In addition to losing to the A’s in extra innings, the Yankees lost two players last night: catcher Gary Sanchez and outfielder Aaron Hicks.
Sanchez suffered a minor groin injury while stealing second base in the top of the ninth, on an awkward collision with A’s infielder Chad Pinder. Joe Girardi does not think it’s a major injury and Sanchez will be reevaluated today. Hicks sustained an Achilles injury, forcing him out of the game. Same story there: maybe not serious, to be reevaluated before tonight’s game.
The Yankees have lost three of four on this west coast swing, and have lost starter CC Sabathia. They really don’t need more injuries.
MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.
Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.
The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.