Yankees have many roster and lineups decisions to make

Published 7:11 am Thursday, October 3, 2019

NEW YORK — New nameplates greeted Yankees players in their clubhouse ahead of the Division Series against Minnesota: “OCTOBER SAVAGES” is spelled out under each number, a reference to manager Aaron Boone’s famous tirade at an umpire in July.

As players worked out at Yankee Stadium on a summer-like Wednesday, Boone maintained many roster decisions have yet to be made.

“First, we’ll go through the 13th pitcher and then what makes the most sense as far as what gives us the best option off the bench,” Boone said before the workout. “We’ll meet as a staff after the workout and hopefully finalize whether it’s 12 or 13.”

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Edwin Encarnación, who hasn’t played since Sept. 12 because of a strained left oblique, appears set to return. The 36-year-old hit in a simulated game for the second straight day and homered off left-hander Jordan Montgomery.

“I think yesterday was a little confidence-builder for him as far as the ability to let it go and then coming in today feeling like he’s ready,” Boone said.

Encarnación hit .249 with 13 homers and 37 RBIs in 44 games.