Staten Island Yankees outfielders Jhalan Jackson and Junior Valera are battling through injuries as we head into the New York-Penn League All-Star Break. The 2 All-Stars were recently removed from games after their injuries flared up. Both players are expected to make the trip to Aberdeen to participate in the All-Star Game festivities but no word of yet if there will be any replacements.
As for the players, Jhalan Jackson has been placed on the 7-Day disabled list with some back soreness according to Staten Island Yankees manager Pat Osborn. “We put him on the 7-Day DL yesterday, he has some back soreness. It is more of a cautious-type thing. Let him take the week off and we will re-evaluate him next week.” With Jackson going on the DL the Yankees brought up 2015 thirteenth round pick Trey Amburgey who impressed in his debut in Staten Island and catcher KJ Alexander has gotten some playing time in right field.
Outfielder Junior Valera is day-to-day as he deals with shin splints. “Junior is dealing with some shin splints,” Osborn said, “It has been an on-going thing with him. It got to the point where he wasn’t able to play. I think he aggravated it the other night in Brooklyn on the turf. He is day-to-day, I am going to give him the day off tomorrow and he will have the 2 days off for the all-star break so he should be ready to go next week.”
The hope is to have Valera back after the break and Jackson back towards the end of the week.