Opening Weekend New York Yankees Injury and Transaction Updates

Injury updates:

Jacoby Ellsbury: He was placed on the 10-day DL to begin the season with a strained oblique. Ellsbury was hurt in the first week of Spring Training games. He has been taking at-bats in minor league games in Tampa and if all goes well can be possibly reinstated back from the DL on Thursday against the Orioles. As of now the Yankees do not have a real center fielder on their active roster and will welcome Ellsbury back with open arms so, that Judge can go back to playing right field.



Clint Frazier: Frazier sustained a concussion against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a Spring Training game on February 24. He started the season on the 7-day concussion DL and has only recently started to get back into baseball activities. Frazier is still a ways away as he not played in any games in Tampa. When he finally is fully healthy again he will be sent to Scranton, unless the Yankees need him, to get in regular at-bats as a starter.

Greg Bird: Bird had successful surgery on Tuesday morning to remove a bone spur in his right ankle. Bird will not be participating in any baseball activities for at least six to eight weeks. The earliest that Bird will be back in the Bronx is early June.

Aaron Hicks: Hicks was injured in the Yankees Opening Day game. He had felt some soreness between his third and fourth at-bat and it was discovered that he had a strained right intercostal muscle. Hicks pleaded with Aaron Boone not to be placed on the DL ,but Boone felt it was necessary as to avoid any further injury. Hicks is available to be activated next Sunday against the Orioles in the series finale in the Bronx.

Billy McKinney: After being recalled and making his debut on Friday, McKinney was injured in the bottom of the first in last nights game. While tracking a ball in left field hit by Josh Donaldson, McKinney slammed into the left field video board. He looked shaken up and pleaded to stay in. Boone allowed him to continue playing until McKinney threw a ball in and he clearly seemed hurt. He was then replaced by Brett Gardner who finished the game in left. McKinney was diagnosed with a left shoulder sprain after X-rays came back negative. He will be placed on the 10-day DL and third base prospect Miguel Andujar will take his spot on the roster.

Adam Warren: Warren was struck with a comeback in his right ankle during last nights game. There is no update if he will be placed on the DL. He did go for X-Rays which were negative and was diagnosed with a right ankle contusion.

Transactions

The Yankees signed veteran reliever lefty reliever Oliver Perez to a minor league deal on Saturday.

The Yankees have placed OF Billy McKinney on the 10-day DL and have recalled 3rd baseman Miguel Andujar.

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