The Yankees haven’t made a decision on Brandon Drury’s immediate future.
Drury has been on the DL since April 7 and the last day of his 20-day minor league rehab assignment is Monday. The Yankees have several ways they can go with the third baseman who hasn’t played in a major league game since April 6 due to migraine headaches and blurry vision.
Drury, who has played a combined 17 minor league games between Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Double-A Trenton, can be activated from the DL. Usually a player who goes the full rehab period doesn’t require a second rehab stint. There are cases in which a player is shut down during a rehab assignment (a tweak of the injury or a new problem). In that case he has to be down for five days before he can restart the clock.
If a player goes the full rehab period it is possible the team doctor and an MLB doctor would need to discuss extending the rehab assignment.
Since Drury has options he could be taken off the DL and sent to the minors. Another move that could be made is sending Miguel Andujar to the minors and activating Drury, who is hitting a combined .315 (17-for-54) with two homers and seven RBIs during his rehab.
“We have had conversations and obviously will have more conversations with a National League team [the Nationals in D.C. starting Tuesday] coming up here,’’ Aaron Boone said Sunday morning. “I am sure we will meet again after the game and make some decisions but we have not yet.’’
The DH won’t be used in the two-game series against the Nationals so the Yankees could shuffle their roster and drop a pitcher.
Add one more name to Jason Giambi’s collection of nicknames: “Old-Timer.’’
The 47-year-old former Yankee first baseman and DH is scheduled to attend Old-Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium on June 17. Giambi, a Yankee from 2002 to 2008, has never attended Old-Timers’ Day since retiring following the 2013 season when he played for the Indians.
For the second straight game the Yankees had a reliever deal with a nail problem. On Saturday it was Aroldis Chapman requiring attention on the mound. Sunday, Dellin Betances cut his right ring finger with his thumbnail in the eighth inning.
“It happened after the second out and there was a lot of blood coming out,’’ said Betances, who walked Khris Davis after trainer Steve Donohue worked on the finger. “The ball was moving because of the blood.’’
Since being promoted from SWB on April 22 Gleyber Torres had started every game (20) until Boone rested the second baseman Sunday.
“Sometimes we always think in terms of giving our veteran players [a day off]. Obviously, it’s been a tough stretch and he has played so well I just felt it was a good day to give him a day with the off day behind it,’’ said Boone, who started Ronald Torreyes at second for the seventh time this season. “I thought it was a good time to give him a blow. He has been going pretty hard.’’
Torreyes went 1-for-4 with a double.
Torres, who is hitting .319, also had his first three-strikeout game on Saturday when he went 0-for-5 and had a nine-game hitting streak halted.
The Yankees made a $10,000 donation to the ALS Therapy Development Institute in memory of Gretchen Piscotty, the mother of A’s outfielder Stephen Piscotty, who passed away May 6 after a battle with ALS.
Proceeds from the sale of pink uniforms and equipment used on Mother’s Day will go to the Susan G. Komen organization and Stand Up To Cancer. Rosa Lapaix and long-time Staten Island Yankees GM Jane Rogers were honored in a pregame ceremony.
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