NEW YORK – Jose Trevino will miss the remainder of the regular season, as the Yankees catcher will soon be scheduled to undergo surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right wrist.
Trevino said that he has been dealing with the injury since Spring Training, which he described as a “pain tolerance issue.” His increasing discomfort and on-field struggles prompted a review of the situation following the Yankees’ three-game sweep at the hands of the Angels in Anaheim.
“I knew what I was getting myself into,” Trevino said. “I knew at some point that it was going to come to a point where I couldn’t take the pain anymore. I will say, the training staff and strength coaches did everything they could to get me right every time I was out on the field. It’s just tough to play through that kind of stuff.”
MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand has reported that the Yankees are in the market for catching help to supplement Kyle Higashioka, who has started 45 of the club’s first 97 games.
Ben Rortvedt was promoted from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre prior to Friday’s series opener against the Royals, and manager Aaron Boone said that he expects the catching split between Higashioka and Rortvedt to be “somewhat similar” to how Trevino was used.
“Ben’s done a great job down there this year,” Boone said. “He’s swinging the bat well and a really good defender.”
The club also promoted catcher Austin Wells from Double-A Somerset to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre; MLB Pipeline ranks Wells as the Yankees’ No. 2 prospect.
Trevino’s injury is to the triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC), a load-bearing structure that helps stabilize the wrist. Generally speaking, the expected recovery time for surgery is approximately 12 weeks.
“It doesn’t really affect catching much, but some days it’s real painful,” Boone said. “His left wrist has even been bothering him a little bit. It was just time, and he needs to get that fixed.”
Trevino said that he expects to be ready for Spring Training next year.
“There was no hiding it,” Trevino said. “It’s a wrist injury; any time you need your wrist … simple things like doing a push-up. I’m not one for excuses. I was out there with my teammates. I thought I could get through the whole season with it, but we knew eventually at some point it would get to something like this.”
An American League All-Star last season, Trevino batted just .210/.257/.312 with four doubles, four homers and 15 RBIs in 55 games (58 OPS+). The veteran is in his sixth season and second as a Yankee, having spent his first four years with the Rangers from 2018-21.
“It’s very frustrating. I want to be out there,” Trevino said. “I want to play; I love to play. I love to catch, I love to wear the pinstripes. There’s nothing more I want to do than go out there and play, but at this point, I’m not helping anybody.”