With the temperature expected to approach triple digits in The Bronx this weekend, the Yankees said Friday they would take added precautions at the Stadium, including having hydration stations on all levels of the ballpark.
Fans will also be permitted to bring bottled water into the Stadium — excluding cans, glass, metal containers or other thermoses.
The team has also advised people to use common sense, wear sunscreen and not stay in the sun too long.
“Fans are encouraged to step out of the sun as necessary to spend time in shaded concourses or other cooler areas,’’ the team said in a statement.
Aaron Boone said the training staff and coaches would be “vigilant” in reminding players to stay hydrated throughout the day, not just at the ballpark.
“We want to stay ahead of it,’’ the manager said before the Yankees beat the Rockies, 8-2, on Friday in The Bronx.
Saturday’s starting pitcher, Masahiro Tanaka, didn’t expect to be impacted much by the heat.
“This is normal for the summer in Tokyo,’’ Tanaka said through an interpreter. “And once you start throwing, you don’t feel it. That’s the dangerous part.”
The heat isn’t supposed to be as bad on Sunday in Cooperstown for the Hall of Fame induction ceremony. There will be water available for fans.
The Yankees were among a handful of teams with a scout at Marcus Stroman’s start in Detroit on Friday night and the Toronto right-hander tossed seven scoreless innings in a 12-1 win over the Tigers. Stroman (6-10) will be among the most sought-after pitchers on the market in advance of the July 31 trade deadline.
Top Yankees prospect Deivi Garcia is set to make his second start for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday. The 20-year-old has opened plenty of eyes and could make his MLB debut later this season — unless he becomes a key piece to a deadline deal.
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Cameron Maybin hit outside on Friday for the first time since landing on the injured list with a strained left calf. He also ran the arc behind the basepaths and Boone said he “looked really good.”
Dellin Betances and Luis Severino both had days off from throwing on Friday and are scheduled to play catch again Saturday.
“So far, so good,’’ Boone said of the duo’s comeback from lat strains that followed shoulder injuries. “If all goes well, they could be on the mound in the next couple of weeks.”
Right-hander Ben Heller, who had his rehab assignment cut short last week, was diagnosed with a small flexor strain and will be shut down from throwing for a week.
“Hopefully that’s all it is,’’ Boone said of Heller, who had been at SWB in his comeback from last year’s Tommy John surgery.
After pitching 3 ¹/₃ solid innings in the Yankees’ win over Tampa Bay in the second game of Thursday’s doubleheader, Nestor Cortes Jr. was optioned to SWB because he has minor league options remaining. Also factoring into the move was that Cortes threw 73 pitches Thursday and would be unavailable for several days.
Stephen Tarpley, who served as the 26th man in Game 2 on Thursday, remained in the bullpen and pitched three scoreless innings in Friday’s 8-2 win.