New York Yankees reliever Wandy Peralta hasn’t pitched in more than a week, since September 14.
He has been dealing with triceps discomfort, and the team finally decided to make the roster move and place him on the 15-day injured list.
The official diagnosis is a triceps strain, and the move is retroactive to September 19.
In a corresponding move, the Yankees will call up Yoendrys Gomez, a 23-year-old pitcher from Venezuela who will make his MLB debut.
Prior to tonight’s game, the Yankees made the following roster moves:
• Recalled RHP Yoendrys Gómez (#94) from Double-A Somerset.
• Placed LHP Wandy Peralta on the 15-day injured list (retroactive to 9/19) with a left triceps strain
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From an ERA standpoint, Peralta has been as good as ever with a 2.83 mark.
Other stats say that he hasn’t been his usual dominant self.
For example, he has a 51/30 SO/BB ratio in 54 innings: it’s not bad, but we have seen him with much better numbers.
Still, he was part of a really underrated bullpen that was perhaps the Yankees’ best and most consistent unit all year.
The 77-76 Yankees are 7.5 games behind the third and last Wild Card spot in the American League, so unless they win every game remaining on their calendar and other results take place, they will be left out of the playoffs for the first time since 2016.
Of course, Peralta isn’t to blame: from a strict run-prevention standpoint, the left-hander was effective.
Unfortunately, he can’t hit: that’s where the real issues are for the Yankees, on offense.
Their best player, Aaron Judge, missed a big chunk of the season with two injured list stints, and most of their veterans aren’t aging well (Giancarlo Stanton and DJ LeMahieu are perfect examples).
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