Category: Injuries

Chapman Placed on DL; Adams Recalled; Rabago Claimed

The Yankees placed closer Aroldis Chapman on the 10-day disabled list today, and recalled righty Chance Adams from Triple-A to take his roster spot. The Yanks claimed catcher Chris Rabago from the Colorado Rockies and optioned him to Double-A Trenton.

Chapman had been pitching through tendinitis in his left knee all season, but had been able to manage it himself. He told reporters after the game Tuesday that the pain he felt was worse than usual. He threw just six pitches in his appearance in the 12th inning before summoning the trainer from the dugout. He was relieved by Tommy Kahnle, who got the save 17 pitches later. Chapman is 3-0 with a 2.11 ERA in 50 appearances. He is 31-for-33 in save attempts.

Adams will serve as a long-relief option for the Yankees tonight in Miami, and will be one of the options (along with Luis Cessa and Sonny Gray) to start in Saturday’s doubleheader in Baltimore. The Yanks No. 13 prospect, he made his MLB debut August 4 in Boston, allowing three runs on three hits in five innings of work.

Rabago was the Rockies’ 13th round pick in the 2014 draft. In 66 games for the Double-A Hartford Yard Goats, he was hitting .213/.292/.361 with four home runs and 23 RBI. The Yankees will likely recall Rabago to be the third catcher September 1 until Gary Sánchez returns from his rehab assignment.

Didi Gregorius Placed on Disabled List; Luke Voit Recalled

Hopefully. just a precaution.

UPDATE (August 21 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern): Prior to Tuesday’s series opener in Miami, the Yankees placed Didi Gregorius on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to August 20, with a left heel bruise. They recalled first baseman Luke Voit from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to fill the active roster spot.

At the earliest, Gregorius can return August 30, missing 10 games against sub-.500 competition. Voit will take a spot on the bench, as Gleyber Torres likely shifts to shortstop and a platoon of Neil Walker and Ronald Torreyes takes over second base.


The worst news of all regarding Gregorius came postgame, as manager Aaron Boone called Gregorius’ bruise “pretty significant” and said he could be headed to the disabled list. Fortunately, the Yankees have an off-day to allow Didi to rest, and can evaluate him Tuesday in Miami.

If Gregorius is unavailable, expect Neil Walker to get the bulk of the playing time at second base and Gleyber Torres to shift to shortstop. Torreyes will likely fill in both at shortstop and second base if Didi must miss extended time.


UPDATE at 3:14 p.m. Eastern: The Yankees have told reporters that the preliminary diagnosis for Didi Gregorius is a bruised left heel. He’s headed to Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital for further testing.


Despite scoring six runs, it was not all positives that came from the Yankees first inning against Toronto on Sunday. Shortstop Didi Gregorius got tangled up with Blue Jays first baseman Kendrys Morales on an infield single.

Morales was stretching in an attempt to catch a throw from second baseman Devon Travis, but that led him into the baseline where Gregorius was running. He stayed in the game, and came around to score on Greg Bird‘s grand slam.

Didi played shortstop in the top of the second inning, but Ronald Torreyes was in the on-deck circle to hit for him in the bottom of the inning. Torreyes ended up replacing Gregorius at second base, with Gleyber Torres moving to shortstop.

The Yankees have not released an official update at this time. This story will be updated as soon as they do.

Jacoby Ellsbury Will Miss Rest of Season After Hip Surgery

Good thing the Yanks have insurance.

Well, 2018 is over before it really began for veteran outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. The well-paid 34-year-old underwent surgery on a torn labrum in his left hip in New York City on Monday, ending the season after just a handful of at-bats in Spring Training. “The surgery went as expected,” per the team’s announcement Tuesday.

Ellsbury, who signed a seven-year, $153 million contract prior to the 2014 season, had not appeared in a game at any level since March 24. He went 1-for-14 in the Grapefruit League before being shut down. The Yankees placed him on the 10-day disabled list March 29, retroactive to March 26, with a right oblique strain prior to the opening series in Toronto. He was then moved to the 60-day disabled list May 2 so that the Yankees could select the contract of pitcher David Hale. Ellsbury reportedly was also dealing with a back issue and plantar fasciitis while attempting to rehab his oblique strain.

The signing of Ellsbury has been repeatedly cited as one of general manager Brian Cashman‘s few failures. After six years in Boston highlighted by a 2011 season where he finished as the runner-up for American League MVP, Ellsbury has hit just .264/.330/.386 with issues staying on the field since joining the Yankees. Not exactly the statistics you want from a player making over $21 million annually. The Yankees are stuck paying him until after the 2020 season, since they’ll certainly pay the $5 million buyout of his 2021 team option.

