Mason Williams underwent shoulder surgery in August of 2015, and the ailment sidelined him for the first half of the 2016 season as well. Once he returned, the 25-year-old didn't show much rust and hit .296 in 31 games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before ending the year with a callup in mid-September for the final three weeks of the season. Despite hitting for average, Williams has seen the speed element of his game all but disappear, as he attempted just two steals across both levels. The bigger problem for Williams though is that while he's been injured and failed to live up to his once-lofty expectations, several other outfield prospects within the organization have emerged on the major league roster. As a result, Williams will likely have to fight for a reserve outfield spot in spring training and could see the majority of his season take place back at the Triple-A level.
Williams was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday. After missing the first few weeks of camp with patellar tendon inflammation in his knee, the 25-year-old only made two appearances before being sent back to Triple-A. He was in contention for a reserve outfield role coming into camp, but the extensive time he missed essentially knocked him out of the running for a bench job. Williams has played 20 games with the Yankees over the past two seasons, and could work his way back to the big league club in 2017 if he produces at Triple-A.
Williams (knee) will start in center field and bat eighth in the lineup for Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Rays, Pete Caldera of The Record reports. Williams has been sidelined throughout Grapefruit League play while recovering from patellar tendon inflammation in his knee, but the young outfielder has steadily increased his on-field activities in recent days and finally seems to have received a clean bill of health. While the 25-year-old will now have a couple weeks to audition for a reserve role in the outfield, it's possible that the extensive time he's missed knocked him out of the running for a bench job.
Williams (knee) took batting practice Friday and hopes to make his Grapefruit League debut next week, YES Network reports. Inflammation in his patellar tendon has kept the 25-year-old out of commission so far this spring, but a return to the lineup seems to be on the horizon. Williams has an uphill climb ahead of him if he wants to make the major league roster (especially given his absence to start the spring), but he could push the envelope with a strong showing once he does return.
Williams has been dealing with patella tendon inflammation and has yet to play in a spring training game, Randy Miller of NJ.com reports. The setback has already cost Williams two weeks, and while it's unclear when he'll return to game action, he's expected to resume baseball activities in the coming days. The 25-year-old was a long shot to make the big league roster to begin with, and if he continues to miss a significant portion of the spring, it will likely result in the outfielder starting the year with the Triple-A club.
Williams is out of Thursday's lineup against the Rays, Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports. Since being called up to the big club Aug. 14, Williams has gone 7-for-18 over seven games. He'll head to the bench Thursday, giving way to Aaron Hicks in right field.