Category: Injuries

Aaron Judge Undergoes Arthroscopic Surgery on Left Shoulder

All-Star outfielder Aaron Judge underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder Monday in Los Angeles, according to a team announcement on Twitter.

Judge was named the unanimous AL Rookie of the Year for the 2017 season after slashing .284/.422/.627 (173 wRC+) with 52 home runs and 114 RBIs. He finished second in AL Most Valuable Player voting to Houston Astros’ 2B José Altuve.

The 25-year-old played in 155 games last season, starting all but four of them. He started 141 total games in right field, and 11 as the designated hitter. There had been speculation that something was ailing Judge as he became mired in a slump after the All-Star Break.

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Many opted to blame the Home Run Derby (which Judge won), but reporters and fans observed Judge frequently wearing ice packs on his shoulder after games. But, if the shoulder is what caused the slump, he never showed it. Judge never made any excuses, and rebounded to slash .311/.463/.889 with 15 home runs and 32 RBIs in September.

Per the announcement, Judge is expected to be ready for the start of Spring Training.

Aaron Hicks Placed on 10-Day DL With Oblique Injury

After departing last night’s game early, outfielder Aaron Hicks was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left oblique strain.

Hicks exited after running down a ball hit by Hanley Ramírez in the sixth inning of Saturday’s game. He was replaced in center field in the following inning by Jacoby Ellsbury. Hicks missed 39 games with a right oblique strain earlier this season.

To fill his roster spot, the Yankees pulled a bit of a head-scratcher. They recalled left-handed pitcher Caleb Smith from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Yankees will play at least Sunday’s game with a fourth outfielder named Ronald Torreyes or Matt Holliday. The Yankees have both Tyler Austin and Tyler Wade, each with some corner outfield experience, on the 40-man roster. They could be summoned to the big leagues without the 10-day rule applying because of injury.

Presumably, Ellsbury will start in center field while Hicks is absent.

Starlin Castro Injured Again, Tyler Wade Recalled

Erik Boland of Newsday reports on Twitter that Starlin Castro is headed back to the disabled list with hamstring issues.

Buster Olney of ESPN reported earlier in the day that Tyler Wade was being recalled to the team, but did not mention a counter-move.

Wade was optioned back to Triple-A July 15, and went 7-for-23 (.304) with a home run in that time. His defensive versatility will also be an asset to the big league club.

Castro was 5-for-22 (.227) since his return from a Grade 1 hamstring strain. He attended the All-Star Game, but did not participate. He missed 13 games with the injury before.

Dustin Fowler Carted Off Field With Right Knee Injury

(UPDATE at 12:05 a.m. EDT): The injury has been announced as an open rupture of the right patella tendon in Fowler’s right knee. He will undergo surgery on the knee tonight.

Dustin Fowler crashed hard into a wall down the right field line in pursuit of a foul ball. He tried to stand after the collision, but could not put weight on his right leg. He had to be carted off of the field.

Tonight was Fowler’s first big league game, and he was removed before getting his first plate appearance. Rob Refsnyder took over in right field. Fowler had been slashing .293/.329/.542 at AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to earn his promotion to the MLB.

This is a developing story. Please stay tuned for updates as they come in.

Starlin Castro Exits With Right Hamstring Strain, Wade Reportedly to be Promoted

UPDATE (9:48 p.m. EDT): Multiple sources report that minor-league Swiss Army knife Tyler Wade, who Brian Cashman said would be the first man up if the Yankees needed infield help, has been removed from Scranton’s game against the Syracuse Chiefs. The Yankees do have an extra 40-man roster spot since Chris Carter was designated for assignment. This all but indicates that Castro will be placed on the disabled list after the game.

UPDATE (9:27 p.m. EDT): The injury has been announced as a right hamstring strain. Castro will have to undergo further evaluation to determine what grade the strain is. That will then determine how long he is out for. As noted below, Castro missed a lot of time last season with a strained right hamstring.

Starlin Castro was removed from Monday’s game in Chicago after running out a ground ball in the third inning, and pulling up at first base. Rob Refsnyder took over at second base in the following half-inning.

Castro had sat recently because he received a cortisone shot in his wrist, which apparently had been bothering him for weeks. The Yankee second baseman missed time last year with a strained right hamstring. The television shots made it look as though Castro was trying to stretch out his right leg.

Acquired from the Chicago Cubs prior to the 2016 season, Castro has been one of the Yankees’ best hitters in 2017. He was slashing .315/.350/.490 heading into today’s game.

This is a developing story. Please stay tuned for updates as they come in.

Ellsbury Activated, Hicks to DL, Bullpen + Outfield Reinforced

Ahead of tonight’s opener in Chicago, the Yankees made a flurry of roster moves to prepare themselves for the White Sox.

After missing more than a month with a concussion, outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury was activated from the 7-day concussion disabled list. Fellow outfielder Aaron Hicks was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right oblique strain.

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The team also swapped reserve outfielders and relief pitchers. Mason Williams was sent down after appearing in five games, and so was lefty Tyler Webb after 2⅓ innings. Both were optioned to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Utility man Rob Refsnyder was recalled from AAA, and right-handed reliever Ronald Herrera was recalled from AA Trenton.

Hicks went down in the fourth inning Sunday, forcing the Yankees to use their only healthy bench player. Ellsbury returns after just 14 innings of rehab games. He went It is unclear if Ellsbury will start in the series opener tonight because the White Sox are starting a left-handed pitcher.

Williams was 4-for-16 (.250), while Webb did not allow a run. Refsnyder is currently 5-for-29 (.172) at the major league level. Herrera allowed two earned runs in two innings during his only MLB appearance June 14.

