Ian Hamilton’s exit against Jays stirs another injury worry for Yankees

New York Yankees' closer Ian Hamilton

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According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Ian Hamilton may have suffered an injury on Tuesday against the Blue Jays as he had to leave the game. While a groin issue shouldn’t be considered serious, it will certainly take him out of the Yankees’ plans for at least a couple of days and could force the right-hander onto the injured list. Before Wednesday’s game against the Blue Jays, the Yankees stated that Ian Hamilton would be assessed on a day-to-day basis.

Ian Hamilton suffers an injury

The Yankees needed some extra innings in the fourth inning on Tuesday, so they brought in right-hander Ian Hamilton from the bullpen.

Domingo German, the game’s starting pitcher, had just been ejected for a sticky substance violation and would be suspended as a result. Suddenly, the bullpen faced one of the league’s most dangerous lineups and needed to record the next 18 outs.

Against Toronto’s top of the order, Ian Hamilton took his time getting warmed up and swiftly loaded the bases. After intentionally walking Matt Chapman, the third baseman, with two outs, fury over a self-induced situation gave way to worry.

Yankees' closer Ian Hamilton is pitching against the Rays on May 6, 2023 at Tropicana Field.

A member of the Yankees’ training staff and manager Aaron Boone came out to the mound, suggesting trouble. The Yankees later announced that Ian Hamilton had left the game because of stiffness in his right groin. The severity of the wound will be determined after further examination.

A few innings down the road, the Yankees made it known that their right-hander had to call it quits from the game because of stiffness in his right groin. They’re scheduling another inspection on Wednesday to make sure everything’s on the up and up. 

Ian Hamilton is the backbone of Yankees’ bullpen

In addition, reliever Ian Hamilton’s departure from the game occurred with two outs in the third inning. Hamilton exited the field alongside a trainer, indicating a negative indication or worrisome development.

The specific details of Hamilton’s condition have not been disclosed by the Yankees. However, losing the 27-year-old right-handed pitcher would be highly detrimental to the team. Hamilton has exceeded expectations and proved to be a valuable asset. Despite being initially invited to big-league spring training as a non-roster player, Hamilton has showcased impressive performance, boasting a remarkable 1.27 ERA in 15 appearances. His unique and effective “slambio” breaking ball has been a standout feature of his success.

On Tuesday, he had an earned run average of 1.27 in 15 appearances. Ian Hamilton had a 91st percentile or higher exit velocity (85.5 mph), whiff percentage (37%), strikeout rate (33.7%), and chase rate (35%).

Given that Ian Hamilton, a right-hander has been used in high-stakes circumstances already this season, his potential absence would be devastating. In a nail-biting 3-2 triumph over the mighty Rays earlier this month, Ian Hamilton stepped up to the plate and sealed the deal in the Major Leagues. He pulled off a stunning display, securing the final three outs.

The breaking-out reliever

New York Yankees relief pitcher Ian Hamilton has been outstanding so far this season. According to MLB.com’s Theo DeRosa, Ian Hamilton is one of the top 10 relievers to keep an eye on this season. DeRosa shared his insight, highlighting Hamilton’s exceptional abilities on the mound. According to him, Hamilton ranks among the top 10 creams in Major League Baseball pitchers. With an impressive whiff rate, he has managed to strike out an impressive 35% of the batters he has faced.

Yankees' closer Ian Hamilton is ready to pitch against the Jays in Toronto on May 16, 2023.

Ian Hamilton joined spring training as a non-roster invitee. He is a right-handed hitter with a yearning to get his career back on track and return to the major leagues.

Ian Hamilton, who is currently 27-year-old has become known as one of the Yankees’ most reliable and successful relief pitchers in the past few months. Due to the uniqueness of his style, he has always been able to give good performances. And this makes him stand out in the team’s bullpen. Also, he has a 1.27 ERA through 21 and a third inning of work. He has only managed to save one game in 15 total outings.

In his first three years in the major leagues, Ian Hamilton made 15 bullpen appearances for the Chicago White Sox and the Minnesota Twins. He was 1–2 and had an ERA of 4.91.

Before the 2022 MLB trade deadline, the Twins sent Ian Hamilton to the Guardians in exchange for catcher Sandy Leon, but he never pitched for Cleveland.

Ian Hamilton has also shown his worth by excelling under intense scrutiny. He recorded his first MLB save earlier this month, helping his team beat the Tampa Bay Rays by getting the final three outs.

The injury to Ian Hamilton is a major setback for him and the Yankees. The team’s bullpen and Hamilton’s hopes for a further comeback would be dealt a serious hit if he had to miss time due to the injury. His devoted followers will be monitoring his ongoing medical tests with bated breath. 

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