Some 20 minutes after the Yankees had been swept out of the ALCS late Sunday night time, Matt Carpenter was nonetheless sitting at his locker when he acquired up and walked throughout the clubhouse.
The limp he had tried to handle in current weeks was on full show once more, a painful reminder of the damaged left foot he had rushed again from to make the playoff roster, just for the damage — or the two-month layoff from it, or each — to sap him of the magic he had supplied the Yankees earlier this season.
“Yeah, it’s not nice,” Carpenter mentioned when requested concerning the degree of ache he was enjoying by means of. “However I wouldn’t have missed it.”
In six playoff video games, Carpenter went 1-for-12 with 9 strikeouts. Supervisor Aaron Boone used him strictly as a pinch hitter within the ALDS earlier than Carpenter began a pair of video games at DH within the ALCS with Giancarlo Stanton shifting to left subject.
When he broke his foot on a foul ball on Aug. 8 — at which level he was batting .305 with 15 dwelling runs and a 1.138 OPS in 47 video games — Carpenter was given a six to eight week timeline and vowed to return. He lived as much as his phrase, however his offensive manufacturing didn’t make it again with him.
“Look, I used to be in a crunch for time clearly, however I wouldn’t have had it another manner,” mentioned Carpenter, who spent the ultimate days of the common season getting reside at-bats in opposition to principally minor league pitchers on the Yankees’ alternate web site in Somerset, N.J.
“I needed to be again and discover a solution to get on the sphere with these guys and be part of this postseason. Sadly I wasn’t in a position to carry out like I might hope.”
Carpenter mentioned having a standard couple of months off from hitting ought to fully heal his foot fairly than needing any surgical procedure.
Aside from that, this offseason needs to be a lot totally different than Carpenter’s final one, which he spent revamping his left-handed swing and remained a free agent till signing a minor league take care of the Rangers in March. After nonetheless not getting a big-league shot with the Rangers by Might, he opted out of his contract and signed with the Yankees.
Together with his second likelihood, the 36-year-old proved through the common season that he nonetheless had extra left within the tank. Now, as he enters free company, he may very well be an intriguing left-handed bat — maybe even for the Yankees to think about bringing again.
“Taking part in for the Yankees is each 12-year-old’s dream. I’d definitely entertain that, no query,” Carpenter, who began video games in proper subject, left subject, first base and third base this season, mentioned of a reunion.
“I undoubtedly wish to play. I really feel like I’ve acquired extra to provide and I wish to preserve enjoying. So hopefully there’ll be a chance someplace.”