"Just physically, they're a little beat up -- just like everyone else," manager Joe Girardi said. "But I chose to give those two guys the day today."
Judge and Castro needed the rest, even if their bats would be missed. Judge entered the day hitting .317 with a Major League-best 13 home runs and an American League-best 28 RBIs. Castro entered the day hitting an AL-best .355 with six home runs and 21 RBIs.
"Judgie ran into the wall, fell into the stands," Girardi said, referring to an acrobatic catch at Fenway Park two weeks ago. "Castro plays hard. He took the ball off his finger a week ago. Their legs are tired, and they're kind of beat up."
Judge is particularly beat up. He's been icing his knees after games.
"Part of that is that Boston fall," Girardi said. "We've had to deal with that. He's handled it well. Part of it is him diving. He's dove after a lot of fly balls. He's got enough strawberries to last for a couple of months."
For Judge, the night off meant not facing starting pitcher Rookie Davis, Judge's friend from their days in the Yankees' farm system.
"He's been doing well," Judge said. "We've talked throughout the year. I congratulated him for getting up here and doing well. It's cool to see. We got a chance to play together."
The Yankees made a roster move Monday afternoon, calling up righty Chad Green from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and optioning infielder Rob Refsnyder to Triple-A. Green was 2-1 with a 4.73 ERA in five Triple-A starts.
"He can give me 100 pitches without a problem," Girardi said. "We're pretty fortunate that [the RailRiders] got rained out [Sunday]. It was his day to start."
Refsnyder is hitless in three at-bats for the Yankees this year.
"We want to keep the pitching we have," Girardi said. "When you send a pitcher down, you have to send them down for 10 days."
Holliday at first
Matt Holliday made his first start of the season at first base on Sunday, and he found himself there again on Monday.
"I thought he looked pretty good," Girardi said. "A couple of scoops, a couple of nice plays, a throw to second base on a double play. I was pleased."
John Fay is a contributor to MLB.com based in Cincinnati and covered the Yankees on Monday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.