The Yankees outfielders keep falling like flies, but the backup’s backs won on Sunday anyway.
A day after Tim Locastro tore his ACL, Trey Ambourgé recorded a 9–1 win over the Red Sox in what the Yankees called a right hamstring cramp after beating a double play to end the fourth inning.
The Yankees suffered another scare in the next half-inning when Ryan Lamare – who had been called up earlier on Sunday because Locastro was placed on the injured list – went down after an unsuccessful attempt to make a catch against the right-field wall. . He hit the wall and then landed awkwardly on his left foot, but after meeting two trainers and Aaron Boone, he remained in the game.
The reconfigured outfields of LaMarre, Greg Allen and Brett Gardner (who replaced Amburghi) gave some life to the Yankees’ offense, going 4-for-7 with three RBIs, five runs and two stolen bases. combined for.
Lamare went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and a steal, Allen went 1-for-2 with a sacrificial fly and a steal, and Gardner added a four-run seventh inning lead. .
“Last time, after coming in for four days and hurting my hamstrings so quickly, I told Boonie, ‘I’m not coming off the game,'” said Lamare, who before moving on to IL Played three games in May. Then being straight off the roster. “You don’t get a lot of opportunities to wear the pinstripe, so I want to take advantage of every innings I’ve been given out there.”
As for Amburghe, Boone said Yankees’ medical staff are still assessing whether it’s a hamstring cramp or a low-grade strain. He was unsure whether the Yankees would need to step in for another outfielder.
For now, the Yankees have used 13 outfielders this season, with the newest being Amburghi, Allen and Hoy Park. Locastro, a July 1 business takeover, recently added another, but was injured on Saturday while leaping into the wrong territory. Locastro is joined by Aaron Judge (Covid), Aaron Hicks (season-ending wrist surgery), Clint Frazier (vision) and Miguel Andujar (wrist) at IL.
Lamare received a call on Sunday to replace Locastro instead of one-time top prospect Estevan Floriel, with Boone saying the more experienced Lamare “gives us the best chance in the short term.”
The 23-year-old continues to struggle with lefty-hitting Floreal bases and strikeouts, although he made it home twice for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday.
“He’s doing well,” Boone said. “The biggest thing for him is [staying] Healthy and getting those regular reps. He has certainly seen some ups and downs, but the biggest thing is that he has been able to play regularly. Hopefully he is ready for a big second half.”
“[Florial’s] Development is important. Those who have been called up to this point are in line and have earned that position. “