Poor injury luck seems to follow Clint Frazier no matter what.
Batting during the sixth inning of the Yankees' split-squad contest against the Blue Jays on Sunday, a 1-0 offering from Ken Giles plunked Frazier on the right hand. After the training staff examined him, Zack Zehner replaced him as a pinch runner at first base. The Yankees announced the injury as a bruised right hand/forearm.
Clint Frazier hit by a pitch, looked like it was his right hand. Pulled for a pinch runner after trainer looked him over. Uh oh?- Brendan Kuty (@BrendanKutyNJ) March 3, 2019
Frazier headed to the locker room, but he told reporters postgame the move was more precautionary than anything else since the at-bat was going to be his final one of the day anyway. He also discolsed the pitch initially hit his left forearm before also connecting with the pinky on his right hand.
"They just said go in and get some ice on it," he told reporters after the game. "So, I'm good.
"I was just more upset because of how close the ball was to my head. That's what I was more unhappy with. But I knew it was fine. I could tell whenever I got to first base because I had full [range of motion] - once I shook [trainer Darren London's] hand at first base."
But with Frazier's injury-riddled past, it's definitely something to monitor as March rolls on and the 24-year-old contends for the starting left field job against the incumbent Brett Gardner. Frazier was 0-for-2 leading up to that at-bat and entered the day 3-for-12 this spring with three runs scored and a stolen base.
Frazier played in just 15 games during 2018 and 39 in 2017.