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Bullpen Day Thrives, Yanks top Rays 4-1

Entering the last week of the regular season the Yankees opened a four-game set Monday night in the always dreaded trip to face the Tampa Bay Rays. The Yankees came into tonight sitting one and a half games (two in the loss column) above the Oakland A’s for home field advantage in the AL Wild Card game. Aaron Boone decided to go with a “bullpen day” tonight instead of giving the ball to a typical starter.

Didi Gregorius placed on the 10-day DL, Luke Voit recalled; here is how it affects the everyday lineup

The Yankees officially announced this morning that SS Didi Gregorius will be placed on 10-day DL with a left heel contusion. Luke Voit will take his place on the active roster.
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Losing Sir Didi is a huge blow to an offense that is already without Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez in the middle of the order. While his injury isn't going to sideline him for the long-term, it will still further hurt one of the league's best offenses. His injury will lead to Gleyber Torres shifting over to shortstop, and Neil Walker and Ronald Torreyes taking over at second base. Boone confirmed this is how the infield would play out a few hours ago.

Walker’s increased playing time in the infield will mean one of two things. Either Shane Robinson will become the everyday right fielder, or Stanton will have to try to play through his sore hamstring in the outfield. With three impact bats out, it is very hard to justify jeopardizing Stanton playing in the field when he isn’t 100%. If the Yankees don’t make a move for another outfielder, expect to see a lot of Robinson.

Voit’s call up is a little questionable as it would have made more sense if they brought up the versatile Tyler Wade. Wade has looked solid in the outfield for Scranton and would be a major improvement over Robinson’s bat. The Yankees face two southpaws in the Miami series, so they see Voit as a possibility to start and definitely as pinch-hitter in the later innings.

Article by: Ryan Thoms