The Yankees announced the placement of reliever Ron Marinaccio on the 15-day injured list this afternoon, retroactive to October 3. He’s dealing with a stress reaction in his right shin. Bullpen mate Albert Abreu is back from the 15-day IL to take the vacated spot on the active roster.
The IL placement rules Marinaccio out for the American League Division Series. Manager Aaron Boone expressed optimism he could return for the AL Championship Series, should the Yankees advance (via Bryan Hoch of MLB.com). It doesn’t seem like an especially long-term concern, but the issue is serious enough the Yanks will have to play their ALDS without a reliever who’d have otherwise been very likely to make the playoff roster.
A former 19th-round pick, Marinaccio has overcome a lack of fanfare as a prospect to emerge as a solid bullpen option. He was added to the 40-man roster last offseason and made his big league debut this April, kicking off a successful rookie campaign. The Delaware product has appeared in 40 games and tallied 44 innings, posting a 2.05 ERA. He’s induced swinging strikes on a very strong 13.9% of his offerings and has punched out opponents at a robust 30.9% clip. A 13.3% walk rate certainly isn’t ideal, but Marinaccio has shown the ability to miss plenty of bats and limit damaging contact against left-handed and right-handed hitters alike.
Abreu steps into the vacated roster spot for the final couple days of the regular season. He’s been out since mid-August due to inflammation in his throwing elbow. The out-of-options righty has bounced between a trio of teams this year. Sent from the Yankees to the Rangers before Opening Day in the deal that landed José Trevino in the Bronx, Abreu struggled mightily in Texas. The Rangers traded him to the Royals. He didn’t stick in Kansas City either, and the Yankees eventually brought him back off waivers.
The 27-year-old has pitched pretty well for the Yankees, posting a 3.24 ERA with a 24.2% strikeout rate over 25 innings. He’s only walked 5.7% of batters faced in pinstripes after struggling mightily with free passes in both Arlington and Kansas City. The Yankees have nevertheless mostly deployed Abreu in low-leverage situations, so he seems more of a borderline candidate to land a playoff roster spot.