New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro (14) hits a sacrifice RBI during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.
By BRENDAN KUTY
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The ice bags were huge and they covered his lower back and right knee.
Of course, Starlin Castro said he was fine.
“(Trainer Stevie Donohue) just wanted me to put them on,” Castro said after the Yankees’ 9-5 loss to the Rays at Tropicana Field on Saturday. “I’m fine.”
Castro was obviously still feeling the effects of colliding with hulking right fielder Aaron Judge on Friday. The second baseman and Judge, who stands 6-foot-7, 27o pounds, slammed into each other going for a foul ball in right field foul territory.
In addition to the soreness, Castro had a bandage covering a huge gash on his left forearm.
Count catcher Gary Sanchez as shaken up, too.
Sanchez took a foul tip to the mask in the loss.
He appeared dazed as he rubbed his chin while on his knees behind the plate. The Yankees’ medical team came out to check on him. When he got to his feet, the crowed cheered. Sanchez stayed in the game.
Afterward, Sanchez said he has bruising on his right cheek, near his ear.
Sanchez missed a month this season with a strained right biceps.
Manager Joe Girardi said he was a little concerned for Sanchez, who’s taken quite a few foul tips off the mask lately and was bothered by stiff neck on Friday.
As both were changing in the Yankees’ clubhouse, Donohue stopped by each of their lockers to tell them to check in with him before they went home.