Barring an emergency situation, the Yankees will be without Mariano Rivera for a second straight night.
According to Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York, Rivera still felt some tightness in his right triceps muscle while long-tossing with Boone Logan before tonight’s game against the Indians.
“I feel better today but I think we’re going to do another day off,” Rivera said about an hour before the beginning of Tuesday night’s game between the Yankees and Indians at Progressive Field. “I felt it a little bit. I could pitch, yes, but if they can get by another day, it would be much better. And wiser I would say so.”
While Rivera maintained that he is “not concerned” about the injury, he acknowledged that “after 17 years of doing this you’re going to have some soreness.”
Rivera, 41, has a 1.91 ERA, 21 saves and a 28/5 K/BB ratio over 35 appearances this season. He is currently on pace for 68 appearances, which would be his most since 2005.
The Orioles singlehandedly kept the rumor mill churning this weekend. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the club is interested in making a play for free agent right-hander Lance Lynn, adding him to a list of potential candidates that also includes free agent righty Alex Cobb. The two are expected to command similar contracts in free agency, but Morosi notes that the Orioles may prefer Cobb based on his familiarity with the AL East.
Lynn, 30, is two years removed from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Despite missing the 2016 season, he bounced back with a respectable 11-8 record in 33 starts and complemented his efforts with a 3.43 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 7.4 SO/9 over 186 1/3 innings for the 2017 Cardinals. He lost several days with a blister on his pitching hand in early September, but managed to avoid any major injuries and can reasonably be expected to shoulder another heavy workload in 2018.
Lynn may not be the Orioles’ first choice to beef up their starting rotation, but there’s no doubt that he’ll be in high demand as one of very few viable starters on the market this winter. The veteran righty rejected his one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Cardinals on Thursday and will likely be seeking a multi-year contract, one that Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch estimates around five years and $100+ million. If the Orioles are willing to bite that bullet, they’ll still need to compensate the Cardinals with their third pick in next year’s draft.