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For the past few weeks, Yankees Twitter has been generally positive based on the news being released about the team. However, this week was a little different. Between Luis Severino‘s injury, Jacoby Ellsbury soon returning to camp (yes, this is not good), and Sonny Gray‘s laughable “excuse,” here is this week’s edition of Yankees Twitter Reacts.
Unfortunately, the biggest news of the week was not good. Right before Severino’s planned start on Tuesday, he was scratched due to right shoulder discomfort. An MRI determined some minor inflammation in his rotator cuff, but it’s serious enough to keep him out at least two weeks which means he will likely miss his planned Opening Day start.
This sent Yankees Twitter into a frenzy, and rightfully so. Severino just signed a four-year extension and is undoubtedly the Yankees top starter. Seeing him experience any kind of pain before the season even starts is extremely worrisome, to say the least.
Luis Severino was scratched from today's start with right shoulder discomfort. He will undergo further evaluation and examination this afternoon.
…and this is why you sign a 4 yr, $40 million deal w/ the #Yankees
Hoping for the best for Luis Severino. But even if this turns out to be nothing, #Yankees can still use rotation depth. CC’s health concerns & weak minors SP means Keuchel, Gio Gonzalez should be on radar
JACOBY ELLSBURY SOON REPORTING TO CAMP (OR SO WE’RE TOLD)
Reports this week stated that Jacoby Ellsbury is planning on reporting to training camp on March 16th or 17th. Given Ellsbury’s injury-prone history, Yankees Twitter couldn’t help but to crack jokes. Here are some of the best ones.
Cashman says the expectation is that Jacoby Ellsbury will come to Tampa for training on the 16th or 17th.
You would have thought that the name Sonny Gray would have become irrelevant to the Yankees when he was traded last month. Gray made headlines this week blaming the Yankees for his struggles with the team, saying the “Yankees insisted on s–tty pitch that ruined me.”
The pitch Gray is referring to is his slider, which Yankees coaches apparently insisted on him throwing. Sonny went on to explain how his slider is different from guys like Tanaka, who can throw their slider in any count for a strike. Gray does not feel comfortable throwing his slider over the plate because it will get hit. This put him in bad counts, thus leading to his struggles.
Yankees Twitter sure had a field day with this one.
I’ve noticed the Sonny Gray article has triggered two reactions among Yankees fans.
1) Sonny hasn’t learned and still can’t take accountability.
2) Larry Rothschild is a bad coach and needs to go.
If Sonny Gray was bad because the #Yankees made him throw sliders, then why did it magically work when he pitched on the road? Did they only let him call his own game on the road? Was his slider better on the road? Or is he just a guy who sucked in NY and is making excuses?
Sonny Gray is a coward who could not pitch for the New York Yankees. His little exposé in The Athletic does not rid him of responsibility for being literally awful. The worst pitcher in the league. Day in, day out.
I know there are multiple opinions on the whole Sonny Gray thing, but here is mine: (hint, I’m on Gardy Party’s side). It’s hard to blame your struggles on a specific pitch when your home and road splits are so drastic.
At home, Sonny had a 6.98 (!!!) ERA and struck out a batter 15.7% of the time. On the road, Sonny had a 3.17 ERA and struck out a batter 26.4% of the time. To me, that sounds like a guy who can’t pitch in New York, not a guy who can’t throw a slider. But whatever floats your boat, Sonny.
FUNNIEST TWEETS OF THE WEEK
“When Machado finally signs, #Yankees Twitter can stop fighting with each other and just worry about cheering on the team”
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