WASHINGTON — The Yankees’ days in National League parks are over until they visit Citi Field next month, but Clint Frazier will be sticking around a while longer nevertheless.
Aaron Boone said after Wednesday’s latest washout at Nationals Park that the outfielder would remain with the Yankees instead of being sent back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Because the Yankees have played few games lately, their bullpen is well-rested and Domingo German is expected to be available in relief at least until Tuesday. As a result, they decided to keep an extra bat around — especially with lefties Danny Duffy and Eric Skoglund scheduled to pitch for the Royals on Saturday and Sunday.
Boone said Frazier would remain “for now” and the team will monitor how to use the roster “day-to-day. That’ll be a fluid situation. We’ll see how that plays out.”
The manager sounded as if he would start Frazier on Saturday against Duffy and stressed again the Yankees wouldn’t keep him around to be on the bench.
“We won’t have him here regularly sitting,’’ Boone said.
Frazier was just happy to not be heading back to the minors after only arriving Tuesday and having both games either suspended or postponed by rain.
“I’m just here to get at-bats right now,’’ Frazier said. “It’s a big weight off my shoulders that I don’t have to sneak on that team flight right now.”
Frazier was in the on-deck circle in the top of the fifth on Tuesday to hit for Masahiro Tanaka before Miguel Andujar grounded out to end the inning.
“I just want to get an opportunity,’’ Frazier said. “I didn’t want to go back down without at least getting one at-bat to try to push for a spot.”
Frazier has hit well with SWB since returning after being sidelined by a concussion suffered in February when he crashed into a wall trying to make a catch in Tampa. He said he’s not concerned with what matchups he sees, as long as it’s with the Yankees.
“I’m looking forward to facing lefties, righties, whatever it is,” Frazier said. “It was a lot for me to get back to this moment, so I’m just really excited I get to stay around for however long they keep me here and try to make this really good team even better.”
Tuesday’s game isn’t over, but Giancarlo Stanton’s 1,000th hit — which came in the fifth inning of the suspended game — is official.
“It is cool, but I kind of forgot at the moment that I got it til they called for the ball,” Stanton said.
Stanton said he intends to give the ball to his father and added he wasn’t bothered that the milestone came on a flare to shallow right.
“Did you see my first hit ever?” Stanton asked Wednesday with a grin. “I think this may have been [hit] harder than that one, so I’m fine with it.”