According to Aaron Boone's post-win drop on Tuesday, Yankees catcher Jose Trevino suffered a mild sprain of his wrist, with some inflammation present, and will miss a few days. Ideally, according to the team, he'll be back in game action over the weekend. Once again, no one knows how to make a win feel like a loss quite like these Yankees.
Optimism prevails, at this point, but we've seen this movie before. A "mild" toe issue Trevino suffered in Oakland last summer curtailed his offensive production significantly down the stretch; though he's a defense-first catcher by trade, he was never the same again in 2022.
Even Boone admitted to Bryan Hoch that an injection is "still possible" for Trevino, which wouldn't rule him out for Opening Day necessarily, but would indicate there's something more severe to be taken care of.
So ... not to worry, but we have to worry ... without Trevino, who makes the Yankees' Opening Day roster at the team's most shallow position?
You thought the center field options beyond Harrison Bader were bleak? At least that group includes Literally Aaron Judge. If the Yankees lose Jose Trevino for any length of time -- especially right now -- their backup catcher picture will be see-through thin.
Yankees Catchers Beyond Jose Trevino (Wrist Injury): Who's Left?
Kyle Higashioka, who reportedly shook off calf soreness early in spring and has been with Team USA at the World Baseball Classic, appears healthy enough to be the starter. Beyond that, though ... any catching addition the Yankees would need to make before Opening Day would require a 40-man move. Ben Rortvedt is the only other catcher on the Yankees' 40-man, and he's out for far longer than any other option while he recuperates from an aneurysm.
Last week, the Yankees signed defense-first catcher Nick Ciuffo to live at Triple-A this season, where the depth is nonexistent. Clearly, they'd prefer not to burn a 40-man move on adding him to the big club, and would probably put Rortvedt on the 60-Day IL to clear space.
If it's not Ciuffo -- or the extremely bold move of elevating walk-off hero Carlos Narvaez directly from High-A to the bigs -- the Yankees could visit the free agent pool, where they'll find ... old friend Gary Sánchez and precious little else. 38-year-old Robinson Chirinos, currently competing in the WBC himself, also spent time with the organization in recent years, and is readily available. Both options would be varying degrees of hilarious.
Of course, even if Trevino can't swing a bat by Opening Day, for whatever reason, the Yankees should still consider starting him (aka the Miguel Vargas treatment). After all, he's still a supreme asset behind the plate, to a degree that's becoming more quantifiable by the day.
If it comes down to Sánchez or Trevino with the inability to swing, the Yankees are going to have a hilariously "Gift of the Magi"-themed decision to make. Would you rather have an offensive catcher who can't field or a fielding wizard who's been banned from swinging the bat?
Probably best to hope Trevino is very ready, as he says he will be.