CINCINNATI — Aaron Judge has been icing his knees after games — and it’s not just because he’s 6-foot-7, 282 pounds.
The Yankees’ slugger has been doing so ever since he banged his knees against the wall along the right-field line at Fenway Park while plunging into the stands to make a spectacular catch on his 25th birthday.
Judge doesn’t seem to be affected at all, however, as he’s been hitting the cover off the ball, batting .317 with 13 homers and 28 RBIs in 28 games.
Joe Girardi did elect to give Judge the day off on Monday night against the Reds. It was pre-planned, with the manager telling his rookie on Sunday that he’d sit him one of the two games in Cincinnati.
“Part of it is that Boston fall which he’s handled well and part of it is he’s always diving for balls,” Girardi said. “He’s got enough strawberries to last for a couple months.”
Judge had a huge RBI triple in the seventh inning of Sunday night’s game against Jon Lester, snapping an 0-for-7 skid.
“Lester was really commanding the inside strike on me all night,” Judge said. “That’s one I was trying to give him. If he’s going to paint three on the corner, then hey I’ve just got to tip my cap and let them go. But I was just trying to drive something out over the plate and luckily he left one of those cutter/sliders a little higher over the plate and I was able to get some barrel on it.”
Starlin Castro, who took a ball off his finger about a week ago according to Girardi, also got Monday off. Castro is hitting .355 with six homers and 21 RBIs.
“Just physically they’re a little beat up like everybody else, but I just chose to give those two guys the day off today,” Girardi said.
Aaron Hicks got the start in right while Ronald Torreyes got the start at second.
HOLLIDAY AT 1B
Matt Holliday was back at first base for a second consecutive game on Monday night. It was his 12th major-league start there. Holliday played well at first on Sunday night, making a couple nice scoops and throwing to second on a grounder for a force play.
GREEN CALLED UP
The Yankees called up Chad Green and optioned Rob Refsnyder to Triple-A Scranton to make room for the righty who was scheduled to start for the Railriders on Monday. Green will help out a taxed bullpen that threw 9.1 scoreless innings after Aroldis Chapman’s blown save.
Masahiro Tanaka will need to give the Yankees length. He flew ahead of the team in order to get some extra rest before his start.