Clarke Schmidt is back with the Yankees after a brief stint in the minor leagues

CHICAGO — Clarke Schmidt’s stay with the minors didn’t last long.

The right-hander was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre ahead of Friday night’s Yankees game against the White Sox.

Schmidt was nominated for Triple-A after another solid game in Kansas City on May 1, and he has allowed just one deserved run in 8 ¹/₃ innings over four appearances.

“It’s good to be back,” said Schmidt. “I don’t take opportunities like this for granted.”

The Yankees sent Luis Gil to triple-A after starting on points in Thursday’s win over the White Sox in guaranteed rate field.

Gil allowed four runs in four innings in his first start for the Yankees this season.

Manager Aaron Boone said they went with Gil instead of Schmidt to start Thursday because Gil was built up and could throw more pitches. That’s crucial because the Yankees are in the middle of 23 games in 22 days.

Clark Smith
Clark Smith

And they also consider Schmidt to be more valuable in the discharge. He will return to his role in the Yankees’ bullpen rather than get burned in a one-start situation because they won’t be needing another sixth starter any time soon.

After two errors in the Bronx on Wednesday, Isiah Kiner-Falefa had two tough games in the Yankees’ 10-4 win over the White Sox on Friday – both with Luis Robert at the plate. He rushed and couldn’t handle Robert’s grounder in the first inning, then took too long for another in the sixth – although only the first was ruled a fault.

Boone said the errors were partly due to what he called a “soft field.”

Isiah Kiner-Falefa fails in Yankees win over White Sox
Isiah Kiner-Falefa fails in Yankees win over White Sox

“You could see the hops he was getting, but you have to create that with your feet,” Boone said. “He has to be aggressive and make sure he takes that chance.”

The Yankees won’t face Lucas Giolito in their series finale against the White Sox on Sunday. The Chicago right-hander has been added to the COVID-19-related injury list, the White Sox announced on Friday.

The White Sox had a game against the Guardians in Chicago postponed Wednesday due to a COVID outbreak among Cleveland’s coaching staff – including manager Terry Francona.

Since the Yankees frequented the same clubhouse as the Guardians in this series, a company was called in to give the clubhouse a thorough cleaning. The Yankees also brought in some of their own clubhouse staff instead of using the White Sox staff.

There is no indication that the rest of the Yankees’ series in the guaranteed course field will be affected.

Wednesday’s postponement was the first COVID-related of the season.

The Yankees are confident that struggling Jonathan Loaisiga is healthy and not far from the form that made him one of the top relievers in the game a year ago — despite the rocky start to his season.

Pitching coach Matt Blake said the young right-hander will need to brace himself as opposing hitters become more accustomed to his arsenal, while Boone noted that the command issues that have plagued Loaisiga at times this year are uncharacteristic and unlikely to stay will.

“He’ll be fine,” the manager said. “His stuff is there and he’s going to settle in and be one of the best helpers in the game. We just have to get him there.”

Jonathan Loaisiga
Jonathan Loaisiga
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After his first full season in the majors, Boone was asked if Loaisiga might have a dead arm, and Boone said it wasn’t a problem.

“We have a lot of faith in him and we trust him,” Boone said. “He has to fight his way through it and he will.”

Jose Trevino caught Gerrit Cole again Friday night, but Boone said he has no plans to permanently pair any of his starting pitchers with Trevino or Kyle Higashioka.

“We have faith in our catchers and whoever we pair them with, they’re going to be a strength,” Boone said. Trevino was 1-for-5 with a run scored on Friday.

Ben Rortvedt, who was brought over from Minnesota as part of the deal that sent Gary Sanchez to the Twins, is now struggling with a knee injury after returning from a chest injury that sidelined him earlier in the season. Boone said Rortvedt felt the knee problem catching a few days ago and will undergo testing.

“We’re in pretty good shape with our catch right now, but we’re still excited about him,” Boone said. “We’re going to get him right and feel like he’s going to do it eventually [be] a factor for us.”

Aaron Hicks, stuck in a 0-for-19 slide, was bumped to ninth in the batting order on Friday behind struggling Kiner-Falefa and Trevino.

Boone said the move wasn’t made to take pressure off Hicks.

“It’s more like how it went today, and one thing Aaron is doing well at the moment is getting down to base,” Boone said. “Having that presence on base in the nine holes is something I appreciate… as he finds his way. His ability to get ahead [base] been there all season.” Clarke Schmidt is back with the Yankees after a brief stint in the minor leagues


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