Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:40:41 -0700
New York Yankees 2B Jose Pirela (concussion) was feeling better Monday, March 23, after suffering a concussion after crashing into the outfield wall in the spring game Sunday, March 22. "He's pretty good today," Joe Girardi said. "He's sore. His neck is sore too, (but) he feels and looks better than what I expected." Pirela will miss at least the next several days, and it's unclear if he'll play again this spring. Girardi said Pirela must go through the concussion protocol.
Fantasy Tip: Pirela was in consideration to make the opening day roster, but this injury likely puts a kink in that possibility. He's a fine young prospect, though, and he's worth consideration as a cheap option in AL-only leagues. If Pirela is able to add positional eligibility at a position other than second base, he'll be a little more intriguing.
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 09:30:44 -0700
New York Yankees 2B Jose Pirela (concussion) suffered a concussion after crashing into the outfield fence in the first inning of the game against the New York Mets Sunday, March 22. A brain CT scan and cervical MRI exam both came back negative, and he was released from the hospital. Pirela will be out indefinitely. Pirela was hitting .370 this spring and had an outside chance to make the team before being injured.
Fantasy Tip: Pirela, 25, is one of the team's better infield prospects, but he's likely to begin the year in the minors now. However, he could easily see time at the keystone in the Bronx this year if Stephen Drew struggles. Consider Pirela strictly an AL-only commodity for now.
Tue, 10 Mar 2015 09:42:08 -0700
New York Yankees SS Stephen Drew will officially be the team's starting second baseman to open the season, according to manager Joe Girardi. Drew hit just .162 in 2014, and the Yankees plan to have a short leash with Drew if he struggles early in the year, according to a source. 2Bs Jose Pirela and Robert Refsnyder aren't fighting for a starting spot, but they are battling to be the first called up if Drew struggles. Girardi doesn't think Drew will have a problem with the transition from shortstop to second base.
Fantasy Tip: Drew has virtually no upside as a fantasy asset, and he should not be considered in standard 12-team leagues, especially if his leash is short at second. If you're speculating in very deep mixed or AL-only leagues, Refsnyder is the better bet to make an impact as a middle infielder on your roster.
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:46:22 -0800
New York Yankees SS Stephen Drew projects as "hopefully our everyday second baseman," according to general manager Brian Cashman. The Yankees are banking on SS Didi Gregorius being their full-time starting shortstop in 2015. Drew hit just .162 in 271 at-bats between the Boston Red Sox and the Yankees last year. "Hopefully, he can put last year behind him and be the player he was before then," Cashman said. "He has a history of being a really good player prior to a season that didn't play out the way anybody expected." Drew starting at second base could block 2Bs Jose Pirela and Robert Refsnyder from playing time.
Tue, 06 Jan 2015 12:22:05 -0800
The New York Yankees are content to have 2B Jose Pirela and 2B Robert Refsnyder begin spring training battling for the second base job, but the team may still look at outside help such as SS Stephen Drew.
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:40:19 -0800
New York Yankees 2Bs Robert Refsnyder and Jose Pirela figure to be in competition for the starting second base job next season.
Sun, 16 Nov 2014 11:25:04 -0800
New York Yankees INFs Jose Pirela and Robert Refsnyder could battle for the second base job in spring training if the team does not acquire a veteran second baseman during the offseason.
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:25:23 -0700
New York Yankees 3B Martin Prado (appendix) was placed on the 60-day disabled list after undergoing an appendectomy. In a corresponding move, 2B Jose Pirela was recalled from the minors Tuesday, Sept. 16.
Sun, 06 Jul 2014 12:26:35 -0700
The New York Yankees are expected to promote a position player once their pitching situation stabilizes. Candidates for promotion include OF Zoilo Almonte, 2B Scott Sizemore and INF Jose Pirela.
Mon, 25 Mar 2013 10:26:18 -0700
The New York Yankees reassigned 2B Jose Pirela to minor league camp Monday, March 25.