Yankees catcher trouble surfaces after Jose Trevino injury

Yankees catcher Jose Trevino is resting after a training game.

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TAMPA. Fl. — Yankees catcher Jose Trevino has been out of action since Thursday after he sprained his right wrist. This has brought to the fore how a thinning Yankees catcher option is worrisome for the team and its fans.

After taking a swing against Boston on Thursday and feeling pain in his right wrist, Jose Trevino got scans that showed he had a sprained wrist. According to Yankees manager Aaron Boone, the Yankees catcher has been out for five days. However, he said that Trevino should be fine by the first day of the season.

“He’s just got some inflammation in there,” Boone told reporters following the Yankees 10-3 victory over Toronto. “It should probably only be a couple more days.”

Recently, Jose Trevino’s trainers were going to give him an injection, but “they didn’t think it was necessary,” Boone said. The Yankees catcher possibly get an epidural for pain management.

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Even though the manager didn’t seem worried, the Yankees catcher position this spring has been a worry.

Kyle Higashioka is away on duty for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. He is the next-in-line Yankees catcher after Trevino. Ben Rortvedt, who Trevino replaced last season, needs surgery to fix an aneurysm of the posterior artery near his left shoulder.

Yankees catcher prospect Austin Wells suffered a rib fracture, which will probably keep him out of spring training. Another prospect, Josh Breaux, was out for weeks with an elbow injury before being sent to the minor league camp.

Boone not worried about Yankees catcher issue

As the current All-Star, Trevino is the most important Yankees catcher in the group, his injury and the absence of any similar-level substitute is a big blow for the team.

“I’m not too worried about it right now for the season,” Boone said. “So I’m hoping by the weekend, he’s back in there.”

The Yankees are going to play the Giants on their 2023 opening day. The two teams officially unveiled the March 30 pitching on Tuesday. But Boone didn’t do much to make a big deal out of it.

Is Gerrit Cole expected or announced to start on Opening Day?

“Both,” Boone said.

Cole will start for the Yankees on Opening Day for the fourth time in as many years, while the Giants will give their best pitcher, Logan Webb, the ball in The Bronx.

Anthony Rizzo, who Boone said had a “cranky” back and missed a two-game road trip, came back to the lineup and hit a double to right.

“I wasn’t too worried about it,” Boone spoke about Rizzo’s back, which forced him to miss time last season. “Just something we wanted to stay ahead of.”

Lou Trivino returned from injury and started a throwing program on Monday, Boone said. He and Tommy Kahnle will miss the start of the season. Carlos Rodon “is getting close” to being able to throw again, Boone said.

Deivi Garcia, a right-handed pitcher, was optioned to Triple-A RailRiders and assigned to minor league camp by the Yankees along with Matt Bowman, Demarcus Evans, Ryan Weber, and Tanner Tully. However, Zach Greene, who the Mets selected in the Rule 5 draft, was returned to the Yankees.

The Yankees observed a minute of silence before the game against the Blue Jays in memory of Joe Pepitone, who died on Monday at the age of 82.

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