New York Yankees’ outfielder Mike Tauchman was removed in Sunday’s game against the Boston Red Sox with an apparent left leg injury. Reports on Monday said that Tauchman suffered a grade 2 left calf strain which most likely ends his season.
“I hurt for him,” manager Aaron Boone said. “He’s been such an important player for us. I know he’s a big part of us moving forward, even though obviously it’s not going to be on the playing field for a while. Right now, I’m just bummed for him, but we’ve got to keep moving.”
After tracking down a hit into left field yesterday, Tauchman was clearly uncomfortable going to field the ball. He hopped to it before throwing it into second base. “I planted coming in on that ball and I felt it grab up on me,” said Tauchman. “It felt a little bit like I got kicked, which would be weird because I was the only person in left field.”
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Tauchman’s absence will be covered primarily by Cameron Maybin. Even though Maybin has been dealing with wrist issues, he spoke of it before Monday’s game against the Red Sox where he indicated that he believes that is behind him. Clint Frazier, who just recently was called back up, will most likely also be seeing more playing time.
This season Mike Tauchman has batted .277 with 13 home runs and 47 runs batted in. He’s proved to the New York Yankees that he can produce both offensively and defensively in the major leagues.