“It’s part of the game,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said. “Every team is going to go through it. I’m pleased with the way we’re fighting back, and that will bode well during the course of the season. Right now our bullpen is in a little bit of disarray. We’ll get it straightened out and we’ll be fine.”
The bullpen, which was used heavily against Baltimore on Sunday and against the Angels in Anaheim on Tuesday, will get Aroldis Chapman back on Sunday from his month-long absence because of rotator cuff inflammation.
“Of course you miss Chapman because it makes your bullpen longer,” Girardi said, “but the fact that they threw 16 innings in three days, it just kind of messed it up.”
Severino recovered from a rocky four-run second inning and did not allow another hit, retiring 12 of the final 14 hitters he faced.
Aaron Judge, playing about 80 miles west of his hometown, Linden, Calif., got the Yankees back into the game with a two-out, three-run homer in the third inning. One batter earlier, Athletics shortstop Chad Pinder had failed to corral Rob Refsnyder’s one-hop single.
The Yankees tied the score in the fifth when Ronald Torreyes doubled and scored on a single by Mason Williams, who had been called up earlier in the day. Williams and catcher Kyle Higashioka were informed of their new assignments — as replacements for the injured Hicks and Sanchez — as the Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre bus rolled into Syracuse in the early hours of the morning.
Chris Carter put the Yankees in front with a solo homer off the left-hander Sean Manaea — Carter’s third homer in eight at-bats against Manaea. Judge tripled and scored on Castro’s single in the seventh to increase the Yankees’ lead to 6-4.
The Athletics closed to within 6-5 in the seventh on Pinder’s sacrifice fly off Chasen Shreve before taking the lead in the eighth. They did so against Holder, who was called upon because the usual setup man, Tyler Clippard, moved into the closer’s role with Dellin Betances unavailable after throwing 39 pitches on Thursday.
The injury news, for the moment, could have been worse.
Sanchez (groin) and Hicks (heel), who left Friday night in the late innings, were listed as day-to-day. Warren was placed on the disabled list, not because his injury (shoulder tightness) is considered serious but because the Yankees needed the roster spot.
Warren joined pitchers Chapman (shoulder) and C. C. Sabathia (hamstring), outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury (concussion) and first baseman Greg Bird (ankle) on the disabled list. Chapman is set to be activated Sunday, and Bird will see an ankle specialist on Tuesday.
The Yankees, who had nine days off in the first six and a half weeks of the season, are in the middle of a less forgiving stretch: They have played 30 games in the past 32 days (including a rainout) and have only two more days off before the All-Star break.
It has not helped that the Yankees have played two extra-inning games on this West Coast swing.
“You’re getting in late at nights, you’re traveling a lot,” Girardi said. “But this is nothing new. This has been going on for 30 to 40 years. This is the life of baseball players. It’s not like every team doesn’t go through this. It’s not like Reggie Jackson’s generation didn’t go through it. It’s not like my generation didn’t go through it.”
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