Category: Injuries

Clint Frazier Removed From SWB Game With Concussion Symptoms

Bad news for one of Brian Cashman’s best trade chips.

Bad news came from Columbus, Ohio, on Thursday night, where the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate was playing. Outfielder (and prominent trade chip) Clint Frazier was removed prior to his second plate appearance after attempting a diving catch in the outfield in the first inning.

Conor Foley, a RailRiders writer for The Times-Tribune in Scranton, said Frazier was removed “for precautionary reasons related to possible concussion symptoms” and the outfielder would “see a doctor soon”.

SWB manager Bobby Mitchell said Frazier was feeling “lightheaded,” and had expressed “he wasn’t ‘feeling too good'” prior to first pitch. “There’s a chance he could go on the DL just because he’s had the concussion syndrome thing and you want to be careful with that,” Mitchell told DJ Eberle, a RailRiders beat reporter for the Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre. “Don’t know exactly the move and how he’ll feel tomorrow, but there’s a possibility that, yeah, he could [end up on the DL].”

Frazier had been optioned by the Yankees on Monday, but took the full 72 hours allotted to him to report to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre since he never would have gotten an All-Star break. He was batting .265/.390/.353 (115 wRC+) in 41 big-league plate appearances, and an impressive .311/.389/.574 (170 wRC+) in 216 International League plate appearances.

Cleveland prospect infielder Yu Chang hit a line drive that he made a diving attempt for but came up empty. It ended up being an RBI triple fielded by right fielder Billy McKinney.

The 23-year-old was called out on strikes to begin the game, and was pinch-hit for by Shane Robinson when his spot in the order was due to hit in the second inning. Robinson flew out and proceeded to take over in center field for the rest of the game.

The Internet went into a fury once reports indicated Frazier had been lifted, especially with Trade Deadline madness and Frazier’s pedigree as a trade chip. Recent reports indicate that Brian Cashman has been shopping him aggressively in an effort to shore up the Yankees’ starting rotation. That plan now hangs in the balance as Cashman and the Yankees anxiously await updates on Frazier’s condition.

The Yankees recalled Brandon Drury to replace Frazier on the active roster for tonight’s series opener with the Mets.

Aroldis Chapman Pulled in Ninth Inning with Apparent Leg Injury

Aroldis Chapman was removed from Saturday afternoon’s game against the Blue Jays after throwing his sixth pitch of the day.

Chapman struck out Randal Grichuk, but immediately limped after landing once the pitch was released. It appeared to be his left leg that was giving him discomfort. He was replaced by Chasen Shreve, who had been warming up alongside Chapman during the top of the ninth inning.

The YES Network broadcasting team mentioned that Chapman has managed to tendinitis in his left knee throughout his career, though it’s unclear if his left knee was giving him trouble.

Chapman is 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA (1.40 FIP) in 39 appearances for the Yankees in 2018. He has struck out 66 batters compared to 15 walks.

Aaron Hicks Exits With Left Leg Cramps

Aaron Hicks was removed from this afternoon’s game in the bottom of the fifth inning with left leg cramps.

Hicks had been 0-for-1 with two walks and a strikeout prior to being lifted. Clint Frazier entered the game in Hicks’ lineup spot, playing left field. Brett Gardner slid from left field to center field.

Hopefully, the cramping is just the result of dehydration and nothing else. It’s unclear if the cramps will keep him out of tomorrow’s game, though we’re likely to see Frazier in some form tomorrow afternoon.

Hicks is hitting .259/.359/.523 (140 wRC+) in 69 games so far in 2018.

Gary Sánchez Injures Groin; Kyle Higashioka to Be Recalled

Despite their renowned minor league depth, the Yankees always had a weakness in their system behind the plate. That issue was exacerbated Sunday afternoon in Tampa Bay after catcher Gary Sánchez hurt his groin running out a double play ground ball in the 10th inning.

“It’s bothering me right now,” Sánchez said through a translator. “What can I say, that’s how baseball is sometimes. You never want something bad to happen to you, but that’s part of baseball. Now I’m hoping it’s not a long time.”

