Jake Bauers’ Yankees debut cut short by knee injury after a jaw-dropping catch

Jake Bauers' Yankees debut cut short by knee injury after a jaw-dropping catch at Globe Life Field on April 30, 2023, against the Rangers.

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Due to his impressive hitting in Triple-A, Jake Bauers was called up to the majors to take the position of Franchy Cordero, who was demoted. On Saturday, he returned to MLB for the first time since 2021. With Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, he played in 21 games, hitting .319 with an OPS of 1.271 and nine home runs. But his defense was the highlight of his first game action for the Yankees

Jake Bauers’ debut with the Yankees was spectacular, but it knocked him out of the game at Globe Life Field. He made a spectacular running catch on the left-field warning track. It required a combination of knowledge, intuition, bravery, and stupidity. He had just been promoted from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and this was his first game with the Yankees. He made a spectacular diving grab on Adolis Garca’s sinking line drive, then sprinted headfirst into the wall to end the first inning and prevent a run from scoring.

Even though Jake Bauers had a tremendous game, the Rangers still trounced them 2-0. He hurt his right knee, and his prognosis is unclear. The results of the X-rays taken during the game were negative, and further examinations of Bauers are scheduled on Sunday.

The injury scare

Earlier on Saturday, Jake Bauers joined the team’s active roster. In the bottom of the first inning, he made a fantastic grab in left field. However, he made the incredible catch by crashing at full speed into the left-field wall. He remained on the warning track afterward.

Jake Bauers’ teammates and manager Aaron Boone rushed out to see how he was doing. Bauers seems to have suffered damage to his right knee and face after colliding with the wall.

Jake Bauers was able to leave the field without assistance, but the Yankees reported that he had suffered a “right knee contusion.” The results of the first X-rays were negative, but on Sunday Bauers will undergo more testing, including an MRI.

“Tough. Tough to deal with,” Jake Bauers said. “But at the end of the day, everything happens for a reason. Might not always know what that reason is. Just try to keep my head up and see where we’re at [Sunday].”

Jake Bauers, who told reporters he didn’t even know he had the ball, turned over on his back as the Yankees’ coaches raced toward him. He eventually got up and walked over to the seat. Both Bauers and Boone assured us there was no cause for alarm over a possible head injury.

Yankees teammates are checking on Jake Bauers after he was injured while catching against the Rangers on April 30, 2023, at Globe Life Field.
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Boone added that Jake Bauers was “clearly shaken” immediately after the event, but that the results of the manual tests performed on Bauers’ knee on Saturday “looked good.”

The 27-year-old also seemed to suffer no head damage. Jake Bauers was observed hobbling around the locker room with a limp and said that his knee felt swollen after the game.

“My wife might tell you that I have a head injury all the time,” he joked, “but my head feels all right. I knew I hit my knee pretty hard. That’s really all I was worried about.”

Hicks returns to field

Doctors let the outfielder go on his own, but Jake Bauers was in excruciating pain and unable to play. On the left side, Aaron Hicks has taken over for Bauers. Hicks also made a great catch in left field in the third inning, but Rangers starter Nathan Eovaldi shut out the Yankees. It was the first time in 13 games this season that New York was shut out.

“He made a great play,” Hicks said. “He’s been doing great in Triple-A. To finally get that opportunity and to get hurt in the first game you play is rough. We definitely were rooting for him, and now that he’s hurt, it [stinks], especially when it’s somebody who ground his way up.”

Another call?

In his debut with the New York Yankees, Jake Bauers was pulled before the end of the first inning. While trying to catch Adolis Garcia’s drive, he ran headfirst into the left-field wall, injuring his knee.

Boone stated Saturday night that it was “possible” the Yankees might need to recall another outfielder for Sunday’s series finale. They were already short-handed before Aaron Judge got injured.

“Great play to start off your season up here, and then to have to come out, you feel for him,” Boone said. “Hopefully it’s not something too serious.”

Jake Bauers’ defensive masterpiece prevented him from getting his first at-bat in the majors this season.

Since Yankees star Aaron Judge has been sidelined with a mild hip strain since Thursday’s opening game of the series, the team decided to add Jake Bauers to the 40-man roster on Saturday. As a free agent, Jake Bauers was a good fit for the Yankees. He hit .304 with nine homers, twenty RBIs, and five steals for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in twenty-one games.

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