The New York Yankees just finished up a series win against the Boston Red Sox, catapulting them even further into the top spot in the AL East.
To add to the fun, the Yankees knocked the Red Sox out of playoff contention, the first time in five years. However, the Yankees will need all of their weapons to feature during the postseason if they wish to make a deep run. They started the week with some good news and some bad.
Let’s start with the bad news:
Career average player Mike Tauchman strained his left calf several days ago, and the injury was concerning at the time. He is likely done for the season, which will force the Yankees to rely on other outfielders to come and supplement the loss. There was always a chance he wouldn’t have made the active roster for the playoffs anyway.
Tauchman is scheduled to miss 6 to 8 weeks of baseball, which will inevitably force him out beyond the regular season. There are less than three weeks to go before the Yankees gear up to face off against some of the league’s best opponents, and time is winding down to return some of their best players. Tauchman finished his season hitting .277/.361/.504 with 13 homers in under 300 plate appearances.
He is simply another player that rose to the occasion for the Yankees and provided immediate support. He was an excellent supplement for the injuries they picked up throughout the regular season. There is no rhyme or reason for his elevation in performance, but the magic in the Bronx seemed to strike again.
The good news:
Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is preparing to re-join the Yankees potentially as soon as next week during their homestand. Manager Aaron Boone stated that his return is imminent and that he is working well through his rehab assignment. Stanton hasn’t played since June 25 and has missed 135 of the Yankees’ 144 games. In 38 plate appearances this season, he batted .290 with one home run.