The New York Yankees recently acquired southpaw J.A. Happ from the Toronto Blue Jays. On Tuesday, the pitcher became the second player for a MLB team to be diagnosed with hand, foot and mouth disease.
The illness is infectious and often affects younger children. Mets star pitcher Noah Syndergaard currently is on his team’s disabled list due to having HFM.
Brian Cashman the general manager for the Yankees said team doctors were not certain how Happ caught the disease. The lefthander, who is 35, was traded last week by the Blue Jays for outfielder Billy McKinney and infielder Brandon Drury. Happ was victorious in his debut Sunday with the Yankees, when he allowed one run across six innings in a victory over the Kansas City Royals.
Happ has been successful during his MLB career versus the Boston Red Sox, and was set to start on Saturday against the AL East leaders when the Yankees play Boston at Fenway during a weekend series.
Cashman said it appears that Happ has a mild case of the disease and that he may still start on Saturday at Fenway. The Yankees acquired Lance Lynn from the Minnesota Twins this week to give the rotation insurance and for long relief purposes.
On Tuesday, the Yankees began a stretch of 20 straight days with games. Lynn is likely to be inserted into the rotation to give an extra day of rest to others, which includes ace Luis Severino, CC Sabathia, Sonny Gray and Masahiro Tanaka.
To make room for Lynn on the team’s pitching staff of 13, the Yankees traded Adam Warren a long reliever to the Seattle Mariners.
Cashman told Warren that his job was not easy as it has now been twice that he had to trade the reliever and both times did not want to.
Cashman said New York looked at plenty of different options but did not find the bat at the price it wanted to pay while both outfielder Aaron Judge and catcher Gary Sanchez are out on the team’s disabled list.
Outfielder Clint Frazier has a problem with migraines and not concussions, said Cashman. The Yankees GM told teams that were inquiring that Frazier was not being considered for any trade. Yankees Manager Aaron Boone said that Frazier was at the minor league complex of the Yankees located in Tampa, Florida dealing with fogginess.