Headley will not be a part of Friday's starting nine for Game 2 of the ALDS against Cleveland, Buster Olney of ESPN reports. Manager Joe Girardi will turn to Jacoby Ellsbury in the DH spot following Thursday's 4-0 loss. During that contest, Headley went 0-for-2 with one walk.
Headley is out of the lineup Monday against the Royals. After starting five of the Yankees' last six contests and recording three hits in 17 at-bats, Headley will return to the bench with Matt Holliday resuming DH duties after a two-game hiatus. Holliday still looks like the Yankees' primary designated hitter as the playoffs approach, but an underwhelming .239/.314/.413 slash line in September could prompt manager Joe Girardi to hand more opportunities to Headley if Holliday fails to show improvement in the final week of the regular season.
Headley is out of the lineup against the Twins on Wednesday, Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record reports. Headley will take a seat on the bench for Wednesday's matinee following a 1-for-4 performance with three strikeouts during Tuesday's victory. In his place, Greg Bird draws the start at first while Todd Frazier is set to man the hot corner.
Headley went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run during Thursday's win over Baltimore. The veteran has caught fire of late going 10-for-23 at the dish with three homers, four RBI and six runs through his past six games. Unfortunately, Headley is battling for playing time with Greg Bird, Todd Frazier and Matt Holliday. While there's an outside chance that Headley's recent form earns him additional at-bats moving forward, his fantasy value will probably remain limited to deep settings.
Headley went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored during Saturday's win over Boston. With Todd Fraizer, Greg Bird and Matt Holliday all in the fold, Headley has been receiving a few more nights off of late, so his strong showing Saturday should help him to continue seeing semi-regular playing time. The 33-year-old veteran has turned in a respectable fantasy campaign for deep settings with a .278/.360/.421 slash line, 10 homers, 53 RBI and 63 runs, but his upside is clearly capped at this stage of his career.
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