The New York Yankees currently have 15 players on the injured list, with starting infielders Gio Urshela and Gleyber Torres joining them this week. With the majority of their ailing players being pitchers, losing position players is never an ideal reality.
Both Urshela and Torres could miss upwards of a week, as Gio is nursing a hamstring injury, and Gleyber picked up a thumb strain sliding into second-base over the weekend.
Unfortunately, the Yankees’ starting third baseman suffered a setback, which will force him to wait another week at least until a potential return.
â€œHe felt a little something toward the end of his groundballs. Heâ€™s back in New York. I donâ€™t anticipate him being with us this week,â€ Boone said.
â€œI donâ€™t think itâ€™s that serious,â€ Boone said. â€œBut he was in line to probably join us and be back in the lineup on Wednesday. Thatâ€™s not going to happen now. I donâ€™t know how heâ€™s doing today yet. I donâ€™t know how his day went today. So whether that pushes it back later in the week or later next week, I donâ€™t have a timeline on that yet. But i donâ€™t think itâ€™s back where he started.â€
â€œHeâ€™s feeling better,â€™â€™ Boone said. â€œWe were kind of expecting the worst and probably got some pretty good news.â€
Losing two starting infielders who play significant offensive roles is never ideal, but the Yankees have luckily managed to squeak out wins in the meantime. A series against the Kansas City Royals certainly gives them a bit of cushion.
However, Kansas City gave New York a run for their money on Monday evening, carrying the game to 11 innings with four lead changes. The bullpen struggled to maintain leads during the bottom portion of the game, giving up five runs after Jameson Taillon blanked the Royals over 6.0 innings.
The Yankees’ bullpen has been solid this year, so an anomaly every now and then is understandable. At the end of the day, walking out with a win is all that matters.