The Yankees have encountered another concern at the catcher position during this year’s spring training, although it appears to be a minor one.
Starting catcher Jose Trevino suffered a right wrist sprain last Thursday, according to Yankees manager Aaron Boone, which has kept him out of play for the past five days.
However, Boone reassured that Trevino is expected to recover in time for Opening Day.
After a swing against Boston on Thursday, Trevino experienced some pain in his right wrist and received scans that revealed the sprain.
Boone stated that Trevino only has some inflammation and will probably only need a couple more days to recover.
While Boone did not seem too concerned about Trevino’s injury, the catching position in camp has been worrisome.
Trevino’s teammate, Kyle Higashioka, is playing with Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, and Ben Rortvedt, whom Trevino essentially replaced last season, underwent surgery to treat an aneurysm of the posterior artery near his left shoulder.
Additionally, Austin Wells has a fractured rib that will probably cost him all of spring training, and fellow prospect Josh Breaux missed weeks with an elbow issue before being sent to minor league camp.
Trevino, who is the reigning All-Star, is the most important catcher in the group.
Boone is hopeful that Trevino will be back in action by the weekend.
Meanwhile, the Yankees announced the pitching matchup for their March 30 game against the San Francisco Giants, with Gerrit Cole slated to make his fourth Opening Day start in as many years.
Boone did not bother with much ceremony about Cole being the presumed or announced Opening Day starter.
San Francisco will turn to ace Logan Webb to start the game, who was brilliant twice in the NLDS against the Dodgers last year and pitched to a 2.90 ERA in 32 starts last season.
During the team’s Monday game against the Twins, a Yankees batter struck out because he was caught looking down, which Boone used as a teaching moment.
Jake Bauers, a non-roster invite in major league camp, was batting in the seventh inning, and he was alert to the pitcher at the 8-second mark of the pitch clock, in compliance with the newly instituted rule.
However, Minnesota’s Alex Phillips was not yet prepared to deliver the pitch, so Bauers looked down for a moment, knowing that a pitch was not about to be thrown.
The home-plate umpire charged him with a violation, which amounted to a third strike.
Boone talked to some players on the team to explain what happened and reminded them that no matter what the pitcher is doing, they must be alert and ready.
Anthony Rizzo, who missed a two-game road trip due to a cranky back, returned to the lineup and launched a double to right.
Boone said that he was not too worried about Rizzo’s back, which forced him to miss time last season, and that it was just something that they wanted to stay ahead of.
Boone also provided updates on the status of several pitchers, including Lou Trivino, Tommy Kahnle, and Carlos Rodon, as well as the players who were assigned to minor league camp.
Before the game, the Yankees held a moment of silence for Joe Pepitone, who passed away at 82 on Monday.