Saturday, February 18, 2017
Not too long before spring training started, the Yankees made a late addition in the form of slugger Chris Carter on a one-year, $3 million deal. The club was already set with what appeared to be a platoon of Greg Bird and Tyler Austin at first base along with Matt Holliday at designated hitter.
Still, depth never hurts. That sentiment rang true in light of the news the Yankees received on Friday:
Joel Sherman ✔ @Joelsherman1
Tyler Austin has small break in foot and will be in a boot for 3 weeks and no baseball activity for 6 weeks #Yankees
1:29 PM - 17 Feb 2017
Six weeks from Friday is two days before the Yankees open the season against the Rays. Obviously this means Austin will open the season on the disabled list. Even in a best-case scenario, he’ll play games in extended spring training and then the minors on rehab assignment before having a shot to join the big club. The best bet is he misses all of April before he’s considered for the Yankees.
When the Yankees signed Carter, I didn’t really like Austin’s chances at playing much for the Yankees this year. This doesn’t help him very much. Hopefully he heals up well and tears up AAA and gets a chance.
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