ARLINGTON — The Yankees’ beleaguered batting order did little to mess with Texas — even after Rangers ace Jacob deGrom exited early with forearm tightness.
The Aaron Judge-less lineup mustered 5 hits in a 5-2 loss Friday at Globe Life Field, failing to make the most of 5.1 innings by the Rangers bullpen on an evening that started with dominance by deGrom.
Judge remained out Friday after leaving Thursday’s sequence opener in Arlington with proper hip discomfort. The reigning American League MVP underwent an MRI earlier than Friday’s recreation, and supervisor Aaron Boone mentioned because the group awaits official phrase, “It doesn’t seem too serious.”
The injury-riddled lineup couldn’t carry Yankees starter Clarke Schmidt, whose 2023 struggles continued. He gave up 5 runs on 10 hits over 5 innings Friday to drop to 0-3, but in addition recorded a season-high eight strikeouts.
“There’s a lot of good I took out of it, but there’s a lot of things that I’ll need to continue to work on,” Schmidt mentioned. “Obviously, I take full responsibility of it, and just continuing to learn from each outing and get better each time.”
The Yankees missed Judge on the plate and in proper subject, the place Franchy Cordero obtained rotated on a second-inning Robbie Grossman line drive that landed for a double, serving to to ignite a two-run rally. Jonah Heim later despatched an RBI double simply previous the prolonged glove of Cordero within the third inning, then scored on a two-run house run by Grossman.
Boone described each performs as “really difficult chances” on hard-hit balls, however Cordero, who was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after the sport, mentioned he felt he ought to have caught them.
“Baseball is like that sometimes. Things don’t work out the way you want it,” Cordero mentioned. “The thing is, you’ve got to keep on working so you make sure, plays like that, you make them in the future.”
The Yankees’ lone runs got here on a fifth-inning RBI single by Kyle Higoshioka and a sixth-inning sacrifice fly by Willie Calhoun, who spent components of his first six MLB seasons with Texas. Both runs got here towards Dane Dunning, who hurled 3.1 innings in reduction of deGrom.
Facing the Yankees for the primary time since leaving the crosstown Mets within the offseason, deGrom retired the primary 10 batters earlier than giving up a fourth-inning stroll to Anthony Rizzo. Calhoun added a single later within the body, and deGrom exited instantly afterward at simply 50 pitches.
It’s the second time in six begins this season that deGrom got here out of a recreation as a consequence of an damage. He additionally left his April 17 outing towards the Kansas City Royals with wrist soreness after 4 no-hit innings however didn’t miss his subsequent flip.
The 34-year-old deGrom pitched 9 seasons for the Mets, profitable back-to-back National League Cy Young Awards in 2018 and 2019 and ending high 10 within the voting 4 different years. Injuries restricted him to 26 begins over the past two seasons, nevertheless, and he signed a five-year, $185 million contract with the Rangers in December.
Judge suffered his damage in an ungainly, head-first slide into third base Wednesday towards the Minnesota Twins. He didn’t handle the media earlier than or after Friday’s recreation, however Boone mentioned the Yankees are ready for head group doctor Dr. Chris Ahmad to learn the outcomes of his testing.
“It seems like it could be day-to-day, but it also could be a short stint [on the injured list]. We’ll have to see when Dr. Ahmad weighs in,” Boone mentioned.
Judge is the newest lineup common to overlook time with an damage, becoming a member of Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson and Harrison Bader. He mentioned after Thursday’s recreation that he felt his hip seize at him throughout his second at-bat.
The 31-year-old Judge leads the Yankees with six house runs and 14 RBI.
“He’s arguably the best player in the sport, and it’s no secret what he means to our team,” Boone mentioned earlier than Friday’s recreation. “Hopefully we don’t lose him for long.”
Friday marked the sixth time in eight video games the Yankees scored three or fewer runs. They received Thursday, 4-2, behind one other robust outing by ace Gerrit Cole, who improved to 5-0 this season.
Jhony Brito is about to start out for New York on Saturday evening, whereas former Yankee Nathan Eovaldi is scheduled to pitch for the Rangers.