The Yankees have pulled Clint Frazier three times in the past five games in favor of the team having a stronger defense for the later innings.
And Frazier is more than understanding about it.
"It's the better play, I think," Frazier said, according to NJ Advance Media's Brendan Kuty. "Obviously, I've had some stuff in the past that shouldn't have happened that did. It's not like it's unwarranted, you know?"
On May 10, Frazier was pulled in favor of Mike Tauchman, who took over in right field for the eighth and ninth innings. On May 12, he was replaced by Brett Gardner, who took over in center field while Tauchman moved from center to right for the seventh, eighth and ninth innings.
And in Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader, Gardner replaced Frazier in the seventh inning and took over in left field while Tauchman moved from left to right and Aaron Hicks stayed in center.
Gardner won the Gold Glove Award in 2016, and when it comes to everyday outfielders, Hicks and Aaron Judge have each had multiple outfield assists every year since they made their MLB debuts.
"We have a Gold Glover sitting on the bench ... Gardy coming in right there is no doubt the right play," Frazier said.
Frazier hasn't particularly stood out in the outfield this season -- he has a 0.3 defensive rating in left field and a 0.0 rating in right.
Meanwhile, Tauchman has a 0.9 rating in left while Gardner's defensive rating in center field is 0.8. And both Tauchman and Cameron Maybin, in limited time in right field, each have a 0.5 defensive rating there.
But Frazier is OK putting the team before himself.
"I want the team to win as many games as we can," he said.