OAKLAND — The suddenly injury-plagued Yankees appear to have dodged a bullet regarding the health statuses of Gary Sanchez and Aaron Hicks.
They weren’t as fortunate when it comes to Adam Warren.
Sanchez and Hicks are both day-to-day, but Warren was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Friday with right shoulder inflammation.
“I hate going on the DL,” Warren, who has a 2.23 ERA in 24 appearances out of the bullpen, said. You try to look at the positives. You don’t feel rushed back. I didn’t feel like this was going to be a long time, but it’s kind of a necessity at this point and I fully understood. The bright side is I don’t have to feel like I have to rush back in two or three days. I told them if I’m able, I want to come back right after 10 days.”
Sanchez (groin area tightness) and Hicks (lower left leg discomfort) both left Thursday night’s loss to the A’s. Joe Girardi expects both will be able to avoid DL stints.
“We actually feel good about how they felt today,” Girardi said on Friday. “Sanchee still has a little tightness. The good thing is neither one of them got worse. That’s sometimes what you’re concerned about after the adrenaline wears off and they’re not loose anymore. And Hicks said it’s not worse today and he feels OK so we’ll give them both a day off and see where they are tomorrow.”
Sanchez has hit .500 in his last seven games with five homers and 17 RBIs. Hicks has a .968 OPS this season with 10 homers.
Mason Williams and Kyle Higashioka have both been summoned from Triple-A Scranton to help the depleted roster. Williams was in the lineup on Friday batting ninth and playing centerfield.
Aroldis Chapman (rotator cuff inflammation) had a shaky minor-league rehab appearance with Double-A Trenton. He threw 20 pitches, allowing one earned run with two walks, two strikeouts and two wild pitches. He hit 102 on the radar gun, according to MLB.com. The plan is for Chapman to fly to Oakland on Saturday and be activated from the DL on Sunday.
Greg Bird (ankle, knee) underwent a CT Scan and MRI on Friday. He will see specialist Dr. Bob Anderson in North Carolina on Tuesday. The Yankees on Thursday decided to shut down Bird’s minor-league rehab stint. “We were happy with what we saw in the tests, but we’re going to send him to the specialist,” Joe Girardi said.
THIS AND THAT
Didi Gregorius and Brett Gardner both got pre-planned days off on Friday. Starlin Castro, who is banged up, is expected to get the day off on Saturday. … Depending on what happens Friday, the plan is for Luis Cessa to start on Saturday and Masahiro Tanaka to be pushed back to Sunday. But that could change if Cessa is needed on Friday. … The Yankees also optioned Giovanny Gallegos to Triple-A Scranton. Chasen Shreve and Jonathan Holder will be available in the bullpen.