A few years ago Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier blocked me on Twitter because I said that he wasn’t necessarily a household name among baseball fans. Which, at the time, he was not. Before he blocked me, though, he scrolled through my timeline and found a photo of me and my cats, which he proceeded to mock, because it’s apparently ridiculous for someone to have pet cats.
Just asking you keep that in mind when you hear what he’s planning to do today to deal with the bad weather in New York for this afternoon’s tilt against the Yankees:
If it was me I’d consider a base layer or two and maybe some hand warmers, but you do you, Kevin. Unlike some folks, I don’t judge.
Go greased lighting.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman said on Tuesday that reliever Dellin Betances will begin the regular season on the injured list due to inflammation and impingement in his right shoulder, the YES Network’s Jack Curry reports. Curry adds that Betances will try throwing again in three to five days.
Betances, who turns 31 years old later this month, has allowed two runs on two hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings this spring. He has experienced diminished fastball velocity, which is now explained by his injury. The right-hander is coming off of another excellent season in which he posted a 2.70 ERA with 115 strikeouts and 26 walks across 66 2/3 innings.
Fortunately, the Yankees have more than enough depth in the bullpen to withstand Betances’ absence. Aroldis Chapman, Adam Ottavino, and Zach Britton will handle the late innings and Betances will slot back in whenever he is healthy.