Aaron Boone called the Yankees’ 14-inning loss to the Orioles on Friday night/Saturday morning at Yankee Stadium “as unique a night that you’re going to have in the game with guys dropping and guys going down.”
The manager and the team dealt with the aftershocks Saturday after four players had to leave the previous game with assorted injuries and ailments, the latest in a long list of early-season health problems.
The Yankees put CC Sabathia on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hip after he lasted only four innings Friday. Third baseman Brandon Drury also went on the 10-day DL because of severe migraines and blurry vision. Catcher Gary Sanchez didn’t play in Saturday’s 8-3 win over Baltimore after suffering from cramping in his right calf that forced him out of the previous game, and infielder/outfielder Tyler Wade sat out with flu-like symptoms.
The bullpen got chewed up in the extra-inning marathon, so righthanders Luis Cessa and Domingo German were called up from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and righty reliever Jonathan Holder — who had thrown 42 pitches in two innings and allowed the go-ahead grand slam by Pedro Alvarez in the 14th inning — was sent down. Infielder/outfielder Jace Peterson also was summoned and immediately inserted as the leftfielder.
Cessa and German are the two fill-in candidates for Sabathia. Boone called the DL stint “just a cautious move obviously being with some need now with some arms.”
“I don’t think he wanted to go on the DL, certainly,” Boone said of Sabathia. “But I also think there’s a level of understanding there, just understanding the roster crunch we’re in. And the thing with the new 10-day DL, it’s different [from] in the past from the 15. So assuming everything is OK, hopefully it’s a situation where he just misses one start and this isn’t the end of the world.”
Boone said the Yankees are “very concerned” about Drury, who had to leave for a pinch hitter in the sixth Friday. Tests are coming Monday. Miguel Andujar now is the main option at third, according to general manager Brian Cashman. Wade and Ronald Torreyes can play there, too.
Wade was feeling a little better Saturday. “Hopefully it’s something that’s not too long with him,” Boone said.
Wade conducted an interview at a distance from reporters. He had a cold during the opening series in Toronto, and he thinks that playing in continued chilly conditions kept him from shaking it. He began getting the shakes Friday night and was dry heaving between innings. He came out after eight and received an IV.
“I felt like I was hurting the team more than helping,” he said. “I had to say something.”
Sanchez departed during a Baltimore at-bat in the 14th. Boone said he’s “doing pretty well.”
“He’s walking normally,” Boone said. “ . . . Maybe just cramping and stuff. Hoping we avoided something. When I first looked down there and he’s down, obviously there’s a lot of concern. At this point, it appears to be minor.”
Ben Heller’s injury turned out to be major. The reliever underwent Tommy John surgery and had a bone spur removed from his right elbow Friday.
Aaron Hicks, though, appears to be OK again. Barring any setback, the outfielder is close to returning from his right intercostal muscle strain.
“He’s felt good every day,” Boone said. “He’s progressed . . . So we do feel good about him being back early or in the middle of next week. Hopefully that’s the case, because he’s someone we really miss right now.”
The Yankees’ crowded disabled list:
Greg Bird (right ankle surgery, 10-day DL)
Brandon Drury (severe migraines/blurred vision, 10-day DL)
Jacoby Ellsbury (right oblique strain, 10-day DL)
Clint Frazier (concussion, 7-day DL)
Ben Heller (right elbow bone spur, 60-day DL)
Aaron Hicks (right intercostal muscle strain, 10-day DL)
Billy McKinney (left shoulder sprain, 10-day DL)
CC Sabathia (right hip strain, 10-day DL)