The injury bug bit the Yankees again last night. Recently-acquired outfielder Tim Locastro tore his ACL on Saturday night making a nice catch in the first inning against the Red Sox. It didn’t seem that bad at first, as he stayed in the game for the rest of the frame, but he departed soon afterward and an MRI confirmed the worst. Locastro’s Yankees career may be over already after just nine games, as he’s out for the season.
To take Locastro’s roster spot, the Yankees dipped into their pool of Triple-A outfielders yet again. Ryan LaMarre will rejoin his fellow former RailRider teammates Greg Allen, Hoy Park, Rob Brantly, Trey Amburgey, and Chris Gittens in the big leagues. LaMarre was up with the Yankees for a little bit earlier in 2021, when he appeared in three games shortly after Aaron Hicks was put on the injured list in May.
Unfortunately, LaMarre hurt his hamstring during Corey Kluber’s no-hitter on May 19th and hit the IL before registering a hit on the field. He’s done the job in Scranton since returning to health, batting .310/.403/.483 with a 140 wRC+ in 31 games, making him a better candidate to recall at the moment than struggling prospect Estevan Florial, who is down at .213/.318/.408 and a 93 wRC+ in 42 games. LaMarre played for five big league teams across parts of five seasons (119 games in total) from 2015-19 prior to his Yankees stint.
No 40-man roster move was needed to activate LaMarre, as the Yankees have six players on the COVID-19 injured list, so they have up to six non-40-man additions that they can make until each is back on the team.