The announcement comes at a curious time since the Yankees ironically are in need of an extra quality outfielder at the moment. Aaron Judge is expected to miss a few more weeks with the micro-fracture in his right wrist, and Giancarlo Stanton is dealing with some tightness in his left hamstring. Clint Frazier is still working his way back through post-concussion migraines, so there is no firm timetable for his availability. So, it seems the Yanks are stuck with Shane Robinson for the time being.

It seems our next Ellsbury sighting will come in Tampa in February 2019.

Adler: Giancarlo Stanton Playing Through Left Hamstring Tightness

With Aaron Judge and Gary Sánchez sidelined with wrist and groin injuries, respectively, another Yankees slugger is dealing with an ailment of his own. Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reported Monday morning that Giancarlo Stanton was limited to being the designated hitter in the final two games in Boston because of tightness in his left hamstring.

From Adler’s piece:

“Stanton is dealing with tightness in his left hamstring and has had it wrapped up with ice after games Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. Presumably, with Aaron Judge and Gary Sánchez already on the disabled list, Boone has not wanted to take the risk of losing his final power bat as any chance at winning the division to avoid the one-game wild-card berth slips further away.”

An injury to Stanton would explain the seemingly inexplicable use of Shane Robinson in two out of four games in Boston. With Judge injured and Tyler Wade on optional assignment in Triple-A, Robinson is the only available outfielder for the Yankees. Clint Frazier is in Tampa working his way back from post-concussion migraines, and the Yankees traded away options like Tyler Austin and Billy McKinney at the deadline. Another option would be Ronald Torreyes, who has 187 outfield innings (including 90.0 in center in 2014) combined between the minors and majors.

Neil Walker has played three innings of right field basically out of necessity for the Yankees, marking his first time outside of the infield in his professional career. Walker’s bat is clearly superior to Robinson’s, but the Yankees felt it was necessary to have a natural outfielder patrolling right at Fenway. Robinson went 0-for-4 with a walk and a sacrifice bunt in his two starts against the Red Sox.

The truth is that the Yankees don’t have much outfield depth left after the trades they made last week. Top prospect Estevan Florial is not MLB-ready, especially after missing seven weeks with a wrist injury. Ryan McBroom and Mark Payton are the other outfielders worth keeping an eye on at Triple-A, while Wade has started three consecutive games in the corner outfield in SWB as well.

Stanton likely will attempt to play through the soreness, especially with the aforementioned lack of power bats. But, it likely means we’ll see a lot more of Robinson in right field until Stanton is 100 percent.

Aaron Judge Out At Least Three Weeks With Right Wrist Fracture

UPDATE (July 26 – 11:05 p.m. EDT): Aaron Judge will miss at least three weeks with a “chip fracture” of the ulnar styloid bone in his right wrist. The doctors did not recommend surgery, though the Yankees said in their release it would require “a three-week time period before Judge can swing a bat in a game situation.”

Not the worst that could happen, but certainly not the best. Giancarlo Stanton likely shifts to get the bulk of playing time in right field now.


POSTGAME UPDATE: A noticeably agitated Aaron Boone did not have any update on Judge’s X-rays or MRI/CT scan. He said he was “concerned”.

Continue holding your breath.


The Yankees are holding their breath after outfielder Aaron Judge was removed from Thursday’s game after getting hit with a pitch in his right wrist.

Royals starter Jakob Junis came up and in on Judge with a 2-2 fastball in his first plate appearance in the first inning. It looked like the pitch hit Judge on his right wrist. He stayed in the game to run the bases, and also got an infield hit in his next plate appearance. But, when his spot came up in the fourth inning, Miguel Andújar came up as a pinch-hitter.

The team announced that Judge had seen team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad, and that he was headed to New York Presbyterian Hospital for an MRI.

This is a developing story. It will be updated as news becomes available.

Gary Sánchez Back to Disabled List; Kyle Higashioka Recalled

Back to the Romine-Higashioka show in the Bronx.

After just three games and a few lackluster efforts, an MRI revealed Gary Sánchez re-aggravated his right groin strain. He was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday, and Kyle Higashioka was recalled.

Sánchez did not hustle after a passed ball on Monday night in Tampa Bay, where he apparently re-injured the groin. In the ninth inning of the same game, he did not run at full-speed to first base on a ground ball where the tying run could have scored.

Sánchez originally hurt the muscle June 24 in Tampa Bay (funnily enough 🙄) and missed 20 games as a result. He went 2-for-14 (.143/.143/.143, -33 wRC+) in his return.

Higashioka returns after a 5-for-30 stint in the bigs when Sánchez was originally sidelined. Four of those five hits went for extra bases, however, giving Higgy a .167/.242/.500 (96 wRC+) line.

Boone said to expect Sánchez to be down for another three to four weeks.

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.