DUNEDIN, Fla. — Clint Frazier appears to have dodged the bullet he didn’t dodge last year.
Frazier, who suffered a concussion last Feb. 24 that cost him most of the season, left Sunday’s game against the Blue Jays after being hit by Ken Giles’ fastball in the sixth inning.
The ball caught Frazier on the left forearm, then glanced off his right pinkie. “I’m good right now,” said Frazier, who is trying to make the club as a reserve. “I knew it was fine. I could tell when I got to first base. I can’t even tell I got hit.”
It was an overall rough afternoon for Frazier, who is 3-for-14. After reaching on an error in the fifth, he stole second and was hit in the back by catcher Luke Maile’s throw.
“Tough day,” Frazier said.
Stiff back sidelines Hicks
Aaron Hicks skipped batting practice and did not play Sunday as he received treatment for a stiff back, but Aaron Boone expects him to return Tuesday. The Yankees are off Monday.
“He should be good to go,” Boone said in Tampa. “I’m not anticipating any problem.”
Tanaka OK with clock
Masahiro Tanaka had his first experience with the 20-second pitch clock, but it didn’t seem to bother him during three scoreless innings in which he allowed one hit to the Tigers. He struck out two and walked none. He used his first start to work on his curveball more.
Tanaka wants to be ready just in case MLB implements the clock. “You don’t want to not be prepared,” he said through his interpreter. “Today it didn’t affect me in a negative way.”
Aroldis Chapman’s first Grapefruit League pitch was a 95-mph fastball that Detroit’s Ronny Rodriguez hit over the leftfield wall in the fifth inning. Chapman then retired three straight with one strikeout . . . Dellin Betances is expected to debut Tuesday . . . Domingo German struck out four and allowed two hits in 2 2⁄3 scoreless innings against Toronto . . . Miguel Andujar made a nice backhanded grab behind third base, and his long, one-hop throw retired Gordon Beckham. He also stayed with another grounder, throwing on the run despite bobbling the ball. “His feet stayed in rhythm,” Boone said. “It was a good day for Miggy in the field.”