Yanks’ Judge given a day off

Gi­rardi sits slump­ing slug­ger and Hol­l­i­day against In­di­ans ace.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

Aaron Judge’s slump has car­ried him to the bench.

Judge was not in New York’s start­ing lineup for Thurs­day night’s game against the Cleve­land In­di­ans, a move Yankees man­ager Joe Gi­rardi de­cided was nec­es­sary to give the slug­ger a chance to re­group.

“He’s strug­gling. We felt we’d give him a day off and maybe it helps him,” Gi­rardi said. “You try to do it a lot of dif­fer­ent ways when guys are strug­gling. You keep run­ning him out there. I just felt maybe a day off would do him some good.”

Judge is bat­ting just .164 (11 of 67) with four homers, nine RBIs and 29 strike­outs since the All-Star break. His bat­ting av­er­age has dropped from .329 to .299 and he struck out in 21 con­sec­u­tive games.

“Me­chan­i­cally, he’s a lit­tle bit off,” Gi­rardi said. “I think he’s miss­ing some pitches he wasn’t miss­ing the first half of the sea­son and those are lead­ing to his prob­lems.”

With In­di­ans ace Corey Klu­ber on the mound in the se­ries opener, Gi­rardi felt it was the right time to rest the power hit­ter.

Judge leads the ma­jors with 34 homers but he’s not been con­nect­ing as of late, and Gi­rardi wants to give the 25-year-old a men­tal break.

Gi­rardi con­ceded that play­ers can make things tougher on them­selves in try­ing to get their swing back.

Gi­rardi also gave des­ig­nated hit­ter Matt Hol­l­i­day a night off. He’s bat­ting only .182 in his past nine games.

Judge and Hol­l­i­day are ex­pected to be back in the lineup to­day.

All-Star righthander Michael Ful­mer (10-9, 3.59 ERA) hopes a stint on the 10-day dis­abled list will pro­vide him with the rest he needs to re­cover from a quirky, per­sis­tent el­bow in­jury.

Ful­mer, the 2016 AL rookie of the year, was placed on DL retroac­tive to Tues­day mostly as a pre­cau­tion.

An MRI re­vealed fluid around the el­bow, but man­ager Brad Aus­mus said there’s no lig­a­ment dam­age. The Tigers are de­scrib­ing the in­jury as right el­bow ul­nar neu­ri­tis.

Tigers: Rock­ies:

Catcher Jonathan Lu­croy made his Colorado de­but af­ter miss­ing the past two games with a stom­ach bug.

Lu­croy, ac­quired from Texas on Sun­day, had two sin­gles, was hit by a pitch, and threw out Jose Reyes try­ing to steal sec­ond in the eighth in­ning.

Aaron Judge has 29 K’s since All-Star break.

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