With James Paxton headed to the injured list with left knee inflammation, the Yankees turn to fellow veteran lefty J.A. Happ in the middle game of three against Minnesota.

It’s been a tale of two three-start samples for Happ in his first six to begin 2019. He began with three straight tough outings, never making it out of the fifth inning and posting an 8.76 ERA in his first 12⅓ innings. His next three starts, however, have been stellar: he owns a 2.21 ERA in his last 20⅓ innings and has held opposing batters to a .539 OPS.

Jake Odorizzi makes his seventh start of the year for Minnesota, where he’s got a 3-2 record and 3.34 ERA in 29⅔ innings. He threw seven shutout innings and allowed just four hits in his last outing against Houston. He’s owns a career 6.23 ERA in eight Yankee Stadium appearances (40⅔ innings).

Lineups

Twins
  1. Mitch Garver – C
  2. Jorge Polanco – SS
  3. Nelson Cruz – DH
  4. Eddie Rosario – LF
  5. Marwin González – 3B
  6. C.J. Cron – 1B
  7. Max Kepler – RF
  8. Jonathan Schoop – 2B
  9. Byron Buxton – CF
Yankees
  1. DJ LeMahieu – 2B
  2. Luke Voit – 1B
  3. Gary Sánchez – DH
  4. Miguel Andújar – 3B
  5. Gleyber Torres – SS
  6. Brett Gardner – CF
  7. Cameron Maybin
  8. Austin Romine – C
  9. Mike Tauchman – LF

Injury Updates

  • Prior to today’s game, the Yankees placed James Paxton on the 10-day injured list with left knee inflammation and recalled righty Jake Barrett (No. 36) from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Hopefully Paxton will only miss the requisite two starts.
  • Miguel Andújar was activated from the IL and plays in his first game since March 31, where he suffered a small tear of the labrum in his right shoulder diving back into third base on a pickoff attempt.
  • DJ LeMahieu is back in the lineup after missing three games with right knee inflammation.
  • Greg Bird was in the Yankees clubhouse as he progresses back from a plantar fascia tear in his left foot. He was no longer in a walking boot, but declined to give any information on his return timeline.