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Yankees 1B Luke Voit (knee) is expected to return from the injured list sometime in mid-May, per GM Brian Cashman. (Source: Bryan Hoch on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Voit was cleared to begin light baseball activities last week and is expected to come off the injured list sometime in mid-May. He is taking groundballs and will swing a bat on Tuesday. With Jay Bruce retiring, DJ LeMahieu will handle first base duties while Voit is sidelined. Voit belted 22 homers in a shortened 2020 campaign and is currently 24th among all first basemen in the latest expert consensus rankings.

Category: Injury Updates


Gio Urshela went 1-for-4 with double and a run scored on Sunday as the Yankees lost to the Rays by a 4-2 score.

Fantasy Impact: Through 14 games to start the season, Urshela is hitting .250 with one home run, five runs scored, six RBI and a stolen base. The 29-year-old third baseman is worth owning in 12-14 team fantasy leagues and deeper.

Category: Game Recaps


Giancarlo Stanton went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk on Sunday as the Yankees lost to the Rays by a 4-2 score.

Fantasy Impact: Stanton blasted his third homer of the season on Sunday as the veteran slugger is also hitting .176 with a .236 on-base percentage over 13 games. Stanton is worth owning in most fantasy formats for his power potential.

Category: Game Recaps


Gerrit Cole gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits with 10 strikeouts and no walks over 6 1/3 innings on Sunday in a loss to the Rays.

Fantasy Impact: Cole pitched well enough to pick up a win but did not get support from his offense. The veteran starter has a 1.47 ERA and dominant 29:3 K:BB through 18 1/3 innings and is scheduled to face the Indians on the road in his next match up.

Category: Game Recaps


1B/OF Jay Bruce will retire from baseball following Sunday's game against the Rays. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: After 14 seasons in the majors, Bruce decided to hang up his cleats on Sunday. “I’ve decided to make the very difficult decision to retire from baseball,” said Bruce. He slashed .244/.314/.467 with 319 homers and 951 RBI in 1,650 career games with the Reds/Mets/Indians/Mariners/Phillies and Yankees. “Every stop I made throughout these 14 seasons were special, and my family and I are appreciative of all the help and hospitality along the way. I’ve always loved baseball and will be a fan for life.”

Category: Transactions


DJ LeMahieu went 2-for-4 with one walk while scoring a run and driving in a runner on Saturday as the Yankees lost to the Rays by a 6-3 score.

Fantasy Impact: LeMahieu has shifted to first base for the team with Luke Voit on the IL. The veteran infielder should be able to pick up both second and first base eligibility in most fantasy formats and is worth owning in all leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Rougned Odor went 1-for-4 at the plate with a solo home run as the Yankees lost to the Rays on Saturday by a 6-3 score.

Fantasy Impact: Odor has started six straight games at second base for the team but is struggling with his bat. The 27-year-old is hitting .143 (3-for-21) with home run and three RBI and is only worth picking up in deeper fantasy leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Jordan Montgomery yielded four runs on two hits with seven strikeouts and only issued two walks over six innings on Saturday in a loss to the Rays.

Fantasy Impact: Montgomery also gave up four runs to the Rays in his last start and now has a 4.24 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, and 18/4 K/BB ratio over 17 innings (three starts). The 28-year-old lefty faces the Indians in his next scheduled outing on Thursday.

Category: Game Recaps


Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez left Saturday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays shortly after being hit on the right hand by a foul tip while catching. He was replaced at catcher by Kyle Higashioka. (Source: Bryan Hoch on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sanchez was hit on the hand while catching in the top of the fourth inning. He stayed in the game to bat in the bottom of the inning but was replaced by Kyle Higashioka at catcher in the top of the fifth inning. This is likely a precautionary move by the Yankees, but fantasy managers should check back soon for an update on Sanchez's status.

