Yankees injury latest: MRI reveals bad news for Everson Pereira

Yankees rookie outfielder Everson Pereira is signing a ball in Detroit.
John Allen
Wednesday September 20, 2023

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Yankees rookie outfielder Everson Pereira, who had a stair-related incident in Boston last week, is now dealing with more than just a minor leg problem. An MRI has revealed a low-grade hamstring strain that may prematurely conclude his season.

The New York Yankees, who have already faced numerous injuries this season, are now facing the potential absence of one of their young outfielders for the remainder of the year. The Yankees had hoped to keep Everson Pereira off the injured list, but he has been sidelined for five consecutive games.

In addition to Everson Pereira’s situation, the Yankees are currently dealing with injuries to two other outfielders, Jasson Dominguez and Billy McKinney, both of whom are on the injured list.

MRI reveals season-ending injury for Everson Pereira

The New York Yankees have faced a challenging season, largely due to a significant number of injuries. One of the major issues has been the inability to maintain a healthy starting rotation, with injuries plaguing the team throughout the campaign. It has badly impacted their starting lineup, resulting in a different look than initially anticipated. Everson Pereira will become the 28th player to land on the Yankees injured list if the team decides to place him on it.

Everson Pereira walks in the second inning against the Nationals on Tuesday. Everson Pereira walks in the second inning against the Nationals on Tuesday.
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Everson Pereira has been absent from the Yankees’ lineup for five consecutive games, with his last appearance in Game 1 of a doubleheader last Thursday in Boston. This extended absence raises the possibility that he may be placed on the injured list.

Manager Aaron Boone disclosed during his appearance on the “Talkin’ Yanks Podcast” that outfielder Everson Pereira has been sidelined since September 14 due to a hamstring injury, and there was potential consideration for him to be placed on the injured list.

Boone mentioned that Everson Pereira has a minor hamstring issue and they are currently deliberating whether to place him on the injured list with a retroactive date, considering that they anticipate him returning to play later in the season. The exact timing of his return remains uncertain.

While there is optimism that Everson Pereira will eventually make a return to the field, the New York Yankees are left with only 12 games remaining in the current season, leaving limited time for his recovery. Everson Pereira is currently grappling with a hamstring injury, but the positive outlook from manager Boone suggests an expectation for the young player to come back to action.

New York Yankees' youngsters Everson Pereira and Oswald Peraza at Yankee Stadium

Yankees hopeful of a quick return

Boone indicated that they would assess Everson Pereira and make a decision regarding the injured list in the next few days. The Yankees are optimistic about a quicker return, but the final call will depend on how he progresses.

In addition to infielder Oswald Peraza, Everson Pereira was among the initial group of prospects called up to secure consistent playing time when the Yankees’ playoff chances began to dwindle. The 22-year-old received his first promotion to the majors on August 22. During his 22-game stint, of which he started 21 as a left fielder, he posted a .143 batting average with seven RBI and 31 strikeouts in 70 at-bats.

MLB Pipeline ranks him as the Yankees‘ third-best prospect, trailing outfielders Spencer Jones and Dominguez. In the minors, Everson Pereira had a productive season, playing 81 games with Double-A Somerset and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. As a right-handed hitter, he achieved a .300 batting average along with 18 home runs, 64 RBI, and an impressive .921 OPS.

Fellow young Yankees player Oswaldo Cabrera has taken over left field duties for the past four games, delivering a solid performance in Pittsburgh over the weekend with a .364 average, one home run, and two RBI.

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