LAKELAND, Fla. — On Friday, Giancarlo Stanton’s face was smothered in dejection about the Grade 1 strain of his right calf that shut him down and placed an Opening Day roster spot in jeopardy.
Judging by what Aaron Boone saw in Stanton’s mug and walk, the left fielder/designated hitter’s mood was brighter on Sunday.
“I passed him in the hallway [at George M. Steinbrenner Field] getting ready to come over [to Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland] and he said he was feeling better,’’ Boone said. “I know [Saturday] was significantly better than the day before as far as his gait goes. He was walking better. He had a smile on his face.’’
Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire is high on former Yankees catcher Austin Romine, who left The Bronx as a free agent and landed in Detroit via a one-year deal worth $4.1 million.
Gardenhire’s knowledge of Romine came from what others said about the 31-year-old and people who knew him.
“How professional he is, he is a quiet guy who goes about his business. You don’t have to worry about him,’’ Gardenhire said before the Tigers beat the Yankees, 10-4, Sunday. “When he is called up on he will go out there and do the best he can. We know he can catch. We know he can call a ballgame and he has a bat. He will get to see a lot of it. That’s why we brought him over here. He will get plenty of opportunities and he likes that part.’’
James Paxton is nearing the day when he will add throwing to his rehab program following back surgery early last month.
“Thinking the end of the [upcoming] week or the beginning of the week after,’’ Paxton said Sunday morning in the Steinbrenner Field clubhouse. “Everything is going like it should.’’
Paxton estimated when he begins throwing he will start from about 50 feet.
David Hale, a candidate to make the Yankees’ 13-man staff, started Sunday and gave up two runs, two hits and a walk in 1 ²/₃ innings to the Tigers.
Aaron Boone included non-roster invite Rosell Herrera among the players who could provide outfield depth if Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge aren’t ready for Opening Day. Herrera, a utility player, strengthened his longshot chances by going 3-for-3 Sunday and is 7-for-14 this spring.
Summoned from the minor league facility Miguel Yajure, Kaleb Ort and Adonis Roso combined to give up eight runs and six hits in two innings.
Yajure, 21, worked a perfect sixth inning and struck out all three batters. He went out to start the seventh and was tagged for three runs. In 1 ¹/₃ innings, Yajure walked one and struck out four.
Sun. Fishing. Pool. Beach. Sleep. Beer. Monday is dark on the Yankees’ schedule. It is one of two off days during the Florida portion of spring training.