COVID-19 remains a factor as Yankees Juggle pitching staff, place Ian Hamilton on IL

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COVID-19 continues to impact sports, sidelining players even in 2024. The New York Yankees placed right-handed pitcher Ian Hamilton on the seven-day COVID injured list as they prepared to start a series against the Seattle Mariners in The Bronx on Monday.

Yankees navigate COVID-19 obstacles, call up Andrews to fill pitching void

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To fill the roster gap, the Yankees selected the contract of left-handed pitcher Clayton Andrews from their Triple-A affiliate, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Additionally, they designated right-handed pitcher Colby White for assignment.

Ian Hamilton has been a key figure in the Yankees’ bullpen, occasionally stepping into the role of setup man throughout the 2024 season. Though not as dominant as last year, Hamilton has maintained a respectable 3.18 ERA over 22 2/3 innings.

Clayton Andrews, who stands at 5-foot-6, joined the Yankees organization in a February trade with the Milwaukee Brewers. Despite a challenging stint with the RailRiders, where he recorded a 6.60 ERA over 15 innings, Andrews will now have an opportunity to contribute to the major league roster.

In related news, Yankees star Aaron Judge hit his seventh home run in 13 games, showcasing his consistent power at the plate. Meanwhile, the Yankees‘ locker room camaraderie was highlighted by a defensive play involving ‘locker buddies’ Jose Trevino and Jon Berti. These moments emphasize the team’s dynamics and resilience as they navigate the season. Carlos Rodon also appears more comfortable and effective in his second year with the Yankees, indicating a promising trajectory for the team’s pitching staff.

Hamilton’s placement on the COVID IL is a reminder that the pandemic’s influence persists in professional sports, affecting team strategies and player availability. As the Yankees adjust to these challenges, they continue to rely on their depth and versatility, calling up players like Andrews to step in when needed.

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