When you are a young player trying to make a team, the last thing you want is to be injured in spring training where you can’t even make any impression at all.
That is just what happened to Mason Williams and Tyler Austin.
Williams, fighting to make the team as a backup OF (a spot that most likely will go to Aaron Hicks if the starting OF is the projected Gardner/Ellsbury/Judge) will miss two weeks because of inflammation of his left patellar tendon. I like what I’ve seen of Williams so far, but the injury bug has really bit him the past few years. Shoulder, now this. You wonder if time is running out on him to make a mark, what with Judge, Clint Frazier, Dustin Fowler…
And now Tyler Austin. Austin was expected to battle Greg Bird for the 1B job until the Yanks signed Chris Carter. After that signing, it was trying to make the team as a backup 1b/OF. Austin will now not make the team after breaking his foot during BP. He’ll be out six weeks, and with him being behind schedule, it is safe to assume he won’t be coming north with the big league club.
If you can’t wait to see Gary Sanchez put one over the wall, even in BP early in spring training, check out this link to see a monster shot off the scoreboard today in BP.