TORONTO — When the Yankees didn’t put Isiah Kiner-Falefa in the sphere in the underside of the eighth or use him to run for Giancarlo Stanton down by a run in the highest of the ninth of their 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays on Sunday, it was clear there was something flawed with the shortstop.
Kiner-Falefa is coping with tightness in his left hamstring the past couple days and Aaron Boone said he was only going to make use of him in an emergency situation.
He might be back within the lineup as soon as Monday at Tampa Bay.
Kiner-Falefa said he felt the tightness earlier within the series while running to first base.
“We decided it was best to take it slow,’’ Kiner-Falefa said. “That way it’s just a pair days or in the future [missed].”
He said he had an identical issue in 2020 with the Rangers after the primary game of the yr, missed a game after which played every game the remainder of the season.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa is experiencing tightness in his left hamstring. Corey Sipkin for the NY POST
On Sunday, he hoped he’d make it in in some unspecified time in the future.
“I used to be attempting to secretly run back here and do stuff, simply because I saw Gleyber going on the market,’’ Kiner-Falefa said. “I felt like I form of let the team down in a way today, simply because we couldn’t make the switches possible.”
Kyle Higashioka is attempting to put his ugly begin to the season on the plate behind him.
After not homering in his first 34 games of the yr, the catcher has gone deep 4 times in his last 4 games.
He led off the highest of the sixth with a shot to left.
“I’m just attempting to see good pitches to hit and put good swings on them,’’ Higashioka said. “Currently, I’ve been in a position to square the ball up more.”
He called the development the results of “a protracted process because the starting of the yr.
“I had a chilly streak and also you lose a bit of confidence,’’ Higashioka said. “You begin searching and should rein yourself back in and know who you’re as a hitter. For me, it’s regaining confidence.”
But the very fact the homer got here in a loss wherein the pitching staff gave up 10 runs for the primary time this season negated the impact of the hit.
“To me, keeping runs off the board is more necessary,’’ Higashioka said. “Today, the homer didn’t really matter.”
With the Yankees attempting to tie the sport in the highest of the eighth, Boone sent Jose Trevino to pinch hit for Joey Gallo against left-hander Tim Mayza.
It got here after Anthony Rizzo homered against Mayza and Marwin Gonzalez singled.
While Trevino has hit well since joining the Yankees this season — and Gallo’s struggles as a Yankee are well-known — it was still striking to see the move play out, given the kinds of offensive players they’re.
But Boone said he made the switch due to how tough Mayza is on lefties.
“He’s unique,’’ Boone said of Mayza, who has held left-handed batters to an OPS of .349 this yr. “He’s as tough as they get, left-on-left.”
Boone said he would have stayed with Gallo if Gonzalez hadn’t reached base due to Gallo’s power threat, but with the runner on first, went to Trevino in an effort to extend the inning. Trevino walked to get Mayza out of the sport, but Jordan Romano got DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge to finish the threat.