Miami is already without second baseman Rafael Furcal and now his double-play partner, shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, is headed to the disabled list with a strained triceps muscle.
Hechavarria was billed as a good-glove, no-hit shortstop when he defected from Cuba and his bat has lived up to the sub par billing with a .243 batting average and .595 OPS in 261 games. However, his defense has also rated poorly according to Ultimate Zone Rating, which pegs him as 9.1 runs below average per 150 games at shortstop.
Donovan Solano and Ed Lucas figure to split time at shortstop, with Derek Dietrich handling second base duties.
Per The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said outfielder Giancarlo Stanton may be activated from the injured list on Wednesday. Stanton will “certainly” be activated on Thursday.
Stanton, 29, has appeared in all of nine games this season due to knee and calf injuries. The calf injury struck first during the opening week of the season. He wouldn’t return until June 18, then played in a whopping six games before a strained PCL in his right knee sent him back on the IL. But if there was ever a time for Stanton to make his triumphant return, it’s right before what the Yankees hope is a deep postseason run.
In the nine games Stanton has appeared in this season, spanning 38 trips to the plate, he has hit .290/.421/.419 with a double, a homer, seven RBI, and four runs scored.