Yankees’ Aaron Boone on mysterious blinking light in batter’s eye | ‘No idea’

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NEW YORK — A mysterious flashing light near the batter’s eye in center field had Yankees manager Aaron Boone shrugging his shoulders.

Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez called time out to point to the light flashing during DJ LeMahieu’s seventh-inning at-bat in the Yankees’ 9-1, series-sealing win at Yankee Stadium on Sunday night.

“I have not gotten the full explanation, though, so I have no idea,” Boone told reporters.

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LeMahieu’s at-bat ended with a fly out to right field, but memories of baseball’s not-so-distant past of cheating scandals came to the forefront on social media afterward.

Boston manager Alex Cora told reporters he wasn’t concerned about the light — whatever it was.

“It was a light, like a spotlight, coming from above the monuments [in center field],” Cora said. “They have the windows. There was a red light flashing in between pitches. Then it was white. But no big deal, to be honest with you. But (Vazquez) noticed it right away in the LeMahieu at-bat.”

Stadium security were seen in the area not long after Vazquez pointed it out.

“They said a red light was what they saw somewhere in the batter’s eye,” Boone said. “Gary (Sanchez) said something about it and that it happened to him when he was catching as well. I didn’t even know where it came from but they said there was a red light that flashed up there.”

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Yankees pass on Estevan Florial as replacement for Tim Locastro

NJ.com 19 July, 2021 - 08:10am

At this point, it seems like half of the Yankees’ Triple-A team has been summoned up to the big club to address their COVID outbreak and latest rash of injuries.

Ryan LaMarre was recalled from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday to replace fellow outfielder Tim Locastro, who went on the 10-day injured list after suffering a season-ending torn ACL in his right knee on Saturday night at Yankee Stadium.

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Playing left field, Locastro was hurt making a tremendous leaping catch in the first inning of the Yankees’ rain-shortened, 3-1 win over the Boston Red Sox. He finished the inning before being replaced by Tyler Wade in the second.

The Yankees now have 16 players on the IL, including six who are on the COVID IL. Since last Thursday, the Yankees have called up six players from Triple-A: first baseman Chris Gittens, outfielders Trey Amburgey, Greg Allen and LaMarre, infielder/outfielder Hoy Park and catcher Rob Brantly.

The Yankees opted to give LaMarre a second call-up this season instead of presenting another opportunity for top prospect Estevan Florial, a five-tool center fielder who was up for one day in May and went 1-for-3 in a start against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Dominican debuted in the majors last season by playing one game and also was 1-for-3 in a start, that one against the Mets.

Florial, 23, is hitting just .216 this season, but he has 12 homers and 31 RBI in 51 games. Eight of his homers have come since he was promoted to Triple-A on May 14.

LaMarre, 32, was hitting .310 with three homers and 20 RBI in 31 Triple-A games. He was hitless in seven at-bats over three games with the Yankees in May, a short big-league stint that ended when he went on the IL with a hamstring injury and then was optioned upon getting healthy.

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