Yankees injuries and roster moves

Staff report


Keep track of the Yankees’ recent transactions and injury updates throughout the season.

Sept. 16: LHP Aroldis Chapman activated off IL
Chapman joins the Yankees in Milwaukee after going on the IL with an infected wound from a tattoo. In two rehab outings, Chapman struck out three batters with a walk in one inning for Double-A Somerset on Sept. 11 at Hartford, then pitched a scoreless inning with a hit, walk and two strikeouts on Sept. 13 vs. Portland.

Sept. 16: RHP Ryan Weber designated for assignment
In five games with New York, the righty recorded an 0.84 ERA with three strikeouts and six hits allowed over 10 2/3 innings.

1B Anthony Rizzo (migraines)
Expected return: Possibly Sept. 18-21
Rizzo performed on-field activities at Fenway Park on Sept. 14, including hitting in the batting cage and taking ground balls. He hopes to return on Sept. 18 against the Brewers, but more likely, Rizzo will be back for the Sept. 20-21 Pirates series. Rizzo said that his condition improved markedly after having a blood patch administered on Sept. 9. Rizzo had been dealing with migraines following a recent epidural injection to treat pain in his lower back.

“The terminology sounds a lot scarier than what it was,” Rizzo said, “but it was just weird because every time you’d stand up, you get a massive headache. I was just laying down for a week straight. Being on bed rest was not fun. The silver lining is, I got a week to let the medicine fully kick in and do its job.” (Last updated: Sept. 14)

RHP Scott Effross (right shoulder strain)
Expected return: Sept. 20
Effross tossed a bullpen on Sept. 13 at Fenway Park, with hopes of facing hitters (including Anthony Rizzo) in live batting practice on Sept. 16 in Milwaukee. After that, Effross could appear in a Minor League rehab game on Sept. 18, then be ready for activation. Effross was placed on the IL on Aug. 22, retroactive to Aug. 21, with what manager Aaron Boone described at the time as a small strain. (Last updated: Sept. 14)

DH Matt Carpenter (left foot fracture)
Expected return: Late September/early October
X-rays taken in early September showed healing in the foot that Carpenter fractured on Aug. 8, but not enough to allow him to remove the protective walking boot that he has been using. Carpenter is expected to undergo more imaging in 10 days to two weeks, manager Aaron Boone said on Sept. 7. Boone said on Sept. 14 that there was no update on Carpenter’s progress. (Last updated: Sept. 14)

IF DJ LeMahieu (right second toe inflammation)
Expected return: Possibly Sept. 20-25
LeMahieu may attempt to resume hitting drills during the Sept. 16-18 series against the Brewers. His ability to drive the ball has been significantly impacted by the toe injury, which manager Aaron Boone said has not improved much since the Yankees’ Aug. 12-14 series at Boston. LeMahieu has received treatment and tried orthotic inserts, but since Aug. 1, he was batting .187/.254/.243 (20-for-107) with just four extra-base hits. LeMahieu has said that he hopes to return during the Yanks’ Sept. 20-25 homestand. (Last updated: Sept. 14)

OF Andrew Benintendi (broken bone in right hand)
Expected return: TBD
Benintendi underwent successful surgery on Sept. 6 in New York to repair the broken hook of the hamate bone in his right hand. He has been wearing a protective air cast on the wrist since feeling a pop in his right wrist while taking a swing on Sept. 2 at Tropicana Field. Manager Aaron Boone and Benintendi have both said that it is possible the outfielder could return this season, but his timeline will be determined post-surgery. Boone said on Sept. 14 that there was no update on Benintendi’s progress. (Last updated: Sept. 14)

RHP Albert Abreu (right elbow inflammation)
Expected return: September
Abreu has resumed his throwing program, manager Aaron Boone said. Abreu last pitched on Aug. 20 vs. Toronto. He allowed seven runs (six earned) across 6 1/3 innings over his last five appearances before landing on the IL. (Last updated: Sept. 4)

RHP Luis Severino (right lat strain)
Expected return: Possibly Sept. 21
The Yankees have decided to have Severino make one more Minor League rehab start before activating him for a Sept. 21 start against the Pirates, transferring his rehab assignment from Double-A Somerset to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Severino’s most recent Minor League outing was on Sept. 7 for Double-A Somerset; he permitted two runs over four innings at Hartford. He threw 45 pitches, 35 for strikes. Severino cut short his third-inning warmups after only two pitches on July 13, saying that he had been unable to get loose. (Last updated: Sept. 15)

LHP Zack Britton (left ulnar collateral ligament repair)
Expected return: Possibly September
Britton was scheduled to pitch in relief for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sept. 14. He pitched a scoreless inning in a Minor League rehab appearance on Sept. 11 for Double-A Somerset at Hartford, striking out two. Britton is recovering from Tommy John surgery and a bone chip removal performed in September 2021. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said on Sept. 13 that he is “still not sure” if Britton will return this season.

“I know he’s doing really well,” Boone said. “I’ve not wanted to put that kind of pressure on the situation. We’ll just see how the next several outings go for him and see if he’s a realistic option.” (Last updated: Sept. 14)

RHP Miguel Castro (right shoulder strain)
Expected return: Possibly September
Castro was scheduled to make a Minor League rehab appearance on Sept. 14 for Double-A Somerset at Hartford. He last pitched in a big league game on July 10 at Boston and was transferred to the 60-day injured list on Aug. 1. Castro initially was placed on the 15-day injured list on July 16, retroactive to July 13, after an MRI exam revealed a strain in his right shoulder. (Last updated: Sept. 14)

CF Harrison Bader (right foot plantar fasciitis)
Expected return: Possibly Sept. 20
Bader is on a Minor League rehab assignment with Double-A Somerset. He is expected to need about a week’s worth of Minor League games before he is considered ready for the Majors. Bader has not played in a big league game since June 26, when he was with the Cardinals. He was placed in a protective walking boot after attempting to make a rehab appearance with St. Louis’ Triple-A affiliate on July 22 and was transferred to the 60-day IL on Aug. 25. (Last updated: Sept. 13)

RHP Michael King (right elbow fracture)
Expected return: 2023
King had surgery on July 27 to repair the fractured right elbow that he sustained on July 22, an injury that is season-ending. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said that because of differing opinions on his right ulnar collateral ligament, King will be re-evaluated in eight to 10 weeks to determine if Tommy John surgery is necessary. If King does not need Tommy John, he could be ready to pitch during Spring Training 2023. As of Aug. 30, King has not yet had that re-evaluation. (Last updated: Aug. 30)

RHP Stephen Ridings (right shoulder impingement)
Expected return:
Possibly September
The Yankees have optimism that Ridings may be able to pitch in the big leagues this season, pitching coach Matt Blake told NJ Advance Media. On the 60-day injured list since April 5, Ridings has been tossing bullpen sessions at Cressey Sports Performance in Jupiter, Fla. and could soon return to the Yanks’ complex in Tampa, Fla. Blake said that, for a period, the Yankees feared Ridings might need thoracic outlet surgery. Instead, he is again throwing without discomfort, sitting between 92-95 mph with his fastball. (Last updated: Aug. 13)

RHP Chad Green (right forearm strain)
Expected return:
Green underwent right elbow UCL reconstruction and flexor repair surgery on June 3; the procedure went as expected and was performed by Dr. Keith Meister in Arlington. Green sustained the injury during a May 19 appearance at Baltimore, then was placed on the 15-day injured list on May 21. He was transferred to the 60-day IL on May 27. The expected recovery time from Tommy John surgery is typically 12 to 18 months for pitchers. (Last updated: June 3)

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