Aaron Judge said he was fine Monday despite not making his first start during the Yankees’ 23 games in a 22-day streak they began May 8.
The rest came on the mound against the Orioles with young right-hander Kyle Bradish.
Judge and Giancarlo Stanton have performed well so far this season and are a big — if not the most important — factor in the Yankees’ offense being so good, especially over the past three weeks.
Judge was as good as anyone in the lineup. Due to this month’s rainouts against the Rangers, Judge had started all nine games for the past eight days, playing 10-33 with three homers, eight RBIs and six walks.
The judge, 30, is looking to stay healthy for a second straight season and the schedule is part of that – regardless of how well it goes on the plate.
Aaron Boone said Monday he was targeting either Sunday’s series finals game against the White Sox in Chicago or Monday.
“I think they could all use one [day off] during this stretch,” said Boone. “Especially the guys we rely on. Hope it serves him well.”
And unlike other times when Judge was left out of the lineup because of a minor injury, Boone said it was more “preventive.”
After being the Yankees’ hottest player in April, Anthony Rizzo has cooled down.
The first baseman came in Monday in a 6-for-46 slump with a double, triple, no homers and two RBIs along with six walks and 11 strikeouts and a .455 OPS in his last 54 plate appearances.
Boone said he thought Rizzo’s momentum was coming back after he was “a little off… for a week before that.”
The manager also noted that Rizzo ripped two balls into the outfield in Sunday’s win against the White Sox, with a flyball down Michael Kopech’s warning lane in the sixth and a second hardliner down center in the ninth, both of which went over 100 mph , according to Statcast.
“He just doesn’t have the balls,” Boone said.
This is the Yankees’ second trip to Camden Yards since the Orioles pulled back and raised the left field wall to reduce the number of home runs hit in the stadium.
“I feel like it took a little bit of the charm out of the place, which is special,” Boone said. “The low fence with the fans right there. It’s still beautiful. To me, [the change] make it a little less.”
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