With less than three weeks to go before Opening Day is scheduled, Aaron Boone wants the Yankees to get as many “live reps’’ as possible, which is why they will play their first intrasquad game of spring training 2.0 Monday night.
J.A. Happ and right-handed prospect Clarke Schmidt are scheduled to start the 7 p.m. game, with Gerrit Cole slated to start in another intrasquad game on Tuesday.
“With a shorter amount of time [to prepare], we want pitchers in game action and build up pitch counts,’’ Aaron Boone said. “We’ll go easy as far as running and getting out of the box.”
Boone added the Yankees are “hopeful” they will get in “a few” exhibition games prior to the 60-game regular season.
The Yankees are without DJ LeMahieu and Luis Cessa, who both tested positive for COVID-19 and are self-isolating outside New York.
LeMahieu has been asymptomatic, while Cessa has experienced “very mild symptoms.”
Boone said Saturday he was “hopeful” the two would only be out a short time.
With less than three weeks to go before Opening Day is scheduled, Boone wants the Yankees to get as many “live reps’’ as possible, which is why they will play their first intrasquad game of spring training 2.0 Monday night.
James Paxton was on the Major League Baseball Players Association executive subcommittee during the labor dispute, which many fear was just a preview of what could be a contentious negotiation when the collective bargaining agreement expires following next season.
“We’ll see how things go,’’ Paxton said Sunday after throwing a simulated game. “We stood our ground and fought for what we believe in and ended up where we are right now.”
The players association refused to play the season without full prorated pay per game, while owners hoped to pay them a portion of their pro-rated salaries because of a dip in revenue.
“We did a good job sticking together,’’ Paxton said. “Our group was very united. We knew what we wanted and what we thought was fair and stuck to that.”
He called the experience “very educational.”
“It was helpful, even though we wish we didn’t have to go through what we went through,’’ Paxton said.
Gleyber Torres continued his work at shortstop Sunday. His transition back to his original position was stalled by the COVID-19 shutdown.
“I feel pretty good these first couple of days [of camp],’’ said Torres, who was in Tampa for part of the shutdown. “During the quarantine, I prepared myself well. There were not too many options for fields. I [watched] a lot of videos of myself, trying to get ready for shortstop.”