Yankees’ Marwin Gonzalez leaves game after freak head injury

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The New York Yankees have had their fair share of injuries over the past month, but on Saturday night they may have seen their worst.

Marvin Gonzalez was in the batter’s box, but was hit on a pitch by the catcher.

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Marwin Gonzalez of the New York Yankees, middle, reacts as he is checked by a coach after being hit by an errant pitch from Victor Caratini of the Milwaukee Brewers in the third inning of a baseball game on Saturday 1st september.  17, 2022, in Milwaukee.  Gonzalez left the match.

Marwin Gonzalez of the New York Yankees, middle, reacts as he is checked by a coach after being hit by an errant pitch from Victor Caratini of the Milwaukee Brewers in the third inning of a baseball game on Saturday 1st september. 17, 2022, in Milwaukee. Gonzalez left the match.
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Milwaukee Brewers Victor Caratini stepped back to return the ball to starter Brandon Woodruff after throwing a shot, but it hit Gonzalez on the left side of his helmet.

Gonzalez, who left Friday night’s game feeling dizzy, was pulled from the game after talking to coach and manager Aaron Boone.

Gonzalez was playing first base – he is their third first baseman behind Anthony Rizzo and DJ LeMahieu, who is one of several IL Yankees. Oswaldo Cabrera, who only played first base on Friday night, took over.

Several Yankees are expected to return from the injured list in the coming days, including Rizzo, Luis Severino and Harrison Bader, and several have already returned.

From Aug. 9 to Sept. 8, the Yankees placed nine different players on injured reserve. They had already been without Michael King, Chad Green and Luis Gil for the season due to various injuries, while Zack Britton hasn’t played all year – despite being in rehabilitation.

Marwin Gonzalez #14 of the New York Yankees at bat against the Boston Red Sox in the fifth inning at Fenway Park September 29.  died on December 13, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Marwin Gonzalez #14 of the New York Yankees at bat against the Boston Red Sox in the fifth inning at Fenway Park September 29. died on December 13, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts.
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YANKEES EXPECTED TO PLACE SEVENTH PLAYER ON INJURED LIST SINCE MID-AUGUST

The Yankees have won eight of their last 11 games in what continues to be a rollercoaster season.

They were 64-28 in the All-Star Break, but are 23-29 since then. This includes an August where they went 10-18.

The Bronx Bombers should do their best not to make the playoffs — their magic number to clinch a berth is seven, with 18 games left, including Saturday night.

Marwin Gonzalez #14 of the New York Yankees climbs out of the dugout before the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Yankee Stadium on July 14, 2022 in the Bronx borough of New York.

Marwin Gonzalez #14 of the New York Yankees climbs out of the dugout before the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Yankee Stadium on July 14, 2022 in the Bronx borough of New York.
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But if they’re not complete by October, they will have no chance of winning their 28th title after being, by far, the best team in baseball in the first half.