Despite struggling to a .190/.291/.433 line in 63 games this season, the Yankees have stuck with Sánchez as their starter. He has managed just seven hits in the month of June, while striking out in 25 percent of his plate appearances. Backup Austin Romine, who has undergone a surprising offensive outbreak, replaced Sánchez on defense and will get the bulk of the starts with Gary on the shelf.

Romine has posted a surprising .305/.370/.524 line so far in 2018, which has been slowed lately by a .207/.250/.379 line in 32 plate appearances so far in June. The 29-year-old has earned more playing time because of his bat as well as his status as Sonny Gray‘s personal catcher. The extra offense from Romine allows Aaron Boone to use Sánchez more in a designated hitter role, which allows the 25-year-old to maintain a degree of freshness.

Sánchez’s 25-man roster spot will be taken by Kyle Higashioka. Drafted by the Yankees in the 7th round of the 2008 draft, Higashioka has battled injuries and inconsistent offensive performance as part of the Yankees flimsy catching depth. He is just a season removed from hitting 21 home runs in 2016, which was a career-high.

Estevan Florial Needs Hamate Surgery; Out Until August

Remember when we thought this team had too many outfielders?

The Yankees farm system took a hit Friday as No. 2 overall prospect outfielder Estevan Florial will require hamate surgery on his right wrist, per George A. King III of the New York Post. The team has yet to officially confirm the injury.

Florial had left Thursday night’s game with a sore wrist after Class-A Advanced Tampa Tarpons’ manager Patrick Osborn noticed some “funky” swings from the 20-year-old. The surgery essentially requires the doctor to remove the hamate bone from the wrist.

“I figured something must be bothering him, so I made the switch to take him out, and later, we got word from the trainer that was working on him that it was soreness in the right wrist,” Osborn told MiLB.com.

After being promoted to Double-A Trenton for the Eastern League playoffs last season, Florial began 2018 back in Tampa. He broke out in 2017 to a .298/.372/.479 line in 110 games between Low-A Charleston and Tampa. He then went on to hit .286/.383/.414 in 19 Arizona Fall League games.

Prior to the injury, Florial carried a .246/.353/.343 slash-line in 36 games with Tampa. It’s worth speculating that Florial’s average and on-base percentage could be down because he was attempting to play through the injury, which could have sapped some of his power.

It appears likely that Florial will return to the Arizona Fall League to make up for the time he misses because of the surgery. The Yankees transferred Dom Thompson-Williams from Low-A Charleston to Tampa to replace Florial. Thompson-Williams was deserving of a promotion regardless, hitting .378/.425/.811 with five home runs in 10 games.

Tommy Kahnle Hits Disabled List With Right Shoulder Tendinitis

The Yankees bullpen took a hit Tuesday, as right-hander Tommy Kahnle was placed on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis. The move was made retroactive to yesterday, so Kahnle is eligible to be activated next Thursday.

“We’re hoping that this is something that we can knock out with a few days of rest,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said to Bryan Hoch. “That’ll unfold over the next 24 hours and days ahead. We’re at least optimistic that it is a minor situation.”

Fellow right-hander Luis Cessa was scratched from his scheduled start with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and joins the team’s bullpen prior to tonight’s matchup with the Miami Marlins.

Kahnle had been seeing a dip in his velocity, though the team and Kahnle attributed that to mechanical issues. But, an MRI showed the tendinitis, and the Yankees believed it would be better to allow Kahnle to rest and rehabilitate for at least 10 days. So far this season Kahnle has a 6.14 ERA (5.68 FIP) in 7⅓ innings pitched for the Yankees.

CC Sabathia Leaves Game With Right Hip Soreness, Will Undergo MRI

The injury bug has struck again, as veteran lefty CC Sabathia had to leave Friday’s start against the Baltimore Orioles after four innings and 58 pitches with “right hip soreness”. The team announced the injury, and that Sabathia would undergo an MRI on his injured hip.

Tommy Kahnle replaced Sabathia in the fifth inning. CC gave up three solo home runs (two to Manny Machado, the other to Chris Davis) in his four innings. After an inning-ending strikeout of Anthony Santander, it looked like the lefty was limping during his walk off of the field.

The Yankees will likely recall either Luis Cessa or Domingo Germán if Sabathia must go on the disabled list.