Aaron Judge wasn’t in the Yankees’ starting lineup against Cincinnati Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium, just like last Thursday in Boston when he sat because of tightness in his calves.
So was sitting at the start again after Monday’s off day a red flag? That would be a no, according to Aaron Boone.
“Everything’s good,” the manager said. “It’s just something [where] I wanted to take advantage of the off day and one-plus.”
Boone doesn’t think the calves are an issue for Judge, who’s bound for the All-Star Game after Sunday’s first-half finale.
“I think he’s fine,” Boone said. “… He wants in there. But then I think he understands the long game, too.”
The plan is for him to play in these next five games before the break.
“Just being cautious with it,” Boone said. “Striking that balance between obviously the urgency of the day and the long game here and trying to be smart with that.”
Gleyber’s good days
Gleyber Torres wasn’t one of the six Yankees listed as All-Stars. But the second baseman had a slash line of .268/.324/.483 with 13 homers and 37 RBIs in 76 games heading into Tuesday. He had also made just five errors.
“I love where he’s at,” Boone said. “He’s a guy that hasn’t been talked about in the All-Star conversation. I’ve heard a lot about some other guys, but never about him. It’s like, man, he’s played so well, and played so well at second base. He’s been great on defense.”
Reliever Jonathan Loaisiga’s rehab assignment was moved from Class A Tampa to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. … Catcher Ben Rortvedt, out since the start of the season because of a right oblique strain, was sent to begin a rehab assignment with Class A Hudson Valley.