The Tampa Yankees got an arm they needed badly in Albert Abreu after his promotion from Low-A Charleston. Abreu was part of the package the Astros sent over to the New York Yankees in their trade for Brian McCann. Abreu appeared in three games for Charleston totaling 22 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings, while giving up just three earned runs.
Abreu was stunning in his Tampa Yankees debut going seven innings against a strong Clearwater Threshers lineup. He struck out four, gave up a run, and threw for 69 strikes of his 96 total pitches. Abreu didn’t receive a win for his performance as the Tampa lineup struggled, but it was a sign of good things to come.
However, his second start would bring up even more issues than what the Yankees’ already had with injuries to pitching prospects. Abreu’s second outing was against the Dunedin Jays, he gave up four runs and recorded a pair of strikeouts and walks through just three innings. Abreu left the game and would then be placed on the 10-day DL the following day. Sources said it was due to elbow inflammation, but it wasn’t serious and mainly just for precaution. It was also said he was still able to pitch with the slight discomfort, and that it did not bother him, but the DL move was to play it safe.
It’s obvious Abreu was pitching with some discomfort in his three innings against Dunedin, should everything go as planned he’ll be back in Tampa’s rotation near the start of next week.