BALTIMORE – The fearsome Yankees game once again took a serious blow Friday night, when they lost Michael King with what sources told The Post, Joel Sherman, a fractured right elbow.
King was knocked out of his 7-6 victory over the Orioles on Friday night after Ramon Orias threw at the bottom of the eighth inning.
When asked what he thought of when he saw the king, apparently leaving the hill, Aaron Judge said, “Nothing good. We saw the same thing happen with [Chad Green] The last time we were here and for this to happen, it’s never good–especially with the bit size of the oxen it was for us.”
The right hand was replaced by Clay Holmes, who finished the inning – and the game – unscathed.
King was in the midst of a breakout season, performing well in a variety of roles in the Bullpen for the Yankees and already appearing in 34 professional games, with a 2.34 ERA, and a WHIP of 1.02 in 50 innings.
Many thought he deserved to be an all-star.
Instead, King’s season is now over, and as the judge noted, they have lost another major loyalist. Greene was out already the year after Tommy John’s surgery.
“It was a bleak mood here after the match,” said Jameson Tellon, who started and only lasted 2²/ of innings. “It was hard to watch.”
Coach Aaron Boone said: “He was one of the best bowlers in the league.
Once considered a major force, the Yankees’ game must now be seen as a question mark as the August 2 trading deadline approaches.
In addition to injuring King, the Yankees are also trying to shoot down Aroldis Chapman, who gave up Homer’s three-stroke — and threw two wild pitches — on Friday. In addition, Jonathan Loisega has yet to come close to the look he showed last year.
Ron Marinaccio hit the side in one round break for Double-A Somerset on Friday night, and his return to Yankees Stadium could come as soon as Sunday.
The right-hander, who was named to the 40-man roster in the off-season, struggled at times during his first spell with the Yankees this season. He was progressing very well after being called up again, before being sidelined by an infection in the right shoulder.
In his last 13 appearances prior to his tenure at IL, Marinaccio made 15 rounds without goals and allowed only one hit, along with eight walks.