Joe Girardi feels something of A-void in the clubhouse with Alex Rodriguez now a former Yankee. But there is one part he doesn’t miss: telling Rodriguez that he was not going to be in the lineup.
“The best part for me is that I don’t have to face him with bad news every day,’’ Girardi said Sunday. “That was hard for me because of my feelings for him. I still wish it would have been different and that he would have been extremely productive and we would have gotten to this point. That was not in the cards.’’
Rodriguez now reportedly is at home in Miami. He has not said if he would be receptive to joining another team this season or next. Rodriguez, 41, has 696 career home runs.
Mark Teixeira was not in the starting lineup for the second straight game as rookie Tyler Austin took his place. Girardi said taking another look at Austin, who homered Saturday and had a single Sunday, is “part of it. Tex is pretty beat up . . . We’ll see how it goes.’’
Teixeira will retire at season’s end.
Hard to Judge distance
There still was buzz about Aaron Judge’s 446-foot home run, which ricocheted off the tinted glass that serves as a batter’s eye and landed in the netting above Monument Park on Saturday. Asked if he had hit any longer home runs in his career, Judge — who homered again Sunday — said he didn’t know because none had been measured.
“They don’t have any way to measure it in college or the minors,’’ he said. “Maybe in batting practice. They all count the same to me, if they go 50 feet over or a foot over.”
Told he had reached Mickey Mantle territory, Judge seemed puzzled. The 24-year-old is not up on the career of the legendary Yankee. “No, not much,’’ he said.
Brett Gardner missed a second game with soreness in his right ankle after being hit by a pitch from Rays starter Chris Archer on Friday night. He has not taken the wrap off. Gardner said he hopes to play Monday night when the Blue Jays visit to start a three-game series. Girardi isn’t as certain . . . Chad Green will start against the Blue Jays on Monday night, Girardi said.