The New York Yankees, after losing 5 consecutive games, would normally be looking for reinforcements. However, those are limited by the 28 man roster rule. Normally in September, the Yankees and other teams can expand their rosters to 40 players, but that is not the case this season.
The Yankees could surely use some help to shake up the lineup and reenergize the very worn-out bullpen, but the sad fact is that no one will be coming to the rescue. Here are the latest injury updates and who will make it back to the team in time to be helpful.
James Taillon has today been placed on the 10 day IL because of a right ankle tendon injury. As this is breaking news no further information is available at this time
Aaron Hicks is a goner, out for the season with his wrist surgery.
Darren O’Day is another Yankee that won’t be returning due to his slow-healing hamstring injury.
Tim Locastro’s bad knee injury will prevent him from returning.
Miguel Andujar could return to the team after his wrist injury as early as next week, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.
Clint Frazier might return by the end of the season, but his vision and vertigo problems seem to be persisting.
Zack Britton is gone for the season as three specialists have said he shouldn’t pitch for the rest of the season. If he elects to have Tommy John surgery for his elbow, he could be out until 2023, when he will be a free agent again.
Luis Severino was supposed to be back to the team in late August or early September, but that has not happened; he has just started throwing off the mound again after his second setback. If he comes back, it will likely only be in a reliever role.
Jonathan LoÃ¡isiga was placed on the 10-day injured list on Sunday morning with a rotator cuff strain. This was a huge loss to the Yankee bullpen. It is not likely he will return until the last week of the season, if at all. Rotator cuff strains can take a long time to heal.
Domingo German is in a similar situation as Severino; if he returns, it will likely only be as a reliever. Geman has been suffering from shoulder problems.
Michael King and his finger problem may be one of the Yankees that may return to the team in time to be helpful, as a spot starter or reliever. King was injured in a gym accident with weights.
Gerrit Cole was the last Yankee to complain of an injury. Unfortunately, Cole noticed something in his last start and pulled himself from the Blue Jays game. The situation has been described as left hamstring tightness; so far, no MRI has been ordered. At this point, is it unclear if he will miss a start or if it will be resolved quickly? If it turns out to be worse, it could be disastrous for the Yankees.