James Paxton and J.A. Happ was to stabilize the Yankees' rotation when they were acquired last offseason.
Instead, the veterans' left-handers have been most disappointed this year – a trend that continued in the otherwise wildly successful Yankee's home, ending with Wednesday's 8-7 win over Blue Jays.
Paxton was knocked out after just 4¹ / 3 innings against Toronto, but not before he allowed a career-high three homers and matched a season-worst six earned races allowed.
And Wednesday manager Aaron Boone also said the team would use an opener – probably Chad Green – Sunday in London against Red Sox instead of Happ.
"With these [additional] off-days, it's a good time to get all the boys extra time, Siger Boone.
Boone expects to come back either at Citi Field against Mets or at Tropicana Field versus Rays when the Yankees returning from London
Happ has given up 20 homers and the small dimensions of London Stadium would certainly not have helped.
The 36-year-old Happ said he was fine with the decision, but it was not his idea "I think we look at this as potentially beneficial," Happ said about the extra rest. "I wasn't looking for extra rest, but I'll try to get the most out of it."
Paxton, who came out of two regular outings, became rough on Wednesday and gave up a three-round homer to Lourdes Gurriel Jr. before retiring and a two-run shot to Danny Jansen in the other. Gurriel also took him deep in the fifth.
Paxton said he couldn't get any rhythm on the height.
"I haven't done really well," Paxton said. "I don't find it out there consistently. I'm definitely fighting right now. I have to work to find out, and I'll find out at some point."
"I don't think he had the power of his fastball or bite on his breaking ball, "Boone said." He didn't dictate the counter. … He was a little away with everything. "
But Boone said he is still certain that Paxton's left knee, who sent him to the damaged list earlier in the season, is not the problem.
" I feel good where he is from a health view, "Boone said.