Drury out indefinitely; CC placed on 10-day DL
NEW YORK -- The morning after a rough, injury-packed 7-3 loss to the Orioles in 14 innings on Friday night at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees took a big blow to their hot corner. Third baseman Brandon Drury, who exited the game in the sixth inning, informed the club that he's been dealing with migraine-like symptoms beyond just Friday night. In fact, he's been experiencing the problem for years.
Drury said the main cause for the team's concern is his blurry vision. He said he's been dealing with the migraine-like symptoms for quite some time, though he's not certain what triggered it. Up until Friday night, the 25-year-old had been toughing it out. Now, he said, he wants to figure out what's wrong.
"It's baseball," Drury said. "I need to have my eyes be right to play and help this team win games, and I just feel like I haven't even been close to what I'm at physically to play this game and help the team win games."
Drury will go through extensive testing on Monday, and until then, the club is not certain how long he could be out. Manager Aaron Boone said Monday's tests will guide him toward the proper help in order to put this situation behind him. The Yankees plan to fill Drury's spot primarily with Miguel Andujar, New York's No. 4 prospect per MLB Pipeline.
"All we can do is support him and hopefully start to get some answers," Boone said. "But it definitely catches you off guard, but more so from a human perspective, feeling for the guy."
After an impressive spring, Andujar is off to a shaky start in the big leagues. He entered Saturday batting 0-for-12 with four strikeouts in three games. Boone said the team will platoon Tyler Wade and Ronald Torreyes at the hot corner to give Andujar a break.
"It can happen to anyone," Boone said about Andujar. "You get off to a slow start in your first couple of games, and it's magnified and you start speeding it up a little bit. We know what he's capable of."
Carsten Sabathia exited his first Yankee Stadium start of the year after just 58 pitches after the fourth inning with right hip discomfort. The Yanks placed him on the 10-day DL prior to their game against the O's on Saturday as a precaution, hoping he will only miss one start. Luis Cessa was called up from the Minor Leagues, and he will likely make Sabathia's scheduled start against the Red Sox on Thursday. Right-hander Domingo German and utility man Jace Peterson were also brought up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and righty Jonathan Holder was optioned to round out the moves.
"I don't think [Sabathia] wanted to go on the DL, certainly," Boone said. "But I also think there's a level of understanding there, just understanding the roster crunch we're in."
Albertin Chapman and Gary Sanchez left Friday night's game in the 10th and 14 inning, respectively, but Boone said he believes they both have minor injuries, not something to worry about. Chapman was available on Saturday, and Sanchez, though not in the starting lineup, was available as a possible pinch-hitter.
"A little adversity has creeped in and hit us here." Boone said. "But our job is to go out there and perform. And there's no excuses, and no one's going to feel sorry for us right now. And the fact of the matter is, as much as last night was crazy from an injury perspective, we also feel like we're fairly closer to being full strength than we have been in a while. We just have to weather the storm right now as best we can."
Be wary of the flu
Wade, hunched over in a chair at his locker, had reporters form a distant semi-circle around him so as to not catch his flu-like symptoms. He said teammates were giving him the same space. The second baseman was experiencing shakes around the third inning of Friday's game. His flu-like symptoms surfaced in the club's Opening Series in Toronto, but Wade said they weren't as bad then. He said the cold and bitter weather in the Bronx doesn't help, but after receiving an IV on Saturday morning, he's beginning to feel better.
More injury updates
• Aaron Hicks is scheduled to begin playing this weekend, and Boone is confident the outfielder will be back in the lineup in time for the club's series against the Red Sox on Tuesday in Fenway Park. Hicks will have missed 10 days with a strained right intercostal muscle, and the Yankees are looking forward to having some structure in their outfield again.
• On Friday, right-hander Ben Heller underwent Tommy John surgery, which also involved removing a bone spur from his right elbow. The procedure was performed by Dr. Christopher Ahmad.