Ackley has played in two games with the Yankees since being traded from Seattle on July 30, and was hitless in three at-bats. Per Newsday, Yankees GM Brian Cashman said the injury was a case of "bad timing" and that Ackley would miss a minimum of 20-to-30 days.
"He was a hot potato without realizing he was hot; the hot potato fell on our lap," Cashman said.
Cotham has appeared in one game with the Yankees this season and is 5-2 in 28 games between Double-A and Triple-A this season.
Up-and-down catcher Jesus Montero is up again. He has been promoted by the
Montero has just 27 big-league at-bats over the last two seasons. He went 3-for-10 in a recent stint with Seattle. But he is having perhaps his finest year at the Triple-A level with a .346/388/.551 slash line and 75 RBI in 376 at-bats.
Ackley has been a disappointment since his arrival in the big leagues, but his left-handed power bat could produce considering the short right-field porch at Yankee Stadium. He owns a poor .215/.270/.306 slash line this season and has just two hits in his last 15 at-bats.
Ramirez, who has pitched in 11 games for the Yankees over the past two seaons, boasts a 2.90 ERA with 56 strikeouts in 49 innings this year at Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre.
Flores has compiled a .286/.377/.417 slash line for the same team in 2015.
The part-time outfielder has started to perform slightly better, hitting .320 in July after a dreadful start to the season. He still is just hitting .216 on the year and an abysmal .161 on the road.
Ackley has sent his average soaring from .184 to .222 since June 21. That's nothing new. He batted .194 through July 5 in 2015 and .301 thereafter. He batted .214 through June last year and .274 thereafter.
He can't figure it out.
"It's just one of those things," he told the Tacoma News Tribune. "It's weird. I can't really explain it. I wish I could explain it."
This year is different, however, in that his poor start has landed him a part-time role for the first time.
"That was definitely a tough thing," he said. "You come to the park, and you're feeling good, and you're not in there. I think that can wear on you if you let it. I think I kind of let that get the best of me early on."
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