Yankees’ Domínguez forced to sit out due to injury trouble

The Yankees' prospect Jasson Domínguez

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The New York Yankees, grappling with a season marred by injuries, have been dealt yet another unsettling blow. Jasson Domínguez, the team’s highly-touted prospect and a favorite among fans, was unexpectedly sidelined just moments before Sunday’s matchup against the Milwaukee Brewers at Yankee Stadium, as confirmed by the team. Domínguez, who was set to bat third and play center field, was sidelined due to inflammation in his right elbow.

The 20-year-old outfielder had been called up on September 1, alongside fellow top prospect Austin Wells, as the Yankees strive to turn the page on what has been a disappointing season and look forward to 2024. The team currently finds itself at the bottom of the American League East, trailing the last American League wild-card spot by a considerable nine-game margin, following a disheartening three-game losing streak.

What happened to Jasson Domínguez?

Yankees' prospect Jasson Dominguez
AP

In his brief eight-game stint, Domínguez showcased his potential with a batting average of .258, four home runs, seven runs batted in, and an impressive .980 OPS. However, his recent performance had taken a downturn, as he struggled to find form, managing just one hit in his last ten at-bats since his remarkable three-hit outing against the Detroit Tigers last Wednesday. Notably, the Yankees had not disclosed any prior injuries for Domínguez, and he was observed in the team’s clubhouse on Sunday morning, appearing to be in good health.

Earlier in the week, Manager Aaron Boone hinted at the ongoing evaluation of Domínguez’s game for the remainder of September. Boone emphasized the need for Domínguez to refine his situational awareness, including his base-running decisions and communication with fellow outfielders like Aaron Judge and Everson Pereira.

Yankees' top prospect Jasson Dominguez
Charles Wenzelberg / New York Post

Domínguez made headlines when he was signed by the Yankees, receiving a franchise-record bonus of $5.1 million at the tender age of 16 in 2019.

The Yankees have been besieged by injuries throughout the season, with a total of 25 players landing on the injured list, ranking them seventh in the league for the highest number of injured list stints, as reported by Spotrac.

Please stay tuned for updates on this developing story.

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