“I would’ve liked to see him get in,” Girardi said. “Obviously, you don’t want to see him go two or three innings. I understand that you have to hold somebody back. That’s what I talk about, I think if you go, you should get a chance to get in the game. But that’s not the way it is.”
Girardi said it’s a similar scenario to the one he wrestled with managing the All-Star Game in the past. He is in favor of adding the re-entry rule, which would allow players to return to the field if a team ran out of players.
“Absolutely,” he said. “I think it is difficult. You feel like you have to save one. I would love to see them put in the re-entry rule in a sense because everyone could get in.”
Girardi said the American League coaching staff communication with clubs to check on players’ availability. He wouldn’t delve into the nature of that communication in regard to Betances.
“Dellin’s worked a lot, but, like I said, I think Dellin was one of the guys who was saved until the end,” Girardi said. “We were OK with that, but I still wish that everyone could at least get one batter, one at-bat, or be in the field for one inning. I just like that.”
• Brian McCann has been hot since he and hitting coach Kevin Long removed the toe tap from McCann’s swing. Girardi believes that is no coincidence.
“You can make minor adjustments that can lead to big things because timing is such an important issue in hitting,” he said. “If it helps you have better timing and be in the right place at the right time, it can make a huge difference.”
• The Angels acquired reliever Huston Street from the Padres Friday night, but Girardi doesn’t expect it to be a busy trade market.
Of course you follow what other clubs are doing. Does it really change my approach? No. Do I get hopeful? No. I always figure that these are the guys I’m going to manage the rest of the year because it takes two teams to trade and you have to match up. I really don’t know how much movement there’s going to be because there’s so much parity in baseball. Every team probably almost feels like they’re in it.”
• Not surprisingly, the Yankees will continue to shift liberally in the second half of the season.
“I don’t see us changing our approach,” Girardi said. “There might be a little bit more data to say maybe do this or this or this because guys have had 300 at-bats, but it’s the same principle.”