After Sunday’s game against the Marlins, Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo said he couldn’t wait to see Orioles manager Brandon Hyde on Monday when the clubs opened a series in the Bronx.
The two have a close relationship back from when they were with the Cubs. Hyde was a Major League coach for the club from 2014-18, while Rizzo was the Cubs' star first baseman. They were together when Chicago won the World Series over Cleveland in 2016.
Hyde is not surprised by the success Rizzo is having with the Yankees. In his first three games with New York, Rizzo hit .556 (5-for-9) with two home runs and three RBIs.
“The Yankees are so fortunate to get him. He is such an incredible human being, great player,” Hyde said. “Their infield just got way better. All their infielders just got better with him being at first base. What he is going to bring to their clubhouse, what he is going to bring to this city, is going to be special. This guy is a high-impact person.
“I was fortunate to be next to him for a lot of years. I got to see him grow up a little bit. I was in the Minor Leagues in ’12 all the way through that run in ’18. We have continued to stay extremely close. He is like a family member for us.”
Right-hander Corey Kluber, on the 60-day injured list due to a right subscapular strain, threw 22 pitches in a live batting-practice session on Monday at Yankee Stadium.
According to Boone, Kluber’s breaking ball was impressive because he was getting swings and misses.
“It was really another positive step. He felt good coming out of [the session],” Boone said.
Kluber hopes to be activated in September.