New York Yankees rumors have Andrew Miller and Jacoby Ellsbury ready to come off the disabled list. The Yankees should have Miller and Ellsbury back on the active roster Wednesday (July 8), giving the team added depth in the bullpen and the outfield. A report from ESPN confirms that Ellsbury will be activated before the Wednesday game against the Oakland Athletics. He had been out since May 20 with a sprained right knee. Getting him back at the top of the lineup as well as in center field should really help out the Yankees.
A report from USA Today further confirmed that Yankees closer Andrew Miller will be back with the team on Wednesday. He had been dealing with a strained left forearm since June 10, forcing Dellin Betances to step in as the new closer. In his first season with the Yankees, Miller had posted a 1.03 ERA and 17 saves so far in 2015. He had not registered a blown save and had 43 strikeouts over 26 1/3 innings pitched. Getting him back will certainly help the bullpen a lot.
These New York Yankees rumors couldn’t come at a better time for the team or its fans, as a weekend series with the Boston Red Sox is about to take place. Getting Ellsbury back is extremely beneficial, as he had posted a.412 on-base percentage as the leadoff hitter before he got hurt. Having him back at the top of the order makes life a lot easier for Yankees manager Joe Giradi, not only for the addition to the lineup, but because it makes the defensive set-up easier. Brett Gardner will go back to left field when Ellsbury takes over center, allowing Chris Young and Garrett Jones to continue a platoon in right field.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Dellin Betances had to step up in a big way when Andrew Miller got injured. He had been serving as the eighth inning pitcher, but Girardi tapped him to take over the ninth inning duties. Betances has been good enough to make the American League All-Star team, a selection that looked guaranteed for Andrew Miller as well before he got injured. So far this season, Betances has pitched 42 innings, with a 5-1 record, seven saves, 11 holds, a 1.50 ERA, and a 0.857 WHIP. Those are numbers any team would love to have.
The biggest thing that fantasy baseball owners will want to take away from these New York Yankees rumors, is that Joe Giradi has indicated Andrew Miller will return to his closer role. That will make Dellin Betances one of the best “holds” guys in the league again.
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