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Maybin (calf) to miss weeks; roster move TBD

@BryanHoch
June 22, 2019

NEW YORK -- Though Cameron Maybin is expected to be sidelined for several weeks with a Grade 2 strain of his left calf, the Yankees outfielder remained on the active roster for Saturday's game. The Yanks are opting to play a man short against the Astros, bringing their upcoming pitching

NEW YORK -- Though Cameron Maybin is expected to be sidelined for several weeks with a Grade 2 strain of his left calf, the Yankees outfielder remained on the active roster for Saturday's game.

The Yanks are opting to play a man short against the Astros, bringing their upcoming pitching needs into focus. It appears that they will not replace Maybin with an outfielder, though Clint Frazier and Mike Tauchman are both available at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

"We're going to wait, just based on where we're at through today, depending on the move we want to make," manager Aaron Boone said.

Chance Adams was scratched from his scheduled Triple-A start on Saturday, and the right-hander has been placed into a holding pattern in case the Yankees need to summon an extra arm. Nestor Cortes Jr. could also be recalled; the left-hander was optioned to Triple-A after Thursday's game.

According to Boone, Maybin felt tightness in his left calf while chasing Myles Straw's third-inning double into the left-field corner during Friday's win. The strain occurred as he was running the bases on Gary Sanchez's two-run homer later that inning.

"He didn't think that much of it. He just felt a little tight," Boone said. "Then when he was running the bases and got to third, he felt what he called a pop."

Maybin is the fifth Yankee to deal with a calf injury this season, joining Sanchez, Kendrys Morales, Giancarlo Stanton and Troy Tulowitzki.

"My initial thought is it's mostly coincidental and these things just kind of happen sometimes," Boone said. "But it is something that we're constantly trying to get better at."

Take a break
Gleyber Torres and Sanchez are the first pair of Yankees teammates to homer in three consecutive games, so it raised some eyebrows when both were out of the lineup for Saturday's game.

Boone explained that Sanchez was going to sit either Saturday or Sunday, and it was decided that Saturday should be the day, considering Sanchez had caught all five games on this homestand. Boone said Torres wasn't thrilled about being sent to the bench.

"He just wants to play," Boone said. "The last few days, I was looking to give him a day and I kind of kept putting it off, putting it off. I told him before the game last night that I was thinking about [Saturday], and then after the game I told him he was down. He fought me a little bit and waited around for me later last night and still fought me, which I have no issue with. I want our guys wanting to be in there."

Comeback trail
Domingo German (left hip flexor) ran the bases prior to Saturday's game, a strong indicator that the Yankees are considering bringing him back to start in one of the Subway Series games on July 2-3 at Citi Field. German said he is expected to make a Minor League start next week.

"Thank God, everything is going great," German said through an interpreter. "The program is going well. I'm feeling better every day. It's really good."

Jonathan Loaisiga (right shoulder strain) and Luis Severino (right lat strain) are continuing their flat-ground throwing programs. Severino is scheduled to resume throwing on Monday, and both hurlers are aiming to toss bullpens next week.

This date in Yankees history
June 22, 1957: Yogi Berra hit a game-winning home run in the 13th inning to give the Yankees a 6-5 victory over the White Sox. Tommy Byrne earned the win after throwing nine scoreless innings in relief, allowing one hit while walking seven and striking out seven.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and Facebook.