New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone had some troubling news when he addressed the media on Friday.
He announced that one of their top infield prospects, Thairo Estrada, was shot in the right hip in his native Venezuela during a robbery attempt last month.
Boone announces that #Yankees prospect Thairo Estrada was shot once in right hip last week in Venezuela during a robbery attempt. Said he is in camp and doing well. Thinks will be able to play “bulk of season.”— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) February 16, 2018
Joel Sherman seems to be reporting the wrong date, as the rest of the Yankees' community of beat writers seems to agree the incident took place in late January.
Estrada, one of top INF prospects, recovering from gunshot wound he suffered in Venezuela in late January. Expected to play the season, Boone said. “Mentally and emotionally” he’s doing well— Erik Boland (@eboland11) February 16, 2018
Estrada is in good spirits and has reported to camp. Despite the gunshot wound and the fact the bullet is still lodged in his hip (!), he's expected to play the majority of the minor league season.
Sources tell ESPN that Venezuelan prospect Thairo Estrada's robbery attempt happened in Bejuma, Estado Carabobo. Manager Aaron Boone said the bullet is still lodged in Estrada's hip and he's dealing with pain but in good spirits. Is expected to start... https://t.co/MLIJywBVav— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) February 16, 2018
The 21-year-old infielder had a fabulous year at Double-A last season, slashing .301/.353/.393 with 29 extra-base hits, 48 RBI and eight stolen bases.
Estrada has plus speed and is an excellent defender. He still has plenty of things to work on offensively, but he has the makings of being an everyday big leaguer down the road.
A great addition to the 40-man roster this offseason, and