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Yankees’ Jose Trevino exits after taking foul ball to knee

MILWAUKEE — Catcher Jose Trevino left the Yankees’ 7-6 loss to the Brewers in the seventh inning Friday night with a right knee contusion after he took a foul ball off his right knee in the bottom of the fifth.

Trevino initially remained in the game and caught the sixth before Kyle Higashioka came up to pinch hit for him leading off the top of the seventh.

“He was compromised,’’ manager Aaron Boone said of Trevino.

Marwin Gonzalez also was removed to start the bottom of the sixth with dizziness, Boone said.

Gonzalez started the game at first base and when he came out, Oswaldo Cabrera moved from right field to first, making his first appearance at the position in his professional career.

“That’s a tough spot, but he’s got that makeup that he’s gonna handle himself,’’ Boone said. “Not ideal, but that’s where we are right now from an injury standpoint.”

Jose Trevino
Jose Trevino

Harrison Bader could make his Yankees debut soon, manager Aaron Boone said, adding the center fielder could be in The Bronx as Tuesday after rehabbing from the plantar fasciitis that has sidelined him since before he was acquired from St. Louis in exchange for Jordan Montgomery.

Boone made it clear prior to the game what Bader’s role will be: “Center fielder.”

“He’s a premium, maybe the best, defensive outfielder in the league,’’ Boone said. “I think we’re adding a significant player to our lineup.”

Bader was off Friday and scheduled to play minor league rehab games Saturday and Sunday. If he and the Yankees decide he’s ready, the Bronxville native will be with the Yankees when they open their homestand against the Pirates.

The right-handed hitting Bader has had a rough season at the plate, with a .673 OPS in 264 plate appearances for the Cardinals, but he has swung the bat well during his rehab assignment.

He was acquired, though, for his defense and speed.

Harrison Bader
Harrison Bader
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Bader will give the Yankees some much-needed outfield depth, as Aaron Judge has been forced into playing center, with the slumping Aaron Hicks in left and Cabrera in right.

Boone didn’t rule out the possibility of moving Cabrera to left when Bader is in the lineup in center, with Judge back in right.

Giancarlo Stanton is not an option in the outfield and won’t be for the foreseeable future, as he returns from the injury suffered when he fouled a ball off his foot.

Boone said Stanton’s return to the outfield was “on pause,” but didn’t rule it out down the road, pointing to the fact he stayed healthy last year while playing some outfield.

Luis Severino is scheduled to rejoin the rotation on Wednesday after another solid rehab outing with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday. Boone said the right-hander, sidelined since mid-July with a strained lat, isn’t completely built up, but he expects Severino to have an immediate impact.

“It’s Luis Severino,’’ Boone said. “He’s Severino. He’s having an excellent year for us and can match up with a lot of really good pitchers.”

Anthony Rizzo took batting practice against rehabbing Scott Effross and continues to feel good in his return from lower back tightness and headaches following an epidural.

Boone said there’s a “chance” Rizzo will be in the lineup Sunday against the Brewers and he believes the time off will have served the first baseman well.

“What’s exciting is that he was grinding with the back even before he went on the IL,’’ Boone said. “That’s he’s feeling good is encouraging. It allows him to impact us.”

Oswald Peraza entered Friday having not played in a week, with Isiah Kiner-Falefa performing well, though he made a big error in the eighth inning of the Yankees’ loss. Boone said Peraza might be at shortstop on Saturday.

Jasson Dominguez was among the Yankees prospects selected to play in the Arizona Fall League following the season.

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