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Yankees take cautious approach with Choi

First baseman won't play Monday after getting hit by pitch
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TAMPA, Fla. -- Manager Joe Girardi said first baseman Ji-Man Choi won't travel with the Yankees on Monday after he was hit by a pitch in the helmet from Pirates reliever Antonio Bastardo in the seventh inning Sunday.

Choi was removed from the game and replaced by Wilkin Castillo. He was taken for concussion testing but said he was fine and wanted to stay in the game.

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Manager Joe Girardi said first baseman Ji-Man Choi won't travel with the Yankees on Monday after he was hit by a pitch in the helmet from Pirates reliever Antonio Bastardo in the seventh inning Sunday.

Choi was removed from the game and replaced by Wilkin Castillo. He was taken for concussion testing but said he was fine and wanted to stay in the game.

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"We're not going to take him tomorrow," Girardi said. "We believe that he doesn't have a concussion, but it hit off his shoulder and then off his cheek, and I don't know how he's going to feel when he wakes up [Monday]."

Choi said through his interpreter that it was the first time he has gotten hit high by a pitch, and it was a "little bit" of a scare.

Frazier takes blame for collision

A swirling wind at George M. Steinbrenner Field was partially to blame for a collision between right fielder Clint Frazier and center fielder Dustin Fowler on a fly ball hit by Jerrick Suiter in the ninth inning Sunday.

Girardi said both players were fine, and Frazier said he had begun diving for the ball when Fowler called for it.

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"With the wind swirling, it makes it hard for both of us to hear each other call it off," Frazier said. "But in the end, I have to get out of his way. He's the center fielder, I can't knock balls out of his glove."

The ball appeared to bounce off of Frazier's head, and it was scored as an error for Fowler while Suiter ended up on third base.

It was part of a wild ninth inning for Frazier, who almost ended the game with a beautiful one-hop throw to home that arrived in time to get Suiter out at home plate on Christian Kelley's sacrifice fly, but it handcuffed catcher Gary Sanchez and Suiter scored.

Frazier took blame for that play as well but said that his two weeks in camp have been "amazing," and he believes he's shown the Yankees what he is capable of.

"I've met a lot of great people in this organization that have helped me on and off the field," Frazier said. "I can't say thank you enough. I've shown them the ability to hit breaking balls, fastballs, be aggressive on the basepaths, make errors in the outfield ... I've done it all. I'm not done messing up and I'm not done showing what I can do right."

Corey Long is a contributor to MLB.com.

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