scheduled tribe. Petersburg — this could be a preview for October. This weekend the Astros came to the Bronx with the second-best record in the American League and a lot of bad blood. Clearly, Yankees fans — and some in the organization — are still worried about 2017. The Bombers feel that the Astros’ cheating system robbed them of a World Series appearance that year and Aaron Judge of a Most Valuable Player award.
Last season, the Astros toured the Bronx at the start of the season before the COVID pandemic rules on large gatherings were eased. He got a rapid response, but not the full force of bleacher creatures and the Bronx.
“I hope it’s decent and people are behaving,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said ahead of Wednesday’s series finale against the Rays at Tropicana Field. “But there’s no question whenever we get together, and it’s going to be over a weekend during the summer months, it’s going to be intense.
“But hopefully nice, clean, civil, fun for the crowd.”
At this point in the season, the Yankees have the best record in baseball and an 11 1/2 game lead in the division, while The Astros lead the AL West by 10 1/2 games, Fans can be forgiven if they watch the divisional race and think of the Bombers and Houston clashing in October.
However, Boone and the Yankees cannot.
“I mean, I hope it remains boring, for that matter,” Boone said of the split race just now. “Honestly, you can’t get stuck in this. I mean, we like to go home and play [at] Yankee Stadium against another great team. And, obviously, a team with which we have a rivalry. So I think you appreciate being involved in this kind of series, that kind of games. ,
“But, it’s not October. They are an important game against a good team. Hopefully we play well.”
The Astros were using a system to steal the opposing pitchers’ signals from video replays and relay in real time the pitch that was approaching the hitter. For this the team, the general manager and the manager were punished, but the players were exempted. This has led to a lot of grudges among other fan bases and teams.
Domingo German was due to begin his rehab work with the Low-A Tampa Tarpons on Wednesday night. The right-handed batsman, who started the season on the injured list with right shoulder impingement syndrome, said he hopes to throw around 55 pitches on his debut and work from there.
Boone said they are waiting to see how he gets to the start before proceeding with his plan.
“No, nothing right now. It’s a big one, obviously, starting a rehab assignment and getting into an actual sport,” Boone said. “And hopefully it turns out well. Then we’ll move on from there.”
His rehab clock starts with his Wednesday outing, which means he should be back in the big leagues within the next 30 days. This could be a big help to the Yankees, who are not only concerned about the workloads of early Luis Severino and Nestor Cortés, but Reliever Clay Holmes and Michael King, Severino and Cortes have had very limited innings over the years and King and Holmes are among the 12 most used relievers in the big leagues at the moment.
Germans can do both.
The 29-year-old started 18 for the Yankees last season and has also been a bulk reliever in the past.
“Throughout my career, I think I’ve had a mixed role,” the German said through Yankees interpreter Marlon Abreu. “I have been a starter and I have come off the bullpen. I think it has really helped me because it has given me the experience to do both. So, wherever the team needs me, I am helping.” Very happy to find a way out.”
The Yankees are also hoping for right-handed reliever Albert Abreu, who claimed a remission Tuesday in the bullpen on Tuesday night.