If Aroldis Chapman is traded, the Yankees bullpen will need some retooling. Chad Green made his bid Sunday against the Giants. Normally a starting pitcher, Green got his first career save by throwing the final 2 1⁄3 innings in a 5-2 victory.
“I did it a little bit in college so it’s not super new to me,’’ Green said. “I’ll do whatever they need me to.’’
With Chapman, Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller taking a much needed day off, Green became a key ingredient in the bullpen. “Obviously when they’re not available I’m there to provide some things out of the bullpen.’’
Green’s performance was far from perfect. Buster Posey, the first batter Green faced after Chasen Shreve walked the only man he faced, singled through the hole at second base and allowed two inherited runs to score.
But he came through with a nice fielding play in the eighth after allowing a one-out single to Mac Williamson. Ramiro Pena grounded a ball to Starlin Castro at second and Green covered at first to make the out. He then turned and threw to third, where Chase Headley tagged out Williamson.
“That’s a play we work on a lot in spring training,’’ Green said, not joking. It rarely is ever seen in a regular season game.
The seventh inning will open up if Chapman is traded. Green could be more of a longer reliever but he and Shreve might be candidates for the rest of this season. Shreve hopes the walk did not set him back. “I would hope,’’ he said. “But you never know.’’
Shreve had the seventh inning assignment last season. “It’s just knowing when you’re going to throw,’’ he said. “Right now I don’t know when I’m going to throw.’’
The Yankees have won six of eight and are 8-4 the last 12 games. At two games over .500, they equaled their season high for the third time . . . .Mark Teixeira’s home run was his 200th as a Yankee. His has six homers in his last 20 games . . . Carlos Beltran’s homer, the 413th of his career, moved him ahead of former Yankee Alfonso Soriano into 52nd place on the all-time list.