And just like that, the lone player the Yankees traded for before the MLB Trade Deadline, Dustin Ackley, was placed on the 15-day DL today with a right lumbar strain.
The new was first reported by Bryan Hoch of MLB.com;
Interestingly enough, Ackley hadn’t even started a game for the New York Yankees before being placed on the disabled list. He did however take some at-bats, going 0-f0r-3 while pinch-hitting in two games while the Yankees were out in Chicago.
Unfortunately for the Yankees, the timing could not be worse. Ackley was acquired in hopes of benefiting from the short porch in Yankees Stadium as a left-handed hitter. With the Yankees opening up a six game home stand starting tonight, you have to assume that Dustin Ackley was probably in line for some extra at-bat’s and maybe even his first start in pinstripes at some point this week before he was injured.
For now, that’ll all just have to wait.
The Yankees recalled right-handed pitcher Caleb Cotham from AAA Scranton to take Ackley’s spot on the active roster.
In a combined 47.0 innings pitched between the Trenton Thunder (AA) an Scranton RailRiders, Cotham is a combined 5-2 with a 2.11 ERA.
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