Quick Hit: Dustin Ackley's Back Injury And The Short-Term Problem It Causes

Didn't get to this yesterday, but the Yankees' lone trade deadline acquisition turned into an early loss when Dustin Ackley was put on the 15-day DL with a right lumbar strain in his back.  An MRI revealed a herniated disc and Brian Cashman told reporters he expected Ackley to be out for 20-30 days. Ackley hadn't had much of a chance to make an impact since being acquired.  He was 0-3 in his still short Yankee tenure, but him hitting the DL does put the Yankees in a tough spot with their bench.  They're only rolling 3-deep for the time being after jettisoning Garrett Jones to clear roster space for Ackley.  They've recently activated Slade Heathcott off the DL and assigned him to Triple-A, but he isn't eligible to be recalled to the Majors until next Monday.  If the Yankees aren't comfortable sticking with a 3-man bench until then - and chances are they aren't after Brian McCann tweaked his knee last night - they may have to call up someone like Jose Pirela or Tyler Austin to fill in temporarily.

The timing of Ackley's injury is most unfortunate, and there was speculation that the Yankees got sold damaged goods.  I can't imagine the Mariners trying to sneak a guy with an injured back into a trade and I can't imagine the Yankees missing something like that on their medical evaluation, so you just have to chalk it up to bad luck and move on.  The Yankees have found ways to juggle the bottom part of their active roster and cycle guys in as needed all year.  No reason they can't do it again while Ackley is out.