For the better part of two weeks, there hasn’t been much optimism surrounding Matt Holliday.
That finally changed Wednesday.
“We’re kind of keeping it low-key, but we’re kind of excited about it,” Girardi said.
Holliday has been on the DL since June 28, retroactive to June 25, with a viral infection that the Yankees are closing in on diagnosing.
“We’re still waiting for some of the test results,” Joe Girardi said.
Regardless, Holliday took BP for a second straight day Wednesday and told the YES Network after the session he’s “relieved” to be feeling better, making steady improvement and hoping to make a return perhaps by Friday.
The 37-year-old DH, hitting .262 with 15 homers, 47 RBI and an .877 OPS in 68 games, first experienced a problem Jun 17 in Oakland when he was a last-minute scratch from that afternoon’s game against the A’s. Holliday played in the next six games, homering in two of them, but did not play again after going 0-for-4 June 24 against Texas.
RHP Adam Warren pitched well in his second outing after returning from the DL Tuesday, striking out two over 1 2⁄3 perfect innings Wednesday, lowering his ERA to 2.10.
“Today was the first time I really felt comfortable back out there,” said Warren, who faced just one batter in his return Tuesday. “I felt like my arm was back to where it was. I felt great out there out there today. This was my first time being on the DL and the hardest thing coming back was just being able to trust it without feeling anything. I think the last couple days was a huge hurdle for me to jump.”
Still no Bird progress
Girardi said 1B Greg Bird (right ankle bone bruise) will see another doctor Monday and he doesn’t expect an update until “sometime during the (All-Star) break.”
Wednesday marked the 16th blown save by the Yankees bullpen this season, matching their total from 2016.