TAMPA – The Yankees have another injury with another highly influential left-handed reliever.
Justin Wilson exited Monday’s game with a strain on his left shoulder, the team said, and is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam Tuesday morning to determine a diagnosis and the severity of the injury.
“The way you described it, [he] He was just having a hard time getting loose, ”manager Aaron Boone said after a 4-0 loss to the Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. “We will see what we have in the morning. … I think there is a possibility that it is not that important. “
Wilson had just thrown his 20th pitch of the seventh inning when he pointed to the dugout for coach Steve Donohue and Boone. He seemed to be clenching his left hand into a fist. After a brief conversation on the mound, Wilson left the game.
The 33-year-old left-hander, who signed with the Yankees in February, was sitting 91-92 mph on his fastball Monday after going 93-95 mph in his previous appearance Friday. Wilson was pitching in his fourth game of the spring and had given up a two-run homer to Didi Gregorius early in the inning.
Early in camp, the Yankees lost their best left-handed reliever, Zack Britton, who recently underwent surgery to remove a splinter in his elbow. Britton is expected to be out until June.
Other than Aroldis Chapman, the Yankees have no other healthy left-handed relievers on their 40-man roster.
Jameson Taillon’s scoreless spring is over, but his healthy comeback stayed on track. The Yankees right-hander racked up 60 pitches, 28 of which came in a third inning from which he missed.
Returning from a second Tommy John surgery in 2019, Taillon allowed one run and five hits (including four singles in the third inning) but missed a walk and struck out five in 2 ² / ₃ innings.
“It was definitely a long inning and I haven’t had such a long inning in a long time,” Taillon said. “More than anything, I am healthy. It feels great to be back there. … I feel like my things have gone well. “
Aaron Judge was within yards of his first home run of the spring, but his fly to right field fell into a glove on the warning court.
Still, Judge isn’t sweating from his lack of power (8 of 34, two doubles, no home runs) in the Grapefruit League game.
“The power will be there,” Judge said before the game. “That is one of my strengths, so I like to work on other things that are not really one of my strengths and develop them. I’m just trying to be the best overall and all-round baseball player that I can be. So power is not really a concern for me. “
Gary Sanchez handled the news that he will catch Gerrit Cole on Opening Day as usual.
“Whatever happens last year, you have to put that in the past,” Sanchez said. “I am a receiver and that is my responsibility.”
Miguel Andujar (hand muscle strain / nerve problem) has yet to pitch or hit and Boone said he didn’t expect to see him in a game “soon.”