OAKLAND — Jose Trevino came up the line, jumping to his left foot to keep the weight on his right side.
The Yankees wide receiver was hit by a 94mph fastball on his right foot in the top of the eighth of a 3-2 win over the Athletics.
After a lengthy visit from manager Aaron Boone and a member of the New York coaching staff, Trevino remained in the game, crouched behind home plate in the bottom half of the frame. When backup backstop Kyle Higashioka came out of the bullpen to grab the bottom of the ninth, however, it was clear something was wrong.
Boone allayed some concerns shortly after the final, revealing an X-ray of Trevino’s right big toe was negative.
“Hopefully it’s just something we can handle. We’ll see how he is tomorrow,” Boone said. “Obviously you fear the worst when you see it. But good news on the x-ray front.”
No further testing is currently scheduled for Trevino, per Boone.
“I got out right away because he was in pain right away,” Boone added. “He went through the sleeve and got pretty beaten up so I didn’t want to push him. So we’ll see what we have in the future.”
New York can certainly breathe knowing that Trevino doesn’t have a broken bone. Not too long ago, the Yankees lost slugger Matt Carpenter to the disabled list when the veteran fouled the top of his left foot, fracturing.
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Losing Trevino for any period would be even more of a blow for this club. The backstop has been a rock for New York behind the plate, earning a starting playing time roster despite entering the regular season in a squad with Higashioka. The former Rangers wide receiver was acquired by New York on a trade from Texas at the end of spring training.
Not only has Trevino been the all-star game, hitting .271/.309/.429 in 92 games this year, but he’s been the best defensive receiver in all of baseball. On Friday night, Trevino leads all major league backstops with 16 defensive points saved (per FanGraphs) and 12 receiver field runs (per Statcast).
Boone added that the Yankees have no receivers on the taxi team in Oakland. Therefore, if Trevino cannot play in the future, infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa would be New York’s replacement after Higashioka. A Trevino, Texas teammate, Kiner-Falefa was a catcher in the minors and in his first two major league seasons. He’s only played shortstop for New York this year.
The Yankees have plenty of Triple-A depth at receiver. Ben Rortvedt, who was trade-acquired with the Twins who sent Kiner-Falefa and Josh Donaldson to the Bronx this spring, is healthy after a long stint on the injured list. Veteran Rob Brantly had a pinstripe cup of coffee earlier this year when Higashioka was placed on the COVID-19 injured list in May. Youngsters Josh Breaux and Max McDowell are also available. Breaux is New York’s 22nd prospect, per MLB pipeline.
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