Yankees News: Manny Bañuelos traded to Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB Trade Rumors | Darragh McDonald: While Manny Bañuelos was finally able to make his Yankees debut this season, his final stint with the team is now over. The club traded him to the Pittsburgh Pirates yesterday over money considerations, after he was designated for a June 28 assignment. The southpaw had good numbers in 8.1 innings, but there just wasn’t room for him on the team. Presumably, he should have more chances to prove his mettle for the Pirates. Let’s hope he succeeds and gets an extended stay in the big leagues.
NJ.com | Randy Miller: Aroldis Chapman is healthy now, but if his first outing with Achilles tendonitis is any indication, his struggles are far from over. The problem, according to Aaron Boone, could be mental, with lack of confidence being to blame. Chapman apparently doesn’t believe he can throw the ball for strikes, so he can overthink it, making it impossible to throw with conviction.
NJ.com | Bob Klapisch: If you’ve been following your YES shows, you’ve probably heard about how Anthony Rizzo continues to climb the all-time rankings for being hit by pitches. He’s currently 11th, which is pretty ridiculous. Rizzo knows he puts himself in the line of fire by squeezing the box against left-handed pitchers, but that strategy is also what allows him to hit well against pitchers on the same side. Although he gets hit by southpaws once every 22 shots and doesn’t relish the risk of serious injury, he says ‘daring’ those pitchers to throw inside him is part of what drives him. to hit .325 against them.
NJ.com | Randy Miller: One of the most unlikely sources of the team’s success so far this season has been the big contributions from Matt Carpenter, who provided two home runs in Game 1 of Saturday’s doubles against Cleveland. He was basically out of the league before the Yankees signed him, but he’s become a scathing reserve player who makes the most of his limited kicks. Carpenter has reworked his swing from the ground up, making it even more impressive that he doesn’t seem to show much rust without regular playing time. His teammates are impressed with him and Carpenter is excited to play again on a team that aspires to the World Series.