Yankees manager Joe Girardi has penciled in Matt Holliday as the DH for Game 1 of the ALCS against the Astros.
Holliday will bat eighth.
When asked on Thursday if Holliday could make his 2017 postseason debut in Game 1, Girardi said "stay tuned."
Holliday, 37, hit .231 with 19 home runs and 64 RBIs in the regular season but did not register an at-bat in the ALDS against the Cleveland Indians. Instead, Chase Headley and Jacoby Ellsbury combined to go 0-for-16 with three walks and one catcher's interference in the series.
"We're going to look at it on a daily basis," Girardi said, according to the New York Daily News' Mike Mazzeo. "What we think is the best thing to do, and you go from there."
Despite starting the year slashing .275/.379/.536 with 15 home runs and 47 RBIs through the first 65 games of the season, Holliday hit .166/.215/.278 with four home runs and 17 RBIs from June 22 to Oct. 1, as he missed three weeks at the end of the first half due to a viral infection and almost the entire month of August from a back injury.
Yankees designated hitters are 0-for-20 in the postseason. Ellsbury went 0-for-4 in the wild-card game as the DH. In the ALDS, Headley went 0-for-2 in Game 1, and both of them went 0-for-3 in Game 2. When the series moved to New York, they both went 0-for-1 in Game 3 and Headley went 0-for-4 in Game 4. Ellsbury walked and reached on a catcher's interference in Game 5, while Headley went 0-for-2.
Holliday, who signed a one-year, $13 million deal in the offseason, did not appear in the ALDS but said he would be prepared for any opportunity.
"Sure, sure, I'd like to be out there," Holliday said to the Daily News. "But, just be ready in case there's a situation where they think it's right."