Yankees' no-name outfield steps up despite Trey Amburgey injury

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The game between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Saturday was delayed briefly after a fan threw a baseball at Boston outfielder Alex Verdugo in the sixth inning, hitting him in the back, which led Red Sox manager Alex Cora to pull his team from the field. The AthleticRed Sox-Yankees delayed after fan throws baseball at Alex Verdugo

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By Dan Martin and Greg Joyce

July 19, 2021 | 12:42am | Updated July 19, 2021 | 12:43am

Yankees outfielders keep dropping like flies, but the backups to the backups chipped in for a win Sunday anyway.

A day after Tim Locastro tore his ACL, Trey Amburgey left a 9-1 win over the Red Sox with what the Yankees called a right hamstring cramp after trying to beat out a double play to end the fourth inning.

The Yankees got another scare in the next half-inning when Ryan LaMarre — who was called up earlier on Sunday as Locastro was placed on the injured list — went down after trying unsuccessfully to make a catch against the right-field wall. He banged into the wall and then landed awkwardly on his left leg, but after a visit from two trainers and Aaron Boone, he remained in the game.

The reconfigured outfield of LaMarre, Greg Allen and Brett Gardner (who replaced Amburgey) gave the Yankees’ offense some life, combining to go 4-for-7 with three RBIs, five runs and two stolen bases.

LaMarre went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and a steal, Allen went 1-for-2 with a sacrifice fly and a steal, and Gardner added a single to lead off a four-run seventh inning.

“After last time, coming up for four days and hurting my hamstring so early, I told Booney, ‘I’m not coming out of the game,’ ” said LaMarre, who played in three games in May before going on the IL and then getting outrighted off the roster. “You don’t get too many chances to wear pinstripes, so I want to take advantage of every inning I’m given out there.”

As for Amburgey, Boone said the Yankees’ medical staff was still assessing whether it was a hamstring cramp or a low-grade strain. He was unsure whether the Yankees would need to make a move for yet another outfielder.

LaMarre got the call Sunday to replace Locastro instead of one-time top prospect Estevan Florial, with Boone saying the more experienced LaMarre “gives us the best chance in the short term.”

The 23-year-old lefty-hitting Florial continues to struggle with getting on base and strikeouts, though he homered twice on Friday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

“He’s doing well,’’ Boone said. “The biggest thing for him is [staying] healthy and getting those regular reps. He’s had some ups and downs certainly down there, but the biggest thing is he’s been able to play regularly. Hopefully he’s in store for a big second half.”

“[Florial’s] development’s important. The guys that have gotten called up to this point have been in line and earned that spot.”

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Red Sox manager Alex Cora pulls team off field after Yankee fan throws ball at Alex Verdugo

Yahoo Sports 19 July, 2021 - 04:00am

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The Fox Sports captured the aftermath of the throw, with a clearly angry Verdugo exchanging words with the Yankees crowd amid a downpour in New York.

According to WFAN's Sweeny Murti, a fan was identified and escorted out of the stadium in the aftermath.

Verdugo has never been shy when playing in front of Yankee fans, often exchanging good-natured trash talk. That dynamic obviously changes when a fan hurls an object at him, and is one more example of bad fan behavior over the last few months in sports.

Play would eventually resume, with the Yankees taking a 3-1 lead via back-to-back home runs from Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres. The game, which began late due to rain, was stopped in the seventh inning due to another rain delay, however.

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'We need to stay together:' Five takeaways following the Red Sox's third straight series loss

The Athletic 19 July, 2021 - 04:00am

‘We need to stay together’: Five takeaways following the Red Sox’s third straight series loss

Yankees’ Darren O’Day ‘likely’ done for year; Progress for Luis Severino, Jonathan Loaisiga, but not Michael King

NJ.com 18 July, 2021 - 05:14pm

As the Yankees’ injured list continues to swell and swell — outfielder Tim Locastro became No. 16 on Sunday and the seventh in four days — here’s some encouraging news:

Before the Yankees-Red Sox’s series finale Sunday night at Yankee Stadium. rehabbing pitcher Luis Severino inched a little closer to returning from 2020 Tommy John surgery and his June groin setback by impressing during a 30-pitch live BP.

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“I thought (Severino) threw the ball really well,” manager Aaron Boone said. “He looks strong, healthy, which I think syncs up with everything from the first go-round before he hurt his leg. I think there’s a confidence to what he’s doing. He’s in really good physical shape, which shows. And I thought he was pretty crisp with all his pitches, so another good step for him.”

Next up for Severino is another live BP on Friday or Saturday, then maybe clearance to make a rehab start the following weekend. The Yankees are targeting a late August or early September return for Severino, a two-time All-Star who has pitched just 12 innings over the last three seasons and none in the last two.

Once Severino is pitching in rehab games, the Yankees may opt to activate him from the IL before he builds up to 90 or so pitches.

“We’ll see,” Boone said. “I’m not sure exactly what the end plan is about when exactly we’ll take him, but that’ll be something that we decide. If he’s at 50, 60, 70 pitches, there’s a chance he could be here at that point. I don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves in that regard. We’ll see where we’re at three, four and five weeks from now.”

Here’s one more positive development from Sunday:

Reliever Jonathan Loaisiga, who began the Yankees’ latest COVID outbreak last Saturday when he went on the COVID IL, is out of isolation in Houston and was scheduled to fly back to New York on Sunday or Monday. The righty will be the first of the Yankees’ six COVID IL players to return.

“He’ll go through the cardiac workup (on Monday) and hopefully we’ll see him on Tuesday beginning his throwing program and back with us,” Boone said.

As for the other Yankees who are on the COVID IL — Aaron Judge, Gio Urshela and company — “everyone else by and large is doing pretty well symptom wise,” Boone added.

Grim news on Sunday included Locastro going on the IL with an ACL tear that is season-ending. He injured his right knee in the first inning of Saturday night’s 3-1 win over Boston making a great leaping catch in left field near the foul-territory stands. Ryan LaMarre was recalled from Triple-A to replace Locastro.

Other bad injury news on Sunday was confirmation that reliever Darren O’Day, who severely strained his left hamstring during a pre-game workout in Seattle last week, probably is done for the season.

Also, reliever Michael King’s hope of returning from a right middle finger contusion in the next few days will be delayed. Last Sunday, the righty reported no discomfort after he played catch in Houston, but that’s changed.

“He is still in a no-throw situation for another five or seven days because there is still a little bit of discomfort when he goes to throw,” Boone said. “So it’ll be a little bit because obviously now he’ll have to go through getting built back up. He won’t be throwing for another five days at least.”

O’Day’s situation is far more dire. Going by what little the Yankees are saying, you have to wonder if the righty is headed for surgery and/or on the verge of retiring. The 14-year vet turns 39 in October and is the Yankees’ oldest player. He has a $1.4 million player option for 2022 that could turn into a $700,000 buyout if he declines.

“Just because we haven’t announced anything,” Boone said, “I want to make sure we’re on the same page with Darren as far as everything and knowing the timeline and schedule. I would say it’s likely that his season is over. We’ll have some more information on that when it’s ready to give out.”

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