Last week was not good, to say the least. The Yankees fell out of first place after a sweep at the hands of the Rays at Yankee Stadium. A number of players were put on the injured list. A chance to rebound over the weekend was lost as the subway series was postponed due to COVID-19 positives in the Mets’ organization. A redo would be awfully nice.
Of course, there are no do-overs available for Aaron Boone’s club. This team is once again saddled with a litany of injuries like last year. The manager is confident his squad can overcome adversity once again, though that’s not a surprise from him. One, I wouldn’t expect Boone or any other manager to openly doubt his players and staff. Further, we know Boone tends to wear rose colored glasses. Let’s take a look back at what was a tough week for the Yankees’ skipper:
- The manager left Zack Britton in too long in the middle game of the three game series against Tampa Bay at Yankee Stadium this week. Not seeing Chad Green whatsoever in the Rays series seems like a pretty big whiff, too.
- Over the weekend, Boone was asked why he thinks the Yankees are suffering so many injuries again. His response:
- “I think the uniqueness of this season is a contributor, without question. And while we did the overhaul (of the strength and conditioning program), the overhaul came in January. We haven’t had an offseason yet since we’ve overhauled it. This has all been on the fly and getting up to speed through spring training and into the season in what’s been a very unique year. Confident in our team and in our strength and conditioning team that we are going to do a good job and hopefully prevent certain things from happening. But hopefully when we look up in a couple or in a few years, we’ll really start to see the dividends being paid.” (Brendan Kuty)
- Gerrit Cole outwardly displayed his aggravation when the skipper pulled the ace mid-inning against the Rays, but Boone didn’t mind one bit. The manager loves it, actually. (Kristie Ackert)
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