SUNDAY: The Yankees announced Maybin’s IL placement, which is retroactive to Saturday. The club recalled left-hander Nestor Cortes Jr. from Triple-A Scranton to take Maybin’s roster spot.
8:32pm: Yankees outfielder Cameron Maybin exited the team’s game Friday with a left calf strain, Meredith Marakovits of the YES Network reports. Maybin will undergo an MRI to determine the severity of the injury.
Calf strains often lead to IL stints, which would be a particularly unfortunate outcome for the red-hot Maybin. Then dealing with injuries to starting outfielders Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Hicks, the Yankees acquired Maybin as a stopgap in a late-April trade with the Indians.
New York only gave up cash to get Maybin, who has since played so well that the team hasn’t been willing to get rid of him even as its top outfielders have returned. The club’s unable to send down Maybin, who has no minor league options remaining, so its choices are to designate him for assignment, keep him in the majors or find a taker via trade.
For the Yankees, parting with Maybin this week would have been extremely tough after he hit a home run in each of their four games from June 15-18. The 32-year-old now has five as a Yankee, to go along with an excellent .314/.391/.500 line (137 wRC+) and six steals across 133 plate appearances. For comparison, Maybin hit .254/.322/.368 (92 wRC+) in 3,848 trips to the plate with various teams from 2007-18.