Miguel Andujar is facing the possibility of season-ending surgery.
The team announced Monday the infielder was placed on the 10-day injured list as he nursed a right shoulder strain.
"We're going to treat it conservatively for a couple of week and see how it responds", manager Aaron Boone said Monday night after a 3-1 win over Detroit. He was the runner-up for the AL Rookie of the Year award, hitting.297/.328/.527 with 27 home runs in 149 games. The Yankees have a replacement at third in DJ LeMahieu, the 2016 NL batting champion, and they rushed utilityman Tyler Wade in an Uber from Scranton to NY, where he arrived in the seventh inning.
So far, LeMahieu has played in three games and has gone 4-for-8 from the plate as well as playing stellar defense, but threw a ball away on Saturday. The Yankees reportedly discussed a three-way trade with the Miami Marlins and New York Mets that would've sent Noah Syndergaard to the Bronx. If that doesn't work, he could require surgery that would "compromise his season", Boone acknowledged Monday night.
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Tyson Ross delivers against the Yankees during the first inning Monday in NY. When CC Sabathia completes his five-game suspension, he will make it 10.
Clint Frazier was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take Stanton's place on the roster. He last faced the Yankees on August 31 in NY when he allowed four runs (one earned) and three hits in six innings in a no-decision. Aaron Hicks is also on the DL to start the season, as is Didi Gregorius, who will miss at least the first half of the season. As the club nurses Andujar's injury, a more definitive answer will emerge about his status for the rest of the season. During his initial start of the season, Zimmermann did not throw a fastball over 92 miles per hour and 45 of his 70 pitches were off-speed offerings, though only one was a changeup.