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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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White Sox Acquire Ivan Nova

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The Chicago White Sox have acquired right handed starter Ivan Nova from the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray.

According to Fancred’s Jon Heyman, the Pirates will receive a “young pitcher” and an unstated amount of international bonus pool availability in return for Nova.

Nova posted a 9-9 record with a 4.19 ERA last season for the Pirates.

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Yankees “Open To Moving” Miguel Andujar

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The New York Yankees have a future superstar in Miguel Andujar, a fan favorite, yet they have been constantly linked to rumors of being open to dealing him, despite his huge rookie season.

This one, just doesn’t make much sense if the plan is to move Andujar to make room for the likes of Manny Machado.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray, the Yankees are “open to moving” Andjuar via trade, but there is no clear trade path to reference at this time.

This development clearly shows the Yankees desire to sign Machado to a free agent deal.

The Yankees and Mets have also been linked in a potential deal that could see Noah Syndergaard end up in New York, with Andujar on his way out.

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Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

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