Aaron Boone admits it may be too optimistic to expect prospect Thairo Estrada to be ready for the beginning of the minor league season, but says he doesn't think that Estrada will miss too much time.
Estrada is recovering at Yankees camp and has been able to use the elliptical. The gunshot wound occurred during an attempted robbery in Venezuela last month.
"There's no chance we're going to push it too much with him," Boone said, via Coley Harvey of ESPN. "But I'm still hopeful that this isn't something that is going to cost him the bulk of the season by any means."
Estrada is the Yankees' 16th-ranked prospect that plays in the middle infield. Last year for Double-A, he had a slash line of .301/.353/.392 with six homers and 48 RBIs. He was set to compete for one of the Yankees' infield positions this spring.
When the Yankees announced Estrada's injury, the 22-year-old spoke about the moment two teenage boys demanded cash or his cell phone at a restaurant in Venezuela. After saying he didn't have either, the kids searched his pockets.
And that is when the gun went off.
"In the moment, you can't really believe that something like that is happening to you," Estrada told MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. "I was getting ready for Spring Training and all of a sudden you realize that you have been shot."
The bullet, though, is still lodged in Estrada's hip. Doctors just to take the bullet out when he initially got to the hospital, but now, there are no further procedures they can do at the moment.
"Right after it happened, I didn't have any feeling," he said. "I was walking around fine. I went to the hospital, they did some tests and that's when they noticed there was a bullet inside. They did an operation and I was in the hospital a few days."