There are only 13 games left on the regular season schedule and while the Yankees are mathematically still in the race, their playoff hopes are realistically dwindling.
The Yankees also have a serious chance of losing Starlin Castro for the remainder of the season after he was diagnosed with a Grade-1 hamstring strain following Saturday afternoon’s game. However, Joe Girardi won’t rule out Castro missing the last 13 games of the season.
“It depends how quickly he heals,” Girardi said on Sunday night. “Hopefully it’s not too long. Not more than a week. I still think that’s probably pushing it. We’re hoping he heals quick.”
Castro’s injury is the one that hurts the Yankees the most, not only because it was a hamstring injury, but because he was one of the Yankees best hitters this season.
“We’ll treat him every day and hopefully he’ll get ready,” Girardi said. “He’s been swinging the bat extremely well and playing good at second base. But the reality is sometimes if you play all these days in a row, things can pop up.”
The news on Yankees CF Jacoby Ellsbury was more promising; he was diagnosed with a bone bruise in his knee and is listed day-to-day. However, the Yankees would like Ellsbury in the lineup sooner rather than later.
We’ll see how he feels Tuesday.” Girardi said. “… We’ll try to get him back as quick as we can, but being a center fielder, he’s got to be able to run.”
To continue adding on to the injury pile, Chase Headley sat during Sunday’s series finale against the Boston Red Sox with back spasms. He’s unsure when he’ll rejoin the Yankees, but he hopes it’s for Tuesday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
“When it spasms up, it can be a week,” Headley said. “I hope I got it early and I’m back Tuesday.”