Matt Carpenter plans to play in the playoffs despite not having fully healed from a broken left leg he sustained in August.
“I want to be in the postseason regardless of what the scan says,” Carpenter said Wednesday. Yankees beat Pirates 14-2“Even with a pinch-hitting ability, it’s kind of like the role you had when you first got here.”
Carpenter had an X-ray on Tuesday and showed some healing, and Aaron Boone said he will have another X-ray in the next week or so.
For now, Carpenter can do a few things without walking boots and participate in bullpen sessions.
Even if he doesn’t get an at-bat before the playoffs, I’m sure Carpenter can contribute. I’m sure Carpenter can contribute, as he did when he came from his home in Texas to produce for the Yankees right after he was released by the Rangers in May. He is one of the most dangerous bats.
“I’m not worried about that,” Carpenter said. “I know what I need to do to be ready for any situation. … If they want me to be a lefty bat off the bench, that’s what I’m going to do.”
Like Carpenter, Andrew Benintendi is also trying to recover from his fracture in time to play in the playoffs.
Benintendi has also not been in the weather, as has Aaron Hicks, who was temporarily in the clubhouse before Wednesday’s game, but has not appeared in either of the final two games. With Vader moving into the starting center fielder, he had a problem with his minutes and numbers being underused.
DJ LeMahieu hit the field again on Wednesday, as he and the Yankees tried to determine how best to get their injured infielder back up and active before the end of the season.
LeMahieu will join the IL this month after dealing with inflammation in his right toe for much of the second half.
Boone said Lemahue won’t be back to 100% this year.
“It’s a difficult situation,” Boone said. “When you go all in, I’ll tear it apart [it cause] Frustration? I don’t really have an answer for that. Eventually the rubber will hit the road and you’ll know it. To get there, you have to keep moving forward. “
Asked if Lemahue would be fully healthy by the end of the year, Boone said, “Probably not.”
With Scott Efros expected to return from IL on Thursday, right-hander Greg Weissart was named Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after pitching a scoreless ninth in Wednesday’s win. The Long Island native and Fordham University pitcher pitched his 10¹/₃ innings out of the Yankees’ bullpen. Miguel Andujar was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barr on Wednesday, opening up a roster spot for Luis Severino.
When Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton sank to the bottom of the table in their ninth win on Tuesday, it was the 25th time the two hit homers in the same game. The Yankees are 24-1 in those games, and he’s 11-0 this season.