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Yankees News: Matt Carpenter Out 6-8 Weeks With Foot Injury; Surgery Not Required

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVAugust 10, 2022

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The New York Yankees may get Matt Carpenter back this season.

ESPN's Marly Rivera reported Wednesday that the utility man received some "good news" regarding his fractured foot. It was a clean break that will not require surgery, which means he will be sidelined for six to eight weeks.

Carpenter suffered the injury during Monday's game against the Seattle Mariners when he fouled a pitch off his foot.

Even before this diagnosis, he planned on returning this season.

"I don't want to say a number because I just don't know, 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 a stretch run,'' Carpenter said, per Rivera. "So we'll see. I mean, that's my mindset is that I'll be back.''

New York recalled Miguel Andujar from the minor leagues while placing Carpenter on the injured list. Like Carpenter, Andujar is a utility man who can play in both the infield and the outfield as needed.

The fractured foot was a disappointing setback for the 36-year-old, who is in the middle of a bounce-back campaign that surely would have ended—and still could—with the American League Comeback Player of the Year award.

While he was a three-time All-Star for the St. Louis Cardinals in his prime, Carpenter hit .186 with four home runs during the shortened 2020 season and followed up by hitting .169 with three home runs in 2021.

He started the 2022 campaign in the minor leagues for the Texas Rangers organization but was eventually released. The Yankees signed him in May, and he has responded by slashing .305/.412/.727 with 15 home runs and 37 RBI in 47 games.

Fortunately for New York, it has a 10-game cushion over the Toronto Blue Jays and should have no trouble qualifying for the playoffs even with Carpenter sidelined.

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