The Yankees placed Dustin Ackley on the disabled list today due to a lumbar strain in his back. Ackley’s collected just three plate appearances since coming over from the Mariners in a trade, but Yankees GM Brian Cashman told reporters, including MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch (Twitter link) that he has no issues with the Mariners. Ackley was healthy at the time of the trade, said Cashman, who expects the outfielder to miss about 20 to 30 days.
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- Also from Cashman (and also via Hoch), right-hander Michael Pineda won’t pitch in a Major League game in the month of August. The team is hopeful that Pineda, who hit the disabled list with a forearm strain shortly before the trade deadline, will return to the big league mound in September.
- Hoch tweets that outfield prospect Mason Williams, who made his Major League debut with the Yankees this season, will have season-ending shoulder surgery on Friday. Formerly a consensus Top 100 prospect, Williams’ star has faded in recent years, but he put himself back on the Yankees’ radar in 2015 with a .318/.397/.398 batting line between Double-A and Triple-A this season. Though he hasn’t homered in the minors at all this season, he did homer in the Majors before landing on the disabled list. In eight games with the Yankees, he hit .286/.318/.571. Williams will accrue 116 days of Major League service time this season by virtue of his time spent on the 60-day DL.
- The Yankees’ patience with Didi Gregorius is beginning to pay off, writes George A. King III of the New York Post. Though Gregorius batted just .221/.283/.297 through the season’s first two months, he’s now batting .291/.330/.396 since June 1 and playing solid defense at shortstop. “When we got him I spoke about his ability but that he was not a finished product,” said Cashman. “There were going to be growing pains, and we were forced to be patient. You hope your patience pays dividends. We are seeing that.” The Yankees picked up Gregorius in a three-team deal that sent Shane Greene to the Tigers.