TORONTO — Joey Gallo was on the field and hit after batting practice Monday, but the left fielder was out of the starting lineup for the second straight day. Gallo left Saturday’s game in Kansas City with a “tight left groin,” and is day-to-day.
“So he was doing better today. And actually, yesterday was an okay day but today it was a little bit better,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said before Monday night’s 3-2 win over the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre. “As far as evaluating them, going through his treatment his, warming up in the weight room and everything. We’ll have a better idea when we get out here on the field and he’s able to do some more work and have a better evaluation of that.” Gallo said he felt good before he went to hit in batting practice. He said he had actually hit a little bit on Sunday and felt fine too.
Boone said he would wait and see how Gallo is on Tuesday, but he would have only been able to pinch hit in an emergency Monday night.
Jordan Montgomery thought it was gone. Matt Chapman had got a hold of one and hammered it to right field. The Yankees lefty turned around and saw the benefit of having a 6-foot-6 Giancarlo Stanton in the field.
Chapman was robbed of an extra-base hit in the second on the best defensive play Stanton has made as a Yankee. He leapt to catch the Blue Jays’ third baseman’s fly ball to the top of the wall. He crashed to the ground holding on to it and then got up and smiled.
“Off the bat I was like ‘Ugh, a 1-2 hit. I can’t let him barrel it up like that,’ and then it’s like this for sure is a homer,” Montgomery said. “And then Stanton pulled it back. So really good play.”
After struggling with injuries in 2019 and 2020, people may have forgotten that Stanton was considered a pretty good outfielder. He was primarily a DH in 2019 and 2020, but has enjoyed working in more outfield starts the last two years.
Miguel Andujar was optioned to Triple-A on Sunday evening when the rosters had to be cut from 28 to 26, but the infielder/outfielder didn’t actually go to Scranton. Andujar came to Canada with the Yankees on their taxi squad.
“We just taxi squaded him, because just a little bit of the uncertainty around Joey Gallo and with COVID protocols, it’s something that we’re allowed to do so we just kind of wanted to make sure we’re covered,” Boone said. “Especially coming across the border and stuff. Just in case we get in a situation where we need someone. “
Andujar, who has been the odd man out since losing his starting third base job when he was injured in 2019, went 2-for-4 and scored a run Sunday. That was his only start his after being called up last Tuesday when Aaron Hicks went on the paternity list.