Aaron Judge’s return from the injured list took care of right field Wednesday night against the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium because the Yankees didn’t activate him not to play when every inning left in a very weird season counts.
What it did do was make Aaron Boone decide between a very productive Clint Frazier, a right-handed hitter who has morphed into the Yankees’ third best player, and the left-handed hitting Brett Gardner in left field. Boone also could have gone with fellow lefty swinger Mike Tauchman.
Boone went with Frazier, who entered the game hitting .350 (7-for-20) with a 1.090 OPS and a .440 on-base percentage in the previous six games, over Gardner and Tauchman, who were mired in deep slumps. Based on where Gardner, who has been a mentor to Frazier, and Tauchman were and how well Frazer was swinging the bat and playing defense, it couldn’t have been that tough of a call for Boone, whose club was trying to extend a six-game winning streak.
Gardner was hitting .185 (20-for-108) in 41 games and Tauchman had batted .156 (5-for-32) in the previous 14 games.
Not only has Frazier been a difference-maker in…