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Yankees Injuries: Clint Frazier heads for MRI, Giancarlo Stanton suffers setback

Frazier will get his sprained ankle checked out, while Stanton now has a shoulder injury.

MLB: New York Yankees at Los Angeles Angels Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Call the Yankees snakebitten. That’s the only description fitting for the bad injury luck surrounding this team. On Tuesday evening, Bryan Hoch reported that Clint Frazier was sent for an MRI on his sprained ankle. Additionally, Giancarlo Stanton suffered a setback while rehabbing his biceps strain. The slugger received a cortisone shot in his shoulder, according to Meredith Marakovits.

Frazier suffered the ankle sprain during Monday’s marathon game against the Angels. He tried to slide back into second base during the 12th inning but rolled over his left ankle. With the team short on depth, Frazier lobbied to stay in the game. He scored a run and then played the outfield with a noticeable limp.

“The IL is too full for us, so I’m good,” Frazier told reporters after the game. “I’m going to keep playing.”

Yankees manager Aaron Boone echoed the sentiment, even after holding him out of the lineup yesterday. “He is available and I wouldn’t hesitate to use him in any spot,’’ Boone explained in his pregame press conference on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old has been one of the team’s best hitters in 2019, slashing .324/.342/.632 with six home runs (150 wRC+). Losing him for any period of time would be a tough blow to an already decimated lineup.

Stanton, meanwhile, landed on the injured list earlier this month. He appeared in just three games, drawing seven walks over that span. Any time a shoulder injury comes up, one has to be concerned. Hopefully this is just a minor setback and not indicative of a more troubling injury.

With Stanton, Aaron Judge, and Aaron Hicks already on the shelf, losing Frazier would send the team scrambling. The Yankees need outfield needs help in the worst way right now.