Jordan Montgomery was again on the mound Wednesday, three days after taking a come-backer to the facet of his left knee and needing to empty the fluid from it. The left-hander threw his repeatedly scheduled bullpen hours earlier than the Yankees performed the Blue Jays on the Stadium.
“He should be good,” Aaron Boone mentioned. “I just talked to (pitching coach Matt Blake) actually, before I walked in. He said it went well.”
Montgomery, who’s scheduled to make his subsequent begin on Friday in Baltimore, ran within the outfield after which did pitchers fielding observe overlaying first base. He didn’t run exhausting, however moved superb.
The lefty was hit within the first inning of Sunday evening’s loss to the Red Sox. He hobbled off the mound, dropped to the bottom and was in apparent ache. Montgomery was in a position to get again on the mound and end his evening, however was very sore and swollen on Monday. The Yankees despatched him to get an MRI and CT scan and had fluid drained from the knee.
Montgomery went 3.1 innings Sunday evening, permitting three runs, all earned, on 4 hits. He walked one and struck out 4.
RIZZO AT THE TOP
Anthony Rizzo led off for the Yankees for the primary time this season Wednesday evening. It’s the 66th time in his profession he began a recreation batting first. The lineup change was as a result of Boone needed to provide Giancarlo Stanton an evening off.
“Just getting some space in there,” Boone mentioned earlier than the sport. “Obviously not having G in there tonight. I just spaced out my lefties in the lineup. I like him up there in this matchup.”
Stanton performed in all 5 earlier video games. Boone is attempting to watch out because the Yankees begin the season with 10 straight video games after a spring coaching that was shortened by the homeowners’ lockout.
“It was maybe going to be the other night but I wanted to push through and just kind of continued to check with him,” Boone mentioned. “So it was either going to be the first game or the third game in the series. Definitely wanted him in there last night against the lefty. So just kind of trying to plan out these first 10 games.”
Stanton has simply eight profession at-bats towards Toronto’s Wednesday evening starter Jose Berrios and only one hit.
Rizzo, who had by no means confronted Berrios, is the one infielder and not using a full break day but.
“He DH’ed, that’s kind of like a day off,” Boone mentioned with amusing. Rizzo is the third participant Boone’s had main off this season — Josh Donaldson did it 4 occasions and DJ LeMahieu as soon as.
Rizzo reached base in all 5 video games and is hitting .250/.455/.688.
HICKS CAN’T BELIEVE IT
Aaron Hicks nonetheless doesn’t consider it. The Yankees middle fielder went again to the wall, jumped up and had Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s fly ball in his glove after which couldn’t maintain on. Hicks nonetheless doesn’t consider the ball cleared the centerfield fence for a house run.
But that’s what the umpires replay crew dominated and it was the primary of three on the evening for the Blue Jays slugger, who led Toronto to a 6-4 win on the Stadium Wednesday evening.
“I felt like the ball came out of my glove and hit the top of the wall and then came right back in,” Hicks defined after the loss. “I caught it initially and then kind of slipped out, but even looking back on the video I still don’t feel like it went out. I still feel like it hit the top of the wall and came back in.”
Hicks did get it in his glove, nevertheless it slipped out on high of the wall. The subsequent two Guerrero hit weren’t even questionable. Even extra spectacular is these two and a double down the right-field line got here after he’d had his hand stepped on by Hicks at first base.
“Apparently I stepped on his hand. I didn’t realize that I did it until he ran in and then I looked at the video later,” Hicks mentioned. “He put his hand straight on the straight on the line where I was running.”
EMPATHY FOR A MANAGER
Boone felt for Dave Roberts.
Wednesday afternoon, the Dodgers’ supervisor went out to get future Hall of Famer Clayton Kershaw, who took an ideal recreation by seven innings.
Kershaw threw simply 80 pitches at that time.
The left-hander has a no-hitter beneath his belt, however hasn’t thrown an ideal recreation. Just 23 true good video games have been thrown in MLB historical past.
Kershaw was pulled for Dodgers’ reliever Alex Vesia, who gave up a success to newly minted Twin, Gary Sanchez, after which walked Max Kepler.
The Dodgers nonetheless went on to beat the Twins, 7-0.
Boone can empathize with how exhausting that was for Roberts.
“It’s impossible to know everything involved. You know? Every case is a little bit different,” Boone mentioned. “Every pitcher is just a little bit completely different. It’s a tricky name.
“Without all the particulars, which we can’t possibly know, it’s hard to make a judgment call either way. You know, I know Doc well and I know it’s not something that he’s gonna like.”
Kershaw took among the stress off Roberts by telling reporters after the sport it was “the right decision.”