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Yankees catcher Ben Rortvedt suffers oblique injury

New York Yankees catcher Ben Rortvedt suffered a Grade 1 oblique strain and could miss the start of the season, according to manager Aaron Boone.

Boone said Rortvedt has been shut down from hitting for five days but is still able to do catching and throwing drills.


The Yankees acquired Rortvedt this past Sunday in a trade that sent catcher Gary Sanchez and third baseman Gio Urshela to the Minnesota Twins for third baseman Josh Donaldson and shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa.

Rob Brantly, a left-handed hitter, and the right-handed-hitting David Freitas are among New York’s non-roster catching candidates if Rortvedt lands on the injured list and misses the start of the season.



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