The Yankees finally got back on track on Monday night, but suffered a bigger loss in the process.
Matt Carpenter, arguably one of the best signings of the year, fouled a pitch off his back foot during Monday’s win over the Mariners, and the team later announced that it was a fractured foot.
The injury typically takes 6-8 weeks to recover from, putting his magical season very much in limbo, but Carpenter says he plans to be back in pinstripes in time for the playoffs.
“It’s obviously not ideal,” Carpenter said. “Pretty disappointed. But my mindset is that this won’t be the end for me here this year. I’m hopeful that I can come back and contribute. Don’t have a timeline yet, but I’m hopeful for the best.”
While Carpenter is optimistic about returning to the team, he was a realist when he first felt the ball hit off his back foot, knowing almost immediately that he had suffered more than just a bruise.
“I knew it was broke,” Carpenter said. “I knew something was wrong when I did it, but I thought I could finish the at-bat and get that run in, but when I went to swing on the net pitch, as soon as I started to plant and rotate on that back foot, my lower body just gave out.”
Carpenter holds an absurd 1.138 OPS on the season while batting .305 in 47 games, and had been hitting lefties well all season. But he now joins Giancarlo Stanton and Anthony Rizzo as other key Yankees that are nursing injuries.
“I think what really hurt me was - I foul balls off my foot all the time - the fact that it was my back foot and I was rotating and up on my toes, there as no ground behind it and the force of the ball just kind of snapped my bone,” Carpenter said. “It was a fluky, unfortunate deal, but these things happen.”
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