Clint Frazier wasn’t messing around with ‘fine’ declaration


DUNEDIN, Fla. — Clint Frazier claimed he was “fine,” then went out and proved it Sunday afternoon.

A day after being held back from the Yankees’ trip to Sarasota, Fla., with manager Aaron Boone deeming him “sluggish” on Saturday, the Yankees outfielder was back in the lineup Sunday and popped a two-run double in his first at-bat, finishing 2-for-4 while playing seven innings in right field.

“He’s playing right field, so I kind of wanted him to stay back and get some work in right field, just to have a couple days rolling into that,” Boone said before the 8-3 win over the Blue Jays at TD Ballpark. “So he’s good to go.”

Boone said there was no injury, but wanted to give Frazier an extra day.

Frazier, who tweeted, “I’m fine,” Saturday night, has already been tabbed the Yankees’ starting left fielder. But Sunday he made a cameo in right field, where he was a Gold Glove finalist last season while filling in for the injured Aaron Judge.

Kyle Higashioka also returned to the lineup Sunday for the first time since being scratched on Tuesday with soreness in his side.

“I felt good,” Higashioka said after catching Gerrit Cole for five innings and going 1-for-3 at the plate. “Luckily it wasn’t really anything serious. I just made sure I took a few days as a precaution to make sure I’m ready for the season. But it felt good today, everything felt normal, so I’m really glad.”

Higashioka said the soreness was in the area near his oblique, but different than what he felt last season when he missed multiple weeks with an oblique strain.

“It was kind of in that area, so I don’t exactly know [what it was],” Higashioka said. “It kind of went away almost within a day or two.”

Asher Wojciechowski left the game after throwing a pitch in the seventh inning and feeling something in his lat, according to Boone. The non-roster invitee appeared to be in some pain and following a quick conversation with Boone and trainer Steve Donohue, he walked off the mound after having thrown 23 pitches.

“Hopefully it’s not something that’s too serious or anything that keeps him out too long,” Boone said.

The Yankees made their last trip of the spring to TD Ballpark, but will be back there during their first road trip of the regular season from April 12-14 as the Blue Jays await their return to Toronto.

“Well, it’s better than when I played here back in A-ball,” Higashioka said. “They kind of renovated the stadium a little bit and the locker room is a little newer. It’s definitely better than 2015.”

Boone said his starting pitchers will throw in a mix of Grapefruit League games and live batting practices this week as the Yankees “juggle some things around,” with an eye toward setting the rotation order.

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