There is no good time for Gary Sanchez and Austin Romine to miss games, but some options are worse than others.
Sanchez was suspended for four games and Romine for two on Friday for their actions in Thursday’s game against the Tigers, which included three bench-clearing incidents.
Both are appealing the suspensions, and although that process results in a reduction of some kind most of the time, the safe assumption is that they still will get time off. That very well could come during the four-game Red Sox series, which will begin Thursday at the Stadium. The appeals have not yet been heard.
“It’s something that you are worried about,” Joe Girardi said Monday before his team opened a three-game set against the AL Central-leading Indians. “But again, my focus is really today. It’s possible [it happens during the Boston series], but we don’t have any word on it yet.”
Either player, or both, could have chosen to serve his suspension immediately, but as part of the collective-bargaining agreement, they have the right to appeal.
With Kyle Higashioka on the minor-league disabled list, Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre catcher Eddy Rodriguez is the most likely candidate to come up in the event of a suspension for Sanchez and/or Romine. Unlike Higashioka, Rodriguez, 31, is not on the 40-man roster, so a spot would have to be made for him.
Holliday on move?
DH Matt Holliday (lumbar strain) has been on a rehab assignment with high Class A Tampa since Aug. 18, but that could change this week. “He might go to Scranton for a few days,” Girardi said. “The weather hasn’t been cooperating in Tampa.”
With David Lennon