DETROIT — Mike Tauchman is out for the year, Aaron Hicks is still waiting for word on his second opinion for his right flexor strain and Giancarlo Stanton is rehabbing in Tampa, with the expectation he’ll rejoin the Yankees (in some form) in The Bronx next week.
For now, though, the Yankees are short on outfielders, especially when one of the regulars takes a day off.
Aaron Judge and Cameron Maybin were both rested on Tuesday, which meant Tyler Wade started in right field for the first time and had a two-run triple as the Yankees built an early 6-0 lead before falling 12-11 to the Tigers on Tuesday night, while Clint Frazier was in left. Maybin is expected to start Wednesday in center in place of Brett Gardner who hit his 22nd and 23rd homers of the season.
“[Wade will] get some time out there,’’ Boone said. “Probably more so now, whether it’s coming in late for somebody. He’s going to be important for us down the stretch.’’
Wade started three straight games in left field in April when Judge was out and the Yankees had yet to trade for Maybin.
He has been working in the outfield to varying degrees since 2016, when he played extensively out there in the Arizona Fall League.
At the time, the Yankees viewed Wade as a potential super-utility player, but so far, that hasn’t happened.
“I’m pretty comfortable out there,’’ Wade said of the outfield. “The biggest thing is figuring out the depth on throws. But I can catch up to pretty much anything, I think.’’
As for Stanton, he is “definitely moving in the right direction,’’ according to Boone.
“In his mind, he’s getting close,’’ Boone said of Stanton, who could play in the upcoming instructional league in Tampa.
He still needs to start running at full speed and sliding before he can be expected to play in a game, even if he is back with the Yankees next week.
— Additional reporting by Ken Davidoff