Latest Yankees’ injury worries: Marinaccio exits, Carpenter’s return put off

Ron Marinaccio is the latest to add to the Yankees' injury woes.
Michael Bennington
Monday October 3, 2022

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It seems that Yankees’ injury problems are not going to end soon. Fans began to joke that Yankees and injuries are twins. In the middle of an at-bat, a Yankees reliever walked off the mound with a trainer for the second time in three games.

On Sunday afternoon, Ron Marinaccio was the latest to add to the Yankees’ injury woes. He left in the eighth inning with soreness in his right shin highlighting the latest problem for the Yankees’ unsteady bullpen, which only has four games left in the regular season. The game ended in a 3-1 loss to the Orioles.

Marinaccio told at the post-game press meet that he had been playing with the problem throughout this season. It flared up on Sunday and heightened the Yankees’ injury issue. He told:

“The shin thing’s just been a lingering issue I’ve been dealing with all year. Today it was just a little bit more fired up. I don’t know if it was bouncing back from the last outing, just didn’t bounce back as well.”

MRI and CT scans were done on Marinaccio earlier in the year, and reports indicated “everything was fine.” On Monday morning, the rookie will get more tests to see if anything has changed or if he needs to be on the Yankees’ injury list.

After throwing a 1-1 pitch to Jorge Mateo, Marinaccio exited the game. It was in the eight inning and manager as well as the Yankees’ trainer had a brief talk with the pitcher before he was taken off.

Marinaccio had been out on the Yankees’ injury list for more than three weeks earlier in the season because of inflammation in his shoulder. He came back into the game to get the last two outs of the seventh inning.

Marinaccio would “not necessarily” be suspended for the remainder of the regular season, according to Boone, who wanted to know the results of the tests before making a decision.

Zack Britton was taken out of Friday night’s game during an at-bat because his shoulder was fatigued. Since then, the left-handed reliever has been taken out of the lineup for the season and now rests on the Yankees’ injury list.

Clay Holmes (strained arm) is also out for the rest of the regular season. Wandy Peralta (tight thoracic spine), Miguel Castro (inflamed shoulder), and Albert Abreu (inflamed elbow) continue to be on the Yankees’ injury roster.

Additionally, Matt Carpenter won’t participate in any more regular-season games, but the Yankees are confident that the veteran infielder-turned-outfielder will still be able to play in the playoffs.

Early in August, during an at-bat, Carpenter broke his foot and joined the Yankees’ injury roster. He had to wear a walking boot for more than a month. This past week, he has been able to increase his baseball activities to the point where he is now hitting live balls and running the bases.

Carpenter, 36, had planned to participate in the four-game series beginning on Monday against the Texas Rangers. But he was moved to the 60-day injured list and could only be eligible for playoffs eligible, as the Yankees needed to create a place on their 40-man roster.

The Yankees hope that Carpenter can help them in the postseason as a left-handed bat off the bench, but Boone did not disclose if the team was looking to examine his performance in the outfield before moving the player from the Yankees’ injury list to the active roster.

Boone also revealed that reliever Miguel Castro (shoulder) will be activated off the Yankees’ injury list during the on-road games at Globe Life Field on Monday. The team brass is also considering activating pitcher Albert Abreu, who has recovered from an elbow problem against the Rangers.

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