Higashioka went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Tuesday's loss to the Blue Jays.
Higashioka got the start at catcher with Gary Sanchez operating as the designated hitter Tuesday, and the backup backstop made his presence felt with his first multi-hit outing of the month. The 31-year-old veteran is only hitting .200, though, and with Sanchez ahead of him, steady playing time will remain hard to come by.
Higashioka is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the White Sox.
Higashioka appeared to have leapfrogged Gary Sanchez on the Yankees' catching depth chart in late April, but based on how the starts have been doled out of late, Higashioka seems to have faded back into a No.2 role. The 31-year-old will be on the bench for the third time in four games with Sanchez having shown some improvement at the dish of late. After posting a .639 OPS in April, Sanchez is up to a .726 mark thus far in May.
Higashioka is out of the lineup Friday against the White Sox.
Higashioka finds himself on the bench for the second straight day, while Gary Sanchez has now started five of the past seven games behind the plate.
Higashioka is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Rays.
Higashioka's hold on the No. 1 catching job appears to be shaky, as he's now sitting for the third time in six games. Gary Sanchez, who hit a solo home run in his last start Tuesday, will spell Higashioka behind the plate.
Higashioka will sit Tuesday against Tampa Bay.
Higashioka looked to be taking over the starting role behind the plate in late April, starting five games out of seven from April 27 through May 4. Since that point, he's started just two games out of six. Gary Sanchez, who starts there Tuesday, could potentially continue to claw back playing time moving forward.
Higashioka is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Nationals.
After wresting the No. 1 catching job away from Gary Sanchez in late April, Higashioka appears to have fallen back into a timeshare at the position upon falling into a 2-for-20 slump at the plate over his last six games. Higashioka and Sanchez have now alternated starts over the past five contests.
Higashioka is not in the lineup Friday against the Nationals.
Higashioka will take a seat for the second time in the past three games while mired in a 1-for-16 slump. Gary Sanchez will start behind the plate and bat sixth Friday for New York.
Higashioka isn't starting Wednesday's game against the Astros.
Higashioka had started each of the last two games and went1-for-6 with a double, a run, an RBI and three strikeouts during that time. Gary Sanchez will start behind the dish and bat eighth.
Higashioka went 1-for-3 with an RBI and two strikeouts in Sunday's 2-0 win over the Tigers.
Higashioka had gone hitless with two walks and three strikeouts in his last eight plate appearances, but he put the Yankees on the board with his double in the second inning Sunday. The 31-year-old has continued to split time behind the dish with Gary Sanchez early in the season, but manager Aaron Boone has indicated that the starting catcher will be determined on a game-to-game basis. Higashioka has slashed .265/.375/.706 with four home runs, seven RBI and six runs in 14 games this year.
Higashioka went 2-for-4 with a solo home run Tuesday in the Yankees' 5-1 win over the Orioles.
After manager Aaron Boone acknowledged prior to Tuesday's game that Higashioka would take on increased work behind the plate with Gary Sanchez off to a dismal start to the season, the 31-year-old rewarded the skipper's faith by slugging his fourth home run. Boone indicated that any decision on his starting catcher would be determined on a game-by-game basis, but Higashioka probably earned himself a second straight turn behind the dish Wednesday. Higashioka is now sitting on a monstrous .320/.414/.880 slash line through 29 plate appearances, and he should be on the radar in all leagues that start two catchers now that he's poised to see an uptick in playing time.
Manager Aaron Boone said Tuesday that Higashioka has earned more playing time, Sweeny Murti of Sports Radio 66 WFAN reports.
Higashioka is starting at catcher and hitting eighth against the Orioles. He's hitting .286/.400/.810 with three home runs in 21 at-bats this season while providing his typically solid defense. Meanwhile, Gary Sanchez is in the midst of a 2-for-28 slump over his last nine games. "It'll be kind of a day-by-day thing," Boone said regarding the playing-time split behind the dish.
Higashioka went 2-for-4 with a walk, a double, a solo home run and two runs scored Thursday against Cleveland.
