BOSTON — As Yankees normal manager Brian Cashman put it Friday, “The bar has been set very low in 2017 to help us at first base.”
Given That measuring stick, and a six-game pattern size, Ji-Guy Choi has lived as much as the hype.
Choi had hits and an RBI within the Yankees’ 3-0 win over the Red Sox within the first recreation of Sunday’s split doubleheader at Fenway Park.
A fourth-inning sacrifice fly gave the Yankees the lead, and then he hit a flooring-rule double to proper with one out within the sixth, even supposing he was stranded at 3rd.
He’s now not exactly Yonder Alonso, who is still a possible industry candidate in Oakland — but since being recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after Chris Carter was allow cross, Choi has driven in 5 runs and performed a minimum of a serviceable first base — something else that has been tricky for the Yankees to find this season.
“He’s performed a good activity with his chance,” supervisor Joe Girardi said. “So we need that to continue for him.”
The lefty-swinging Choi went into the nightcap of Sunday’s doubleheader 4-for-THIRTEEN in opposition to proper-handers, with a double and homers. He had just two plate appearances towards southpaws and was once ZERO-for-2 with a strikeout.
His righty-hitting counterpart, Garrett Cooper, appeared overmatched in his first two games, but the Yankees are reluctant to let Choi play against lefties.
Tyler Austin remains at the disabled checklist with a strained hamstring, and there’s still no predicting whilst Greg Chicken may come again from the ankle harm that has saved him out for over months.BOSTON — on the day the Yankees lost Michael Pineda,… So for now, the Yankees have grew to become to Choi.
“i think just right presently,” Choi mentioned through an interpreter. “I just practice the same regimen. It feels pretty good at this time. I’ll try to stay scorching and stay the momentum going.”
And after watching the Yankees go through a virtually unending amount of applicants at first, from Chook and Carter to Matt Holliday and Rob Refsnyder, Choi insists he’s no longer looking too a long way into the longer term — regardless of Bird’s status uncertain.
“I simply play when I’m instructed,’’ Choi mentioned.
As long as he hits — and performs a good first — that figures to happen against righties.
It’s obviously now not the plan the Yankees had once they went into spring training with Fowl as the everyday first baseman and Carter and Austin providing potential right-handed lend a hand.
But now Choi, who had 129 plate appearances with the Angels a year ago, is hoping to stay around and keep the Yankees from having to find someone else.