The Yankees Season is Already F*ed
Ooof. The Yankees have had a very long string of bad luck and the season hasn’t even started yet. First, we heard that starting pitcher James Paxton would be out until July-ish following back surgery. Next we heard that starting pitcher Luis Severino would be out for the season, needing Tommy John surgery. Then we heard that center fielder Aaron Hicks would be out until July with an elbow injury/Tommy John as well. And THEN right fielder Giancarlo Stanton went down with a grade 1 right calf strain sustained while performing defensive drills on Feb. 25., putting him out for at least 4-6 weeks.
Now? The latest blow comes from superstar left fielder Aaron Judge.
Judge has been struggling with an injury in his right pectoral area since September, and today we found out that the discomfort comes from a fracture in his rib. If rest isn’t enough to heal the injury, he might end up having to have to have surgery to remove the rib. For now, the plan is to keep him out of action until at last April 10, but if the fracture doesn’t heal, they’re going to have to reevaluate the situation.
With their entire (highly paid) outfield missing Opening Day and beyond, the Yankees are going to have to turn to plan B. The outfield will probably consist of Clint Frazier, Brett Gardner, and Mike Tauchman. Should their three out fielding superstars not return in the expected timeframes, don’t be surprised if the Yankees start buying up all sorts of talent from other teams, if they can manage to stay above .500 through early May. Who knows? Maybe Gerrit Cole and Masahiro Tanaka’s pitching will be lights out enough to keep them afloat. Maybe.
Between all of the injury setbacks for the Yankees, and the Red Sox not knowing what the hell they’re doing, this might just be paving the way for the Blue Jays to come swooping into the top spot in the AL East. They’ve slowly been building their arsenal with names like baby Vlad, baby Biggio, and Bo Bichette, and are poised to be pretty good this season. Oh, and let’s not forget that they won the Hyun-Jin Ryu sweepstakes during the offseason. The Rays aren’t going to be easy to beat either. Might we see one of the very rare years where neither the Yankees or Red Sox make the post season? Only time will tell.