Yankees lose another infielder to the injured list with inflammation

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May 2, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson (28) warms up during the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees have been decimated by injury over the past week. They’ve lost multiple pitchers, outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, and utilityman DJ LeMahieu to a wrist issue. To supplement those losses, the Bombers have called upon Miguel Andujar and even signed former St. Louis Cardinals All-Star Matt Carpenter.

After starting the year on fire, the Yankees have hit their first major roadblock of the 2022 season. Luckily, they’ve won the last two consecutive games after embarking on a three-game losing streak. They will look to pick up their second win against the Tampa Bay Rays in a four-game series with Jameson Taillon on the mound Friday night.

However, the Yankees announced that they lost another infielder to the injured list before the game.

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Per the Yankees:

  • Transferred INF Josh Donaldson from the COVID-19 injured list to the 10-day injured list (retroactive to 5/24) with right shoulder inflammation.

Donaldson has been the talk of the town lately after making a racist comment towards Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson. Donaldson reportedly called him “Jackie” on multiple occasions. Anderson took serious offense and spoke publicly after the incident.

The MLB investigated the matter, suspending Josh for one game. On Friday, it was announced he was dealing with right shoulder inflammation, keeping him out for a minimum of 10 days.

So far this season, the 36-year-old veteran is hitting .238 with five homers and 15 RBIs. He was acquired in the trade that sent Gary Sanchez and Gio Urshela to the Minnesota Twins.

General manager Brian Cashman took on the final two years and $50 million of Donaldson‘s contract. A hefty price for a veteran who’s past his prime. However, they also gained infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa, who presents a perfect stopgap solution until one of the Yankees’ star prospects is ready to make the jump to the majors.