NEW YORK – The Yankees had only four days off for the All-Star break last week and manager Aaron Boone is resting.
Catcher Gary Sanchez, midfielder Aaron Hicks and designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion were all out of the Yankees' lineup for Sunday's game at Yankee Stadium against the Toronto Blue Jays.
What do you think? It did not hurt to be unlucky to be stabbed in the left hand during the eighth inning of the 1-2 loss to the Blue Jays on Saturday.
As for Sanchez and Hicks, they rested on the third day of a track where the Yankees will be out pl 17 games in 17 days from June 12 to July 28, the first 10 at Yankee Stadium and then three in Minnesota and four in Boston.
"I'm just trying to be a small strategist, where we're just starting a 17 in a row," Boone said. "Hicks is a guy I get days off here and there (due to his early problems in the early season) I felt like a day play here (on Sunday) when I went to the (four games) Tampa series It made sense to stop him and go through this route regularly to stop different types on different days. "
Encarnacion does not start Sunday was just a precaution.
" He's a bit sore, but he He had X-rays (on Saturday) and they were negative, "Boone said." He's certainly a player (from the bench) for us (on Sunday), he said he feels pretty good when he comes on Sunday morning just decided to give him the day. "