Category: Injury Updates


Gleyber Torres went 1-for-3 at the plate with a walk and a run scored on Friday as the Yankees lost to the Rays by an 8-2 score.

Fantasy Impact: Through 12 games played, Torres is hitting .227 with just one RBI, four runs scored and one stolen base. Look for the 24-year-old infielder to turn things around and start to heat up and now is a good time to buy low.

Category: Game Recaps


Michael King tossed three scoreless frames giving up three hits, walking three and striking out four on Friday in the loss against the Rays by an 8-2 score.

Fantasy Impact: King was optioned to the Yankees' alternate training site Friday after the game. The right-hander has now tossed nine scoreless frames in his first two appearances this year and could return to the majors at some point as a long reliever or as an option to serve as a starter.

Category: Game Recaps


Nick Nelson (0-2) allowed two runs on two hits and two walks while striking out two in one inning as he was charged with the loss against the Rays on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Nelson made his first career start as the opener Friday but struggled in the one inning he was on the mound. He is not scheduled to open again and now has a 10.80 ERA and 10:3 K:BB in five innings this year.

Category: Game Recaps


Corey Kluber received a no-decision on Wednesday against the Blue Jays, giving up three runs on six hits over four innings pitched.

Fantasy Impact: Kluber struck out four and walked two in the outing. His ERA now stands at 6.10 through three starts. Optimists can point to the fact that he generated more whiffs in this one, as well as the idea that Kluber has traditionally been a slow starter. Still, it's tough to recommend starting him until we see more.

Category: Game Recaps


Aaron Judge swatted two solo homers as the Yankees fell to the Blue Jays 5-4 on Wednesday afternoon.

Fantasy Impact: The 28-year-old now has four homers in 10 games thus far. He dealt with a minor "side" injury last week, but he seems to be okay moving forward. Health is always going to be a concern for Judge, but he has top-10 OF upside should he stay healthy all summer.

Category: Game Recaps


Clint Frazier went 1-for-3 at the plate with a run scored on Tuesday as the Yankees lost to the Blue Jays by a 7-3 score.

Fantasy Impact: Frazier has struggled with the bat to begin the season and is hitting just .200 with three runs scored over 34 plate appearances. The 26-year-old outfielder is starting to lose playing time to Brett Gardner and will need to turn things around fast.

Category: Game Recaps


Aaron Hicks went 3-for-4 at the plate with a double during Tuesday's loss to the Blue Jays by a 7-3 score.

Fantasy Impact: Hicks is off to a slow start to the season with his bat and lifting his batting average to .200 with his three hits on Tuesday. The veteran outfielder should start to heat up and is worth owning in 12-14 team fantasy leagues and deeper.

Category: Game Recaps


Jameson Taillon was charged with the loss against the Blue Jays on Tuesday, surrendering five runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out three across 3 2/3 innings.

Fantasy Impact: Taillon did not look as sharp as he did in his first start and now has a 7.56 ERA, 1.44 ERA, and 10 strikeouts over 8 1/3 innings. The 29-year-old will look to bounce back in his next start on Sunday against the Rays.

Category: Game Recaps


Kyle Higashioka went 2-for-3 at the plate with two homers and three RBI in Monday's 3-1 win over the Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: Higashioka is off to a hot start with the bat going 4-for-7 with three extra-base hits. Unfortunately he is behind Gary Sanchez at catcher and has only started two games.

Category: Game Recaps


Aroldis Chapman gave up a hit and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning Monday to record his first save of the season in a 3-1 win over the Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: This was Chapman's first save chance following a two-game suspension to open the season. The veteran reliever has been dominant to start the year striking out 11 of the 15 batters he faced over the course of four scoreless innings.

Category: Game Recaps


Yankees RHP Clarke Schmidt (elbow) has been given a cortisone shot. (Source: Brendan Kuty on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Schmidt got a second opinion on his flexor strain and will aim to resume throwing by next week. He's currently on the 60-day injured list.

Category: Injury Updates