Not everyone is pleased by Gary Sanchez’s inclusion in the Home Run Derby next week in Miami.
“Gary shouldn’t be there,” the Rays’ Logan Morrison told the Tampa Bay Times on Tuesday. “Gary’s a great player, but he shouldn’t be in the Home Run Derby.”
Morrison has 24 homers this season, trailing only Aaron Judge in the American League, and he is up for the Final Vote, which fans vote on for the last player selected in each league.
Sanchez missed a month of the season with a biceps injury and has 13 home runs on the year.
“I remember when I had 14 home runs,” Morrison said. “That was a month and a half ago.”
Morrison insisted, though, that he’s “not disappointed.”
“It’s par for the course,” Morrison said. “I play for the Rays. I get it. They can’t even get my picture right. When they put my name up there they put Corey [Dickerson]’s picture up there … on MLB Network.”
While Greg Bird’s lengthy absence due to a bone bruise in his right ankle remains a mystery, so does Matt Holliday’s illness.
Joe Girardi said the DH was “a little bit better” on Tuesday, but admitted that Holliday wasn’t doing much physically.
The manager added that the team is still awaiting test results, so it’s impossible to predict when he might return to the lineup.
To make room for the return of CC Sabathia and Adam Warren from the disabled list, right-handers Domingo German and Bryan Mitchell were optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
The Yankees want Mitchell to work as a starter in the minors rather than keep him in the bullpen in The Bronx. And they’re hoping Warren’s return to the bullpen provides some help.
Warren retired the only batter he faced on Tuesday after landing on the DL with shoulder inflammation.
“I felt good,’’ Warren said. “It was the final test. I could have gone back out there.”
Starlin Castro (hamstring) took grounders before Tuesday’s game.
“Our hope is to get him to run fairly hard on Thursday,” Girardi said. “I don’t know if we’ll have him back before the [All-Star] break.”
If he’s not, it’s hard to see him playing in Tuesday’s All-Star Game.
“He is progressing,” Girardi said.
— Additional reporting by Howie Kussoy