Just when we thought it was going to start getting fun, reality had to set in immediately.
After Wednesday night’s game, Clint Frazier was added to the 10-day IL due to what is being described as a partial tear in his left ankle, according to Bryan Hoch. The injured list goes back to 13 players.
The corresponding move has yet to be announced, but for what it is worth, I would guess it will be newly-signed Brad Miller that gets the call-up and Luis Severino will be moved to the 60-day IL (retroactive to opening day) to open the 40-man spot for him. Every other healthy position player is already on the active MLB roster.
Because someone (Frazier) is going on the IL, they could call Joseph Harvey back up as the corresponding move. Otherwise, they will have to wait the requisite ten days to bring him back. Then Jonathan Loaisiga can be sent back down after his long outing Wednesday night for Miller/whoever is coming.
Clint clearly injured the ankle in Monday night’s extra-inning thriller that the Yanks ultimately won in 14 innings. He slid into the base and his ankle got caught in an odd position. He finished the game but didn’t play Tuesday or Wednesday. Tyler Wade has been playing left field in his place.
The Yankees had just gotten Gary Sanchez back from his calf strain, so this is more of a ballbuster than usual. We got two bits of bad news ahead of the game that there was a setback for Giancarlo Stanton and that Frazier was going for an MRI. Turns out the MRI results revealed this.
Clint, if you haven’t noticed, is raking this season and has really stepped up amid all of these injuries. If it weren’t for those, I think they would have kept him in the minors until at least early June to potentially mess with his service time. Now, I’m not sure he’ll ever play a minor league game again in his life.
He’s been hitting .324/.342/.632 (151 wRC+) with 6 homers, 17 RBIs, and 10 runs scored in 2019 so far. That is: good.
Frazier was going to try to play through the injury but they’ve noticed some swelling and discoloration that occurred since the initial incident, which is why he was sent for the MRI in the first place.
The Yankees have said they think this will be about a two-week injury, according to multiple reports. You can choose whether or not to believe them on your own.