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Yankees move Rougned Odor to injured list with knee sprain

Odor avoided serious injury, but will still need some time on the shelf.

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The decisive hit during the Yankees7-3 victory over Houston on Tuesday night came with a cost. DJ LeMahieu’s go-ahead infield single turned into an error that allowed Rougned Odor to score from first base, putting New York up by three runs. However, he had an ugly collision with catcher Martín Maldonado that hurt his left knee badly enough that he had to be helped off the field.

Although Odor was later able to walk a little bit and put weight on his leg, MRI scans and other medical examination revealed that Odor had a left knee sprain. Considering how awful the collision looked at first, Odor should probably be grateful that he didn’t tear anything that would’ve ended his season. In the meantime, the Yankees will put him on the 10-day injured list and recall reliever Albert Abreu to fill his roster spot. Odor had come up with some timely hits since being traded to New York from Texas, but has still only notched a .164/.271/.361 triple slash and an 83 wRC+ in 19 games.

The Yankees’ choice to add Abreu rather than a position player offers its own intrigue. The team is a little light on healthy 40-man position players — right now it’s just Miguel Andújar and prospects Estevan Florial and Oswald Peraza. So they must feel that Luke Voit is getting pretty close to returning. The slugger made his first rehab appearance with Scranton last night, and it was noted that the team is hopeful to have him back before they begin their next road trip after Sunday’s matinee.

If the Yankees think that they can have Voit back soon, then I suppose it does make some sense to play with a three-man bench for a little bit rather than recalling Andújar to mostly sit around rather than actually getting some work in at Triple-A (or to make a 40-man move for a Derek Dietrich type). Abreu will provide an extra arm in the bullpen at minimal cost to any development, and the team’s best starting alignment probably wouldn’t include Andújar at the moment anyway, given his defensive limitations. Expect Mike Ford to get a good chunk of starts at first base while DJ LeMahieu moves back to second.