In case that is not a possibility, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has recalled outfielder Melky Cabrera from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, summoning the 24-year-old to join the club in Seattle.
Abreu was examined by a team physician on Thursday after he had to be scratched from the Yankees' lineup against the Rays, but X-rays were negative, which manager Joe Girardi called "great news."
Abreu said he suffered the injury while sliding into second base in the ninth inning of New York's 8-4 victory at Tropicana Field on Wednesday. He stayed in the game and scored when Alex Rodriguez hit the first instant replay reviewed home run in Major League history, but he reported on Thursday unable to take batting practice.
"I felt a little pain yesterday, but it wasn't a big deal," Abreu said. "Today, when I started to hit in the game, it was painful. I got treatment today, so we'll see tomorrow."
The 34-year-old Abreu was in the original lineup before the Yanks fell to the Rays, 7-5, on Thursday. Abreu saw Dr. Allen Miller, a Tampa, Fla.-based team orthopedic surgeon, to determine the extent of the injury, and Girardi would not rule out the possibility of Abreu playing on Friday.
"Obviously, we'll know more when he wakes up and sees how it feels, but right now, we've got to scratch him," Girardi said. "He put his hand down when he slid. It's a habit that a lot of baserunners have. It's hard to slide with your hands in the air."
The Yankees had promoted only two players -- left-hander Phil Coke and catcher Chad Moeller -- when rosters expanded to 40 players on Monday, believing that they should only call up candidates who will be able to play.
Cabrera was 1-for-8 in the first two games of the International League playoffs, but he had performed well after being optioned to the Minors on Aug. 15, batting .333 (19-for-57) with two doubles and five RBIs at Triple-A.
Abreu has appeared in 136 games for the Yankees this season, batting .301 with 15 home runs and 84 RBIs. He is batting .359 (65-for-181) since July 13, including 21 multihit contests.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.