April 20, 2024

Jose Trevino Injury: Yankees starting catcher to miss rest of 2023 MLB season with hand tear

New York Yankees catcher Jose Trevino will miss the remainder of the 2023 season after suffering a torn ligament in his right wrist that will require surgery. The Yankees placed Trevino on the injured list Friday and, in a corresponding move, promoted shortstop Ben Rortvedt from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The club announced the transactions on its official Twitter account.

Trevino suffered a torn TFCC ligament, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. The Cleveland Clinic website states that the TFCC “connects the bones in your chest to the bones in your arm” and that it helps with support and stability.

Trevino, 30, failed to build on the 2022 season where he made the All-Star Game and won the Gold Glove Award. In 55 games this year, he has batted .210/.257/.312 (58 OPS+) with four home runs and 15 RBI. His estimated contributions were worth 0.5 Above Replacement, according to Baseball Reference calculations.

Rortvedt, 25, was originally acquired as part of the same spring 2022 trade with the Minnesota Twins that included infielders Josh Donaldson and Isiah Kiner-Falefa. Injuries have limited him to five major league games since the deal. He has spent most of this season in the minors, where he is batting .291/.403/.513 with six home runs and 23 RBI.

Rortvedt will likely split catching duties with Kyle Higashioka. Even with Trevino in his prime, the Yankees got some of the worst backstop production of the managers. New York’s .605 OPS from the catcher spot entering Friday ranked ahead of only four other teams: the San Diego Padres, Miami Marlins, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Pittsburgh Pirates. On a related note, the Yankees are expected to be in the market for help before the August 1 trade deadline.

Trevino is the latest in a growing list of Yankees position players on the shelf. Star outfielder Aaron Judge remains sidelined with a torn toe ligament, along with the aforementioned Donaldson, and fellow outfielders Jake Bauers, Willie Calhoun, and Greg Allen.

The Yankees entered Friday with a 50-47 record on the year, which placed them in last place in the American League East. New York begins a three-game series against the Kansas City Royals on Friday night after a 1-5 road trip on the west coast.

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