New York Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin faced a major challenge as he entered spring training. Two weeks ago, he was the underdog to Greg Bird for the Yankees' first base job. Then New York threw a wrench at his odds with the addition of Chris Carter. Now the limited chance the 25-year-old held of remaining on the big-league roster to open the season might be gone after he suffered a small fracture in his foot.
The injury happened during batting practice when Austin fouled a ball off his foot and went for X-Rays. Tests revealed he has a small fracture in his foot that will keep him in a walking boot for three weeks. Even when the boot is removed, Austin can't participate in baseball activities for the next three weeks at least. It's critical missed time that will land Austin on the 15-day disabled list to start the season and even when he returns, a demotion to Triple-A is likely.
Austin is now off the fantasy radar, even in the deepest of leagues. After he registered a 40 percent strikeout rate in 90 plate appearances in his MLB debut, it seems clear Austin needed more time to develop at the minor-league level.