Yankees demote Clarke Schmidt despite strong results

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Clarke Schmidt pitched another scoreless inning and has not allowed a run in 8 ¹/₃ innings this season.

His reward should be caught in a numbers game as he and Miguel Andujar were both called up for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after Sunday’s 6-4 win over Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium.

With the MLB roster cut from 28 to 26 ahead of Monday, the Yankees had two clear decisions to make as Schmidt and Andujar both still have minor league options and haven’t been used often.

Still, Schmidt, who was finally realizing his potential after battling injuries for much of his career, said he was “a little shocked” by the news.

“It’s really hard to swallow,” said Schmidt, who hadn’t thrown since April 19 before replacing Luis Severino to start bottom of the table in round six. “I throw well, do my job and get guys out. It’s just part of the game. It’s also a business. I hope to be up here again soon.”

Clark Smith
The Yankees demoted Clarke Schmidt to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
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Despite the disappointment, Schmidt is encouraged by what he was able to accomplish in the first few weeks of the season.

“I feel like a different player than in previous years,” said Schmidt. “I don’t think the moment was too big for me. … I’ll take what I did this month and roll with it.”

Schmidt is expected to rotate at SWB if needed as a regular, but could return as a substitute.

Andujar was in the lineup for the first time on Sunday and delivered his first two hits of the year.

Miguel Andujar is welcomed into the dugout as the Yankees defeat the Royals.
Miguel Andujar is welcomed into the dugout as the Yankees defeat the Royals.
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He started in left field, with Joey Gallo still nursing the tight left groin that forced him out of Saturday’s win.

“He’s in such a better place,” Boone said of Andujar. “I don’t know, it’s not easy for him right now, but his attitude is good.”

Gallo’s groin is still tender, according to Boone, who called the injury “every day.”

The left fielder ran in outfield ahead of Sunday’s game and said he was feeling good after practice. Whether the Yankees want to play Gallo on the artificial turf at Toronto’s Rogers Center remains to be seen.

Boone said he decided to keep Gallo out of the lineup after sustaining the injury while finishing second in a stolen base attempt.

The Yankees have Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Marwin Gonzalez playing in the outfield when Gallo needs an extra day off.

Aroldis Chapman collected his sixth save on as many occasions on Sunday but also allowed two more baserunners before tricking Andrew Benintendi to end the game. He’s gone on sevens in just 9 ¹/₃ innings — despite not conceding a run.

Aroldis Chapman plays during the Yankees' win over the Royals on Sunday.
Aroldis Chapman plays during the Yankees’ win over the Royals on Sunday.

“It wasn’t perfect,” Boone said. “He finds a way to get it done and pitches when he has to.”

When asked if he was worried about the walks, Boone said, “Bottom line, he’s just slamming the door and continues to build momentum. I like his start.”

Michael King was big again, coming in with two ons and an out in the seventh and getting a double play from Salvador Perez. Yankees demote Clarke Schmidt despite strong results


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