TAMPA — Luke Voit was scratched from Tuesday’s game against the Tigers in Lakeland, Fla., with what manager Aaron Boone called “a little knee soreness.”
Boone added he believed the first baseman should be “good to go” by Thursday, and he was on the field doing defensive drills at first base prior to Wednesday’s game against the Pirates at Steinbrenner Field.
Clint Frazier appears to be OK after crashing into the left-field wall Tuesday, according to Boone.
Frazier hadn’t been scheduled to play Wednesday, and Boone said the outfielder texted him he was “feeling strong.”
Frazier remained in Tuesday’s game for an inning before being removed and is expected to be in the lineup Thursday against the Phillies in Clearwater, Fla.
Deivi Garcia is making his case for a spot in the rotation, and Boone said the team wants to keep him as a starter before using him in the bullpen.
“Deivi is someone we envision being a very good starter in this league,’’ Boone said. “As an industry, you always want to exhaust someone’s chance to start because of the value. As much as people talk about the devaluing of starters, the reality is, they’re more valuable than ever.”
Other young pitchers might head to the bullpen if there’s no room in the rotation, with Boone singling out Nick Nelson, who could start when needed and pitch multiple innings out of the pen.
“It’s fluid, depending on the needs of the team and balancing that with the best way to develop them.”
Estevan Florial finally made it to camp and took live batting practice Tuesday. He had been dealing with visa issues. The 23-year-old outfield prospect made his debut with the Yankees last season, appearing in just one game.
The Yankees are splitting up the days Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon pitch, with Cole starting Thursday against the Phillies and Taillon in line to go Friday.