BOSTON — Giancarlo Stanton by no means bought that begin in left area at Fenway Park.
After not taking part in the sphere for the reason that 2019 playoffs, the Yankees mentioned earlier than the collection that Stanton was more likely to see time in left in opposition to the Purple Sox this weekend. However these plans modified, Aaron Boone mentioned Sunday, when Chris Gittens landed on the injured checklist with a sprained proper ankle after tripping over his bat on Saturday.
Gittens, Boone mentioned, would have been the DH Sunday in opposition to left-hander Martin Perez, with Stanton in left.
The Yankees say they nonetheless intend to make use of Stanton in left once they go to Miami this week, since there’s no DH within the Nationwide League park.
“I feel he’s ready to do it and has been making ready himself for it,’’ Boone mentioned previous to Sunday’s 5-4 loss. “So I count on it to occur subsequent week in Miami now.”
Stanton’s struggles in opposition to Boston continued, as he struck out twice Sunday — together with within the seventh, when the Yankees loaded the bases with one out in opposition to Perez.
Josh Taylor — one other lefty — got here in to face Stanton, who whiffed once more.
He entered with a .426 OPS versus the Purple Sox this season, his worst in opposition to any crew he’s confronted greater than 3 times and is 7-for-42 with a double, two RBIs, seven walks and 21 strikeouts in 13 video games.
Placing Gittens on the IL opened up a roster spot for Gio Urshela, who returned from the COVID-19 IL and went 1-for-3 with a stroll and an RBI.
With Gittens out, DJ LeMahieu began at first base. Luke Voit stays out with left knee irritation and Boone was not sure whether or not he’d be again this week, with the Yankees heading to Tampa Bay and Miami.
“I do know Luke’s doing rather well,’’ Boone mentioned. “I do know [Saturday] he was working and felt nearly as good as he’s felt in a very long time. We’re inspired [by] the place he’s at. Hopefully it’s not an excessive amount of longer as he will get ramped up.”
Aaron Choose and Kyle Higashioka — each nonetheless on the COVID IL — arrived in Boston on Sunday and have been set to journey with the crew to Tampa on Sunday night time. The pair are scheduled to undergo a cardio examination and work out on Monday.
Gary Sanchez was additionally again within the lineup after leaving Friday’s loss and sitting on Saturday with again spasms.
Sanchez hit the second triple of his profession and scored within the eighth, but in addition dedicated a handed ball on a strikeout that allowed Xander Bogaerts to succeed in base.
Gleyber Torres has a season-high eight-game hitting streak and stole his fourth base in three video games, however was additionally picked off second base within the eighth.
After the Yankees went with Asher Wojciechowski as a substitute of Deivi Garcia for a spot begin final week, Garcia suffered by one other poor outing with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday, permitting three homers and 4 walks in simply 4 innings.
The Yankees will doubtless give Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon an additional day of relaxation earlier than their subsequent begins, with Jordan Montgomery going Tuesday at Tampa Bay, adopted presumably by Nestor Cortes Jr. on Wednesday and Cole on Thursday, in keeping with Boone.