SEATTLE — Matt Carpenter suffered a fractured left foot on Monday after fouling a ball off his foot in the first inning against the Mariners on Monday.
It’s unclear how long Carpenter will be out, but his loss is a serious blow to the Yankees offense after he revived his career in The Bronx.
The hot-swinging Carpenter initially remained in the game after the foul ball and struck out, but the DH was removed before his next at-bat in the third, replaced by Tim Locastro.
Carpenter has enjoyed a resurgence since joining the Yankees in May after requesting his release from his minor league deal with the Rangers after remaking his swing in the offseason.
The 36-year-old has 15 homers on the season and provided some needed power from the left side, as well as another veteran presence in the clubhouse.
He also hit well enough that the Yankees used him in the outfield to get his bat in the lineup. Carpenter hadn’t started a game in the outfield since 2013 before this season.
Anthony Rizzo was out of the lineup for a fourth straight game due to lower back tightness. He took swings before the game as part of a regular pregame routine with the hope of being available Tuesday, according to Aaron Boone.
Zack Britton, rehabbing from elbow surgery, is scheduled to face batters in Tampa again Wednesday, but Boone said he didn’t think the lefty would begin a rehab assignment soon.
The Yankees signed 25-year-old right-hander Joey Gerber to a minor league deal. Gerber appeared in 17 games out of Seattle’s bullpen in 2020. He has battled injuries and was with Triple-A Tacoma before being released this season.