ARLINGTON — Gleyber Torres was a late scratch from the Yankees’ lineup on Monday as they began a four-game series over the next three days. Torres was in the original lineup playing second and hitting third. Aaron Boone said that he was just “not feeling great, under the weather.”
With the Yankees having clinched the No. 2 seed in the American League playoffs and already won the AL East, this is the time to take those days to get better. The Yankees’ manager is going to try and get some players days off. That started Monday night with Anthony Rizzo, Harrison Bader and Jose Trevino having the night off.
But, Aaron Judge was back in there for his 53rd consecutive start and still chasing history. Judge is tied with Roger Maris for the AL and Yankees single-season home run record of 61.
And he may stay in there until he hits No. 62, Boone indicated.
“A lot is contingent on that. So I don’t have a plan in place yet. He’s in there today. And then we’ll just, he and I’ll get together after the game and have those conversations and decide what the best course is moving forward,” Boone said.
Judge has four more games to try and set a new mark. He is hitting .233 with one homer, 18 walks and 14 strikeouts since hitting his 60th homer on September 20. The Yankees’ slugger has reached base safely in 30 straight games, dating back to Aug. 29 in Anaheim when he hit his 50th homer. He’s slashing .398/.562/.847 with 20 extra base hits, 21 RBI, 30 runs and 37 walks in that span.
The Yankees do have a five-day break that comes with the first-round bye in the playoffs, which Boone takes into consideration when playing Judge.
“Yeah, so I’m not worried about the physical part of it. Sure, I’d love for him to do it and then really be able to get him out of there, but for right now moving forward, these next few days, they’ll just be him and I kind of get together after the game.”
Boone said there is a chance that Judge could play both games of Tuesday’s doubleheader if he hasn’t reached 62 homers.
NO NEWS IS?
Ron Marinaccio had an MRI, CT scan and an examination on his right shin Monday morning and did not rejoin the team in Texas before the game.
“It’s just reading it and what it means,” Boone said. “He’s not here. So we’ll see what we have here. Hopefully, we’ll know something in the next couple hours.”
Marinaccio has stepped up, making 40 appearances and pitching to a 2.05 ERA in his rookie season.
LEMAHIEU FEELS READY
DJ LeMahieu has played just twice since missing 21 games with right big and second-toe inflammation, but the veteran infielder thinks he will be able to play effectively in the playoffs.
“It feels a little bit better than a couple of weeks ago. But I don’t think it’s gonna go away,” LeMahieu said. “So I just have to manage it.”
LeMahieu has these four games, which he’d like to play in, to get his timing back. He will also have the five-day break between the end of the regular series and the Division Series.
“It’s still too early. I mean, these few days here will be important to have him back in there today,” Boone said. “I’ll probably play in just half or two thirds of the game today. So we’ll just continue to see what it looks like and how it’s bouncing back.”
LeMahieu, who has four years left on his $90 million deal with the Yankees, has been a key cog in the Bombers offense the last few years. The contact hitter, who won the batting title in 2020, usually leads off. The Bombers missed his presence last season when he was shut down in September with a sports hernia.