Two big nuggets of info from Yankees manager Aaron Boone on Monday night regarding his pitching staff for Tuesday: Aroldis Chapman will rehab at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday night and possibly return to MLB after, and they will insert a spot starter for Tuesday’s game with the Athletics.
The latter will be lefty JP Sears, who will be recalled to start the middle game of the three-game set. Boone had said Sunday there was a “good chance” that the team would use a spot starter at some point this week to give the rotation some rest over the final seven days of a 20 games in 20 days stretch, and inserting Sears Tuesday pushes Jordan Montgomery back a day to Wednesday’s series finale.
That also means that the Yankees will have Luis Severino going in that one game in Houston – avoiding, for now, pitching Gerrit Cole in his former home – with Cole, Nestor Cortes, and Montgomery closing out the 20-game stretch this weekend in Cleveland.
The Yankees are 9-4 against the Rays, Blue Jays, and Astros in this stretch, and Sears’ start will come against the worst team in the American League in Oakland. The Yankees will have to make a roster move to accommodate Sears, but that ties into the other update about Chapman, who will throw a third rehab inning on Tuesday with the RailRiders and could be activated after that.
Chapman threw 19 total pitches over two scoreless innings in appearances at Double-A Somerset on Friday and Sunday, and will get one more tune-up before hopefully being ready to return from a bout with Achilles tendonitis.
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