When the New York Yankees signed former Met Justin Wilson to a two-year, $5.15 million deal, they imagine him being an integral part of their bullpen. In fact, thereâ€™s a good chance he plays a big role in 2021, as he posted a 3.66 ERA in 2020 with the Yankeesâ€™ crosstown rivals.
In 2019, he logged a 2.54 ERA over 39 innings, an even greater sample size compared to last season, showcasing his qualities. As a former fifth-round pick in the 2008 June Amateur Draft, Wilson is now 33 years old and looking to take a significant role with the Bombers.
However, Wilson removed himself from Mondayâ€™s game with shoulder tightness, which commanded MRIs on Tuesday morning. The feedback was inconclusive at first, but the Yankees have since updated us on his condition.
Per the Yankees:
Upon review of the MRI taken yesterday as well as comparing it to a pre-signing MRI there was nothing actionable from those images.Â LHP Justin WilsonÂ will be treated for his symptom of tightness of his left shoulder and has been given an oral anti-inflammatory medication. He will continue to receive treatment over the next several days before resuming a throwing program.
Thankfully, Wilson is subject to regular rehabilitation, and no extensive injuries were found. This is a great update for the Yankees, who expect to work through the loss of Zack Britton for the first few weeks of the 2021 regular season. Britton is having surgery on his elbow to remove a bone chip, which will keep him out for at least another five weeks.
Even upon his return, Britton will have to work his way back after missing a majority of spring training. Wilson will likely play a significant role in supplementing his loss, and while his sample size over the past two years isnâ€™t great, the Yankees will need him to be 100% healthy.