Gary Sanchez is on the injured list with a left calf strain and Austin Romine sat for a second straight day Sunday. Manager Aaron Boone said Romine was “banged up’’ without getting into specifics and Romine added it was normal wear and tear.
Kyle Higashioka started in Romine’s place again for the 5-2 loss to the White Sox. Following a successful season debut Saturday in which he had three good at-bats and caught a one-hit shutout, Higashioka went 0-for-3 with a key double play and saw Chicago steal five bases. It was the most against the Yankees in a game since 2012.
Boone said the issue was mostly with pitchers being slow to the plate, and he pointed to Jose Abreu stealing second and third in the seventh with Adam Ottavino on the mound.
“It’s a case of we’ve got to be better, being aware of those things, not letting guys get walking leads, [when they’re] not initially running,’’ Boone said. “Abreu stealing second and third, you don’t think that’s a situation where he’s running. You have to pay more attention in those spots, period.”
Brett Gardner hit sixth against lefty Carlos Rodon, with DJ LeMahieu bumped to the top of the lineup. Boone said he would use a similar lineup when facing left-handed starters.
“We haven’t seen a lot of them and with our roster now, anytime we’re facing a lefty I’ll probably go with DJ at the top,’’ Boone said.
It didn’t work, as the two combined to go hitless in eight at-bats Sunday.
Troy Tulowitzki (calf) took grounders Sunday for the first time since being placed on the IL and said he “felt good.’’
He still needs to run outside before the Yankees can determine when he might be back.
The Yankees would have had an even worse game — and series — without Aaron Judge, this time because of his defense.
Judge threw out Yoan Moncada at second trying to stretch a single to right into a double in the fourth. An inning later, Judge made a leaping grab near the wall to rob Abreu of a potential grand slam.
“I love doing that,’’ Judge said. “I do what I do on defense to try be a complete player.”
“I’d like to think his defense doesn’t get overlooked, but he’s really special out there,’’ Boone said.
Gio Gonzalez was solid in his third outing for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, giving up two runs in five innings, striking out eight and walking two.
Published at Mon, 15 Apr 2019 00:34:22 +0000