Although not as bad as in 2019, the New York Yankees have certainly had their share of injuries this season. Those injuries were further exacerbated by six Yankees going on the Covid list. But it’s time for Yankees fans to sit back and relax; relief is on the way. Here are up-to-date injury updates on all the Yankee players.
Luis Severino (elbow)
One of the most important injuries the Yankee fans have been watching for is the return of Luis Severino from his Tommy John surgery. Severino was 33-14 between 2017 and 2018 before the surgery in 2019. The good news is that his return will be coming sooner than later. Aaron Boone reported that Sevi pitched a simulated two innings with 38 pitches yesterday at Fenway Park. Next week he may start a rehab game in Somerset. Projected return late August.
Corey Kluber (shoulder)
Another starter being closely watched is Corey Kluber. Kluber finally found his form with a no-hitter complete game on May 19th before leaving his May 25th game with shoulder tightness. Kluber never stopped throwing. Brian Hock of MLB.com reports that Kluber threw 20 pitches off the mound at Fenway on Friday as he draws closer to an early September return.
Michael King (finger)
Starter/reliever Michael King who was the primary fill-in for Corey Kluber, injured his finger when he jammed it between weights in the weight room. He hasn’t pitched since July 3rd against the Mets. Aaron Boone says his return is still a bit away. CBS Sports reports that he may start to throw this week. Nevertheless, he will need time to ramp back up. Projected return mid to late August.
Clarke Schmidt (elbow)
Clarke Schmidt has been out all of the season with an elbow injury. He hasn’t pitched since September 27, 2020. He suffered a flexor tendon strain. Although a common injury rehab can be long, and it has been. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that Schmidt would take part in a rehab game next Wednesday. Schmidt could return to the big team before the end of the season.
T.J.Sikkema (lat injury)
Sikkema is a minor league starting pitcher that has not pitched this season due to a lat injury suffered in spring training. Little information is available on his progress, But if and when he returns, it will probably be for the Renegades. He is presently on the 60 day.
Darren O’Day (hamstring)
The sidearm reliever Darren O’Day was put on the 60 day IL a week ago on Friday. After a setback, O’Day is likely out for the season. After missing the start of the season with a shoulder issue, it now appears that he will only have 10 appearances for the Yankees this season.
Wandy Peralta (Covid)
Wandy Peralta was one of the first Yankees to go on the Covid list. He could be back in the bullpen next week.
Luke Voit (knee)
First baseman Luke Voit has been the bad luck kid this season. Voit missed the start of the season. He returned to the team on May 15, but after 10 days, he was back on the IL. He returned on June 22nd. But his last game would be on July 11th after suffering a bruised knee that impeded his running. Aaron Boone has reported that he is doing significantly better and may return to the team during the first week of August.
Aaron Hicks (wrist)
Centerfielder Aaron Hicks underwent wrist surgery and likely will not return this season.
Clint Frazier (vision)
Frazier has had a strange vision problem that was first described as dizziness. As a result, he hasn’t played at all during July. He has visited an eye specialist, but a clear diagnosis has been elusive. As a result, he is not taking part in any baseball activities. He has not been cleared to start playing again, per Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger. Return unknown.
Miguel Andujar (wrist)
Outfielder Miguel Andujar injured his wrist. The last game he played in was on July 6th. However, a recent setback in his rehab will cause him to be out longer than expected. Brian Hock of MLB.com reports that he will get another cortisone shot. With rehab still in progress, there is no projected return.
Gio Ushela (Covid)
Gio Ushela is back with the club in Boston. He is scheduled to be activated today and may be in today’s lineup after returning from the Covid list.
Aaron Judge (Covid)
Aaron Judge is another Yankee player that was put on the Covid list. However, Aaron Boone said on Thursday that Aaron Judge could rejoin the team this weekend and could be cleared to play early next week in the Rays series.
Kyle Higasioka (Covid)
Backup catcher Kyel Higasioka has been on the Covid list. Gary Sanchez came down with back spasms leaving only Rob Brantly, only Yankees catcher. If he were injured yesterday, that would make Roughie Odor the only real option. Luckily “Higgy” is expected to be back with the team for the Tampa Bay Rays series.
Gary Sanchez (back)
Gary Sanchez left the first game of the Boston Red Sox series with back spasms. With Higashioka on the Covid list, it left Rob Brantly as the only Yankee catcher. He is listed as day-to-day. So fans will have to wait for today’s lineup to see if he returns to the backstop.
Tim Locastro (Knee)
Tim Locastro was brought up because of a shortage of outfielders. Unfortunately, he injured his knee. The Associated Press has reported that he will undergo knee surgery next week, likely ending his season.
Trey Amburgey (Hamstring)
Amburgey was another player brought up to shore up the outfield. Unfortunately, he pulled a hamstring in his second game last Tuesday. He is on the ten-day; however, they could heal quickly with hamstring injuries or keep a player out for an extended time.
Chris Gittens (ankle)
First baseman Chris Gittens was taken out of the game yesterday when he collapsed running to first base. He is listed as day-to-day and will undergo an MRI today to see how serious the injury is.
Reliever/Stater Nestor Cortes Jr. and Jonathan Loaisiga have already returned from the Covid list.