King could return to the majors if MLB expands rosters at the start of the season, Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media reports.
King struggled through a rough spring and was consequently optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday. However, he was in competition for a spot in the starting rotation throughout training camp, making him a feasible option to rejoin the big-league club if rosters expand as is widely expected. Should King be called back up, he would likely be used in a long-relief and emergency starter role, per Kuty.
King was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday.
King was expected to compete for a rotation spot given the injuries to Luis Severino (elbow) and James Paxton (back). However, he struggled in his last two appearances in Grapefruit League action and is now likely to start his season in the minors. King had a shortened 2019 season due to a stress reaction in his elbow, but did manage to make his major-league debut.
King has struggled in his last two Grapefruit League starts and may no longer be in the mix for a spot in the Opening Day rotation, Randy Miller of NJ Advance Media reports.
King got off to a strong start this spring but struggled in an appearance against Philadelphia on Monday, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk in 2.2 innings. With Jordan Montgomery and Jonathan Loaisiga the favorites to land the No. 4 and No. 5 spots in the Yankees' Opening Day rotation, King figures to be the odd man out, per Miller.
King is considered a frontrunner to join the Yankees' starting rotation to begin the season, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
Already considered a contender for a rotation spot following James Paxton's back surgery, the 24-year-old has climbed further into the conversation with news that Luis Severino (elbow) will miss the entire season. King has pitched only two innings in the majors but has compiled a 2.93 ERA over 77 appearances in the minor leagues, 58 of which have come as a starter.
King is in contention for the Yankees' fifth starter spot to open the season, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
With Domingo German (suspension) out until early June and James Paxton (back) sidelined until at least early May, a temporary spot has opened up in the rotation at Yankee Stadium. King may not be the favorite to win it, as he has just two innings of big-league experience under his belt. However, he projects as a potential back-end starter and may get the chance to stake his claim for that spot this spring.
King gave up one unearned run in two innings against the Rangers on Friday. He allowed two hits and struck out one batter.
King made his major-league debut eight days after he was called up to join the Yankees. He allowed an unearned run after committing an error in the eighth inning but otherwise looked sharp in his two frames, throwing 24 of 41 pitches for strikes and surrendering only a pair of singles. The 24-year-old is not in consideration for the postseason roster but could compete for a spot with the big club next season.
King's contract was purchased from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday.
With Domingo German getting placed on administrative leave, King was summoned from the minors to take the open bullpen spot. A stress reaction in his throwing elbow erased his entire first half. Since getting healthy, King logged a 5.33 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 52 strikeouts in 54 innings (12 appearances) in the minors, primarily at Double-A and Triple-A. King, who is more about pitchability and command than high-end stuff, broke out with a big year in 2018 and has a chance to compete for a permanent spot on the big-league roster at some point next year. Look for him to work in low-leverage situations down the stretch.
King was promoted to Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre on Thursday, Greg Johnson of The Trentonian reports.
King was sidelined for most of the season with a stress reaction in his right elbow but made six appearances for Double-A Trenton since his return. During that time, he carries an ERA of 7.17 with a 15:4 K:BB.
King (elbow) is active and is pitching in the rotation with Double-A Trenton.
He had one blowup outing where he gave up 10 runs in three innings, but he only allowed two runs over 5.2 innings in his most recent outing for the Thunder. King is not on the 40-man roster and only logged six starts at Triple-A last year, so he won't reach the majors until sometime in 2020. He has missed most of this season due to an elbow injury.
King (elbow) threw a rehab inning for the Yankees' Gulf Coast League affiliate Wednesday, Erik Boland of Newsday reports.
This was King's first competitive inning all season, as he's been battling elbow issues since the start of spring training. He reached Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre late last season for six strong starts, posting a 1.15 ERA and a 0.67 OPS. He could still feature in New York at some point late in the second half, though the Yankees may take things slowly due to his lost development time so far this season.
King (elbow) will make a rehab appearance with the Gulf Coast League Yankees on Thursday.
King was sidelined just before the start of spring training with elbow discomfort and suffered a setback in April that has kept him sidelined, but he's finally set to make his return to competitive action with a one-inning appearance in the Gulf Coast League scheduled for Thursday. King started last season at High-A Tampa before making six starts for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he posted a 4-0 record and an excellent 1.15 ERA. Assuming he makes it through his rehab appearances without any setbacks, the 24-year-old right-hander said he's hoping to rejoin the RailRiders in the first week of August.
King (elbow) has resumed throwing after suffering a stress reaction in his right elbow, DJ Eberle of the Times Leader reports.
King is just now starting to throw after being diagnosed with a stress reaction before pitchers and catchers reported for spring training. He's thrown up to 90 feet so far, although there isn't a timetable for when he could return to game action. "He feels good and hopefully we'll have no more setbacks on that," stated the Yankees' senior director of player development, Kevin Reese.
General manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday that King (elbow) would undergo an MRI in a few days, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
The Yankees are likely just trying to glean more information about the stress reaction in King's throwing elbow, which has sidelined him for most of spring training. At this stage, King doesn't look like he'll be ready for Opening Day, though he wasn't viewed as a realistic candidate for the big-league rotation anyway.
King has been shut down for three weeks after an MRI discovered a stress reaction in his right elbow, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
King will undergo another MRI after the three-week rest period, after which the Yankees will determine the next step in his recovery process. If everything checks out, King could push for a big-league roster spot thanks to the 1.79 ERA and 4.4 percent walk rate he posted in 161 innings across the three highest levels of the minors last season.
King was invited to the Yankees' big-league camp Friday.
King posted excellent numbers across the top three levels of the minors last season, finishing with a stellar 1.79 ERA in 24 starts and one relief appearance while walking just 4.4 percent of opposing batters. Just six of those starts came at the Triple-A level, so his odds of cracking the Opening Day roster appear slim. However, if his strong performances continue it will be hard for the Yankees to keep him in the minors for long.
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