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Yankees’ Billy McKinney Out ‘At least a few weeks’

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The injuries keep piling up for the New York Yankees outfield as left fielder Billy McKinney will miss “at least a few weeks” with a shoulder injury.

McKinney suffered the injury during Saturday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays when he crashed into the wall while chasing down a fly ball.

McKinney was diagnosed with a left AC joint shoulder sprain after being evaluated by Blue Jays orthopedist Dr. Jason Smith, and Yankees manager Aaron Boone said that the young outdfielder will be out “at least a few weeks.”

To make matters worse for the Yanks, reliever Adam Warren left the game with a right ankle bruise after he was struck by a comebacker.

X-rays for McKinney and Warren were negative.

While McKinney will be sent to the disabled list, the Yankees will bring up infielder Miguel Andujar to take his spot on the roster.

“We just feel like there’s a place to get him some playing time right now,” Boone said (h/t ESPN).

The Yankees are already without outfielders Aaron Hicks, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Clint Frazier, but Ellsbury could make his return to the team later in the week.

“We’ve got to do what’s best for the player,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said.

“If Ells is ready, we’ll take him when he’s ready. But we’re not in a position right now to predict that he’s going to be ready by Thursday. That’s why we’re going to continue to circle the wagons here the next coming days. We’ll get a better feel for where he’s at and what a more realistic timetable might be for his return, as well as access what other alternatives might be available internal or external in the meantime.”Billy

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Angels Closing in on Historic Extension with Mike Trout

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The Los Angeles Angels are nearing a historic contract extension with superstar outfielder Mike Trout that would set the record for the largest contract in professional sports.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Angels and Trout are working towards a new 12-year pact that could be worth more than $340 million, nullifying his current contract.

According to the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin, Trout’s new potential deal includes a $36 million salary in each new year.

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Yankees Sign Gio Gonzalez

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The New York Yankees have bolstered their rotation, which has been hit hard by injuries this spring, and have agreed to terms on a contract with veteran left-hander Gio Gonzalez, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

According to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, Gonzalez’s new deal is likely a minors deal.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, Gonzalez would make $3 million in the majors via a games-started incentives outline that could elevate his earnings, and the deal comes with an opt-out for April 20th if Gonzalez doesn’t make the team out of spring training..

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Rangers’ Yohander Mendez Diagnosed With UCL Sprain

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Texas Rangers left hander Yohander Mendez has been diagnosed with a grade one sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching arm, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Mendez, who avoided having to undergo Tommy John surgery, is expected to miss half of the 2019 season as he recovers.

Mendez, 24, could return as early as mid-June, if all goes well in his rehabilitation.

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