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New York Yankees continue to get slammed by injuries

Bronx, NY-- Brian Cashman, who is on his 26th season as Yankees general manager spoke to the media before Wednesday night's game against the Cleveland Guardians. He was in the dugout with reporters, urging fans “don’t give up on us". The New York Yankees have been hit with the injury bug since the beginning of the offseason and the number of injuries that have hit the clubhouse is concerning. The most concerning is starting pitching, leaving spring training down three starters was a huge loss to the Yankees. Ace Starter, Carlos Rodon who signed a six-year, $162 million contract with the Yankees and slated to be their 2nd starter has not pitched a game this season.

Sadly, the Yankees have not been able to escape from injuries, including during the game against Cleveland. The game was tied at three in the ninth inning, and the impossible occurs. Harrison Bader who was just activated from the injured list, collides with left-fielder Isaiah Kiner-Falefa in the ninth inning. The trainer immediately went on the field to check on Bader and he was pulled from the game and replaced by Oswaldo Cabrera. Aaron Boone said that the outfielder laughed when entering the trainer's room, reported by Max Goodman from NJ Advance Media. Boone had a post-game conference and he believes that Bader will be "OK".

Later that same inning, Oswald Peraza who replaced Anthony Rizzo, rolled his ankle on a stolen base attempt. The Yankees did end up winning the game in the 10th inning with a walk-off single by Jose Trevino, but the win felt more of a relief and fans just wanted to know about Bader and Peraza. After the game, Boone said, Peraza's ankle will get looked at and x-rays taken, however, Boone does not know if it will be an IL situation. Here is the latest of what you need to know about the injury timeline as of Thursday, May 4th.

  1. Harrison Bader- head/neck collision with IKF left game Boone said he thought he was okay. Bader is back in lineup as of May 5th.
  2. Oswald Peraza  rolled his ankle after not sliding on his stolen base and not sliding he got x-rays  done and could have a possible IL stint. Peraza is day to day per Boone.
  3. Carlos Rodon - who signed with the Yankees this offseason and has been out due to a stiff neck, is scheduled to undergo more testing tomorrow. His initial injury was a forearm strain and then aggravated back while rehabbing. He reported his back wasn’t feeling 100%. His timetable to return is murky. Carlos Rodón's back injection is scheduled for Tuesday, per Aaron Boone, as reported  by Gary Phillips from NY Daily News.
  4. Lou Trivino - Tommy John surgery - reported May 3rd, recovery will take about a year.
  5. Frankie Montas - shoulder surgery was done Feb 2023, he will start throwing soon and could be back in Aug/Sept
  6. Scott Effros - TJ  surgery was done Oct 2022 he has recently begun a throwing program, but he still isn’t expected to return this season.
  7. Luis Severino - will throw a live session in Tampa on Friday could start rehab next week if that goes well. He could make 3/4 rehab starts beside going back to Yankees. This would line him for a return in late May or early June. 
  8. Jonathan Loaisiga - bone spur surgery 3-6 weeks without throwing could return in August 
  9. Tommy Kahnle - throwing bullpen 4-6 pens away from rehab appearance he could return in late May
  10. Luis Gil - TJ surgery May 21st 2022 he just started a throwing program, but his timetable to return is unclear.
  11. Aaron Judge - right hip discomfort 10 IL retroactive to 4/28 can return Monday, 5/8. Judge continues to perform running and hitting drills. He’s on track to be activated Tuesday vs. Oakland, the earliest possible date, as per Bryan Hoch.
  12. Josh Donaldson - Last played April 18th, with Somerset Patriots,  ended rehab no timetable to return aggravated groin.
  13. Giancarlo Stanton - Rehab He got hurt on April 15th, Placed on IL 16th hamstring strain (grade 2) 

Despite the injuries, the Yankees have remained hopeful and Brian Cashman expressed to reporters on Wednesday that the Yankees can win a World Series title, we are a "championship-caliber" team. Currently the team is not what they put together with all the injuries, there's been a lot of call-ups and players on the taxi-squad to fill for pitching and it seems all hands are on deck.

A month into the season and the Yankees are not playing their best baseball, currently 17-15 and last in the AL East standings with the Tampa Bay Rays playing .813 ball and sitting at first place. It is almost unacceptable considering their active payroll of $279 million, but Cashman said there is still time to make up ground because it is a long season "we just need them to get healthy".

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