NEW YORK – The Yankees bullpen, which was recently hit by a barrage of injuries, suffered another setback on Sunday afternoon, when Ron Marinaccio walked off the field in the seventh inning of their 3-1 loss against the Orioles with a shin injury that has been bothering him all season.
“The shin problem is kind of a persistent problem that I’ve been dealing with all year,” Marinaccio said. “So it was just a little warmer. I don’t know if it wasn’t bouncing since the last outing, I just didn’t bounce too, but it was just a little warmer today.”
Marinaccio is due for an MRI, with manager Aaron Boone indicating the team will await the results on Monday to make a decision on the right-hander’s availability for the rest of the season. Marinaccio had an MRI on the injury earlier this season but the tests came back negative.
“It’s just that time of year when there’s wear and tear, but you know, that shouldn’t be a problem,” said Marinaccio, who described the condition as bone pain and not like a stabbing pain. He added that if his MRI comes back clean, he plans to join Team Texas for their final four games of the regular season.
Marinaccio entered Sunday’s game in relief of an ineffective Aroldis Chapman, after the former closer walked three straight, including one with the bases loaded, giving the Orioles a 2-1 lead. Marinaccio retired the next two batters he faced, but not before an Austin Hays sack fly gave Baltimore a two-run lead before the start of the seventh.
Third baseman Josh Donaldson was the first player who seemed to notice Marinaccio working and walked up to the mound, as Boone walked forward, accompanied by Yankees athletic coaching staff.
The rookie right-hander, a native of nearby Tom’s River, New Jersey, has been an integral part of the Yankees’ supply core this season. Including an inning pitched Sunday, Marinaccio allowed 10 earned runs in 44 innings for a 2.05 ERA, with 56 strikeouts.
The Yankees were already thin in the bullpen, with left-hander Wandy Peralta (back) and closer Clay Holmes (shoulder) unavailable before the start of the Oct. 11 split series.
Veteran left-handed reliever Zack Britton was placed on the 60-day IL just over a week after attempting to return from Tommy John surgery. And the Yankees had already lost high-leverage reliever Michael King in July with a broken elbow, as well as Chad Green, who missed most of the year after undergoing Tommy John surgery in late May.
Sidewinder Scott Effross was activated just over a week ago after also dealing with shoulder issues. And Miguel Castro (shoulder) and Albert Abreu (elbow) are yet to recover from injuries, though they should be activated out of IL as the Yankees close out the season against the Rangers.
ESPN’s Joon Lee contributed to this report.
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