While the Yankees await word on their appeals of the suspensions of Gary Sanchez and Austin Romine stemming from their involvement in the bench-clearing brawls in Detroit on Aug. 24, their opponents settled their cases and began serving their sentences Saturday.
Miguel Cabrera had his suspension reduced from seven games to six and Alex Wilson from four to three, and manager Brad Ausmus got one game.
The lack of resolution has allowed the Yankees to use both of their catchers against the Red Sox.
Asked if he felt the Yankees caught a break with the delay, Girardi admitted “it would have been somewhat difficult” to lose either catcher before the rosters expanded Sept. 1.
“We’re gonna be able to get through it, but it’s difficult losing your one and two catchers,’’ the manager said before the Yankees’ 5-1 win on Saturday.