New York Yankees: latest injury updates on 8 Yankee players

William Parlee
New York Yankees, Luke Voit
Sep 27, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (45) on deck to bat during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Compared to the last two seasons, the New York Yankees have been blessed with far fewer significant injuries. One of the injuries is a carryover from last year. Luis Severino underwent Tommy John surgery, not allowing him to pitch at all last season. Now Severino is just two months away from his expected return. He is a list of the Yankees’ present injuries and the players’ progress.

Darren O’Day, rotator cuff:

Before today’s game, the Yankees announced they had put right-hand reliever Darren O’Day on the 10 injured lists retroactive to Friday. They reported that he had a right rotator cuff strain. Because this information is just in few details are available. The Yankees recalled Michael King to replace him. Stay tuned; more information should be forthcoming.

Luke Voit, knee surgery:

The injury news on Luke Voit is very encouraging. According to the Athletic’s Lindsay Adler, Voit has been removed from the 60 IL and put on the 10 day. He is scheduled to play a rehab game with the double-A Somerset Patriots this coming Tuesday. Voit could be back with the Yankees by mid-May. The most recent report has him back with the team on May 11th when the New York Yankees return home to play the Tampa Bay Rays.

Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News got this quote from Voit:

“I’ve been chomping at the bit. Obviously watching every game at home and it’s frustrating,” Voit said on Friday. “You want to be there with the boys and I know some of them are pressing a little bit and try to do too much, but hey, these guys had a good road trip. Obviously didn’t come out like they wanted to yesterday, but I trust these boys are gonna get the job done.”

Asher Wojciechowski, lat injury:

Asher is now day to day and was sent to the minors last Wednesday. There is very little information on his rehab, and no expected return date has been announced.

Zack Britton, Bone chip:

Back in March, Zack Britton underwent surgery to have a bone chip removed from his pitching elbow. Earlier in April, Aaron Boone provided a positive update on Britton’s rehab.

“Zack’s doing really well. He’s got full range of motion. I think he is scheduled to start playing catch as early as this week. … The incision and the swelling and all that, which is the biggest hurdle to clear initially, is going really well for him.

Britton is not eligible to return until the end of this month, depending on his progress.  He will throw off a mound now that the New York Yankees have returned from their road trip, Max Goodman of Sports Illustrated reports.

Robinson Chirinos, wrist:

Robinson Chirinos is now at Triple-A Scranton rehabbing. He is doing well playing in exhibition games and could return to the Yankees in the next two weeks if he is needed.

Clarke Schmidt,

Jordan Horrobin of MLB.com reports that Schmidt has begun throwing again. Schmidt suffered a common flexor strain during spring training. He received a cortisone shot to relieve pain. If pitching off the flat is a success, he will move on to pitch from the mound. There is no timetable for his return. Boone said, “Obviously, it’s going to take a while because he’s starting from scratch essentially, but he’s doing well.”

Luis Severino, Tommy John:

Severino has been throwing off a mound since March 11 and is close to being cleared to face hitters. Manager Aaron Boone said:

“I don’t know his exact date of throwing to hitters. I know it’s mapped out and I’ll try to peek at the schedule here (Thursday or Friday). I know that he’s got a bullpen (Thursday) (April 29) of 35 pitches, so he is getting close.”

Severino was originally expected to return to the mound at Yankee Stadium late in the summer, but that has advanced to him returning very late in June of at least before the All-Star break.

Miguel Andujar, hand:

Miguel Andujar suffered a muscle strain in his right hand. He has recovered and has been activated from the injured list and optioned to Scranton Wilkes/Barre. He is playing exhibition games, including back-to-back starts. In his last game, he was 0-for-4 with a strikeout. He has played two games at first base.