WASHINGTON — This three-city trip so far for the Yankees has been a wash.
The Yankees and Nationals managed to play all of 5 ½ innings over the last two days, with rain suspending Tuesday night’s game and more rain and thunderstorms postponing Wednesday’s action.
The suspended game, which was tied at 3 after the Yankees had rallied from a 3-0 deficit after two innings, was set to resume at 5:05 p.m. Wednesday, with the regularly scheduled 7:05 game to follow.
Both will be made up, starting at 5:05 p.m., June 18 at Nationals Park, giving the Yankees two doubleheaders in two weeks’ time. The Yankees have a makeup doubleheader in Detroit June 4.
“It’s a challenge but one we’ve got to meet, period,” Aaron Boone said. “And luckily the guys in that room are really good dealing with stuff. It’s part of it and the expectation is we’ll handle it well.”
CC Sabathia, the scheduled starter for Wednesday night, opposed by Nationals ace Max Scherzer, will now start Friday against the Royals. He’ll be followed by Luis Severino on Saturday and Sonny Gray on Sunday.
Domingo German, initially supposed to start Saturday, will be a long relief option. Boone said if the rookie righthander isn’t needed, he’ll start Tuesday in Arlington against the Rangers.
The Yankees, after an off day Monday, entered this series as the hottest team in baseball, having won 19 of 22 games. Boone said he’s not concerned over his club getting all of 5 ½ innings in over a four-day stretch (the Yankees are off Thursday).
“We’ll be fine,” said Boone, whose team wasn’t slated to take off for Kanas City until about 10 Wednesday night. “We had guys out [Wednesday afternoon] throwing bullpens and guys were in there in the cage hitting. We played last night. It’s not perfect but in the end a couple days here hopefully we can take advantage of from a rest standpoint, allow us to reset our ’pen a little bit. We’ll just look at it as a good chance to rest some of our guys.”
Though things can always change, the forecast in the Midwest looks far better, at least for Friday, which calls for sun and a high of 87.
“You have to deal with it,” Giancarlo Stanton said of the relative inactivity in recent days. “It would be worse if we were just sitting around here all day and then they banged it. But we got good notice, got a little workout in. We’ll play when the weather’s ready.”
Outfielder Clint Frazier, initially brought up just for the two-game series against the Nationals to be a pinch-hitter option, will travel with the club to Kansas City. The Yankees had been carrying 13 pitchers all season until the start of interleague play, so they’ll enter the Royals series with 12. “That’ll be something we’ll just monitor day to day,” Boone said. “That’ll be a fluid situation and see how that plays out.”
Boone said with the Royals throwing lefthanders on Saturday and Sunday, Danny Duffy and Eric Skoglund, Frazier is likely to get a shot at one or both. “Obviously that’s a big weight off my shoulders, knowing that I won’t have to sneak on the team flight,” Frazier joked. “But, no, I’m happy. Just wanted an opportunity. I didn’t want to go back down without getting at least one at-bat to try to at least push for a spot.” . . . OF Giancarlo Stanton’s bloop single to right in Tuesday’s fifth inning gave the 28-year-old his 1,000th career hit. “It is really cool, but I forgot at the moment that I got it until they called for the ball,” said Stanton, who planned to give the ball to his father.