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Yankees surprised not to play on July 4

CLEVELAND — The Yankees missing Monday isn’t unusual. What makes it weird is the fact that it’s the 4th of July.

“It’s weird,” DJ LeMahieu said of not having a game over the holidays. “It’s like we have to play. You’re supposed to play on July 4. I was very surprised when I saw the schedule.

But after 20 games in 20 days, LeMahieu is not complaining: “I’m going to take time off.

They’ll spend it in Pittsburgh, where they open a series against the Pirates on Tuesday.

It comes after the Yankees also didn’t play a Memorial Day game.

Aaron Boone added that it was “definitely” weird not to play, but agreed with LeMahieu about relishing the rare day off.

“We’re all looking forward to a day off,” the manager said. “It’s a long time coming…guys can recharge their batteries.”

DJ LeMahieu

Aroldis Chapman didn’t pitch Sunday after walking all three batters he faced in his return Saturday. Boone said he wanted to bring the southpaw back soon.

“Physically he’s in a pretty good position and the work we’re seeing has been good,” Boone said after the Yankees’ 2-0 loss to the Guardians. “Now it allows him to overcome the hurdle of having it translated on the pitch.”

Another key cog in the bullpen who ran out of time, Jonathan Loaisiga, kicked off a 20-pitch live batting practice Saturday in Tampa that “went well.”

Boone said Loaisiga could be close to starting a rehab mission. He has been out since May 23 with a right shoulder impingement.

Stephen Ridings, who started five games last August – with four scoreless appearances – remains out, also with a right shoulder impact.

Boone said the right-hander was unable to shake off a mound. He is under IL for 60 days.

Ben Rortvedt, part of the trade that sent Gary Sanchez and Gio Urshela to Minnesota, returned to action following meniscus surgery he underwent on his left knee in May.

Rortvedt had already been out of time with an oblique injury that kept him out of spring training.

Boone said the 24-year-old, acquired before the Yankees traded to Texas for Jose Trevino, “is probably close to being ready for some game action.”

Estevan Florial’s future may not be with the Yankees, but he could improve his trading stock.

In his previous five games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre heading into Sunday, the outfielder was 9-for-16 with four doubles and four home runs, to go along with four walks and three strikeouts.

“He’s playing really well,” Boone said. “It’s good to see him having a really good season. We know he’s got talent, we love the makeup. It’s good to see him having a good, solid season with Triple-A.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa has been mostly solid at shortstop this season, but he had a pitching error on a routine play in the third Sunday.

“I know it’s been frustrating for him, with a few mistakes this year that he definitely thinks he has to make,” Boone said. “He knows how good he is and how good he has been for us. … I don’t think it’s mental failures. No one is as locked up as him. He made a few more mistakes than usual for him. I don’t think it’s a [sign] of what is to come.

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