Yankees outfielders continue to fall like flies, but the backups to the backups are still in for a win Sunday.
A day after Tim Locastro tore his ACL, Trey Amburgey left a 9-1 win over the Red Sox with what the Yankees called a right-handed hoarding spasm after trying to knock out a double play to finish the fourth inning.
The Yankees got another scare in the next half of the inning when Ryan LaMarre – who was called up earlier on Sunday when Locastro was placed on the injured list – went down after trying unsuccessfully to grab the right field wall. He knocked into the wall and then landed awkwardly on his left leg, but after a visit from two coaches and Aaron Boone, he remained in the game.
The reconfigured outfield of LaMarre, Greg Allen and Brett Gardner (who replaced the Amburgey) gave the Yankees’ offense some life and combined going 4-for-7 with three RBIs, five runs and two stolen bases.
LaMarre went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and a steal, Allen went 1-for-2 with a victim fly and a steal, and Gardner added a single to lead a four-run seventh inning.
“After the last time coming up in four days and hurting the hoarding so early, I said to Booney, ‘I’m not getting out of the game,'” said LaMarre, who played three games in May before joining IL and then get off the list. “You do not get too many chances to wear pinstripes, so I will take advantage of every inning I get out there.”
As for the Amburgey, Boone said the Yankees’ medical staff was still assessing whether it was a hoarding spasm or a low-grade strain. He was unsure if the Yankees would have to take a step for yet another outfielder.
For now, the Yankees have used 13 outfielders this season, with Amburgey, Allen and Hoy Park among the newest. Locastro, a July 1 acquisition, had been another addition recently, but was injured Saturday while taking a leaping grip in poor territory. Locastro joined Aaron Judge (COVID), Aaron Hicks (season finale of wrist surgery), Clint Frazier (vision) and Miguel Andujar (wrist) at IL.
LaMarre was called on Sunday to replace Locastro in place of one-time top prospect Estevan Florial, with Boone saying the more experienced LaMarre “gives us the best chance in the short term.”
The 23-year-old left-leaning Florial continues to struggle to get on base and strike, even though he homers twice on Friday for Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre.
“He’s fine,” Boone said. “The biggest thing for him is [staying] healthy and get the regular reps. He has certainly had some ups and downs down there, but the biggest thing is that he has been able to play regularly. Hopefully he expects a great second half. ”
“[Florial’s] development is important. The guys who have been called up to this point have been in the queue and served that place. ”