Injuries & Moves: Yanks place Burdi on IL, add Trammell to active roster

April 19th, 2024

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April 19: Placed RHP Nick Burdi on the 15-day injured list (retroactive to April 17) with right hip inflammation; recalled RHP Cody Morris from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre; added OF Taylor Trammell to the active roster
Burdi felt the discomfort near the end of his appearance on Tuesday against the Blue Jays in Toronto, according to manager Aaron Boone, who characterized the issue as “fairly minor.”

“One of the big things with Nick is, with his injury history, they don’t want him compensating and then it leads to an arm issue,” Boone said.

April 18: OF Taylor Trammell claimed off waivers
The Yankees claimed Trammell from the Dodgers, where he appeared in five games in 2024. Over parts of four Major League seasons with the Mariners (2021-23) and Dodgers (2024), he has hit .165 (51-for-310) with 45 runs, 16 doubles, 15 homers, 39 RBIs, 39 walks and four stolen bases in 121 career games. Trammell has appeared defensively at all three outfield positions in his career (center field: 45 games/38 starts; right field: 35 games/29 starts; left field: 30 games/24 starts).

“It’s an opportunity to get a talented player,” manager Aaron Boone said. “This is a guy who has been a big-time prospect in his career. It hasn’t really translated at the big league level yet. Hopefully we’ll help get him to that next level.”

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Yankees designated INF Kevin Smith for assignment.

10-DAY/15-DAY IL

RHP (right hip inflammation)
Expected return: May
Burdi felt the discomfort near the end of his April 16 appearance at Toronto, according to manager Aaron Boone, who characterized the issue as “fairly minor.” Boone said that because of Burdi's lengthy injury history, club medical personnel were wary of the hurler compensating in his delivery, leading to an arm issue. (Last updated: April 19)

INF (non-displaced fracture of right foot)
Expected return: April or May
LeMahieu -- who has yet to play this season after sustaining the injury while fouling a ball off his foot on March 16 -- lobbied to begin a Minor League rehab appearance, but an MRI taken on April 18 in New York did not show as much healing as doctors would have hoped. The Yankees have pushed his potential start date to April 23.

“I feel ready to go,” LeMahieu said on April 19. “I’m ready to get out there and get in some games. It shouldn’t be too much longer.”

LeMahieu has been taking on-field batting practice, running bases and fielding ground balls, and he said that he is experiencing no issues. LeMahieu said that he expects to play in “less than five” Minor League rehab games before being activated.

“As we’ve talked about from the beginning, we’re not playing with this at all,” manager Aaron Boone said. “We want to make sure DJ is in a good spot when he does come back and is ready to go.” (Last updated: April 19)

RHP Tommy Kahnle (right shoulder inflammation)
Expected return: Possibly April
Kahnle tossed from a bullpen mound in Tampa, Fla., on April 16, according to manager Aaron Boone, who said that Kahnle will throw another bullpen session or two before facing hitters in a live situation.

Kahnle was slow-played during the spring after right shoulder inflammation ended his 2023 season and delayed his winter throwing program until Dec. 12. Though Kahnle was aiming to rejoin the Yankees when eligible on April 9, he experienced soreness after a throwing session on or around April 1, prompting the club to delay him further. (Last updated: April 17)

INF (right sub-scapular strain)
Expected return: April/May
Manager Aaron Boone said on April 14 that Peraza has been going through his hitting and throwing progressions and has been able to throw the ball 100 feet.

“He’s probably 10 days, two weeks into his throwing progression, so hopefully getting better,” Boone said.

The Yankees placed Peraza on the injured list on Opening Day, retroactive to March 25. He initially was advised to take three to four weeks off without tossing. (Last updated: April 14)

3B (left adductor injury)
Expected return: Late April
Berti was placed on the injured list on April 13 after he sustained an adductor injury running to first base against the Marlins on April 10. The 34-year-old was hitting .211 in six games.

Manager Aaron Boone said on April 13 that he didn’t think Berti’s injury was overly serious, but he didn’t have a time frame for how long he’d be out. (Last updated: April 13)

60-DAY IL

RHP (right elbow discomfort)
Expected return: Possibly June 1
Cole increased his throwing to 75 feet on April 16 in New York. He was scheduled to toss again on April 17, which will mark his first time throwing on back-to-back days since his injury. It has been a slow but steady progression for Cole, who said he felt “great” after making 25 throws at 60 feet on April 8, then had another tossing session go well on April 11.

Cole underwent an MRI on March 11 after relaying difficulty bouncing back between his spring outings, likening his level of fatigue to what he usually would feel after throwing 100 pitches during the regular season. Cole had more testing performed on March 12, then visited Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles on March 14. ElAttrache confirmed that there was no damage to Cole’s ulnar collateral ligament.

During that visit, Cole was told that he could treat his ailing right elbow conservatively through rest and rehab, with the hope of returning to the rotation in 10-12 weeks. Manager Aaron Boone said on April 17 that there is no set date for Cole to return to throwing from a mound. (Last updated: April 17)

RHP (right UCL tear)
Expected return: 2025
Loáisiga said on April 6 that he has a torn UCL and needs season-ending surgery. Dr. Keith Meister will perform the procedure, which Loáisiga said has an estimated recovery time of 10 to 12 months. Loáisiga was placed on the 60-day injured list on April 5, retroactive to April 4. (Last updated: April 6)

OF (right UCL tear)
Expected return: June or July
As of April 2, Domínguez has increased his throwing to 120 feet. He began taking swings from both sides of the plate in mid-March. He resumed hitting right-handed on Feb. 26.

“He’s doing really well,” manager Aaron Boone said on March 8. “Every time I check, he’s going great. He really hasn’t had any hiccups or bumps so far. He’s in great spirits, looks good, feels good.”

Domínguez was diagnosed with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow on Sept. 10. He underwent Tommy John surgery on Sept. 20, which included the addition of internal bracing. Dr. Keith Meister performed the procedure in Arlington.

The Yankees believe that he could be playing in Minor League rehab games sometime in April or May. (Last updated: April 2)

RHP (recovery from Tommy John surgery)
Expected return: Summer 2024
Trivino was re-signed to a Major League contract with an option for 2025 on Feb. 14. The Yankees expect Trivino, who has resumed a throwing program, to return at some point during the summer. Trivino underwent Tommy John surgery on May 3, 2023. (Last updated: Feb. 15)

RHP (Tommy John surgery, back surgery)
Expected return: Summer 2024
Effross underwent Tommy John surgery in October 2022 and began a throwing program on March 6, 2023. According to manager Aaron Boone, Effross began experiencing back discomfort in the fall, which prompted a microdiscectomy of his L-4 and L-5 vertebrae in December. Boone said that Effross will have “a slow ramp-up” with the goal of pitching in big league games sometime this summer. He was transferred to the 60-day injured list on Feb. 14.

"It was extremely disappointing," Effross said. "My ultimate goal is to be back as soon as possible for this team and be able to help this team win a World Series." (Last updated: Feb. 15)