The Yankees Tyler Austin will be out at least six weeks after suffering a foot fracture caused by a ball he fouled off his foot. The 25-year old was expected to battle Greg Bird, who was returning from his own injury that kept him out last year. The odds had Bird winning the job but Austin was expected to make the club and possibly platoon at first base and some designated hitter.
Yankees Tyler Austin debuted last year with Aaron Judge and displayed the power many scouts predicted He hit five home runs and had three doubles in 90 trips to the plate. His slash line was a solid at .241/.300/.458. The big red flag around Austin was his 36 strikeouts in those 90 plate appearances. The expectation was that a full off-season and a full Spring Training could help the youngster cut down on his swing and miss tendencies. Of course, he will lose that Spring Training time due his foot fracture when he recovers over the next six weeks.
The addition of Chris Carter as a free agency addition is looking like an even bigger bargain that the $3 million it was going to cost the team already. Now the expectation should be that Bird will play first base and Chris Carter will most likely be the opening day designated hitter. Yankees Tyler Austin will most likely head back to the minors to start the season. In his stint last year he put up a slash line of .294/.392/.524 with 17 home runs in less than 450 plate appearances. Seasoning is never a bad thing and assuming his foot heals, Austin should be recalled to the big club in short order. Here is hoping for a speedy recovery.
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