Yankees’ Oswaldo Cabrera homers, bolsters playoff case

Oswaldo Cabrera continued to make an impression along with his bat on Friday evening, drilling his fifth house run in his final 16 video games to account for the Yankees’ solely offense in a 2-1 loss to the Orioles in The Bronx.

With a 2-for-3 evening, Cabrera improved to 20-for-61 (.328) over his final 17 video games whereas turning into an on a regular basis participant for supervisor Aaron Boone.

Cabrera began in left subject on Friday earlier than transferring to shortstop within the eighth inning (with Isiah Kiner-Falefa shifting to 3rd when DJ LeMahieu got here out of the sport). It marked the 18th straight begin for Cabrera, who has additionally been within the lineup at second base and proper subject throughout that stretch.

With Andrew Benintendi racing in opposition to the clock to get again from a damaged hamate bone, the 23-year-old Cabrera is placing himself in place to doubtlessly be the Yankees’ beginning left fielder within the ALDS. Bentintendi is scheduled to start out with dry swings on Saturday as he tries to return again from a fractured hook of the hamate bone in his proper wrist, in accordance with Boone.

Oswaldo Cabrera rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning of the Yankees' 2-1 loss to the Orioles.
Oswaldo Cabrera rounds the bases after hitting a solo house run within the fifth inning of the Yankees’ 2-1 loss to the Orioles.
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Aaron Hicks additionally has produced extra typically as of late when he will get begins in left subject (with Cabrera transferring to proper when Aaron Choose performs middle or serves because the DH).

“He’s surpassed what I anticipated,’’ Boone mentioned of Cabrera. “He’s actually, with among the accidents we’ve had, grow to be a fixture within the lineup.”

Frankie Montas is scheduled to start throwing Saturday after receiving a second cortisone shot in his troublesome proper shoulder. It’s unclear what, if any, function the right-hander may have within the playoffs, since Boone has already mentioned he seemingly can be restricted to being an opener even when he can pitch within the postseason.

Matt Carpenter (fractured left foot) is “prepared to start out hitting,” Boone mentioned.

The Yankees and Carpenter will resolve within the coming days whether or not it makes extra sense to activate him for that Texas sequence or have him on the staff’s alternate web site they’re establishing at Double-A Somerset to maintain gamers prepared for the postseason.

Boone mentioned Carpenter can be restricted to just some pinch-hit at-bats in Texas, however would face extra stay pitching with Somerset for every week, so the staff was leaning towards the alternate web site.

Carpenter confirmed he doesn’t want a lot time to prepare earlier within the season, when he signed with the Yankees after his launch by the Rangers and was capable of contribute instantly.

Michael King mentioned he gained’t want Tommy John surgical procedure and needs to be prepared for spring coaching.

The whole lot to learn about Aaron Choose and his chase for the house run report:

The best-hander suffered a fractured proper elbow in July and may have one other X-ray, seemingly in November.

“I don’t plan on lacking any time, which is nice,’’ King mentioned. “I simply want to attend for the bone to completely heal.”

The Yankees held a second of silence for Hector Lopez, who died Friday at 93. Lopez, who performed the outfield, in addition to second and third base, spent eight seasons with the Yankees from 1959-66 and gained two World Sequence titles.

The native of Panama additionally coached of their minor league system and was the primary black supervisor at Triple-A.

The Yankees-Orioles recreation — and doubtlessly Aaron Choose’s pursuit of 62 homers — could possibly be impacted by climate on Saturday. “It appears to be like dangerous,’’ Boone mentioned. “We’ll see.”

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