New York Yankees outfield Joey Gallo has had a rough start to the season but he is expected to keep his job going forward, manager Aaron Boone confirmed. On Sunday, Tim Locastro was called up from Triple-A and was thrown straight into the Yankees' starting lineup.
Entering Sunday, Gallo had just four hits, all singles, in 29 at-bats to go with 11 strikeous and six walks. Even though Gallo hasn't had a great start, Boone expects him to keep his playing time. However, Boone noted he likes using Locastro against left-handed pitchers.
“Not really,” Boone said before the Yankees fell 5-0 to the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards, per The Post. “Timmy brings a lot of value. Really like him against left-handed pitching. Love his speed and his defense, his ability to play all three [positions] out there.
Obviously a guy we can use off the bench in a lot of different roles. So I see him up here certainly playing an important role for us. And there’s probably some starts out there for him to be had. But I don’t see it becoming that situation with Joey”.
The Yankees not giving up Gallo “If he’s getting on base at a high level and hitting for power, then offensively, that’s success for me for Joey,” Boone added. Gallo, who was traded from Texas Rangers to the Yankees in July, struggled after arriving to The Bronx but the Yankees preached patience, hoping he would play much better in his first full season with Yankees.
“I do feel like he’s in a way better place mentally, physically, emotionally,” Boone said. “He’s a lot more settled here. Obviously knows the guys a lot better. He’s an important part of that room now.
But start of the season, you like to see guys start to get some results and get settled in so they can go be the player they are”.