Upon being informed that he had been acquired by the Yankees, Rougned Odor’s initial reaction was one of excitement — even as the veteran infielder realized his trademark bushy beard had a date with a razor.
“I feel weird — even my daughter [Emma] doesn’t want to look at me,” Odor said, with a laugh. “She was walking away from me. But you know what? This is what it is. I’m happy to be here.”
Odor made his Yankees debut on Sunday, batting sixth and playing second base in the finale of a three-game series against the Rays at Tropicana Field.
The 27-year-old was acquired from the Rangers on Tuesday in exchange for Minor League outfielders Antonio Cabello and Josh Stowers. Texas will assume nearly all of the remaining $27 million on Odor’s contract over the next two seasons.
“I always believed in myself, I always trust myself,” said Odor, who hit .167 with 10 homers and 30 RBIs in 38 games last season. “I knew somebody was going to pick me up, so I just stayed ready. I didn’t stop practicing.”
Odor said he believes his daughter, age 3, will eventually come to accept her daddy’s clean-shaven look.
“This is a team that every kid wants to watch,” Odor said. “They want to grow up and play on this team.”
Out of left field
Clint Frazier is healthy and continues to be the Yankees’ starting left fielder, according to Boone, though Brett Gardner started for a second consecutive game on Sunday. Frazier is 5-for-25 (.200) this season and went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Friday’s series opener at Tropicana Field.
“Against Tampa, as much as they do matching up, there’s value to have a little balance in the lineup,” Boone said. “We’ve got a couple of lefties coming up with Toronto, so this was a chance to get Gardy a couple of days in a row. I feel like he’s in a pretty good rhythm, but Frazier will be right back in there and playing regularly.”
Pleading the fifth
The Yankees optioned right-hander Domingo Germán to the alternate training site at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after his start on Saturday, but Boone said he anticipates Germán will return to the rotation once his necessary 10 days are up. Right-hander Albert Abreu was recalled to supply bullpen depth.
“Truly, nothing has changed about where I view Domingo right now,” Boone said. “I think he’s thrown the ball well. I think he’s going to have a really strong season for us. This was more born out of having a need in the bullpen.”
• Miguel Andújar (nerve issue in right hand) has been hitting off a tee and doing soft-toss. He could advance to batting cage work in about a week, according to Boone.
• Zack Britton (recovery from left elbow surgery) resumed a throwing program last week and could return to the Majors by the end of May, Boone said. Britton is on the 60-day injured list.
• Luis Severino (recovery from Tommy John surgery) has been throwing fastballs and sliders in his bullpen sessions at the Yankees’ player development complex in Tampa, Fla., and he is “doing well,” Boone said.
• Luke Voit (recovery from left knee surgery) is rehabbing in New York and is scheduled for a post-operation doctor visit on Monday, Boone said. Voit is not scheduled to resume baseball activities for at least one more week.
He said it
“I think Albert Einstein said it: ‘Not everything that counts can be counted.’” — Gerrit Cole, on what Aaron Judge adds to the Yankees’ lineup
This date in Yankees history
April 11, 1912: New York wore pinstripes for the first time, debuting the look for its final home opener at Hilltop Park, a 5-3 loss to the Red Sox. The Yankees abandoned the pinstripes for two years afterward but had them for good by 1915.