Rainout or not, Aaron Judge was not scheduled to be in the Yankees’ lineup again on Tuesday, but his brief benching appears to be over.
After sitting down his slumping slugger for two days – including a series-opening loss to Cleveland one night earlier – Joe Girardi indicated that the rookie outfielder “absolutely” will play in at least one of the games in Wednesday’s doubleheader against the Indians.
“Sometimes you just hope that it refreshes a guy, that they can sit back and relax and maybe take a little bit off their plate, and they can get going again,” Girardi said after Tuesday’s middle was postponed by rain and rescheduled as a single-admission twinbill beginning at 1 p.m.. “It’s worked a lot of times for a lot of guys.
“I can’t tell you exactly what’s going to happen, but physically I think he’s going to feel a lot fresher than he probably did. And you hope mentally that it does, too.”
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Judge, who was not available to the media for a second straight day, is batting just .179 with seven home runs, 16 RBI and 65 strikeouts in 41 games since the All-Star break. Judge also has been nursing a left-shoulder injury in recent weeks.
“For me, I talk to him and he feels fine and we’ve seen him hit balls 500 feet,” Girardi said. “Again, I think mechanically he is off, and we are doing everything we can to get him back on track.”
CC YA’ AGAINST THE SOX
Girardi announced that Jaime Garcia and Jordan Montgomery will start the two games for the Yanks, respectively, with CC Sabathia moving back one day to pitch the opening game of the Boston series on Thursday.
“I’m here just to pitch, so whenever they tell me that day is, that’s the day I’m gonna go,” said Sabathia, who is 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA in three starts this season against Boston. “It is what it is, and I’ll be ready to go on Thursday.”
In an odd scheduling quirk, the Yanks won’t face AL East rival Boston again during the regular season after the weekend set concludes on Sunday (Sept. 3).
“I think they’re all big, any time we play them, especially right now. It’s always a big deal, always big games. We just want to come out and have a good series,” Sabathia said. “It does seem weird that we’re not gonna play them all of September. I’ve never been a part of that. This is my first time in I guess nine years that we won’t play them in September.
“But every game now for us is so important, and that weekend won’t be any different. So we just have to go out and play well from here on out against whoever we play.”
THE FULL MONTY
The rain-induced rotation shift aligns the Yanks’ four best starters to face the first-place Red Sox, and Girardi revealed they had been considering recalling the rookie Montgomery (7-6, 4.00) anyway from Triple-A Scranton to start Wednesday against Cleveland, regardless of the weather.
“That was definitely a possibility,” Girardi said of Montgomery, who allowed one earned run in three innings in his lone start last week for the RailRiders. “He threw the ball well in his start, he was just shortened. I think there won’t be a whole lot of restrictions on him, but we’ll watch him because he’s not been to 100 pitches lately. But he threw the ball well again, and he was throwing the ball well here before.”
Trevor Bauer and Triple-A call-up Ryan Merritt will start the two games for Cleveland.
There’s still been no announcement from MLB on the appeals of the suspensions for catchers Gary Sanchez (four games) and Austin Romine (two) stemming from their involvement in the Yanks’ bench-clearing incidents with Detroit last Thursday…Only tickets dated Wednesday, Aug. 30 will be valid for the doubleheader.
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