Yankees get star catcher back after injury scare

Alexander Wilson
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Aug 21, 2022; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Lou Trivino (58) celebrates his save with catcher Jose Trevino (39) against the Toronto Blue Jays during the ninth inning the game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees are gearing up to face off against the Los Angeles Angels over a three-game series starting on Monday night, and they received great news on two injury fronts prior to the start.

The Yankees announced that star closer Clay Holmes will return from the injured list after dealing with a back issue the past few weeks. Holmes struggled in July and early August, but clearly, the injury has dissipated, and he’s ready to make a return.

In addition to Holmes, the Yankees also returned José Treviño, who took a few days off after taking a pitch to his big right toe.

Treviño has been a spark plug for the Bombers this season, hitting .271 with a 31% on base three, 10 homers, and 37 RBIs. He also features a 4.6% walk rate and 16.7% strikeout rate. However, he’s been unequivocally the best defensive catcher in baseball with a 53.8% strike rate and 12 catcher framing runs, both league highs.

The Yankees need Jose Treviño in the lineup:

Getting Treviño back is a huge bonus for the Yankees, who will feature Frankie Montas on the mound for his fifth start wearing the pinstripes Monday night. In his last outing against the New York Mets, Montas gave up two earned runs and 6 hits over 5.2 innings, tossing 92 pitches.

The Yankees are slowly getting healthier with a mid-September target date for multiple players to return, including Harrison Bader and Matt Carpenter. Starting pitchers Luis Severino and Nestor Cortes should also be back around that time, bolstering both starting rotation and batting order for the postseason.