After Wednesday night's win over the Seattle Mariners, the New York Yankees couldn't enjoy themselves for longer than a few moments because they had suffered another injury. Willie Calhoun went down with a quad issue in the eighth inning just before the Yanks shut the door on the Mariners.
Not too long after, it was revealed Calhoun would be headed to the injured list, meaning a corresponding move had to be made for Thursday's series finale in the Bronx. Some fans were hoping for Oswald Peraza, but he's been dealing with an injury at Triple-A (it never ends!).
As a result (and as expected), the Yankees recalled Oswaldo Cabrera from Scranton to address the loss of Calhoun. Cabrera is on the bench Thursday night but definitely offers the Yankees some much-needed defensive flexibility during a time when so many guys are playing out of position.
Cabrera's bat has been wildly underwhelming this year and his defense hasn't exactly been great, but he'll get another chance to turn that narrative around. So much was expected of him this year and fans are hoping a rebound is possible.
As for Calhoun, he's headed for an MRI and is scheduled to get a platelet-rich plasma injection this week to address his quad injury.
Yankees roster move: Oswaldo Cabrera back, Giancarlo Stanton in the outfield
But the Yankees also got a boost in the form of a Giancarlo Stanton update. With Calhoun hitting the IL, many figured the unfortunate occurrence would at least help the Yankees with their lineup versatility, since the lefty slugger was mostly logging reps at DH.
With Cabrera back, the bench has some more worthwhile defensive help instead of another middling bat locked into the DH spot. And now that Stanton's been back in action for over three weeks, the Yankees have decided to finally deploy him on defense Thursday night.
How long will this last? As always, it remains to be seen, but Stanton is objectively a better hitter when he's spending the other half of his time on the field rather than wasting away in the dugout. Perhaps that gives the Yankees the boost they need to complete the sweep against the M's before a difficult series against the Rangers set for the weekend.
Maybe one Stanton outfield game for that one, too? If all goes well tonight, manager Aaron Boone could be swayed.