TAMPA — Yankees manager Aaron Boone was unfazed by MLB’s new rule that a reliever must pitch to a minimum of three batters or until the end of the inning.
“For us, I don’t think much changes, especially during the regular season,’’ Boone said Thursday as his team worked out for the first time this spring. “I don’t like to use our high-leverage guys when they get up and in because we don’t pitch guys three days in a row or four [games] in five days. Unless it’s a unique situation, we’re not doing that for a hitter.”
With a bullpen filled with relievers such as Adam Ottavino, Chad Green, Zack Britton, Tommy Kahnle and Aroldis Chapman, who are suited to getting both right and left-handed hitters out, Boone is confident the change will help his team.
“I feel like, more so than most clubs, we’re equipped to transition to this rule seamlessly,’’ Boone said. “There’s gonna be a game that it comes up where it’s not ideal and that’s something we’ll all have to adjust to, but overall, I feel it’s something that will benefit us.”
That may prove to be more challenging in the playoffs, but, Boone said, “everyone is dealing with the same set of rules.”