Boone On Torres, Sanchez's Return: 'They're Getting Close'

The Two Could Rejoin The Team After The All Star Break

Mike's On
July 12, 2018 - 6:05 pm
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It should come as no surprise that the Yankees have been one of the most active clubs involved in trade talks. Despite having possibly the deepest lineup in all of Major League Baseball, New York's starting rotation has not been as reliable as GM Brian Cashman would have hoped for at the start of the year.

A big reason for that has been the play of Sonny Gray. 

Acquired at last year's trade deadline, Gray has been a huge disappointment this season. The 28-year-old has gone 6-7 with a 5.46 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and .275 batting average against in 18 starts, causing Cashman to turn to the trade market in hopes of improving the team's rotation.

However the 2015 All-Star pitcher showed a glimpse of his old self on Wednesday, tossing six shutout innings while striking out eight and allowing just three hits.

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Aaron Boone joined Mike's On Thursday to discuss the struggling pitcher's promising start.

"It was big. He needed to go out and do that for us, especially right now going through this tough stretch," Boone told Mike Francesa. "We're constantly trying to reset our bullpen and give guys certain days off. So to be able to go out there and give us six strong innings... It was a much needed outing for him, I think. But also a much needed outing for our club."

While Gray has struggled for most of the 2018 season, the same cannot be said about Luis Severino.

After a strong 2017 campaign, Severino has blossomed into a bonafide ace this year. The right-hander leads all of MLB with 14 wins to go with just two losses and a 2.14 ERA. In addition, the 24-year-old has earned a 0.96 WHIP while racking up 143 strikeouts in 123.1 innings (19 starts). 

Severino will serve as a representative of the American League in this year's All-Star Game for the second consecutive season, and because of his dominance, the young pitcher has a good chance of starting the game for the AL.

"He's been everything you want an ace to be," Boone said about his talented young pitcher. "He's delivered in the biggest games against the best competition, matching up against another team's ace. The few times where he hasn't been on top of his game, he's still managed to keep us in games and usually always get through the middle innings anyway."

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"He's a great teammate. He's a guy that wants to be counted on, wants the ball in every big spot. It's been a special first half for him as he continues to evolve into one of best pitchers in the sport."

The Yankees lineup has been one of the best throughout the entire season, but the team has been playing slightly short-handed as of late. However that is about to change, as New York is set to get some reinforcements back upon returning from the All-Star break. 

Gleyber Torres has been tearing up opposing pitchers this season, hitting .294 with 15 home runs and 42 RBi in 63 games. The young infielder suffered a right hip strain in the beginning of July, and the injury will force him to miss his first All-Star Game.

Torres' absence should not last long after the All-Star break though, as both he and catcher Gary Sanchez could rejoin the team as soon as next week. 

"He's doing well. He's out doing infield work right now, so it's the first day of that," the Yankees manager said about his All-Star rookie infielder. "He ran yesterday, he's hitting. So he's getting real close. He doesn't feel anything where the injury was, so that's good news. So we feel like we're getting real close with both him and Gary [Sanchez>. Whether they head out on a rehab assignment or whatever, they're getting close to being ready to play."

"I think there's at least a real chance that [Sanchez> is playing for us against the Mets next weekend. We're not there yet, but we feel like we're getting close with him. I feel like it's a real possibility.