SEATTLE — Matt CarpenterThe New York Yankees’ dream comeback season may have come to an early end Monday night.
Carpenter, 36, broke his left foot when he fouled an 89 mph slider from a Seattle Mariners starter. Logan Gilbert in the first inning. He will be out indefinitely.
After hobbling in pain, Carpenter was briefly checked out by manager Aaron Boone but finished the at-bat and struck out swinging on the next pitch. He said he knew something was wrong but thought he could end the at-bat and drive in a run.
“When I went to swing on the next pitch, as soon as I started to plant and rotate on that back foot, my lower body kind of gave out and I couldn’t,” Carpenter explained. “Thankfully, probably the best thing that happened was swinging and missing — because if I hit it and had to run, I might have made it worse. But I knew it wasn’t good.”
Carpenter, wearing a protective boot in the Yankees’ clubhouse after the game, said he hoped he might only miss a month. But a timeline won’t be determined until he sees a foot specialist.
“I don’t want to say a number because I just don’t know, but I hope it will be a situation where I could come back in mid-September and can contribute to a tight race, ” Carpenter said. “So we’ll see. I mean, that’s my mindset, that I’ll be back.”
Boone said he immediately realized something was wrong and realized a change was needed when he checked on Carpenter in the clubhouse between innings.
“I knew he got it right. That’s why I went out there at first,” Boone said. “And I was like, the way he moved, I’m like, this is not good.”
Team Locastro replaced Carpenter at DH in the third inning. The Yankees went on to beat the Mariners 9-4, snapping a season-worst five-game losing streak.
“I have no doubt about it in my mind [Carpenter] will continue to impact this team even while he’s injured,” the Yankees starter said Jameson Taillon, who pitched seven innings to get the win. “He came in here right away and impacted a lot of people. He’s not afraid to talk pitching with the pitchers. He’s not afraid to give honest feedback. He’s one of the best guys I’ve been around and played with. , so I wouldn’t be surprised if he will find the way and be effective.”
A front-runner for American League Comeback Player of the Year, Carpenter is batting .305 with 15 home runs and 37 RBIs in just 128 at-bats for New York this season, and he’s reached base in 27 of his 35 starts. Last month, he hit .356 in 73 at-bats.
All of this came after hitting seven home runs in 418 plate appearances over the previous two seasons.
The Texas native signed with the Yankees in May after he was released by the Rangers, for whom he spent the first month and a half of the season working at Triple-A.
Since debuting with the Yankees on May 26, Carpenter has a .727 slugging percentage, the best in MLB during that span (minimum of 100 plate appearances). New York averaged 6.5 runs per game with Carpenter in the lineup and 4.8 runs without him.
“He’s definitely going to be missed no matter how long it is, but we’re hoping we get good news and it’s not season-ending,” Yankees third baseman. Josh Donaldson said
Carpenter entered Monday night’s game following an emotional series against the St. Louis Cardinals, the team with which he spent the first 11 years of his career. Carpenter received a standing ovation before his first at-bat and went 2-for-12 in the series at St.
King will miss the rest of the season with a broken right elbow, while Severino (right lat strain) and Castro (right shoulder strain) are also on the 60-day injured list. Stanton is on the 10-day IL, retroactive to July 24, due to left Achilles tendinitis.
New York has the best record in the AL at 71-39 and leads the AL East by 10½ games.
ESPN Stats & Information and The Associated Press contributed to this report.