With the Yankees facing a lefty in J.A. Happ on Tuesday, the left-handed hitting McCann will take a seat in favor of Austin Romine behind the plate. Romine will bat seventh and McCann will be back in the lineup on Wednesday.
This will be the second straight game that Tex is in the Yankees lineup after missing nearly a week with a neck injury. He will likely hit right handed on Tuesday with J.A. Happ on the mound for Toronto. New York is hoping that he can get his bat in gear overall as he is hitting under .200 still.
When the heel issue was announced on Monday he was also listed as day-to-day. That appears to be the case as he is back in the lineup the very next day and is hitting in the leadoff spot. He has been one of the best hitters in baseball this season and with him setting the table, the heart of the lineup all performs better.
Gardner has been slumping of late and was in fact pulled for a pinch-hitter late in Monday's loss to the Blue Jays, though it more likely had to do with the left handed reliever on the mound in Aaron Loup. J.A. Happ is starting for Toronto on Tuesday so hence Gardner on the bench. Aaron Hicks is in left field on Tuesday with Rob Refsnyder with right and Carlos Beltran hitting DH.
He was listed as out of the lineup earlier on Tuesday but it was originally thought to just be a day off, quite the contrary as he and his wife welcome a child into the family. Bradley is fresh off a 29-game hit streak and has remained hot since breaking the streak but will now get a couple of days off before rejoining the team later in the week. Rusney Castillo has gotten the call-up to fill his roster for the next few days but will then be sent back down to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Castillo will be up with the big league club for a couple of days to fill Jackie Bradley's roster spot as he goes on Paternity leave. He likely will see just one or two starts and isn't worth a play in any format as it will simply be a cup of coffee and hasn't proven his mettle at the MLB level yet.
Loney was acquired from the Padres earlier in May to help replace the void left by Lucas Duda being placed on the disabled list. Loney was hitting well at Triple-A El Paso before the trade and was a high average and on base bat for the Rays for the past two seasons though didn't bring a lot of power, just 13 homers combined in 2014 and 2015. He will fill a platoon role, getting playing time against right handed pitching with either Wilmer Flores or Ty Kelly getting the other side of the split. If you need batting average, that's what he brings but not much else.