ARLINGTON, Texas. — Didi Gregorius moved gingerly through the Yankees’ clubhouse late Friday night after fouling a ball off his right calf in the eighth inning of an 11-5 loss to the Rangers.
He remained in the game, grounded out and then was replaced by Ronald Torreyes at short in the ninth. He was treated with ice and vowed to play Saturday.
“It’s swollen. I got myself good,’’ said Gregorius, who hit his career-best 21st homer in the third inning.
Asked if he might need a day to recover, Gregorius didn’t want to hear about that.
“I don’t want to sit down, especially now,’’ he said. “It means a lot.’’
With 22 games remaining, the Yankees trail the AL East-leading Red Sox by 4 ½ games.
Back from a visit to Dr. Chris Ahmad and having the right knee drained, CC Sabathia will throw a bullpen session Saturday and start against the Rays on Monday night at Citi Field.
“It was maintenance that was scheduled and we had planned,’’ Sabathia said of the trip to New York.
Sabathia went on the disabled list Aug. 9 and returned Aug. 19. Since coming off the DL, he has worked four games, is 2-0 with a 3.33 ERA and has held batters to a .226 batting average. His most recent start was Tuesday and the 37-year-old veteran gave up five runs and three homers in 5 ¹/₃ innings pitched. He is 11-5 with a 3.91 ERA in 23 games and was tied for second among Yankees starters with Masahiro Tanaka for wins.
Tanaka started Friday night and Luis Severino was the leader with a dozen victories. Severino starts Saturday.
Jaime Garcia threw a four-inning simulated game Friday afternoon at Global Life Park and Girardi said there was a “good chance we will slot him in Wednesday.’’
That would be against the Rays at Citi Field and the veteran lefty’s first game action since Aug. 30 in the first game of a doubleheader against the Indians in which he allowed two runs (one earned) and six hits in five innings.
“I can’t say it’s ideal, but I can adapt to anything,’’ said Garcia, who is 0-2 with a 5.11 ERA in five starts with the Yankees after being acquired from the Twins in late July. “I am healthy and strong and will do whatever needs to be done.’’
Girardi said the numbers don’t tell the entire story.
“I think he has done OK for us. He has kept us in games and given us a chance to win,’’ Girardi said.
The Yankees will evaluate Clint Frazier on Monday to see if he can come off the DL and add depth to a depleted outfield.
“I think we will probably evaluate him after this weekend and see where he is at and if he is ready to go,’’ Girardi said of Frazier, who has been on the DL since Aug. 9 with a strained left oblique and has played in two games for Double- A Trenton in the Eastern League playoffs.