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.
Matt Spiegel of 670 The Score Chicago heard from a source that Major League Baseball executives have been discussing a 100-game season that would begin on July 1 and conclude on October 15. It would essentially pick up the second half schedule, eliminating the All-Star Game while hosting the World Series at a neutral warm-weather stadium — ideally Dodger Stadium.
In the event the Dodgers, who won 106 games last year, made it all the way through the playoffs, the World Series would be hosted in Anaheim or San Diego. The earlier rounds of the playoffs would be played in the cities of the teams involved, which might be tough since the postseason would extend into November.
Spiegel went on to describe this vision as “an absolute best case scenario,” and that’s accurate. In order for the regular season to begin on July 1, the players would need to have several weeks if not a full month prior to get back into playing shape — more or less an abbreviated second spring training. And that would mean the U.S. having made significant progress against the virus by way of herd immunity or a vaccine, which would allow for nonessential businesses to resume operations. The U.S., sadly, is faring not so well compared to other nations around the world for a variety of reasons, but all of which point to a return to normalcy by the summer seeming rather unlikely.
Regardless, the league does have to plan for the potential of being able to start the regular season this summer just in case things really do break right and offer that opportunity. Commissioner Rob Manfred has stated multiple times about the league’s need to be creative, referring to ideas like playing deep into the fall, changing up the location of games, playing without fans in attendance, etc. This rumor certainly fits the “creative” mold.