Higashioka drew the start in the opening game of the team's series against Cleveland and played a big role in the victory. He began the third inning with a leadoff double and later came around to score. Five frames later, he provided an insurance run with a solo homer -- his third long ball of the campaign. Higashioka figures to draw backup reps at catcher, but he's taken advantage of his opportunities to hit .353/.376/1.000 across 21 plate appearances this season. While that's not sustainable, it could force the Yankees to consider giving him more playing time.
Higashioka went 2-for-3 with two homers and three RBI in Monday's 3-1 win over the Blue Jays.
The catcher took Robbie Ray deep in the fifth inning and added a solo shot off Ryan Borucki in the eighth, accounting for all the Yankees' offense on the night as well as his first two homers of the year. Higashioka has also been behind the plate for two straight brilliant outings by Gerrit Cole, but if he keeps adding value with his bat as well, he'll quickly become more than just the personal catcher for the team's ace.
Higashioka will be behind the plate for Gerrit Cole's starts a "fair amount" of the time, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Manager Aaron Boone didn't commit to Higashioka being Cole's personal catcher, but it sure sounds as if the backup backstop will get a chance to start most games when the Yankees' ace is on the mound. Higashioka started Tuesday, when Cole pitched seven scoreless frames and struck out 13 in a win over Baltimore.
Higashioka (side) will bat seventh and start behind the plate Sunday against the Blue Jays.
Higashioka had been out for most of the week due to side soreness. He was originally expected back Saturday, though the one-day delay shouldn't significantly impact his readiness for the upcoming season.
Higashioka (side) is now expected to return to action Sunday against Toronto, Max Goodman of Sports Illustrated reports.
Manager Aaron Boone had previously indicated that Higashioka would start Saturday's game against Baltimore, but the backstop's return from side soreness is now expected to come Sunday instead. There's no indication that Higashioka has suffered a setback; rather, Boone indicated that he wants Gary Sanchez catching Saturday in order for him to log consecutive games behind the plate. Higashioka's move to Sunday means he will now catch ace Gerrit Cole against the Blue Jays.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he expects Higashioka (side) to catch in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Higashioka wasn't available to make his scheduled start Tuesday against the Tigers after experiencing some side soreness, but the Yankees don't seem too concerned about the injury. Boone noted that Higashioka had a "good day" in terms of treatment while he sat out Tuesday, and the 30-year-old will likely be able to work out in some capacity over the next few days. Higashioka looks on track to enter Opening Day as the top backup to Gary Sanchez.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Higashioka was scratched from the lineup for Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers due to a sore side, Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record reports.
Boone suggested Higashioka's removal was precautionary, so the catcher could be ready to rejoin the lineup within a few days. Non-roster invitee Rob Brantly will get a turn behind the plate Tuesday, catching for Gerrit Cole.
Manager Aaron Boone said Thursday that who starts at catcher between Higashioka and Gary Sanchez will be a "day-to-day situation," Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
Higashioka has already cut substantially into the struggling Sanchez's playing time, going 7-for-21 with three homers while making six starts behind the dish since Sept.11. Though Sanchez obviously has the edge over Higashioka with regard to postseason experience, it sounds like the catching duties will at least begin as a fluid situation when the Yankees open their wild-card series Tuesday.
Higashioka went 3-for-4 with three home runs, five RBI and three runs scored Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
Higashioka emerged as an unlikely hero, delivering the second multi-homer game of his career. He went yard in the third, sixth and seventh innings, bringing his total on the campaign to four. Higashioka remains the backup catcher in New York and has only 36 plate appearances to this point in the season.
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|06/18||vs OAK||L 3-5||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|06/16||@ TOR||W 3-2||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|06/12||@ PHI||L 7-8||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|06/09||@ MIN||W 9-6||5||1||2||0||0||0||0|
|06/05||vs BOS||L 3-7||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|06/03||vs TB||L 2-9||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/31||vs TB||L 1-3||2||0||1||0||0||0||0|
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2017||ASX-Staten Island Yankee||5||16||7||7||2||0||4||8||2||5||0||0||.438||.500||1.312|