Mike Tauchman out 6-8 weeks with Grade 2 calf strain
New York Yankees outfielder Mike Tauchman will be out six to eight weeks with a Grade 2 calf strain.
The only chance Tauchman will play again this season is if the Yankees make a long postseason run and his recovery goes smoothly.
Tauchman, 28, left Sunday's 10-5 win over the Boston Red Sox in the fourth inning. While fielding a ground ball, Tauchman pulled up limping and was taken out of the game following the play.
"It felt a little bit like I got kicked, which would be weird because I was the only person in left field," Tauchman said Sunday after the game.
Tauchman is the latest Bronx Bomber to head to the injured list. Despite being tied with the Houston Astros for best record in the majors, the Yankees have the MLB record for players appearing on the IL with 29. When Tauchman is placed on the IL, it will become 30.
Tauchman joins fellow outfielders Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks and Jacoby Ellsbury on the shelf. Only Stanton is expected to return before the end of the regular season.
The Illinois native is having a breakout year for New York. In 87 games, he is hitting .277 with a .361 on-base percentage, 13 home runs and 47 RBIs.