The Yankeesâ Joe Girardi, like most big-league managers, was not thrilled about having to play two games in one day, regardless of the start times.
Girardi said he disliked how the setup could affect the bullpen.
âYou could realistically use six or seven relievers in a doubleheader,â he said, adding that beyond the bullpen, there were other concerns.
âAnd some guys are going to have to play 18 innings,â he said. âFrom a physical standpoint, that takes its toll.â
JUDGE TO PLAY Joe Girardi said outfielder Aaron Judge would âabsolutelyâ play in at least one of Wednesdayâs games after being benched for Mondayâs outing. Judge, was also slated to sit out Tuesdayâs game in the hopes of helping him bounce back from his slump. His batting average has dropped to .280 from .329 since the All-Star break.
âSometimes, you just hope the time off refreshes a guy and they can sit back and relax, maybe take a little bit off their plate and they can get going again,â Girardi said. âItâs worked a lot of times for a lot of guys. I canât tell you exactly whatâs going to happen, but physically, I think heâs going to feel fresher than he probably did. And you hope mentally, he does too.â
A doubleheader back in July might have contributed to Judgeâs woes at the plate. He was one of two Yankees â along with designated hitter Matt Holliday â who played every inning of a 16-inning game against the Red Sox on July 15, followed by all 18 innings of a doubleheader the next day and a nine-inning game the day after that, a total of 43 innings in three days.
Judge went hitless in 18 at-bats, with six strikeouts, in those three games, which came the week after…