Williams (chin) will start in center field and bat ninth in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the White Sox, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic Cincinnati reports.
According to Rosecrans, Williams, who suffered a cut on his chin after taking a foul ball to the chin Saturday against the Rockies, required two stitches to seal the gash. With X-rays coming back negative for Williams, he'll be able to return to the lineup a day later as he attempts to make his case for a backup outfield gig.
Williams was hit in the mouth by a foul ball during Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Rockies, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Williams was initially examined in the dugout before being taken away in a cart while holding a towel over his mouth. The severity of the issue, and how long it may keep him sidelined, should clear up in the coming days as he's reevaluated.
Williams spent a majority of the 2017 season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, hitting .263 with a .627 OPS and 30 RBI in 106 games. He also appeared in five contests with the Yankees, going 4-for-17 during his brief opportunity. He will look to latch on with the Reds out of spring training, but will likely begin the year back in Triple-A.
Williams was outrighted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday.
Williams was designated for assignment last Thursday but passed through waivers and was not the subject of trade interest, so the Yankees will hang onto him at Triple-A until they need him again. The once hyped prospect's biggest asset is his speed, so perhaps if he can earn a prolonged opportunity in the majors, he can add some stolen bases to desperate mixed-league players. However, even though he's still only 25 years old, he'll need to develop the other pieces of his offensive game to regain momentum for his future.
Williams was designated for assignment Thursday, The New York Post's Joel Sherman reports.
Williams was just optioned down to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Monday following 10 days with the Yankees. During his time in the majors, the 26-year-old went 4-for-16 with one RBI and three runs. He has played fine at the Triple-A level this year, but hasn't shown much power with just one home run and 19 RBI in 251 plate appearances. Even though the Yankees are pretty banged up at this moment, there doesn't seem to be a clear role for Williams with the team.
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