Yankees RHP Clarke Schmidt has been working behind the scenes to get back to full health while dealing with a common flexor strain.
While speaking on behalf of the minor league season starting on Tuesday, senior director of player development Kevin Reese touched on what Schmidt has been doing during his rehab in Tampa.
The word he used? “Fantastic.”
Reese is confident that Schmidt will be able to help the Yanks at some point this season. He received a cortisone shot back in mid-April to help with the discomfort of the strain, and it’s clearly been going good ever since.
Where will Schmidt fit in when he is healthy? That will be down the road, but if 2020 is any clue, the bullpen would probably be the best bet — think what Michael King has been doing.
In just 6.1 innings last season, Schmidt had a 7.11 ERA and 4.30 FIP.