Thursday, August 27, 2015

Quick Hit: Dustin Ackley Begins a Rehab Assignment Tonight!

The New York Yankees acquired seemingly a damaged product before the July 31st trading deadline when they sent Ramon Flores and Jose Ramirez to the Seattle Mariners for utility player Dustin Ackley. Ackley was expected to come in and essentially fill the role of Garrett Jones except with a few more positions in his back pocket. Just as soon as Yankees GM Brian Cashman began pushing the envelope for a change of scenery from Ackley the new Yankees bench piece was gone with a back injury. After just five days and three at bats, all outs, the Yankees were left scrambling trying to get Jones back as Ackley was added to the disabled list.

Ackley's lumbar strain was originally diagnosed as possibly season-ending but Ackley, like last night's starter Michael Pineda, worked his way back ahead of schedule and will began a rehab assignment tonight. Ackley is being assigned to the Double-A affiliate the Trenton Thunder. There is no timetable for how long he will need before returning to the Bronx and Yankee Stadium but it is not expected to be before rosters expand from 25 players to 40 players on September 1st.

You never want to wish an injury on anyone so I'm glad to be able to report this news this morning. Here's to hoping that Ackley can be the 2015 version of Jerry Hairston Jr. from 2009 and leap high in the sky after scoring a run that eventually led to a World Series victory.

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