Judge's fearless style comes with nicks

Castro, slugging rookie enjoy hard-earned breather in Cincy opener

Judge's fearless style comes with nicks

CINCINNATI -- When you play 18 innings and land at 5:08 a.m. on game day, you have to make adjustments.

In the case of the Yankees, that meant giving slugging rookie Aaron Judge and second baseman Starlin Castro a break for Monday's series opener against the Reds at Great American Ball Park.

"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."

Judge's fantastic diving snag

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."

Girardi knows that the recovery from Sunday's 18-inning, 5-4 win over the Chicago Cubs will require more than just one day.

"The physical nature of the game for the guys, you worry about them for the next couple of days," Girardi said.

Girardi, who got to bed at 6 a.m. ET, was operating on five hours' sleep.

"It's part of the schedule," Girardi said.

Bullpen help arrives

Girardi said that for Monday's game, he was not counting on having right-handers Adam Warren and Jonathan Holder or left-handers Chasen Shreve and Aroldis Chapman, who all pitched in Sunday night's win.

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.

Green escapes trouble

"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.

Holliday extends for double play

"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.