Describing Didi Gregorius as “really beat up,” Joe Girardi gave the shortstop Monday night off and also might rest him Tuesday night. “He needs a day,” said Girardi, who replaced him with rookie Ronald Torreyes.
Girardi said Gregorius, in a 3-for-34 slide going into Monday, has been impacted by the two pitches he took to his left arm twice in a week’s span — Aug. 27 and Sept. 3 — as well as assorted balls he has fouled off his person.
“Whether it’s being hit in the arm [by pitches], hit in the rib cage from foul balls . . . I think it’s affected him swinging the bat some,” Girardi said. “It’s not that I’m afraid to use him tonight, but I thought a day off, we’ll see how he feels tomorrow. Maybe even a couple of days off might help him.”
Gregorius has been the Yankees’ most consistent offensive performer this season, without a prolonged slump until recently. Still, he entered the week with a .273/.301/.443 slash line, 17 homers and 64 RBIs.
“Sometimes you just get to a point where you need to shut a guy down for a day or two,” Girardi said.
ROY votes for Sanchez?
With his first at-bat Monday, Gary Sanchez reached 130 at-bats this season, which officially lost him his rookie status for next season.
So can the 23-year-old, who brought a .341/.415/.713 slash line, 13 homers and 24 RBIs in 34 games into Monday, win the AL Rookie of the Year award?
Probably not, given the excellence of Detroit’s Michael Fulmer, for one, but Sanchez could show up on some ballots.
“It’s definitely nice to be mentioned,” he said through his translator. “At the same time, it’s not something that’s in my mind. The goal here right now is to help this team make the playoffs.”
Hicks getting close
Girardi said it’s possible that Aaron Hicks, on the disabled list since Sept. 1 with a right hamstring strain, will rejoin the Yankees at some point during their four-game series against the Rays in Florida next week. “I ran for the first time today,” Hicks said. “It went really well.”