My kingdom for a series where someone on the Yankees doesn’t get injured.
According to Bryan Hoch, Mike Tauchman suffered a Grade 2 calf strain. He will miss six to eight weeks of play, which could take him out of the entire postseason.
Tauchman departed from Sunday night’s game against the Red Sox in the fourth inning with the injury. Brock Holt singled in front of the left fielder, and Tauchman hobbled from the jump. He struggled to get to the ball before freezing in his tracks, clearly hurting. Aaron Boone went out to retrieve Tauchman, replacing the outfielder with Cameron Maybin, who is dealing with a wrist injury himself.
The 28-year-old had been a revelation for the Yankees as a fourth outfielder. He hit .277/.361/.504 with 13 home runs (128 wRC+) over 296 plate appearances. Tauchman also became a fan favorite in that time. Losing him for the stretch run and into the playoffs hurts on a variety of levels.
As for the team’s outfield depth, Aaron Boone says that Giancarlo Stanton could return on the next homestand. The team also has Cameron Maybin and Clint Frazier to fill in for now. They should help as the club is currently without Tauchman and Aaron Hicks.
Get well soon Tauchman. Win one for him tonight, Yankees.