July 22, 2024

Yankees’ Juan Soto’s X-ray on injured hand comes back negative, missed Saturday’s game

TORONTO — Just minutes before first pitch of Saturday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays, the New York Yankees announced that superstar outfielder Juan Soto was scratched from the lineup due to a bruise on his right hand.

Soto underwent an X-ray at Rogers Centre during the game, which came back negative, according to Yankees manager Aaron Boone. The Yankees’ right fielder woke up with swelling and was seen in the dugout wearing a wrap on his right hand.

Depending on how Soto feels Sunday, Boone hasn’t ruled out the possibility of additional testing once the Yankees return to New York. He mentioned that while the initial negative X-ray is a relief, there is still some concern at the moment.

“I know he’s got some swelling in there,” Boone said. “Hopefully, it’s just that — it’s banging the hand and having some inflammation in there. Hopefully, we can get that out of there. And it’s not too big of a thing, but we’ll see.”

The injury occurred during Friday’s game after J.D. Davis hit into what initially appeared to be an inning-ending double play. A heads-up baserunning decision by Aaron Judge allowed Soto to score, but he landed hard on his right hand and was visibly in pain in the dugout afterward.

Boone mentioned that Soto attempted his usual pre-game routine Saturday but didn’t feel comfortable swinging the bat. After the Yankees’ 9-3 loss to the Blue Jays, he underwent additional treatment and was unavailable to speak with reporters.

Despite injuring his hand in the fourth inning of Friday’s game, Soto remained in the game and hit a three-run home run in the sixth. He didn’t report any issues to the team during or immediately after the game; concerns arose only when he woke up Saturday.

Oswaldo Cabrera replaced Soto in right field for Saturday’s game. He was seen shagging fly balls during warm-ups, something he hasn’t done lately. Cabrera usually only takes grounders during batting practice. That was the first sign of something being amiss for the Yankees. Cabrera went 0-for-4 in Saturday’s game.

Rookie Ben Rice batted second in Soto’s absence, marking his highest position in the batting order since being called up. He finished 2-for-4 with his first-career extra-base hit, a double in the third inning.

With the loss Saturday, the Yankees have now failed to win five consecutive series since their mid-June four-game series against Kansas City.

Once again, New York’s bullpen struggled as the Blue Jays scored six runs against Yankees relievers on Saturday, bringing their earned run total for June to 58, the third highest in MLB.

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