MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports that Yankees outfielder Mike Tauchman will miss six to eight weeks with a Grade 2 strain of his left calf. At minimum, he will be out for the remainder of the regular season and a majority of the postseason, depending on how deep the Yankees’ run goes.
Tauchman, 28, suffered the injury in the fourth inning of Sunday night’s game against the Yankees. Per Hoch, manager Aaron Boone said Cameron Maybin, Clint Frazier, and Tyler Wade will see increased playing time with Tauchman on the shelf.
Tauchman has been one of several Yankees to come out of nowhere and put up great numbers in place of an already-injured player. Across 296 plate appearances this season, Tauchman is batting .277/.361/.504 with 13 home runs and 47 RBI.
Indians slugger José Ramírez broke the hamate bone on his right hand last month and had surgery on August 26 to repair it. At the time he was given the same schedule most hamate bone surgery recipients get: 5-7 weeks if all goes well. Apparently all has gone better-than-well for Ramírez, however, because the Indians are going to activate him tomorrow.
That’s good news for the Indians, who are in a dead heat with the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL’s second Wild Card with six games to go.
Ramírez, like his team, started the season slowly, but he had turned things on in July and August to help fuel Cleveland’s surge into playoff contention. He hit .320/.340/.680 with nine homers and 25 driven in in July and was hitting .321/.372/.705 with six homers and 20 driven in August when he went down. Basically, he had been a better version of the Ramírez who won the Silver Slugger Award and came in third in the MVP balloting in 2018, at least for those two months.
It’ll be interesting to see how rusty he is or if the surgery has sapped his power or bat speed. We’ll only have six games in which to see it, though.