TORONTO — Billy McKinney got a decision from Kevin Reese, the Yankees senior director of player building, on Friday morning and had an instantaneous idea.
“i used to be wondering what I did unsuitable, to be fair,’’ the most recent Yankee mentioned prior to making his MLB debut in a FOUR-2 win over the Blue Jays. “He mentioned I’d be going to Toronto.”
McKinney’s promoting from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre got here after Aaron Hicks was placed on the disabled record with a strained intercostal muscle after just one recreation.
His path to the majors was once removed from clear while spring coaching started.
The Yankees already had Hicks, Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge, to boot as Giancarlo Stanton, Jacoby Ellsbury and Clint Frazier.
But Ellsbury (indirect) and Frazier (concussion) ended up at the DL, so while general manager Brian Cashman wanted another outfielder, he grew to become to McKinney.
even though Cashman knew he would want to switch Hicks, the Yankees waited until Friday to tell McKinney, who arrived at Rogers Centre approximately three hours sooner than Friday night time’s recreation.
“i used to be excited to find out i used to be playing,” McKinney said.
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McKinney singled in his first at-bat, but used to be unable to attain on Brandon Drury’s double to right with two out.
“Once I hit it, i was hoping it was once gonna sneak via,” McKinney said of his unmarried.
Then he made two great running catches in left within the backside of the sixth.
“i believe he believes he can play up right here,” supervisor Aaron Boone mentioned. “It’s great to get that first one out of the way and confidently he can build on that and confidently make the most of extra opportunities.”
He was once bought in the deal that sent Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs in 2016 and after splitting final year among SWB and Double-A Trenton, McKinney went 7-for-42 with the Yankees this spring. 5 of those hits have been house runs.
So while the Yankees use the combo of Tyler Austin and Neil Walker to get by way of without Greg Chook at first, they’re planning for McKinney to assist bridge the space in the outfield until Ellsbury arrives — with the intention to be Thursday on the earliest.
“if you are going to be pretty much as good a group as we are hoping to be, you might have to resist a few blows here and there,” Boone mentioned. “It’s a possibility for somebody else. It’s a chance for us as a club.’’