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.
The Yankees placed Nestor Cortes on the 15-day injured list with a left rotator cuff strain that will sideline the left-hander for at least two starts.
The move is retroactive to Monday and Cortes will be shut down for at least 15 days.
After Tuesday’s game, Cortes said the shoulder has been bothering him between starts and more so after he pitched five innings May 30 in Seattle.
“I took two days off and when I got to LA and threw that first day, I didn’t feel right,” Cortes said Tuesday. “But it was first day coming back from pitching so I knew it was going to be nagging a little bit. So I waited a little bit.
“That second day in LA was when I said something because it felt like I had pitched yesterday. So I wasn’t recovering in time.”
Cortes is 5-2 with a 5.16 ERA in 11 starts and has particularly struggled later in outings. Opponents are hitting .447 when facing him for the third time in a game.
Last year, Cortes was an All-Star and went 12-4 with a 2.44 ERA in 28 starts.
Randy Vásquez was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre to take Cortes’ spot in the rotation and will make his second career start in Thursday’s doubleheader. Vásquez made his major league debut May 26 against San Diego when the Yankees needed a starter because Domingo Germán was serving a 10-game suspension for using sticky substances.