Yankees outfielder Cameron Maybin departed the third inning of Friday’s 4-1 win over the Astros with a left calf strain, per a team announcement. He’s scheduled to undergo an MRI, at which point the Yankees will have a better idea of the timetable for his return.
Maybin sustained the injury shortly after taking an at-bat against Houston’s Brad Peacock. He hit a single and later came around to score on Gary Sanchez‘s massive 481-foot home run, but appeared to be limping after he reached home plate. Postgame comments from manager Aaron Boone revealed that the outfielder “felt a pop” when he rounded third base, though he didn’t comment on the full extent of the injury. He didn’t come out at the top of the fourth and was subsequently replaced by Brett Gardner, who shifted from center to left field while Aaron Hicks took over center field and the no. 9 spot in the lineup.
This is the first serious injury the 32-year-old Maybin has suffered in 2019. He left Friday’s game batting a hearty .314/.391/.500 with five home runs, 27 RBI, and an .891 OPS through 133 plate appearances this season. Given the nature of the injury, he’s expected to see some time on the injured list and may be sidelined for a few weeks, maybe longer.
Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.
The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video.
“In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.
He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.
“I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”
Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019.
“Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m optimistic. I’m going to put my head down, work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully, come out the other side better for it.
“I truly believe everything that everything happens for a reason, and although 2020 has sucked, hopefully, when this rehab process is all said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career.”
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