Yankees pass on Estevan Florial countering Tim Locastro blowing out knee

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NJ.com 18 July, 2021 - 01:16pm 14 views

Why is Red Sox Yankees game postponed?

A COVID-19 outbreak within the Yankees' player group has prompted the postponement of Thursday's game between the Yankees and Red Sox at Yankee Stadium, allowing Major League Baseball to conduct continued testing and contact tracing. The league will continue to provide scheduling updates as available. MLB.comRed Sox-Yankees Thursday game postponed

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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Yankees hope Giancarlo Stanton could play outfield next week

NJ.com 18 July, 2021 - 03:10pm

NEW YORK — The Yankees hope Giancarlo Stanton will do something that he hasn’t in two years sometime next weekend:

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said it was a possibility on Saturday, hours before his team was slated to face the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.

“We’ve tried to push to get him back out there potentially next weekend,” Boone told reporters.

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The Yankees will head to Boston, where they will play at Fenway Park, with its shallow left field and Green Monster limiting how much movement Stanton would have to face. Stanton hasn’t played the outfield since Sept. 28, 2019.

Injuries — and the worry that more could come — have been what’s kept Stanton anchored to DH. Boone said Stanton had been increasing the intensity of his outfield practice early in the season, but then he spent 14 days on the injured list with a left quad strain.

Stanton’s 130 OPS+ is the second-best on the team, behind Aaron Judge, who’s on the COVID-19 injured list. In 70 games, Stanton has hit .266 with 15 homers, 42 RBI and a .836 OPS. The the second-most on the team behind ace Gerrit Cole, who is making $36 million.

Boone said he thought there was a “case to be made” that increasing Stanton’s outfield reps could keep him healthier.

Boone added that it’s all the moving that has the Yankees concerned about Stanton before he makes it out to the outfield.

“It’s just a different endurance — running and standing, running in, sitting, hitting, running back out,” Boone siad. “It’s just different. It’s why in spring training we play guys, three or four innings, then five or six innings. Well, we don’t have that luxury of saying, ‘We’re going to go play him for three, four or five innings, especially when you factor in an (injured list) stint where we’re bringing them back from a lower body injury. We want to make sure he’s sound and has been able to physically, while also playing every day, and be able to get to a workload in his defensive work that would satisfy putting them out there.”

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