The New York Yankees have been hit bad by the injury bug again. It seems like the past few years have been brutal for the Bombers in terms of injuries and this year is not looking much better.
Former two-time Cy Young award winner Corey Kluber is the latest Yankee to be bitten by the injury bug. Kluber was coming off of a no-hitter as he took the mound tonight against the Toronto Blue Jays.
For the first couple of innings, Kluber looked decent but seemed to be struggling with command. He surrendered his first runs in the third when he gave up a two-run homer to Vlad Jr.
Despite the home run, Kluber had struck out five Toronto hitters through three for the Yankees. However, things started looking really off when it was announced that Michael King was warming up in the bullpen.
Fast forward to the start of the fourth inning and Kluber didn’t take the mound. Fresh off of his no-hitter, the Yankees starter exited the game with a shoulder injury.
New York Yankees Options
RHP Corey Kluber left tonight's game with tightness in his right shoulder. He will be further evaluated tomorrow, which will include MRI imaging.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 26, 2021
As mentioned, the Yankees will be having Kluber evaluated tomorrow and he will have an MRI. It should be noted that Kluber has dealt with shoulder injuries in the past and that’s one of the things that kept him off of the mound over the past couple of seasons.
Kluber was having a tremendous season for the Yankees having gone 4-2 with a sub-three ERA. This is a major blow to the rotation especially if he’s going to be out for an extended period of time.
For now, the bombers could always turn to someone like Michael King to fill the void depending on how long Kluber will be out. The Yankees also have Deivi Garcia in the minors that could be an option. Luis Severino and Clarke Schmidt are currently making their way back from their own injuries, but they won’t be options anytime soon.
This has the makings to be a major blow to the Yankees, but we will have to follow along and see what the MRI reveals.