Beloved Yankees rookie demoted to Triple-A

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Oswaldo Cabrera to join others being sent to Triple-A Scranton

Following Wednesday’s defeat to the Mariners, the Yankees announced on Thursday that Cabrera will be joining outfielder Franchy Cordero and pitcher Matt Krook in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. This decision was made to clear the roster for Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle, who are expected to return on Friday in Los Angeles.

At 24, Cabrera kicked off the season as the Yankees’ premier left fielder, with an opportunity to establish his role following his impressive late-season call-up last year. He also offered some flexibility in terms of defensive positions.

However, Cabrera’s offensive performance was subpar, hitting just .195 with a .538 OPS in 49 games. His recent form was particularly poor, with a record of 4-for-34 (.118) over his last 13 games since May 16.

Manager Aaron Boone highlighted Cabrera’s struggle with fastballs this week. Boone stated, “Most of his good swings are either foul balls or he’s just rolling over the top of one. The key for him is to dominate the fastball again, which is critical for a hitter in a tough stretch. He’s been having a hard time with that recently.”

Meanwhile, Isiah Kiner-Falefa has started to excel in the utility position, which has allowed the Yankees to move Cabrera to SWB as Donaldson is set to reclaim third base.

The Yankees had all but hinted at this move earlier in the week when they chose Kiner-Falefa to replace a resting Anthony Volpe at shortstop instead of Cabrera, who was assigned third base. This move signaled that Kiner-Falefa was on course to become the backup shortstop, which is now the case.

Before Thursday, Cabrera had only started in four of the Yankees’ previous 11 games, finding it difficult to adapt due to inconsistent playing time.

Yankee fans react to demotion

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5 thoughts on “Beloved Yankees rookie demoted to Triple-A

  1. Donaldson should remain on the bench! He can’t hit anymore, I like Lemahieu at third. Kiner-falefa back to shortstop, Volpe also is struggling as a hitter. It’s not fair to put Donaldson back at third until he can show he can hit. Let him earn to play everyday!

  2. Please DFA Donaldson already. The young kids are the one’s that’s propel the Yankees to another level. A lot of teams are winning with youth not overly age players like Donaldson.

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