Even though the Yankees haven’t lost a game since we last did this survey, it hasn’t necessarily been a great week for the Yankees. The team lost three of its best hitters to injury: Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, and DJ LeMahieu. Granted, we knew about Stanton’s injury last weekend but didn’t hear of the 3-4 week prognosis until mid-week. Then came Judge, who fortunately will return Saturday from the sound of it. LeMahieu’s status is a little more precarious, though at least it seems he’ll avoid surgery. And yet, in spite of the constant barrage of injuries, Aaron Boone’s squad kept chugging forward this week.
- Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Boone moved the goalposts with regard to Judge’s injury throughout the week. First, the skipper went with the “nothing to see here” approach regarding why Judge came out of a five run game in the sixth inning. The next day, Judge was out of the lineup because of “lower body tightness”, though he hoped the slugger would return to the lineup on Friday after a team off day. The kicker came once the Boston series began: Boone announced Judge was heading to the injured list. At least it sounds like Judge will spend the minimum amount of time on the injured list.
- Gleyber Toress’defense at shortstop has drawn some ire this season. Boone acknowledged that Torres is frustrated with his own performance, but the manager also said that the 23 year-old’s defense has been “strong”. (Kristie Ackert)
- Boone and JA Happ had a couple of one-on-one conversations last week about the team skipping Happ’s turn during the Atlanta series. Happ noted that one went well, and the other not as well. Not in the sense of an argument or anything like that, but rather, the lefty’s frustration with Boone choosing to skip him. (Bryan Hoch)
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