The New York Yankees entered Thursday with a back-to-back doubleheader against the Detriot Tigers, a game being made up from yesterday’s rainout. The Yankees emerged from the two games victorious, as they won both games. The victories came with a cost, however, as the Yankees had several players removed for injuries.
The first on the list was Edwin Encarnacion, who left during the game with a left oblique strain (the same injury that sidelined Aaron Judge for around three months). He was sent back to New York for tests.
Gary Sanchez was replaced mid-game by Kyle Higashioka due to left groin tightness. Sanchez mentioned that the pain was similar to what he experienced earlier in the year. The 26-year-old attempted to steal a base and was pulled from the lineup shortly after. Sanchez is expected to undergo an MRI to find out more.
Following JA Happ’s start today, the Yankees announced that he has left bicep tendinitis. He was sent back to New York for more tests. Manager Aaron Boone said that it has been bothering him for a few days now but they determined that he could pitch through it for today.
There’s a concern with slugger Aaron Judge due to him wincing when running the bases following his home run. Yankee fans are distressed because this is the same thing Judge did when he was hurt earlier in the season. Judge had also run into the right-field wall when making a catch on a fly ball.
I mean really… what can’t Aaron Judge do? pic.twitter.com/4WUm4R6HFH
— Kyle ⚾️ (@KyleNYY) September 12, 2019
There’s good news, however. Luis Severino is returning next week and Giancarlo Stanton is expected to return as well. Dellin Betances is expected to make one more rehab appearance before rejoining the Yankees.