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The New York Yankees optioned right-handers Luis Gil and Yoendrys Gomez to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday and also reassigned right-handers Chase Hampton and Art Warren to minor-league camp. In his two Grapefruit League appearances, Gil gave up two runs while walking two and striking out three. It's not a huge surprise that the 25-year-old will open the year on the farm after he missed most of last year while recovering from Tommy John surgery. It remains to be seen if he'll be used as a starter or reliever at Triple-A to begin the season, but his clearest path back to the Bronx will probably be as a member of the bullpen.
New York Yankees outfielder Alex Verdugo (leg) was scratched from Sunday's Grapefruit League lineup on Sunday with a left-leg contusion that he suffered when he was hit by a pitch on Saturday. Verdugo is just dealing with a bruise, so it's nothing serious. The 27-year-old should be able to return to the team's spring training lineup in a day or two. Consider him day-to-day for now. The Yanks acquired Verdugo via trade from the Red Sox this offseason. He's proven to be a mediocre hitter the last couple years in Boston, but perhaps the change of scenery to the Bronx will invigorate him offensively. Verdugo didn't hit the ball very hard in 2023 and has been merely average in the power and speed departments, giving him limited fantasy upside for outfield depth in deep-mixed leagues.
New York Yankees outfielder Juan Soto continues to make hitting look easy as he took control during Friday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. The left-handed slugger went 2-for-2 with a solo home run and a pair of runs scored during Friday's win. His home run came in the fourth inning when he took Chad Green deep to help increase the lead to 7-3. Soto has been impressive early in camp. He is 4-for-6 with two home runs and six RBIs, so fantasy managers shouldn't pass on during draft day.
New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole made his spring debut against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday. The veteran right-hander saw mixed results during Friday's win. Cole allowed two runs on four hits over two innings of work. The 33-year-old stuck out one batter and didn't issue a walk during his short outing. He served up a two-run home run to Daniel Vogelbach in the opening frame. After that, Cole settled down and looked fairly sharp. Fantasy managers shouldn't read too much into this outing and believe in Cole as the ace pitcher he'll likely continue to be in 2024.
New York Yankees left-hander Carlos Rodon surrendered four home runs during a live batting practice session against minor-league hitters on Friday. The 31-year-old allowed just one earned run with five strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings in his spring debut against the Blue Jays, so there's no reason for panic at this time. However, it's worth noting that he once again dealt with injuries in the 2023 season that limited him to just 14 starts while he posted a 6.85 ERA and dealt with big-time homer issues by way of a 2.10 HR/9 clip in that time. ATC projects a bounce-back season for the lefty as they peg him at a 4.08 ERA and a healthy 27.5% K% across 25 starts. While those numbers would serve fantasy managers well, he once again carries notable risk as part of his draft stock.