With less than three weeks to go before Opening Day is scheduled, Aaron Boone wants the Yankees to get as many “live reps’’ as possible, which is why they will play their first intrasquad game of spring training 2.0 Monday night.
J.A. Happ and right-handed prospect Clarke Schmidt are scheduled to start the 7 p.m. game, with Gerrit Cole slated to start in another intrasquad game on Tuesday.
“With a shorter amount of time [to prepare], we want pitchers in game action and build up pitch counts,’’ Aaron Boone said. “We’ll go easy as far as running and getting out of the box.”
Boone added the Yankees are “hopeful” they will get in “a few” exhibition games prior to the 60-game regular season.
The Yankees are without DJ LeMahieu and Luis Cessa, who both tested positive for COVID-19 and are self-isolating outside New York.
LeMahieu has been asymptomatic, while Cessa has experienced “very mild symptoms.”
Boone said Saturday he was “hopeful” the two would only be out a short time.
With less than three weeks to go before Opening Day is scheduled, Boone wants the Yankees to get as many “live reps’’ as possible, which is why they…