The Yankees’ seek for outfield depth led them to commerce for Arizona’s Tim Locastro, who joined the staff in The Bronx on Friday evening.
Supervisor Aaron Boone expects the righty-hitting Locastro to get enjoying time towards left-handed pitching, permitting the Yankees to keep away from enjoying Brett Gardner on daily basis — and to keep away from enjoying Aaron Choose in heart.
“We love [Locastro’s] pace and athleticism and his means to actually defend within the outfield,’’ Boone mentioned earlier than Friday’s rainout towards the Mets. “He’s one other man with big-time pace and may go play protection within the outfield, particularly when now we have leads and making an attempt to shut down a sport.”
The Yankees have been criticized for his or her lack of pace and flexibility.
Clint Frazier went on the injured record with vertigo Friday, however even earlier than that, the Yankees wanted one other outfielder and hadn’t been capable of finding one at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
The 28-year-old Locastro, who grew up in upstate Auburn and performed at Ithaca School, mentioned earlier than Friday’s rainout he anticipated a number of relations to be at Yankee Stadium.
“It’s one thing you dream about as a child,’’ mentioned Locastro, who was a Yankees fan as a toddler and was in attendance for Recreation 3 of the 2012 ALDS towards Orioles, when Raul Ibanez pinch-hit for Alex Rodriguez and hit a game-tying homer in a sport the Yankees ultimately gained.
Locastro was first traded to the Yankees in November 2018, once they acquired him from the Dodgers, however he was despatched to Arizona two months later.
This season, he has struggled on the plate, particularly towards left-handers, however he has spent most of his time on protection in heart area, the place the Yankees have been in shambles because the season-ending harm to Aaron Hicks.
Choose was scheduled to be again within the lineup Friday after lacking Wednesday’s sport. He mentioned the lower-body points he has handled all through the season gained’t trigger him to skip the All-Star Recreation in Denver later this month.
Requested who he wished to see on the All-Star Recreation, Choose singled out the Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr.
“What he’s doing is fairly particular,’’ Choose mentioned. “The vitality and pleasure he brings to baseball, I’m excited to see him placed on a present.”
Boone mentioned the Yankees nonetheless don’t have a starter for Sunday’s finale of the Subway Sequence.
Zack Britton is scheduled to throw off a mound Saturday in his comeback from the left hamstring pressure that landed him on the IL for the second time this season, in line with Boone. Luis Severino is “near the purpose” of getting on the mound after his setback throughout Tommy John rehab, when he suffered a strained groin throughout a rehab begin.
Gleyber Torres’ nightmarish season features a 14-game stretch with out an extra-base hit going into Saturday. Torres was 6-for-50 with seven walks and 17 strikeouts throughout that span.
Earlier than the rainout, the Yankees honored 11-year-old Blake Wheatley, a Little League participant who has the identical bicuspid aortic valve situation as Boone. Wheatley performed catch with Boone on the sphere throughout batting apply.