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Matt Carpenter fractures foot on hit-by-pitch

SB Nation logo SB Nation 8/9/2022 Andrew Mearns
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The Yankees had so much to be glad about on Monday night in Seattle. Their offense pounded Mariners starter Logan Gilbert and took a 7-2 lead into the middle of the ballgame, giving them serious hope of snapping their five-game winning streak as they seek to escape their second-half funk. But an ominous event from the early innings of the game had an ugly postscript that emerged as the team hit in the top of the sixth.

In the first inning, DH Matt Carpenter fouled a ball off his back foot and grimaced in pain. He took a few moments to complete the at-bat with a strikeout, but manager Aaron Boone pulled him in the third, as Tim Locastro took his spot in the lineup. It didn’t look pretty at the time, and the Yankees’ worst fears were confirmed: Carpenter broke his foot.

This is obviously a tough loss for a Yankees lineup that is already missing Giancarlo Stanton on the IL and Anthony Rizzo on the bench with back spasms, but it’s so much more difficult for Carpenter himself. Major League Baseball had seemingly left his career for dead after a grueling couple of final seasons in St. Louis, and he had to settle for a make-good minor-league deal with the Rangers in April.

Carpenter opted out of that Rangers deal in May, and with an opening at the time, the Yankees were reportedly the only team to take a Major League flyer on him. Suddenly, the three-time All-Star’s bat came back to life, but now, his season is likely over and the Yankees will likely have to recall Miguel Andújar or someone like that in Triple-A to take his roster spot.

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