VENICE, Fla. — Yankees supervisor Aaron Boone stays uncertain when Aaron Judge will be cleared to take batting apply on the sector.
“I don’t know, we will see. He hit within the cage [Thursday], the primary time dwell so, I acquired to see what the following step is,’’ Boone mentioned Friday.
From the opening of spring coaching, the Yankees mentioned they might take it sluggish with Judge’s proper shoulder. Thursday was the primary time he was allowed to swing a bat towards coach pitching after dwelling on tee-and-toss.
Asked if Judge’s elevated work load wouldn’t be an issue, Boone mentioned, “That’s the hope.’’
Boone has mentioned from the start of spring coaching the Yankees had been taking it slowly with Judge as a result of it’s simply February.
Sunday, nevertheless, the calendar flips to March and the clock stays ticking as to when Judge will not solely take batting apply on the sector however play in an exhibition recreation.
Boone additionally mentioned it will be a detailed name for Giancarlo Stanton (strained proper calf) to be energetic on March 26 when the Yankees open the season in Baltimore.
Gio Urshela left his No. 29 jersey in Tampa or it wasn’t packed for Friday’s journey to CoolToday Park. So the third baseman wore the No. 68 of Daniel Alvarez, a minor league pitcher not on the 40-man roster and never an invitee to large league camp. Alvarez was listed on the journey roster for Friday’s recreation, however didn’t play.
Estevan Florial has been held again the previous two years due to accidents and failure to make contact on the plate towards minor league pitching. Friday towards Atlanta, the 22-year-old left-handed hitting heart fielder homered off reliever Shane Greene, a former Yankee.
Gleyber Torres, who made a fielding error Wednesday, did the identical Friday when he booted Nick Markakis’ floor ball towards the center of the infield. He knocked the ball down, then threw wildly to first. Torres is being counted on to be the Yankees’ common shortstop.
The Yankees felt comfy not re-signing catcher Austin Romine to again up Gary Sanchez as a result of they imagine Kyle Higashioka is prepared for that job. Higashioka will get excessive marks for protection and that talent was on show when he threw out Drew Waters trying to swipe second within the third inning.
Yankees ace Gerrit Cole will begin towards the Tigers in Tampa and Jordan Montgomery, a heavy favourite to land a rotation spot, will face the Red Sox in Fort Myers, Fla.