Yastrzemski could start in center field and bat leadoff for the Giants once operations resumes, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The 29-year-old appeared in 107 games as a rookie in 2019 with an .852 OPS and 21 home runs, and he's poised for a more significant role this season. Yastrzemski mostly played in the corner outfield last year, but he was seeing significant time in center field during spring training and could split regular-season action there with Mauricio Dubon.
Yastrzemski is not in the lineup Saturday against lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu and the Dodgers. With another lefty (Rich Hill) scheduled to start Sunday, it's possible Yastrzemski has already made his final start of the season. Jaylin Davis gets the start in right field in his absence.
Yastrzemski went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, a double, another RBI and another run scored in Thursday's win over the Rockies. Yastrzemski launched a 429-foot solo homer off Jesus Tinoco in the fourth inning to give the Giants a 2-1 lead that would last the rest of the way. The long ball was the 21st of the season for the 29-year-old outfielder, who has enjoyed a solid September at the plate. Since Sept. 1, Yastrzemski's batting average has steadily risen from .265 to .274.
Yastrzemski is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Braves, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports. Yastrzemski has been shielded pretty heavily from lefties this season (13 starts), and that will continue against Max Fried. Jaylin Davis will take over in right field as Mauricio Dubon leads off.
Yastrzemski went 3-for-4 with a double in Friday's 6-0 loss to Atlanta. The 29-year-old did his job at the top of the order, but the rest of the Giants' lineup only managed one other hit. Yastrzemski is doing his Hall of Fame granddad proud in September, slashing .302/.380/.460 with two homers, a steal, five RBI and 11 runs.