SEATTLE — Matt Carpenter’s remarkable season is likely over. The veteran lefty slugger left Monday night’s game after the first inning with what the team said is a “left foot fracture.”
Carpenter fouled a ball off the top of his left foot in his first inning at-bat. He struck out and was replaced as the designated hitter by Tim Locastro.
Carpenter, 36, has been a big part of the Yankees success since he was signed as a free agent at the end of May. Carpenter was not just hitting .307/.414/.732/ with a 1.147 OPS and 15 home runs, but he was a big veteran presence in the clubhouse.
He had just had a remarkable return to St. Louis, where he received standing ovations in his first at-bat of each of the three games as the fans showed him their appreciation for his 11 years there.
“I had a lot of emotions, spent a lot, a lot of time here, had a lot of great memories and played a lot of games in this ballpark,” Carpenter said. “So definitely a special moment.”
A three-time All-Star and career .263/ .369/.457 hitter who hit 36 homers in 2018, left St. Louis after two seasons hitting under .200 and with seven homers in 180 games.
He signed a minor league deal with his home state Rangers and played the first month and a half in Triple-A. When he opted out, the Yankees felt they could use his left-handed bat.