Seattle — Matt CarpenterA dream comeback season with the New York Yankees may have arrived as early as Monday night.
Carpenter, 36, a Seattle Mariners starter, broke his left leg when he fouled off an 89 mph slider. Logan Gilbert In the first inning. He will be out indefinitely.
Carpenter was checked briefly by manager Aaron Boone after being hurt, but finished the at-bat and struck out swinging at the next pitch. He said he knew something was wrong, but thought he could finish the at-bat and drive in a run.
“When I went to swing on the next pitch, as soon as I started to plant that back foot and turn, my lower body was so taken out that I couldn’t do it,” Carpenter explained. “Thankfully, the best thing that happened was probably a swing and a miss – because if I had hit and run, I would have made it worse. But I knew it wasn’t good.”
After the game, Carpenter wore a protective boot in the Yankees clubhouse and said he hoped he would miss only a month. But a timeline won’t be decided until he sees a foot specialist.
I don’t want to say a number because I don’t know, but hopefully by mid-September it will be a situation where I can contribute to running back. “So we’ll see,” Carpenter said. I mean, that’s the mindset that I’ll be back.”
Boone immediately knew something was wrong, and when he checked on Carpenter in the clubhouse between the guest houses, he realized a change was needed.
“I know he’s got a good grip. That’s why I went up there in the first place,” Boone said, “and I was just like the way he was moving, I was like, this is not good.”
Team Locastro He replaced Carpenter at DH in the third inning. The Yankees beat the Mariners 9-4 to snap a season-long five-game losing streak.
“There is no doubt in my mind [Carpenter] The Yankees starter said. Jameson Taillonwho threw seven innings to get the win. “He came in here right away and made an impact on a lot of people. He’s not afraid to swing with the bushes. He’s not afraid to give honest feedback. He’s one of the best guys I’ve ever met and played with. So I wouldn’t be surprised if he finds his way back and makes an impact.”
A front-runner for the American League Player of the Year, Carpenter is batting .305 with 15 home runs and 37 RBI in 128 at-bats for New York this season, hitting in 27 of his 35 starts. He hit .356 in 73 at-bats last month.
This all came on the heels of hitting seven home runs in 418 plate appearances over the last two seasons.
The Texas native signed with the Yankees in May after being released by the Rogers, spending the first month and a half in Triple-A.
Since being introduced to the Yankees on May 26, Carpenter has a .727 slugging percentage, the best in MLB during that span (minimum 100 plate appearances). New York averaged 6.5 runs with Carpenter in the lineup and 4.8 without him.
“Obviously he’s going to miss it for a long time, but hopefully we’ll get some good news and hopefully it won’t be premature,” the Yankees third baseman said. Josh Donaldson he said.
Carpenter enters Monday night’s game with the first streak of his 11-year career coming off an emotional streak against the St. Louis Cardinals. Carpenter received a standing ovation before his first at-bat and went 2-for-12 against St. Louis in the series.
King will miss the rest of the season with a sprained right elbow, while Severino (right lat strain) and Castro (right shoulder strain) are on the 60-day injured list. Stanton is on the 10-day IL until July 24 due to left Achilles tendinitis.
New York has the best record in the AL at 71-39 and leads the AL East by 10½ games.
ESPN Stats & Data and The Associated Press contributed to this report.