Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Saturday that he was “heartened” by the fact MLB and the Players Association were able to agree to move the All-Star Game out of Atlanta after the passage of a Georgia state law that will make it more difficult for residents to vote.
“The fact there was a swift and difficult decision made, I’m a little heartened by that level of communication,’’ Boone said after the Yankees’ 5-3 win over the Blue Jays at the Stadium.
“Voting rights are a pillar of this country and as long as it’s legally done, it should be something that’s easy for somebody to go out and vote. It’s one of the fundamental birthrights in this country.”
Mets manager Luis Rojas also said he supported the league’s decision.
Clarke Schmidt has still not begun a throwing program since being shut down in February with an elbow strain. The right-hander is on the 60-day IL and Boone said he has not become asymptomatic. The 24-year-old will need at least 6-8 weeks once he does start throwing.
“I don’t know about alarmed,’’ Boone said of his reaction to the slow nature of the healing process. “He still feels something in there. Where it is not overly alarming.”
Deivi Garcia is among the minor leaguers at the team’s alternate site in Scranton, which is “up and running,” according to Boone. The minor league season was pushed back a month because of COVID-19 protocols.
Justin Wilson threw to hitters before Saturday’s game in The Bronx as the left-hander looks to come back from the shoulder inflammation that landed him on the IL. Wilson is expected back in time for the upcoming road trip.
Luis Severino continues to progress in his Tommy John rehab and is throwing sliders in addition to fastballs.
— additional reporting by Mike Puma