DUNEDIN, Florida – Another day, another short exit from the Yankee starter.
Corey Clubber continued just four assists in Wednesday’s 5-4 loss to Blue Jays at TD Ballpark.
He allowed three tracks – and two homers – and needed 77 pitches to get through the exit.
While Clubber and manager Aaron Boone still sounded encouraged by the performance of the right hand, his early exit forced the Yankees to go to Jonathan Loaisiga to start fifth and demand more length than an already taxed pen.
“I thought he was fine,” Boone said of the 35-year-old Kluber, who signed a $ 11 million a year after missing most of the last two seasons with a forearm fracture and then a shoulder strain. “I feel like he̵
He made only 10¹ / ₃ passes for three starts and went seven.
Cloubert called the outcome “a step in the right direction.”
“I’m disappointed, like all the results on the board, so to speak, but I can say that things are going in the right direction,” said Kluber.
The veteran said that “things are improving, the location is improving and the number of gaps during the game is getting smaller and smaller. I pay for the mistakes I make. I don’t expect them to get away. ”
He allowed several base runners in each inning before being removed before the fifth.
“You can only take steps as long as they let you,” Kluber said.
Asked if he had a chance to stay in the game after the fourth, Kluber said: “I don’t feel that’s my position. I felt that my job was to file as long as you could and when they go to the pen, that’s the end. I do not feel it is my position to argue. “
Greater efficiency would help, as a 23-fold first pass put Kluber in a bad place.
“I think Corey, at best, is movement and precision,” Boone said. “He has to overcome the last hump.”
After the game, the Yankees chose the facilitator Albert Abreu on the alternative site.
“We’re doing well,” Boone told the pen, pointing to the added days in April that help protect them.
“The whole throne platform played a role, and we relied on the boys to share the burden equally,” Boone said. “But as you enter later in the month and May and summer, you need to lean on your initial pitchers to get deeper into the games.”
Clubber said he did not think the incumbents were putting pressure on themselves to give a length of rotation that only Gerrit Cole had provided.
“I don’t feel it,” Kluber said. “Most boys have two spins during the rotation – a pair of boys three [times]. I don’t think it makes sense to push. “