BALTIMORE – The Yankees not only lost a game to the Orioles Thursday afternoon.
They also lost one of their bullpen stalwarts, Chad Green.
For how long isn’t yet clear.
Green left Thursday’s 9-6 loss to the Orioles at Camden Yards with what the team called “right forearm discomfort,” not something that typically portends additional positive news when it comes to pitchers.
“I’m concerned about it to a certain extent,” said Green, who will be further evaluated Friday in New York where he will undergo an MRI. “Obviously, when you’re dealing with an arm injury, you’re not really sure what can happen or what’s really going on. We’ll get it checked out tomorrow and go from there.”
In terms of the game, it was a rare setback for the Yankees (28-10), who saw their four-game winning streak come to an end on Anthony Santander’s walk-off three-run homer in the ninth off lefty Lucas Luetge (he had not appeared in a game since May 12). The Yankees, who went 6-2 on this trip, had won nine of their last 10 games and 23 of their last 27.
But Jordan Montgomery, given what for him was quite rare run support, couldn’t take advantage of it. And his outing – in which he allowed three runs and seven hits over five innings – was followed by an atypical off afternoon by the bullpen.
“Felt really good. Really, want just one pitch back,” said Montgomery, that one pitch being the 0-and-1 fastball Robinson Chirinos hit out in the second for a two-run homer that tied it at 2-2. “Other than that, the stuff was pretty good.”
Aaron Hicks’ misery at the plate continued – the outfielder went 0-for-4 to drop to 4-for-48 in the month of May – and overall frustration boiled over in the eighth when Anthony Rizzo, after striking out, took issue from the dugout with a couple of called strike pitches from plate umpire Manny Gonzalez during his at-bat. Rizzo was ejected for just the third time in his career and for the first time since 2019.
“I thought it was a little bit of a quick hook,” Aaron Boone said.
The Yankees, who had a 5-3 lead going into the bottom of the sixth after a two-out, two-run single with the bases loaded by Isiah Kiner-Falefa, could not hold on in the bottom half, the inning in which Green got hurt and the Orioles (15-24) took the lead for good.
Miguel Castro started the inning and walked Santander. Former Yankees’ farmhand Jorge Mateo reached on a catcher’s interference call against Kyle Higashioka and Tyler Nevin dumped an RBI single to right-center to make it 5-4. In came Green, who entered the day 1-1 with a 3.14 ERA and with 15 strikeouts in 14 1/3 innings, to face Chirinos. Green struck out Chirinos swinging at a 94-mph fastball but pinch hitter Cedric Mullins’ sacrifice fly to the track in center tied it at 5-5. Hicks was slow to react after making the catch and an alert Nevin tagged on the play, which proved critical. Pinch hitter Rougned Odor, a Yankee last season, swung at a first-pitch, 94-mph fastball and lined it to right to make it 6-5.
With the count 1-and-2 on Austin Hays, Green threw over to first and it was then the reliever, who said the discomfort had been “building” since the start of the inning, signaled to the dugout for Boone and a trainer.
“The pickoff throw, I was like, ‘that didn’t feel great,’” Green said. “I had kind of a little self-talk with myself and decided it was probably best not to move forward.”
Green was replaced by Jonathan Loaisiga and Hays came back to work a walk to load the bases. Loaisiga struck out Trey Mancini on three pitches to keep it 6-5.
DJ LeMahieu’s two-out, RBI single off Jorge Lopez in the ninth tied it at 6-6 and Giancarlo Stanton, 2-for-2, including an RBI double and his 11th homer, with two walks in the game, would get up with the bases loaded against righty Felix Bautista. Stanton hit a bullet but right at centerfielder Cedric Mullins to keep it tied.
“Just needed to get it (toward) the gap a little bit,” Stanton shrugged. “Kind of hit it straight to him.”