Injury Updates: Paxton, Torres, Avilán, and more

No day is complete without some Yankees’ injury news. Not since last year, at least. The Yankees placed three more players on the injured list this afternoon: James Paxton (grade 1 flexor strain), Gleyber Torres (grade 1 quad and hamstring strains), and Luis Avilán (shoulder inflammation).

Nobody’s prognosis is available yet, but I wouldn’t count on seeing Paxton or Gleyber soon. Between a shut down, resuming throwing, and building back up, it could be a few weeks until Paxton’s back assuming he’s pain free. As for Torres, it could be somewhat tricky given he strained two different muscles. We’ll see. It’s been a rough few days for the Yankees, so I’ll concede some pessimism might be shining through.

There aren’t any corresponding roster moves yet since this weekend’s series against the Mets has been postponed. The Yankees next game is Tuesday in Atlanta (though a doubleheader against the Mets on Monday has been floated) and we should find out about the replacements by then. I’d guess we see a couple of more arms and another middle infielder, perhaps the recently added Jordy Mercer.

In other news, Aaron Boone provided updates on a few players who are working to turn:

  • The team expects Aaron Judge to return once the Yankees play next, whether that’s Monday or Tuesday (Kristie Ackert)
  • DJ LeMahieu took dry swings and played catch for the first time today (Ackert)
  • The team will have workouts tomorrow and Sunday to stay fresh (Brendan Kuty)
  • Zack Britton played catch and ran on the field today. Boone anticipates a short injured list stint (Kuty)

Try to have a good weekend, everyone.

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3 Comments

  1. Billy

    Who’s the 40-man casualty to add a middle infielder and/or non-40 pitcher to the active roster? They’re maxed out already and have no 45-day IL options. I guess the next likely to be DFA’d would be in some order of Cessa, Holder or Heller but I don’t see them cutting bait on either of those guys.

    I think more likely we’ll see Andujar, Kriske and possibly Garcia to replace Yajure.

  2. dasit

    regarding the middle infield, i demand that every recap thread include a “wastrada” section

  3. MikeD

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Kyle Holder called up. His bat began to show some pop in AA and he’s an elite fielder. I’d give him a shot at some games at SS. Folks, we now have a Wade/Estrada up-the-middle combo. They can survive Judge and Stanton going down because they have other bats. Losing DJLM and Gleyber, and replacing them with Wade and Estrada is not good.

    Regarding Paxton, if it’s a slight strain (no ligament damage), maybe they can simply skip a start and he could return at the end of the 10 days?

    Britton and Avilan basically cost the Yankees two games against the Rays and it now appears both were injured. Ugh.

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