ANAHEIM, Calif. — Joe Girardi said it certainly wouldn’t hurt to give Chase Headley’s sore left Achilles one more day to rest.
The fact that Headley’s replacement, Ronald Torreyes, got four hits the night before made the decision even easier.
What’s Girardi’s plan at third if Torreyes continues to produce four-hit games? He said with a smile, “He’ll play every day.”
Even Headley didn’t have a problem with Torreyes, who hit his first career home run Friday night in the Yankees’ 7-0 victory over the Angels, starting again.
“He had four hits. Honestly, why not give him another shot?” Headley said before Saturday night’s game.
Headley, who has been battling the Achilles issue for a little more than a week, repeated what he said Friday: that he is well enough to play.
“It just gets sore,” he said. “It doesn’t feel like it’s going to pop or anything. I’m fine. I’m sure I’ll be in there tomorrow or the next day. And there’s no reason to rush me back the way [Torreyes is] playing.”
Said Girardi: “I don’t think the extra day’s going to hurt him, especially at this time in the season. So I think the extra day probably makes it feel even better. It’s not something we worry that will become something big, but when you have nagging injuries to your feet, it can be bothersome.”
Luis Cessa made his first big-league start Saturday night, and Chad Green will make his sixth on Sunday.
Both were acquired from the Tigers last offseason in exchange for lefty reliever Justin Wilson, and general manager Brian Cashman intended to keep them stored in the minors as starting pitching depth. No one, needless to say, expected both to be in the rotation in late August.
“That’s the nature of the game,” Girardi said. “You get opportunities because of injuries and different things. I think going into a season, you anticipate all of your guys are going to have a good year and stay healthy and you’re not going to have to make a lot of changes, but in reality, that doesn’t happen.”
In the next five weeks, both will have a chance to make their cases to be in the 2017 rotation.
“I think it’s important to know what you have going into offseasons,” Girardi said. “It’s a small sample, but it gives you a better idea of what’s in your system and what your strengths are.”
When Gary Sanchez batted third for the first time this season Friday night, he became the third Yankee to start and bat third within the first 16 games of his career since 1981, joining Jay Buhner in 1988 and Oscar Azocar in 1990 . . . Entering Saturday, players under the age of 30 had accounted for 23 of the Yankees’ 27 home runs in the month of August.