGraphs | Ben Clemens: I’m not sure why pitchers don’t just throw up four fingers when they see Giancarlo Stanton* in the box or how mere mortals think they can strategize against a man who’s built like a Greek god, but here we are. Although Stanton has the ability to launch just about any ball into orbit no matter where it is thrown, he apparently has “below average power” on far ground. You’d think that would be reason enough to throw often, but his outside throwing percentage is among the lowest.
* A second piece of unfortunate news about Stanton is that he was pulled from Tuesday night’s game with a tight right calf. He will have an MRI later today. One can only hope that it is negative like LeMahieu’s and that his powerful bat stays in the lineup.
CBS Sports | Dayn Perry: Ever since Saturday’s game against the White Sox, everyone’s had their two cents about Josh Donaldson’s comments to Tim Anderson. It was inevitable that Aaron Judge would be asked to give his opinion. The judge disagreed with Donaldson’s comments saying, “joking or not, I just don’t think that’s the right thing to do.” The judge later added that Donaldson spoke with the team about his comments and expressed a desire to move on after the incident.
MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Two of the Yankees’ aces, Nestor Cortes and Michael King, met with community leaders, local students and team leaders to help unveil a new garden at Yankee Stadium near Gate 2 on Monday. Items grown in the garden as part of the “healthy home plate program” will be served to fans in select menu items, such as the take-out salads available at the stadium, but will also serve young people in New Settlement, a Bronx nonprofit organization. New Settlement is probably best known to Yankees fans as the new home of Bronxie the Turtle.
New York Post | Jenna Lemoncelli: After being eliminated by the Yankees earlier this month, Jake Sanford joined the Ottawa Titans of the Frontier League. The club seem happy to have him and have pledged to help him become the type of “player and person he wants to be”, claiming he has already “paid dearly” for his misdeeds. Sanford, who was kicked out of the Yankees organization after allegedly stealing teammates and trying to sell gear to fans, already has two homers in five games for the Titans.