Yankees’ Ronnier Mustelier collides with railing, leaves game
TAMPA, Fla. — Yankees third baseman Ronnier Mustelier was forced to leave Friday’s game against the Marlins after colliding with a metal railing in pursuit of a foul ball.
Mustelier was chasing Juan Pierre’s fourth-inning pop-up when he hit the fence in front of the third base camera well, falling to the ground. He was helped to his feet by manager Joe Girardi and head athletic trainer Steve Donohue and walked off the field slowly.
The Yankees announced that Mustelier suffered multiple contusions to both legs, and said that further evaluations are to come.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has said that Mustelier’s live bat was giving him a chance to make the roster this spring, as the team searches for possible replacements for injured stars Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira.
A 28-year-old from Cuba who has played mostly outfield in the Yankees’ Minor League system, Mustelier has received more of a look at third base of late, with Kevin Youkilis playing some first base.
Mustelier also was involved in a scary outfield crash earlier in camp, colliding with prospect Slade Heathcott in right-center field as they chased a fly ball. Mustelier caught the ball and emerged unscathed, while Heathcott sprained his thumb.