The Yankees announced this afternoon they’ve activated reliever Justin Wilson from the injured list. The veteran southpaw’s start to the season was delayed by shoulder inflammation. He’s now in line to make his first appearances as a Yankee since New York traded him to the Tigers for Chad Green and Luis Cessa in December 2015. Wilson spent last season with the crosstown Mets, where he pitched to 3.66 ERA/3.92 SIERA, before signing with the Yankees in February.
More from the game’s East divisions:
- The Marlins are one of the teams that will be attendance for Aníbal Sánchez’s showcase tomorrow in Miami, reports Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. The free agent righty wasn’t in a rush to join a team over the offseason due to concerns about COVID-19 and accompanying protocols, but he’s now expected to sign in the near future. Sánchez began his major league career with the Marlins, pitching in Florida for five-plus seasons before being traded to the Tigers in a 2012 deadline blockbuster. Sánchez spent the last two seasons with the Nationals, combing for a 4.52 ERA with a below-average strikeout rate (18.5%) and a solid walk percentage (7.9%).
- Blue Jays righty Nate Pearson came out of a bullpen session yesterday feeling fine, manager Charlie Montoyo told reporters (including Shi Davidi of Sportsnet). The hard-throwing righty suffered a groin injury in Spring Training that currently has him on the 10-day injured list. A productive season from Pearson, Baseball America’s #19 overall prospect entering the year, would go a long way towards the Jays’ hopes of sticking with the Yankees and Rays in the American League East.
- The Buffalo Bisons, the Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate, announced this morning they will move to Trenton at the beginning of their season, which kicks off May 4. The move allows the Jays and Bisons to “complete a joint renovation project to prepare (Buffalo’s) Sahlen Field for Major League regular season games.” While the Jays have not officially announced any plans to play home games in Buffalo in 2021, the Bisons’ temporary relocation is the strongest indicator yet the Jays are preparing to return to Buffalo at some point after playing there in 2020. The Jays will continue to stage home games through the end of May at their Spring Training complex in Dunedin, Florida.