Yankees’ Matt Carpenter comes up empty in first at-bat since injury

Yankees’ Matt Carpenter comes up empty in first at-bat since injury

Aaron Boone went to Matt Carpenter within the backside of the sixth inning Friday, pinch-hitting the lefty-hitter for Jose Trevino with two on and two out. 

It was Carpenter’s first at-bat since he fractured his left foot when he fouled a pitch off it on Aug. 8. 

Going through right-hander Trevor Stephan, Carpenter struck out, and the Yankees had been unable to get any hits with runners in scoring place in a 4-2, 10-inning loss to the Guardians in Recreation 2 of the ALDS in The Bronx. 

“That’s our shot proper there,” Boone mentioned of the choice to pinch hit with Carpenter. “Not our [only] shot, but it surely’s first and second, two outs. Let’s go. … You possibly can’t all the time wait round; you begin ready ceaselessly. Any time we had a extremely good leverage state of affairs and a matchup we preferred, I used to be going to go along with it.” 

Matt Carpenter reacts after putting out within the sixth inning. Charles Wenzelberg / New York Submit

Boone didn’t pull the set off on one other potential pinch-hitting state of affairs within the backside of the tenth. He stored Tim Locastro, who had are available to pinch run for Giancarlo Stanton within the eighth inning, within the sport to hit towards Emmanuel Clase to guide off the inning. 

Boone pointed to the very fact Clase is nice at getting lefties out and doesn’t stroll many batters, which made him keep away from the switch-hitting Aaron Hicks. 

“I used to be able to hit,” mentioned Hicks, who mentioned he was advised he would have gotten the at-bat if the Guardians had introduced in right-hander Enyel De Los Santos as an alternative of sticking with Clase. 

Hicks had a largely depressing common season wherein he received benched in the course of a sport for a pair of defensive miscues and by no means received going offensively. 

Since Harrison Bader has gotten wholesome and Oswaldo Cabrera has emerged as a stable choice within the outfield, Hicks has gotten little or no taking part in time. 

Bader has lived as much as his repute as a wonderful defensive heart fielder since recovering from plantar fasciitis, however he took a poor path to Josh Naylor’s double to the warning observe that drove in a run within the prime of the tenth. 

Outfielders on each groups struggled with the solar Friday afternoon, and Bader mentioned it affected him on that play. 

“It was hit fairly deep on the market and proper into the solar, however I believe I can catch each ball hit on the market,” Bader mentioned. “I didn’t take a great path to it. … I received beat there.” 

Josh Donaldson spoke for the primary time since he was caught off first base after he believed his fly ball to proper subject in Recreation 1 on Tuesday was a homer. 

“I believed the ball had skipped off the highest of the wall,” Donaldson mentioned. “Then I heard the music [in the stadium] and I used to be like, ‘I assume it’s a homer.’ ” 

Josh Donaldson is tagged out through the Yankees’ Recreation 1 win over the Guardians. Getty Photographs

Boone referred to as it a “bizarre play” and selected to not criticize Donaldson for the error. 

Andrew Benintendi (fractured hook of hamate bone in proper wrist) remains to be in play to be on the roster for the ALCS if the Yankees advance. He hit off the high-velocity machine on the Stadium on Thursday and is among the many gamers heading to Tampa on Saturday to work out on the staff’s complicated there. 

Boone mentioned Bentinendi will face dwell pitching over the weekend. 

On the pitching aspect, Ron Marinaccio (shin stress response) can even throw dwell batting observe in Tampa, with a watch on the ALCS. 

And Frankie Montas (shoulder) has thrown a pair of bullpen periods that “went effectively,” in line with Boone, and also will throw in Tampa. 

Whereas the right-hander, who has been a bust since his arrival from Oakland, might be an choice out of the pen in later rounds, Boone mentioned Montas is “actually not” going to have the ability to be used as a starter this postseason. 

Due to the rainout Thursday, Friday was the Yankees’ first postseason sport to begin at 1 p.m. since Recreation 3 of the 2009 ALCS towards the Angels in Anaheim. That was the newest of the Yankees’ 27 championship seasons.

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