The Yankees’ Joey Gallo is sitting for the second straight game

TORONTO — Joey Gallo did not play a second straight game Monday after leaving Saturday’s win against Kansas City with tightness in his left groin.

After the Yankees defeated the Blue Jays 3-2, Aaron Boone said Gallo is only available in an emergency situation and they would assess how he’s feeling on Tuesday to determine if he can play.

Boone didn’t rule out playing Gallo against the Blue Jays in that series, although the astroturf at Rogers Center would likely play a role in his decision-making.

“A little, but I listen to him and the coaches and decide where he stands with the groin and make a decision,” Boone said. “The grass won’t put me off completely.”

And while it might be easier to seed a player at this point in the year, Boone said Gallo would have been out regardless of the situation.

“I think he would have sat the last few days no matter what part of the season,” Boone said. “You don’t want to mess with the groin.”

Joey Gallo
Joey Gallo
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The Yankees didn’t make a roster change for Gallo, which is still considered daily, but they did bring Miguel Andujar with them to the cab squad — which remains an option after its introduction due to teams dealing with COVID.

Andujar was selected to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after Sunday’s win against the Royals as teams had to cut rosters from 28 to 26 players.

But unlike right-hander Clarke Schmidt, who will field for SWB whenever he’s ready, the Yankees opted to bring Andujar – who had two singles in his first start of the season on Sunday – to Toronto as a one-man cab team.

Teams can still have a taxi squad of up to five players, as long as one of them is a catcher.

This is the first time the Yankees have had one this season.

Boone said the move came about because of “uncertainty surrounding Joey Gallo.”

With Gallo not in the lineup, Aaron Hicks started in left field, Aaron Judge in center, and Giancarlo Stanton on right.

Boone said he intends to start Judge in all three Toronto games, despite the unforgiving outfield turf.

That’s why he beat him in one game as a judge and in another as a DH in Kansas City this weekend.

With Aroldis Chapman unavailable after the last two games, Boone partnered with Chad Green to wrap up Monday’s win, and the right-hander excelled at making his first save of the season.

Chad Green plays during the Yankees' win over the Blue Jays on Monday.
Chad Green plays during the Yankees’ win over the Blue Jays on Monday.

“I felt like I finally had a little rhythm and it came out well,” said Green, who had an uneven start to the year.

“That’s about as good as he’s thrown this year,” Boone said. “In terms of command, his fastball was right where he wanted it.”

Boone said he was wary of Josh Donaldson given the 36-year-old’s history of leg injuries. Donaldson was the DH on Monday night and has been hitting well lately, going 5-for-17 with two doubles and two walks in his last five games. … Isiah Kiner-Falefa stepped in Monday after hitting base in 13 straight games and going 16 for 43 with 10 carries, three doubles and seven RBIs. The stretch comes after Kiner-Falefa snapped a 1-for-17 slide.

The Yankees face right-hander Alek Manoah on Tuesday. Not only is he developing into one of the best pitchers in the American League, but he’s also becoming a potential Yankee killer.

In three career starts against the Yankees, Manoah is 2-0 with a 1.53 ERA in 17 innings. Manoah last threw six shutout innings in the Bronx on April 11. The Yankees’ Joey Gallo is sitting for the second straight game


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