Odor heads to IL with sprained left knee

May 5th, 2021

NEW YORK -- The Yankees are hopeful that ’s stint on the injured list will be brief after the infielder was diagnosed with a sprained left knee following a collision with Astros catcher Martín Maldonado in the sixth inning of New York’s 7-3 victory on Tuesday.

Odor underwent an MRI on Tuesday evening at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and was scheduled to be examined by team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad on Wednesday.

“All things considered, we kind of lucked out,” manager Aaron Boone said. “You saw my reaction; I jumped out on the field because it looked ugly to me right away, and I was pretty concerned. I think it's going to be on the shorter side. … I don't think it's going to be something that's too long.”

The Yanks recalled right-hander Albert Abreu from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday, adding a bullpen arm. DJ LeMahieu started at second base on Wednesday, with Mike Ford at first; Boone envisions using that alignment primarily until Luke Voit’s potential return next week. Infielder Tyler Wade could also see time in the infield.

“That’ll be the day-by-day decision,” Boone said. “I like what Tyler brings in his versatility off the bench. Maybe in the next week, we’ll have Luke in the mix, so that changes the dynamic a little bit. It’ll be day-by-day based on matchup, based on need.”

Odor, 27, has started 18 games for the Yankees since being acquired from the Rangers on April 6.

Despite a .164/.271/.361 slash line, Odor has slugged four homers with 11 RBIs, showing a knack for big moments by delivering five hits that have either tied the score or given the Yankees the lead.

Down on the farm

Voit went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk in his first Minor League rehab game for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday. Boone said that Voit could rejoin the big league club during a road trip that begins on May 11 against the Rays, a timetable that will not be accelerated by Odor’s injury.

“We're not going to race him back a couple days early just for that,” Boone said. “We want to make sure he's ready to go. As it is, it's not going to be that long of a rehab assignment or a ramp-up for him. But we don't want to cut that short.”

Infielder Miguel Andújar is also playing for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and he will see time at first base, third base and in the outfield. Boone said that the Yankees considered promoting Andújar, but they believe he needs reps after losing all of his spring to an injured right wrist.

“Coming off the injury he had in Spring Training, [Andújar is] kind of still getting built up a little bit,” Boone said. “I think it's important for him to have some at-bats, but he's certainly going to be in the mix moving forward here.”

Loud noises!

The Yankees were still buzzing on Wednesday about the electric atmosphere provided by Tuesday’s crowd of 10,850, which sounded like three or four times that as the fans unloaded a torrent of verbal abuse upon the Astros.

Catcher Kyle Higashioka said that at one point, he turned to Aaron Judge and remarked, “If we would have had 100 percent capacity, I might not have my hearing today.”

“We feed off the energy,” Higashioka said. “The fans were as loud as 20 percent capacity could possibly be. It was actually pretty impressive. I thought that level of sound was on par with probably the last playoff game that I experienced here [in 2019], which was pretty intense. I was pretty grateful that the fans showed up and were that energetic.”

This date in Yankees history

May 5, 1930: The Yankees acquired right-hander Red Ruffing from the Red Sox in one of the most lopsided trades in franchise history. Ruffing went 231-124 with a 3.47 ERA over 15 seasons with the Yanks, winning six championships on his way to the Hall of Fame. New York parted with $50,000 and outfielder Cedric Durst, who hit .245 in 102 games for Boston.