NY Yankees Rumors: Gary Sanchez, Slade Heathcott, Rob Refsnyder September Call-Up Options? Aaron Judge Stays, James Shields Waiver Trade Unlikely

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Aug 29, 2015 12:13 PM EDT
Rob Refsnyder #64 of the New York Yankees
Rob Refsnyder #64 of the New York Yankees in action against the Seattle Mariners during a MLB baseball game at Yankee Stadium on July 18, 2015 in the Bronx borough of New York City."

The NY Yankees have been scuffling and heading into September the team could call-up some prospects when rosters expand, including Gary Sanchez, Slade Heathcott and Rob Refsnyder and this comes as Aaron Judge likely will remain in the minors. GM Brian Cashman also said the team is not likely making any waiver trades, including for James Shields.

The Yankees are behind the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL East after leading for most of the season and they are starting to slump at a tough time. There are about 35 games left for the season and the Yankees are about to embark on a road trip after going 5-5 on their latest home stand. The team opened with a sweep and scuffled the rest of the way and now they need to get into gear to catch the Blue Jays. The Yankees offense has struggled, but the team is not expecting to make a major move, according to Cashman.

NJ.com spoke with Cashman and he said that the recent play by the Yankees is a "concern," but that there is still time to finish the season strong. According to NJ.com, the Yankees are not likely to bring up Aaron Judge for September call-ups, even though the offense has been struggling. Cashman said that Judge is not "tearing it up" in the minors and that there is not much the team can bring up at this moment to help the offense.

Judge is having a solid season overall with 20 home runs and 70 RBIs over his time in the minors, but he has been struggling in Triple-A. Judge has been hitting .232 with eight home runs and 26 RBI since moving up from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. NJ.com writes that another reason Judge likely will not get called up is so the Yankees don't start his major league service time.

The Yankees are also unlikely to make waiver deals over the next few days, as Cashman said that the roster is mostly set for the rest of the season. The team has CC Sabathia ailing and with Nathan Eovaldi, Luis Severino, Michael Pineda and Masahiro Tanaka set as the rotation, Bryan Mitchell probably will slot in.

The Yankees also have Gary Sanchez in the minors, but he just suffered a hamstring injury and that could keep him from being an option for a call-up. Sanchez is on the 40-man roster so he could be in line to get called up, but the injury could derail that. Sanchez is considered to be one of the best Yankees prospects and he is having a strong season while hitting over 270 with 18 home runs and 62 RBIs. The team also has Heathcott and Refsnyder as options.

Check here for more on the Yankees call-ups.

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