When asked if the Yankees will promote top prospect Gleyber Torres to the majors this week, manager Aaron Boone said, “Possible? Yes. Likely? Not necessarily,” Marc Carig of The Athletic reports.
If they wanted to, the Yankees could promote Torres on April 18 with full knowledge they will have an extra year of contractual control. That extra year of control is why Torres and other top prospects like Ronald Acuna of the Braves started the season in the minors, and it’s why other players like Kris Bryant had slightly delayed starts as well.
According to MLB Pipeline, Torres in the Yankees’ No. 1 prospect and No. 5 overall in baseball. The Yankees acquired Torres when Aroldis Chapman was traded to the Cubs ahead of the 2016 trade deadline. In his first nine games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to start the 2018 season, Torres has hit .389/.410/.583 with a home run and 10 RBI in 39 plate appearances.
Bad news for the Cubs’ Yu Darvish: The right-hander is headed back to the disabled list with right triceps tendinitis, the team announced Saturday. It’s the second such assignment for Darvish this season, but the first time he’s been sidelined with arm issues. Neither the severity of his injury nor a concrete timeframe for his recovery has been revealed yet, but the move is retroactive to May 23 and will allow him to come off the DL by June 2, assuming all goes well.
Prior to the injury, Darvish went 1-3 in eight starts with a 4.95 ERA, 4.7 BB/9 and 11.0 SO/9 through 40 innings. Needless to say, these aren’t the kind of results the Cubs were hoping to see after inking the righty to a six-year, $126 million contract back in February, though the circumstances affecting his performances appear to have largely been out of his control. He missed a start in early May after coming down with the flu and has struggled to pitch beyond the fifth inning in five of his eight starts to date.
The Cubs recalled left-hander Randy Rosario from Triple-A Iowa in a corresponding move. Rosario has yet to amass more than five career innings in the majors, but has impressed at Triple-A so far this year: he maintained an 0.97 ERA, 2.8 BB/9 and 6.1 SO/9 through 19 1/3 innings in 2018. As for Darvish’s next scheduled turn in the rotation, Tyler Chatwood is lined up to take the mound when the Cubs face off against the Giants in the series finale on Sunday. A starter for Monday night’s game has yet to be determined.