Encouraged by Tanaka’s progress after fear of Saturday, the Yankees plan to host intrasquad night matches Monday and Tuesday in the Bronx as they prepare for the start of a condensed 60-game regular season on July 23 by the coronavirus pandemic.
The 7 p.m. games will both be broadcast on the YES Network, giving fans at least a few live looks at the defending AL East champions this summer. Left-handed JA Happ is expected to start on Monday against young right-hander Clarke Schmidt, and new ace Gerrit Cole – signed for a nine-year free agent contract for $ 324 million last winter – is expected to appear on Tuesday.
New York has also worked to plan exhibition games over the next 2 1/2 weeks with other clubs, possibly the Mets, but nothing has been formalized.
“We attach as much importance as possible to live representatives,” said manager Aaron Boone.
The second day of Sunday of the summer camp certainly went more smoothly than the first. The opener had a grim impression after Stanton’s ghost drilled Tanaka on the right side of his head during the third attack of the session.
Left-hander James Paxton said Sunday that Stanton’s shooting was measured at 112 mph.
Tanaka was released from hospital on Saturday night after a negative CT scan and is on concussion protocol. Boone is cautiously optimistic, Tanaka could be ready on opening day.
“I think all the signs are that he really dodged a bullet there,” said Boone.
Aroldis Chapman, the closest to the stars, and Gary Sánchez, wide receiver, took the field on Sunday after missing training on Saturday. They arrived in New York a day later than their teammates due to travel problems and had to wait for the results of the virus tests.
Chapman threw a bullpen and Sánchez took sticks live against Paxton, who looked keen in his first simulated game at this camp.
Paxton accelerates after back surgery in February that would have cost him much of the season without delay.
The great left-hander walked Sánchez to start, then crossed out Miguel Andújar, Tyler Wade and Sánchez successively. It was an encouraging sign for a club already without starter Luis Severino for the year due to Tommy John’s surgery and faced with questions about Tanaka’s availability.
“I had no back problems,” said Paxton. “Everything was really good. ”
Chapman and Sánchez weren’t the only stars back in the Bronx for this strange attempt at a 2020 season.
Two birds of prey have observed the batting practice from the upper decks – one of them may be the same red-tailed hawk that perched around Yankee Stadium last year.
Last season’s raptor has become a fan favorite, sitting on the offending poles during games. This predator crashed into the safety net along the first baseline shortly before a game while chasing a pigeon.
This year’s visitors don’t seem to miss the crowd. They spent the day hovering between the sections, stopping to enjoy the view from any seat they liked.
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