With MLB still in the process of scheduling the appeal hearings for Gary Sanchez and Austin Romine, its possible the Yankees catchers wont get a date until after the critical series against the Red Sox that begins Thursday.
Sanchez received a four-game suspension and Romine got two for their involvement in the fight last Thursday against the Tigers. They each appealed the next day and are awaiting a hearing.
Of course, depending on when the hearings are heard the Yankees also could be without Romine and/or Sanchez for parts of the Red Sox series.
Its something you are worried about, but our focus is really today, manager Joe Girardi said before the Yankees lost to the Indians 6-2 on Monday at Yankee Stadium. Its possible, but we havent heard any word yet.
Asked if the Yankees suggested to Romine to drop his appeal and take the two games so he would be available for all four Red Sox games Girardi said the appeal process will probably happen.
Since teams cant replace suspended players and each Yankee is a catcher, its possible MLB will stagger the suspensions. When the rosters expand from 25 on Friday the Yankees could elevate Wilkin Castillo and/or Eddy Rodriguez from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre although neither is on the 40-man roster. Kyle Higashioka, who is on the 40-man, is on the seven-day disabled list with SWB
Higashioka was in the big leagues from April 9 to May 5 when Gary Sanchez was on the DL and went 0-for-18 in nine games.
Looking to escape a hitting funk, Todd Frazier and hitting coach Alan Cockrell hauled out a pitching machine Monday afternoon.
I have been off. I have to see the ball and hit it, said Frazier, who was in a 0-for-15 slide after going 0-for-4 and striking out three times in Sundays 10-1 win over the Mariners at Yankee Stadium. What I did was bring the machine out, put it closer and put it at 95 [mph]. I want it coming hard.If you are going to swing at 95 off balance and out in front like I have been, you are not going to hit the ball. So, I simplify everything. I get my foot down a little early, go from A to B with my hands and when I square it up you hear the noise. Its a loud crack. I took 60 to 70 swings and I felt pretty good afterward.
Frazier said he has been working with Cockrell on some things, but it was clear who the onus is on to shake the slump which grew to 0-for-16 when he fanned in the third inning Monday night and ended with an RBI single in the fifth.
At the end of the day its up to me to do something about it, said Frazier, who is hitting .209 with 21 homers and 60 RBIs in 118 combined games for the White Sox and Yankees. In 37 games with the Yankees, Frazier is batting .214 with five homers and 16 RBIs.
Matt Holliday has moved from Single-A Tampa to SWB to avoid inclement weather in the Florida State League.
Holliday has played eight games for Tampa since starting a minor league rehab assignment Aug. 8. He went on the DL with a strained left lumbar Aug. 6 and hasnt played in a big league game since Aug. 4.
Clint Frazier took 50 swings Monday: 25 off a hitting tee and 25 in a toss drill. He also made 50 throws: 25 from 60 feet and 25 from 90 feet. The next step for the outfielder, who is on the DL with a strained left oblique muscle, is working out on the field.
Yankees lefty Caleb Smiths family lives 45 minutes to an hour away from flood-ravaged Houston.
I talked to my mom and dad to make sure they are okay, Smith said. I am glad that my family and friends are safe.
The explanation that Girardi got for the play at second base Sunday in which led to him being ejected for the fifth time this season wasnt one he agreed with.
They thought it didnt impact the throw, Girardi said of Jean Seguras slide into second base in the third inning. The Yankees didnt turn a double play on Robinson Canos grounder. Not something I agree with. I will pay the fine and I lose.