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The Yankees' bullpen problem is worse than Albert Abreu's implosion

Seattle — Albert Abreu isn't the only one struggling in the Yankees' bullpen.

The Yankees lost 4-3 to the Mariners The Yankees lost 4-3 After a two-run homer off Carlos Santana on T-Mobile Wednesday afternoon, He's become the center of attention, but the team's once-terrible pen has taken some hits and has yet to regain its footing in the wake of injuries to Michael King and Chad Green and the demotion of Ron Marinacio.

"We have to move some people," said manager Aaron Boone. "But I definitely feel like [the pen] is in a good position, especially when I'm ready." I am saved for Also, Aroldis Chapman is better, but he hasn't pitched in a lot of high-leverage situations lately.

Clay Holmes hasn't been very good since his All-Star break, and Jonathan Roai Shiga didn't do well this year either.

Adding Lou Trivino and Scott Effross should help, but there are more questions than earlier in the season.

Albert Abreu wears a dejected expression after giving up the go-ahead two-run homer to Carlos Santana (background) during the Yankees' 4-3 loss to the Mariners.

And there's Abreu who lost his league option to Minor . He was designated a second-degree assignment after the Yankees traded him to Texas in the spring and Jose traded him for Trevino. He has conceded four goals in his last four games.

"His command hasn't been very good the last few times," said Boone. “We will continue to get him out where he needs to be.”

Boone saves Abreu in a low-leverage situation after he lost in 13 innings on Tuesday night. I couldn't afford it.

The day after the Yankees had five of his runners on base, Boone said these base-running accidents were a "wake-up call" from previous carelessness at base. He said he hopes to help. past few weeks.

Still, the manager added that he wanted to focus on the "big picture," noting that the team had more success on the base pass this year than last year.

"From a baserunning standpoint, this is what we've been really good at," Boone said before Wednesday's loss. "We don't want to lose sight of that. Part of that is our positivity."

But that mentality didn't end in Tuesday's 1-0, 13-inning loss, where aggression gave way to recklessness, costing them repeatedly, especially when the autorunners were thrown out in three consecutive overtime runs. inning.

"Most of the time we were smart about [baserunning]," said Boone. “In the last few weeks we have made some mistakes. We were overly aggressive and our fly ball readings in the outfield were not the best.

The Yankees' baserunning has improved this season, but only marginally.

The Yankees, who were his eighth (50) in pitches in 2021, were twelfth (34) this year.

They have already stolen more bases this season (71) than they did last year overall (63), and the percentage has remained stable, down from 78% to 76% for him. On Tuesday, he even lost an at-bat in extra innings, as he was the only two batters to come to bat in both the 11th and he 12th innings. Aaron Hicks and then Jose Trevino start 12th on the comeback of Isaiah Kiner Falefa. Kinna Whalefa was also thrown out while trying to take second place in play.

"I think it's unbelievable," Boone said of the streak in which only two players were at bat. "I may be the first and last. No good. Hopefully this never happens again."

Anthony Rizzo will miss his five games with a sore back. After that, I returned to the lineup. He started at first base and went 0-for-4.

The Yankees and Rizzo said the injury was less severe than when they dealt with a similar issue last month, but only lasted four games.

The first baseman hit a home run in four straight games, but went hitless last Wednesday. His back tightened during batting practice ahead of the team's next game on Friday and he was scratched from the lineup. A solo shot in the top of the 7th inning.

"He's great," said Boone.