Alex Rodriguez was activated from the DL on Thursday, so Refsnyder's presence as a depth option was no longer necessary. He should continue to loom at Triple-A as an option if the Yankees suffer further injuries.
With lefty J.A. Happ on the mound, the Yankees will give Aaron Hicks the start in center field, hitting second. The Yankees have been unwilling to move Ellsbury into a platoon as of yet, although the case could be made that it is the optimal deployment, as he has a 95 wRC+ against lefties, compared to a 118 mark against righties, and Hicks of course destroys southpaws.
Martin was removed from Wednesday's win over the A's after tweaking his left hamstring while running the bases. Manager Scott Servais said Martin will have his leg examined Thursday, noting that he doesn't believe the issue is anything serious. "It's tough when he's playing as well as he is," Servais said. "He's really sparked us here from the leadoff spot and how he's swinging the bat. It's a little discouraging, but I don't think it's anything too serious. We'll have a better idea later in the day [Thursday]."
The 33-year-old continues to see somewhat steady playing time for his new team, though this is his first start of the series against Pittsburgh. Bourn has been producing so far, slashing .353/.389/.412 through 17 at-bats.
The Marlins continue to handle Yelich on a day-to-day basis, and Thursday will mark his sixth consecutive absence. It's possible he could be available as a pinch hitter, though the Marlins have not offered much commentary on the situation. Derek Dietrich will serve as the left fielder Thursday, joining Marcell Ozuna and Cole Gillespie in the outfield.
Stanton was held out of Wednesday's game with what manager Don Mattingly called "a little soreness" on his right side, and the issue is apparently still persisting. The outfielder should continue to be considered day-to-day, and the Marlins will go with Cole Gillespie in right field Thursday.
Polanco has been on a tear in the month of May and has eight hits over his last four games, but the Pirates will move him down in the order Thursday. David Freese will hit in Polanco's usual No. 3 spot, while Jordy Mercer will assume leadoff duties with John Jaso getting the day off.
Mazara's solo shot to lead off the second inning would have traveled a projected 491 feet, according to Statcast, making it the longest home run in the majors this season. It also sparked a three-run rally that propelled the Rangers to a 15-9 win that clinched a series victory over the Angels. Mazara's titanic home run replaced Giancarlo Stanton's 475-foot homer on May 6 as the longest of the season. The 21-year-old is looking like a Rookie of the Year candidate through the early part of the season, slashing .320/.365/.500 through his first 150 at-bats.
Productive games with the bat are few and far between for Bourjos, who keeps his lineup spot thanks to his elite defensive skills. He is hitting .203/.233/.305 with three stolen bases in 128 at-bats this season. Cody Asche's impending return could put Bourjos on the bench a little more frequently moving forward as Tyler Goeddel could rotate between left and right field.
He hit a pair of opposite-field singles before doubling to right field for his third hit. Polanco has settled in nicely as the team's No. 3 hitter against right-handed pitching, batting .343 in 67 at-bats. He has a home run in two at-bats against Thursday starter Patrick Corbin.