At this point, however, they need him to produce right now, and the 23-year-old delivered a hit in the stunning 4-3 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Saturday.
His starting double against Nathan Eovaldi at the top of the eighth set off a four-round rally.
“Whenever I’m with [Florial] personally, whether it’s a spring training or an encore, he always seems to be doing something, ”said manager Aaron Boone. “It shows why we are so excited about him. … It’s a tough environment to play in, and he did well.
The longtime prospect called his performance on the plate “average” and admitted he wasn’t sure he was here to stay.
“I was able to come here and help the team,” said Florial. “Right now, it’s not about me. There’s going to be a while for the Yankees to make a decision. … I trust the Yankees.
The Yankees are slowly recovering from their COVID-19 outbreak.
Gio Urshela could be in the lineup against the Red Sox on Sunday depending on his feelings and Aaron Judge and Kyle Higashioka are expected to arrive in Boston on Sunday and travel with the team to Tampa on Monday.
According to Boone, Judge and Higashioka will undergo further testing to make sure they’re ready to go, and then train at the team’s minor league compound in Tampa on Monday’s day off.
When asked if Judge could potentially return for Tuesday’s opener against the Rays, Boone headed more for later in the series.
“I know Monday is a big day for him and [Higashioka] Said Boone.
He added that the hard artificial turf at Tropicana Field wouldn’t play a role in Judge playing, although it has taken its toll on his legs in the past.
Chris Gittens left the game after tripping over a comebacker in a strike at bat in the start of the eighth. He was receiving x-rays on his ankle after the game and his status for Sunday was unknown. Luke Voit is already under IL with inflammation in his left knee. DJ LeMahieu went from third base to first, with Tyler Wade, who had earlier played for Giancarlo Stanton, playing third.
Stanton’s left-field experiment hadn’t happened, but Boone said he “was inclined” to play him there for the series final against the Red Sox on Sunday at Fenway Park.
It’s unclear why Sunday would be the best day for Stanton to step onto the pitch for the first time since 2019, as the Yankees barely have enough competent hitters to field a competitive lineup, even with Stanton in DH.
The initial thought was that Stanton on the left would free up the DH spot for someone else, but Judge and Urshela remain with COVID-19. When asked if Gary Sanchez could get a DH day on Sunday if his back was healthy enough, Boone replied that it was not in the plans.
Still, Boone said Stanton could “potentially” be in left field on Sunday.
“A lot has happened as a team with us over the past two weeks,” said Boone of what will go into the decision on Sunday. “He’s an option right now. … There is a good chance [Stanton] is over there [Sunday]. »
Luis Severino pitched live hitters again on Saturday, and everything went well, according to Boone and pitching coach Matt Blake.
Returning from a strained groin suffered during his second start of rehabilitation on his return from the Tommy John operation in February 2020, Severino faced Urshela and Tyler Wade in the 38 lengths session in two sets.
They’ll wait and see how the right-hander rebounds before determining his next move, which is likely to be either a live three-innings BP or a rehab start in Tampa.
Boone said Corey Kluber was feeling well after his first paddock paddling session since he was sidelined due to a shoulder injury in May.
“It’s encouraging,” Boone said. “He’s in line for another bullpen.
Kluber is not expected to join the rotation until September.
Asher Wojciechowski elected free agency rather than accepting an assignment at Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre. Wojciechowski was nominated for assignment by the Yankees on Thursday to make room for Sal Romano a day after the Yankees’ victory over the Phillies began.