Yankees react to Matt Carpenter injury: 'We're definitely bummed'

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The Yankees were dealt a crushing blow on Monday night when Matt Carpenter fouled a pitch off his foot and suffered a fracture, instantly putting the rest of his season in jeopardy.

Carpenter has been one of the Yankees’ biggest impact bats since signing a deal in May, and a crucial bat has been taken out of a lineup that was already missing a big piece in Giancarlo Stanton.

“Not only has he been great on the field, but he’s been great in the clubhouse,” Josh Donaldson said. “Great clubhouse presence about him. We’re definitely bummed that happened. At the end of the day, it’s baseball, but at the end of the day, he was really locking in as a key figure in our lineup. Next man up, but he will be missed for sure.”

Carpenter says he plans on returning this season, and there is still a chance he could be ready for October in a DH capacity, but until then, the Yanks say they will still benefit from the veteran Carpenter just being around the clubhouse.

“I have no doubt in my mind he’s still gonna make an impact on this team, even while he’s hurt,” Jameson Taillon said. “He’s come in here right away and made an impact on a lot of people…he’s not afraid to give honest feedback.

“He's one of the best guys I've ever been around and played with. I wouldn’t be surprised if he finds his way back and makes an impact.”

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