Yankees move Matt Carpenter to 60-day IL, but he still could be in play for ALDS

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Matt Carpenter’s regular season is officially over, as the Yankees moved him to the 60-day injured list on Sunday, ahead of their series (and home) finale against the Orioles.

Carpenter went on the IL on August 9 due to a fractured foot suffered in Seattle, and has been taking batting practice on the field over the last few days, but the team decided to potentially open a 40-man roster spot just in case he suffers any sort of setback.

The move means Carpenter cannot be activated until October 8, so he will miss the final series in Seattle, but he could be activated for the ALDS if the Yankees feel he is ready – and he will participate in an alternate site camp the Yankees are setting up at their Double-A affiliate in Somerset next week, where the Yankees are keeping players active to prepare for the postseason.

“We’re getting an alternate site set up at Somerset where we have a number of pitchers there, position players,” manager Aaron Boone said Sunday. “They’ll be people we draw from when we get back from Texas for those workouts, so we’ll have scenarios set up.”

Those scenarios, according to Boone, were likely preferable to maybe getting Carpenter limited at-bats in the series in Texas, and that’s where they were leaning earlier in the weekend.

“He’s doing really well, so the decision will be, ‘Do we feel like Matt will be in play potentially in Texas? I think we’re going to weigh, ‘Does it make more sense to have go (to Texas) and maybe get a pinch-hit at-bat or two or three, or does it make more sense to start getting live ABs in Somerset and have him potentially in the Division Series scenario?” Boone posited Friday.

Albert Abreu, Wandy Peralta, Frankie Montas, and Stephen Ridings, who are all also on the injured list, are likely to be in Somerset as well, while Miguel Castro – who is on the 60-day IL with Ridings – is expected to be activated Monday in Texas.

Carpenter signed with the Yankees in late-May and was a force offensively, slashing .305/.412/.727 with 15 homers and a 217 wRC+.

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