Frazier, however, admitted then that he felt some pain in his ankle. But he pointed to his ability to play two more innings on Monday, running in the outfield and on the basepaths, as positive signs that he could go on. He said he also passed the ankle mobility tests given to him by the Yankees training staff.
"The I.L. It's too full and I'm not trying to join that party, "he said before the Tuesday's game.
When Frazier was out of the starting lineup on Wednesday for a second straight day, Boone said it was because there was a black and -blue bruising and swelling in Frazier's ankle. While the doctor did not feel Frazier needed any imaging after the initial injury, Boone said the Yankees decided Frazier should receive a M.R.I. is Wednesday because of the discoloring.
"It was unbelievable watching this bunch of guys and their bitterness," Sabathia said.
Earlier in the day , Boone ran through his usual list of updates on the Yankees' many injured players. While the center fielder Aaron Hicks (back) has progressed to running, throwing and swinging, the shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (calf strain) and third baseman Miguel Andujar (labral tear) are further along and may face pitching soon at the team's spring training facility in Tampa, Fla.
Giancarlo Stanton, who landed on the IL, was the most out of Boolean revelation. in early April with a left biceps strain. Boone said Wednesday that Stanton's biceps ailment had healed but that there was a "residual" problem with his left shoulder that deserved a cortisone shot two days before.
So while the Yankees were already eagerly waiting for the return of several injured players, another one – Frazier – joined their ranks
"Another opportunity for somebody else," Boone said, pointing to Tyler Wade, an infielder who can play the outfield and was handling the left field in Frazier's recent absence. Boone continued, "We got a lot of good players here that are capable of getting this thing done."
At this rate, though, the Yankees may run out of bodies.