Ever since Matt Holliday returned from the disabled list due to a viral infection, the 37-year-old has not looked right at the plate. Unfortunately for Holliday, he would never find his groove at the plate after a back injury re-landed him on the 10-day disabled list.
Prior to Sunday’s series finale against the Cleveland Indians, Holliday was placed on the disabled list retroactive to August 5th with a left lumbar strain. As a corresponding move, Garrett Cooper was called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Holliday tweaked his back on a swing during Friday night’s loss against the Indians. The move for Cooper might be temporary, since Aaron Hicks could be back as early as Tuesday from his rehab assignment. But for now, the Yankees are going to be without their primary DH.
With Holliday on the shelf, the move opens the DH spot for outfielders Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury, Clint Frazier and Aaron Judge. Shortstop Didi Gregorius and first baseman Chase Headley could also see time at the DH position.