Yankees OF/DH Matt Carpenter was placed on the 10-day IL today, and could miss the remainder of the regular season, due to a left foot fracture that he suffered yesterday against the Mariners.
Carpenter has been a major contributor to the Yankees success this season after joining the team in late May. Since then, he’s hitting 305 with 15 home runs, 37 RBI and 28 runs in 47 games. Unfortunately, his comeback season potentially ended yesterday in the first inning when he fouled an 88 MPH, Logan Gilbert slider into the top of his left foot.
The ball ricocheted off his bat with a -25 launch angle at 76 MPH. Carpenter hobbled out of the batter’s box before being met by a trainer at home plate. He then did a few stretches before shaking it off and stepping back in. Carpenter then struck out on the next pitch and limped back to the dugout in obvious pain. He was removed from the lineup and taken to the team clubhouse to undergo evaluations.
Carpenter was in a walking boot during his postgame interviews and told reporters that he had not yet been given a timetable for a possible return: “I don’t want to say a number [of how long I could be out], because I just don’t know,” he said. “But I’m holding out hope that it’ll be a situation where I could come back in the middle of September and can contribute towards the stretch run.
“So we’ll see. I mean, that’s my mindset […] that I’ll be back. I’m not going to let my mind go anywhere else that I don’t want. I’m not even going to accept the fact that this will be it for me.”
Based on the video of the injury, it appears that Carpenter fractured either his talus, his first or second tarsal, his first or second metatarsal, or a combination of those. Depending on the severity of the fracture, Carpenter could be sidelined for up to five months. Once the specifics of the fracture are released we will have a better indication of how much time he will miss, but for now it looks like his season is over.