Gio: Yankees Will Really Miss Tauchman In Playoffs

Boomer and Gio
September 10, 2019 - 9:06 am

Mike Tauchman is likely out for the rest of the season. It's not a minor setback for the Yankees, WFAN's Gregg Giannotti said Tuesday.

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Tauchman, an outfielder, is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks with a left calf strain. One of a handful of surprising Yankees who kept the team rolling despite a spate of injuries to star players, Tauchman was hitting .277 with 13 home runs this season.  

"It hurts," Giannotti said at the start of Tuesday's "Boomer and Gio" show. "I mean, this guy was going to be -- whether (Giancarlo) Stanton came back or not -- Mike Tauchman was going to play a role on this team in the postseason. Now he is not.

"The Yankees were a better team with Mike Tauchman involved than they're going to be in the postseason, in my opinion. I really believe that. More so than even with Giancarlo Stanton coming back. The guy was an all-around player. The guy was a battler at the plate. Defensively, he was an upgrade from what they're going to have. That one hurts. It really does."

Making matters worse, center fielder Aaron Hicks, who has been on the injured list since Aug. 4 with an elbow strain, has not yet been cleared to throw and is seeking a second opinion.

"The outfield is thin," Gio said. " ... The outfield right now, it's basically you're going to be seeing Stanton, (Brett) Gardner and (Aaron) Judge, and that's going to be your outfield. Hopefully Giancarlo Stanton's healthy enough to play."

Stanton has battled knee, biceps, shoulder and calf injuries this season. He's played in just nine games, the last one coming on June 25. Manager Aaron Boone said Monday that Stanton could rejoin the Yankees during their homestand next week.

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The Yanks have proven all year they can win without Stanton. But with Tauchman out and Hicks' status up in the air, the Bombers need the former National League MVP now more than ever.

"If you can get him in there for two weeks, that's better than nothing," Giannotti said. "But it's still not enough. I was hoping it could be all of September to be able to have a real assessment of where he's at and get him back into the flow of things. Because this is not a guy who played a hundred games and has been gone for a long stretch. This is a guy who's played nine games all year. And he's also someone who goes through extended slumps. He's someone that obviously timing is a big deal for him. That scares me from that standpoint."

To listen to the open from Tuesday's "Boomer and Gio" show, in which the guys also discuss the NFL's Monday night action, click on the audio player above.