Yankees' Mike Tauchman Likely Out Rest Of Season With Calf Strain

Alex Greenberg
September 09, 2019 - 5:20 pm

The Major League Baseball season is in its final stretch, but that doesn’t mean the Yankees’ 2019 injury woes are at an end too.

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On the contrary, the hits keep on coming. The latest Yankee to go down was Mike Tauchman. Tauchman left Sunday’s game with the Red Sox due to tightness in his left calf, and now the team has announced that he will be out 6-8 weeks with a grade two calf strain.

Tauchman has been one of New York’s surprise players this season as he has seen significant playing time in the wake of all the team’s injuries. His versatility across the outfield has been huge during the absences of key players like Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks and Aaron Judge.

The 87 games played for Tauchman this season are more than he had combined in the first two seasons of his career in Oakland. The 28-year-old is hitting .277 with 13 homeruns and 47 RBIs.

New York Yankees outfielder Mike Tauchman (39) congratulated by coach Phil Nevin (88) as he rounds the bases following his third inning solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles

Aaron Boone’s team only has 18 games left in the regular season. With the AL East basically wrapped up, Boone will be turning his attention to deciding the 25-man postseason roster. If Tauchman misses six weeks, that would set him up for a return towards the end of October.

It’s unfortunate, but it now seems likely that Tauchman’s season is done. Had he stayed healthy, he would have had a decent chance to be chosen to suit up for the postseason. 

Boone told the press on Monday that Tauchman's injury will mean more time in the outfield for Cameron Maybin, Clint Frazier and Tyler Wade. Stanton's looming return to the team should also help soften the blow.

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