Aaron Hicks Removed From Game With Right Oblique Tightness

UPDATE (4:21 p.m. EDT)

The Yankees have announced that Aaron Hicks left the game due to right oblique tightness. He will undergo an MRI.

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Aaron Hicks was removed from Sunday’s matchup with the Texas Rangers with an undisclosed injury.

Hicks went 1-for-2 before his removal, which came after he covered a lot of ground to track down a Jonathan Lucroy line drive. Mason Williams took over in center field, Tyler Austin moved to right field and Austin Romine entered in Hicks’s spot at first base.

Hicks has been in a bit of a slide recently, going 2-for-26 (.083) heading into today’s game. He sat out three games of the west coast road trip with an Achilles injury. He was able to return after a Yankee off-day, but seemed not to be at 100% both in the field and at the plate.

At this point, Jacoby Ellsbury is the most likely candidate to replace Hicks if the injury is bad. Ellsbury has been playing rehab games for AAA Scranton since he passed his concussion test. He has missed more than a month since suffering the injury at the end of May.

The only other players on the 40-man roster with outfield experience are Rob Refsnyder and Jorge Mateo, though the latter has never played above Class-A Advanced.

No. 1 Prospect Gleyber Torres to Undergo Tommy John Surgery on Left Elbow

Even on an off-day, there’s more bad news for the New York Yankees. Top prospect infielder Gleyber Torres has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow and will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery. He is expected to be ready for Spring Training in 2018.

He was originally placed on the minor league disabled list with a hyperextended left elbow suffered on a play at the plate Saturday in Buffalo. The injury is to his non-throwing arm. The team promoted third baseman Miguel Andújar from AA Trenton to AAA Scranton to take his place. Understandably, Torres was devastated by the news.

Torres had been slashing a combined .287/.383/.480 with seven home runs and 34 RBIs between Trenton and Scranton prior to the injury. ranked him as the No. 2 overall prospect in baseball before the season, and No. 1 in the Yankees’ system. He signed with the Chicago Cubs as an international free agent in 2013, and was acquired from the Cubs near the trade deadline last season in exchange for closer Aroldis Chapman.

Andújar, ranked No. 9 by the same list, comes up to the International League after leading the Eastern League in RBIs with 52. His slash-line through 67 games for Trenton is an impressive .312/.342/.494. The 22-year-old was invited to MLB Spring Training in 2017, and went 7-for-28 (.250) with two RBIs. He was placed on the 40-man roster following the 2016 season.

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Gleyber Torres Placed on Minor League DL With Hyperextended Left Elbow

UPDATE (12:20 p.m. EDT – June 18): The RailRiders have placed Gleyber Torres on the 7-day disabled list as a result of the hyperextended left elbow he suffered on a play at home plate Saturday in Buffalo.

The team said he would see further evaluation Monday when the team returns to Pennsylvania.

UPDATE (9:20 p.m. EDT): The Yankees PR department officially announced that Torres left the game with a hyperextended left elbow.

The team offered no prognosis, but it’s safe to say Torres will be out for a little bit.

The bad news keeps flowing for the Yankees as top prospect infielder Gleyber Torres has been removed from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s doubleheader opener after being thrown out at home plate.

Immediately after being tagged out, Torres grabs his elbow in a ton of pain. Torres was left out of the lineup for Game 2 of the RailRiders’ doubleheader in Buffalo.

Torres was promoted by the Yankees to AAA last month after 32 games for AA Trenton. Through 22 games for the RailRiders, he was producing a .304/.404/.443 slashline. He also hit two home runs, and drove in 16 runners. The Yankees have him on a rotation to play at third base, shortstop and second base.

The Yankees No. 1 prospect, he received an invitation to MLB Spring Training and slashed .448/.469/.931 with two home runs in 19 games. Fans have been clamoring for him to be promoted to try and spark a Yankees team seeing poor production at both first base and third base.

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The Yankees acquired Torres along with Adam Warren, Billy McKinney and Rashad Crawford in the July 2016 trade that sent Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs.

This is a developing story. It will be updated as information is confirmed.

Yankees to Promote Mason Williams, Kyle Higashioka as Reinforcements

UPDATE (6:43 p.m. EDT): Right-handed pitcher Giovanny Gallegos has been optioned to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to open up the second roster spot.

As the Yankees encounter the injury bug, they have called for reinforcements from AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The team reportedly will call up outfielder Mason Williams and catcher Kyle Higashioka to be active for tonight’s game.

These moves insinuate that the injuries to Aaron Hicks and Gary Sánchez are serious enough to make them unavailable. Hicks injured his left Achilles tendon on a swing Thursday during the ninth inning. Sánchez felt discomfort in his groin area after stealing a base in the same inning. At this point, the team does not plan to place either player on the disabled list.

Pitcher Adam Warren also fell victim to an injury last night. He was unavailable to pitch in Thursday’s extra inning affair. Apparently, the injury is to his throwing shoulder. He will be placed on the 10-day disabled list.

Mason Williams rocketed through the Yankees minor league system, but has always been stuck behind other players at the MLB level. He made his major league debut in June 2015, but was only on the roster for a week before separating his right shoulder. He eventually had season-ending surgery.

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Something clicked for Kyle Higashioka last season for Scranton. He hit 21 home runs and had 81 RBIs while batting .276. That performance warranted adding him to the 40-man roster at the conclusion of the 2016 season. Higashioka was promoted to replace Sánchez earlier this year when he suffered his bicep injury. He went 0-for-18 though, so he is still in search of his first hit.

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