UPDATE, 6:59 PM ET: The Yankees placed McKinney on the 10-day disabled list and recalled Miguel Andujar to claim his roster spot.
Disaster struck in the first inning of Saturday’s contest between the Yankees and Blue Jays. Yankees left fielder fielder Billy McKinney, newly recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to cover for an injured Aaron Hicks, tracked a Josh Donaldson fly ball to left-center field and jammed his left shoulder into the fence at full force. He exited the field with trainers shortly after the crash and was later diagnosed with a left shoulder AC sprain.
Per Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, McKinney was seen by an orthopedist in Toronto and his X-rays returned negative. That doesn’t mean he’s out of the woods quite yet, though. The team has yet to disclose the severity of his injury or his projected timetable for a return to the field.
Right now, their biggest concern will be filling another void in the outfield. Hoch points out that there are no more reserve outfielders lingering on the 40-man roster and, with Jacoby Ellsbury sidelined on the 10-day disabled list until April 5 — and Aaron Hicks and Clint Frazier out even longer — they’ll need to continue thinking outside the box to fill the holes in the roster. Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Wade and Tyler Austin all seem to be potential emergency outfield candidates for the time being, with Brandon Drury as a distant fourth.
Former Yankees skipper Joe Girardi has reportedly withdrawn his name for consideration in the Reds’ managerial search, according to a report from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Per Rosenthal, Girardi was considered the frontrunner for the position, but elected to keep his current gig as an MLB Network analyst for the foreseeable future.
The 54-year-old skipper holds a lifetime 988-794 record in 11 years with the Marlins and Yankees. He cut his teeth on the Marlins’ 2006 season, during which the team skidded to a fourth-place finish in the NL East, then helped the Yankees to 10 consecutive winning records and a World Series title. While Mark Feinsand of MLB.com adds that Girardi “absolutely wants to manage again,” it’s unclear when and with whom he might choose to do so.
Without Girardi, the Reds still have several candidates left in play, not the least of whom is retired MLB third baseman David Bell. Bell previously served as the Reds’ Double-A and Triple-A manager from 2008-2012 and racked up a cumulative 227-332 record during that span. His resume also includes several coaching positions with the Cubs and Cardinals, and most recently, a role as VP of player development for the Giants in 2018. As Rosenthal points out, however, the 46-year-old coach is hardly a lock for a managerial spot with the Reds, as he’s also made a strong impression on the Blue Jays, Rangers, and Giants this fall.