The New York Yankees are creating a habit of pulling star players in the middle of games, and you know what? It stinks out loud.
Let’s take it back to the Subway Series (less than a week ago!) when Aaron Judge was forced from Sunday night’s thriller against the Mets due to dizziness.
Judge was somehow back in the lineup the very next day and he’s been mashing ever since, but it was still a worrying turn of events, especially considering how little was known about his status when he was yanked.
On Saturday, Yankees fans unfortunately experienced some deja-vu, as Tyler Wade replaced Joey Gallo in left field to start the fourth inning.
Yankees OF Joey Gallo was mysteriously pulled from Saturday’s game vs Cleveland.
It’s unclear whether Gallo’s departure is injury related, but whatever it is was significant enough to prevent him from playing any further.
Talk about awful timing right? After a dismal start to his Yankees career, Gallo was just starting to heat up. The trade deadline acquisition clubbed two home runs in Friday’s night 8-0 win over the Indians, giving him six over his last eight games.
Gallo even got his batting average, which dipped as low as .197 last week, back over the dreaded Mendoza line.
Fittingly enough, the Yankees provided an update as we were writing this piece, announcing the slugging outfielder is dealing with nick tightness.
As clips from the live broadcast showed, Gallo was spotted grabbing at his neck in clear discomfort in the dugout during Friday’s game. He did the same after a swing on Saturday, so let’s hope his removal was precautionary, because he was just starting to find his stroke after a lengthy slump.
The silver lining here is that Wade deserves playing time and will inject some speed and dynamism into a Yankees lineup that’s looked anything but dangerous through four innings against right-hander Aaron Civale.