Masahiro Tanaka #19 of the New York Yankees throws a pitch in the first inning during their game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on June 27, 2015 in Houston, Texas. *** Local Caption *** Masahiro Tanaka
With Jacoby Ellsbury and Andrew Miller returning to the team off the disabled list tonight, the Yankees were starting to regain health within their regular 25-man roster, but Headley’s injury has pushed them a step backwards.
As of now, the severity of Headley’s injury is not yet known, but the Yankees are hopeful that this injury will only sideline him for a few days. With the All Star break coming up, it will give Headley time to heal before the start of the second half of the season.
So far this season, the 31-year-old switch hitter has posted a slash line of .251/.305/.368 with eight home runs and 29 RBIS. Before tonight’s game, Headley had only been out of the lineup twice this season, appearing in 81 of the team’s 83 games.
Although he has been productive at the plate, Headley has been struggling defensively at third base. He has already tallied a career-high 16 errors so far, but the Yankees hope that he can regain his form and improve defensively for the second half of the season.
In his absence from the lineup tonight, Gregorio Petit will get the start at third base. In 19 games this season, Petit struggled in his limited playing time, posting a slash line of .184/.238/.263 through his 43 plate appearances.
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