Yankees Off-Day Notebook: DC rain brings a chance to reset for KC
The continuous inclement weather in Washington, D.C., left the media without too much of a chance to talk to manager Aaron Boone, but the skipper was able to share some news and notes about the team following the announcement that Wednesday's games were postponed.
Rain wiped out both the conclusion of Tuesday's suspended game as well as Wednesday's scheduled game, and both will be made up on Monday, June 18, under the same format as was planned Wednesday. The suspended game, which was halted with a 3-3 score in the middle of the sixth inning, will pick up where it left off at 5:05 p.m., and the regularly scheduled game will start shortly following the conclusion of the first game.
The re-schedule means that the Yankees will actually have to make a mini-road trip to DC, as that makeup date comes in the midst of a nine-game homestand for the Yankees. June 18 was a mid-homestand off-day after two games against the Nationals (June 12-13) and four against the Rays (June 14-17, the last of which is Old-Timers' Day), so now they will play those six games, head to DC for 1 1/2 against the Nats and then return home for three against Seattle (June 19-21).
It will be the second day off-turned-doubleheader in June for the Yankees, who will also play two in Detroit on June 4 to make up the two games that were rained out in April.
Had both games been played Wednesday, the Yankees and Nationals would have each gotten a 26th man for the "second" game, and that would have been right-hander Giovanny Gallegos for the Yankees.
Alas, he heads back to Scranton to rejoin the Triple-A team, and it's unclear as of now whether, given the circumstances, MLB will invoke the 26th man when play resumes on June 18th.
FRAZIER STICKING AROUND
The Yankees brought up outfielder Clint Frazier to be an extra right-handed bat for the series in Washington, although he didn't get any at-bats in the six innings the Yankees played.
He might get his chance in Kansas City, though, as manager Aaron Boone revealed that Frazier will not only remain with the team for this weekend's series with the Royals, he will "almost certainly" get a start on Saturday against scheduled left-handed starter Danny Duffy, and could be in the mix Sunday against southpaw Eric Skoglund.
"That'll be something that we just monitor day-to-day," Boone said. "That'll be a fluid situation, but we won't have him in here just regularly sitting."
"Obviously that's a big weight off my shoulders, to know that I don't have to sneak on that team flight right now," Frazier added. "I'm happy. I just want an opportunity, and I didn't want to go back down without getting at least one at-bat to push for a spot."
Frazier hit .362 with three home runs in 12 games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before being called up Tuesday, and he fully believes any lingering effects of the concussion that sidelined him for two months are long behind him.
"I'm most excited to get back on the field with the guys, and I feel better than I did when I debuted last year," Frazier said. "It was a lot for me to get back to this moment. I'm just excited that I get to stay around for however long they keep me here and, like I said, make this really good team even better."
The inactivity of this week has given the Yankees the opportunity to re-shuffle their rotation a little bit for the next two series, and indeed they have. The original rotation for Kansas City was Sonny Gray on Friday, Domingo German on Saturday, and Luis Severino on Sunday, but per Boone, CC Sabathia, who was Wednesday's scheduled starter, will go in Friday's opener, and he will be followed by Severino on Saturday and Gray on Sunday.
Masahiro Tanaka, who pitched Tuesday's abbreviated game, will then go on regular rest in next Monday's series opener in Texas, with German on Tuesday and Sabathia on Wednesday.
German will also be available out of the bullpen for the Royals series, Boone added, both to give the Yankees an eighth reliever (which they jettisoned to call up Frazier on Tuesday) and to potentially avoid him going nine days between outings.
Finally, as mentioned in the open, the Yankees will have gone nearly 96 hours without playing baseball when first pitch is thrown in Kansas City on Friday night, but Boone isn't worried about the down time affecting his team.
"We'll be fine," Boone said. "We obviously played (Tuesday night), and we have guys out right now throwing bullpens and down in the cage hitting. In the end, hopefully we can take advantage of this from a rest standpoint; it allows us to reset our bullpen a little bit, and we'll just look at it as a good chance to rest some of our guys."