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Slade Heathcott scratched from tonight’s lineup

As the Yankees are set to start their west coast trip against the Oakland Athletics, manager Joe Girardi had to make a late scratch to his lineup.

Heathcott was scratched from the lineup due to a sore right quad. It is unclear whether or not this will sideline Heathcott for an extended period of time, but the Yankees hope that their young outfield prospect can return to the lineup quickly. Chris Young will play centerfield in tonight’s ball game.

The 24-year-old was called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre when Jacoby Ellsbury was placed on the disabled list. With Ellsbury likely out another month, it’s expected that Heathcott will get an opportunity to play on a regular basis if he is healthy.

In his 37 games in Triple-A, Heathcott posted a slash line of .285/.335/.358 with one home run and 17 RBIs. He has played in six games with the Yankees since his call-up and has been very impressive, as he is 6-17 (.353 average) at the plate.

Even though it has been a small sample size, Heathcott has performed well in his time in pinstripes. It’s important for the Yankees to see what they have in their young prospect, and with some injuries, Heathcott will get his chance to prove that he is major-league ready.

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