Yankees News: Mike Tauchman to Miss 6-8 Weeks with Calf Injury

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistSeptember 9, 2019

New York Yankees' Mike Tauchman rounds first base on nis two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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The New York Yankees have battled injuries throughout the season and will be without another key piece down the stretch.

According to Yankees reporter Bryan Hoch, outfielder Mike Tauchman will miss six to eight weeks with a Grade 2 calf strain.

"I'm bummed out for him," manager Aaron Boone said, per Hoch. "We've got to keep moving."

Tauchman has appeared in 87 games for the Bronx Bombers this season and is slashing .277/.361/.504 with 13 home runs and 47 RBI. The numbers are a significant turnaround from last year when he was largely a nonfactor for the Colorado Rockies and finished with an .094 batting average in 21 games.

His presence in the lineup has helped make up for injuries to Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, Miguel Andujar, Aaron Hicks and Greg Bird, among others, throughout the season.

Even with the attrition, New York is 94-50 and 8.5 games ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League East. It has fought through injuries all year and remains on the short list of World Series contenders and will have to continue doing the same following this setback.

Hoch noted Boone pointed to Cameron Maybin, Clint Frazier and Tyler Wade as candidates to see more playing time while Tauchman is out.