Although Aaron Boone has started 2021 with one of his toughest stretches as Yankee manager, his boss backed him up Monday.
“I think we’re all in the same boat with performance,” general manager Brian Cashman said in a Zoom call. “Our record is reflective of our organization. Obviously, Aaron is a piece of that — as am I. He’s doing everything he needs to do and most importantly, supporting these guys. Because we trust our players and we trust their abilities and we trust — over the course of time — that it will, as it normally does, correct itself.”
And Cashman’s faith goes for the rest of the staff.
“I’ve got full confidence in our staff because I’ve seen them work a lot of magic along the way and impact a lot of players along the way,’’ Cashman said. “I understand why you have to ask the questions, because we’re struggling and people want to know if changes are coming. I also want to say I’m very proud of the fact we’ve had a lot of storms hit along the way and change doesn’t happen without a great deal of thought and effort and reason behind it. We’re not reactive. I don’t see us reacting to how to shake the roster up too quickly and I don’t see us reacting to not believing in the staff we have and players we have.”
Cashman pointed to Boone’s “pissed off” message to the team after Friday’s loss.
“He’s engaged with the group in a strong way and doing everything he needs to do,’’ Cashman said. “I think Aaron Boone is doing everything he can in his power for now.”
Boone said after Sunday’s loss he would “consider … shaking some things up” and Cashman said Boone had “different choices” in the infield, outfield and at catcher to make changes in the lineup if he chooses to.
With the Braves coming to The Bronx starting Tuesday, Atlanta announced Monday that outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. was day-to-day after an MRI exam showed a mild abdominal strain after he was forced from Sunday’s game with the injury.
The 23-year-old is off to a torrid start, at or near the top of the majors in almost ever offensive category.
Cashman also voiced his displeasure about fans throwing baseballs onto the field during Friday’s loss at Yankee Stadium.
“I don’t care how bad we played, no one has earned having things thrown at them on the field,’’ the GM said.
Deivi Garcia threw at the alternate site in Scranton on Monday and could be used as a sixth starter during the upcoming 13-day stretch without an off day that begins Tuesday. Michael King could also be used in that role, with Domingo German expected back during the Cleveland series that begins Thursday.
Cashman added Luke Voit (torn left meniscus) is “doing great.” Boone said Sunday the first baseman, due back next month, could start swinging a bat Tuesday. Luis Severino (Tommy John rehab) and Zack Britton (elbow surgery) are both coming along as expected, with Severino back anywhere from June-August and Britton not before June 1, because he’s on the 60-day IL.
Jameson Taillon got a sixth day of rest between starts, which allowed him to throw an extra bullpen session. He’s still working on his fastball command up in the zone and also focused on his curveball, which he said he hardly used against the Blue Jays, when he allowed five runs in 3 ²/₃ innings.