Happ won't start Tuesday's game against Atlanta, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. Happ had lined up to start Tuesday's game, but the Yankees announced that Jordan Montgomery will start in the series opener, followed by Masahiro Tanaka on Wednesday. Happ could potentially start Saturday to take Montgomery's initial date, but it's unclear whether the 37-year-old will maintain a spot in the rotation after posting a 10.29 ERA and 2.14 WHIP over seven innings across his first two starts this year.
Happ (0-1) took the loss in Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Phillies after allowing four runs on three hits with one strikeout and six walks over three innings. The veteran southpaw struggled with his control from the beginning Wednesday, issuing two walks during the opening frame and throwing only 32 of his 66 pitches for strikes. Happ has now allowed eight runs through his first two starts of the season while covering only seven innings. He lines up for his next start Tuesday in Atlanta, assuming he retains his spot in the Yankees' rotation.
Happ allowed four earned runs on four hits and two walks while striking out two across four innings Thursday against the Orioles. He did not factor into the decision. Happ was hit hard early in the game, as he allowed a pair of two-run home runs in the first two innings. He did settle in from there, retiring six of the last seven batters he faced. Notably, Happ threw 69 pitches, so if he can work more effectively, he may be able to work deeper into his next start. He currently lines up for another outing against the Orioles on Tuesday.
Manager Aaron Boone said Happ will likely start Thursday's game against the Orioles at Camden Yards, Marly Rivera of ESPN.com reports. Heading into the week, Happ was initially scheduled to start the first contest of a four-game home-and-home series with the Phillies, but coronavirus-related concerns resulted in the first two games in Philadelphia being postponed. With the Orioles and Marlins also having postponed their first two games, Major League Baseball opted to alter all four teams' schedules. The Yankees will now play a pair of games in Baltimore before beginning a three-game series with the Red Sox over the weekend, with ace Gerrit Cole and Happ in line to draw turns at Camden Yards. Happ endured a rough 2019 campaign with the Yankees (4.91 ERA, 1.30 WHIP in 161.1 innings), but a strong spring and summer could have the southpaw positioned for a bounce-back year in 2020.
Happ won't make his scheduled start Tuesday against the Phillies after the game was postponed due to COVID-19-related concerns, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. With several Marlins players and coaches testing positive for COVID-19 over the weekend when the team played in Philadelphia, both the Yankees and Phillies are understandably reluctant to play at Citizens Bank Park. On the heels of the second straight postponement in Philadelphia, the Yankees have returned to the Bronx, where they are expected to host the Phillies for the remaining two games of the home-and-home series. Unless the Yankees choose to reorder their rotation following the back-to-back postponements, Happ is projected to make his first start of the season Wednesday.