New York Yankees: Aaron Judge is moving along in rehabbing

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

New York Yankees’ star Aaron Judge has been dealing with a stress fracture in his first right rib that is believed to come from a play from last season in which he dove for a ball in the outfield. Judge had missed the first few games of Spring Training due to this and it wasn’t likely that he was going to be healthy for the originally scheduled Opening Day.

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone provided an update on the star right fielder’s progress.

“He’s in Tampa,” Boone told to Yes Network’s Meredith Marakovits. “We’re using this time, he’s using this time to continue to heal. I don’t really have much more for you other than, obviously, it’s been very productive having the chance to have this time to allow that rib to heal. That is happening. But as for where he’s at exactly, we don’t have anything for you on that yet.”

This fractured rib has also resulted in a collapsed lung for Judge. Unaware of his injury when it happened, Judge continued to hit and workout following the postseason which likely caused even more damage.

Opening Day has been pushed back at least two months now, so this time off could be beneficial for the star slugger. Judge might be able to recover fully in time for the new Opening Day. Teammates James Paxton, Giancarlo Stanton, and Aaron Hicks are in a similar situation as the MLB shutdown might allow these players to heal up before the pending season begins.

Are the Yankees Doomed to Repeat 2019’s Injury Problem?

New York Yankees, Giancarlo Santon

The New York Yankees saw an All-Star team’s worth of talent on the injury list last season. After an overhaul of the strength and conditioning staff, we were all lead to believe that things would be different this season.

Oh, how wrong we were to assume.

Who’s Hurt/Missing So Far

Aaron Judge has yet to play in a Spring Training game. He’s hitting, he’s throwing, but if he’s healthy, why not start? Domingo German won’t be here until June, and he was told to stay in the Dominican Republic for Spring Training. Speaking as someone with chronic back pain, you CANNOT underestimate the severity of nagging back pain that will follow James Paxton the remainder of the season after having that cyst surgically removed. Aaron Hicks may not even be back at all this season, depending on how slow he is recovering from Tommy John. Luis Severino is gone until 2021. And now, Giancarlo Stanton has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 calf strain.

How Much Has Changed and How Serious is It?

That’s 5 high profile players who will be missing an impressive amount of time in 2020, which is still a far cry from the twenty-some-odd players we had on the IL last season. And there’s no guarantee that Stanton will miss more than a week or two at the start of the season. But good Lordy is it still frustrating. The new staff was supposed to change this, right?

But it isn’t as serious as people want to believe.

Look at how well we ended up doing last season without Severino until September. Piecing it together in the rotation until about June is manageable, especially with so many prospective starters in the house to fill in till then. We have Tauchman, we have Frazier, and we have Tyler Wade and Miguel Andujar. So our outfield is safe if Stanton AND Judge miss a chunk of the early season. We still will see more players go on the IL throughout the year.

But it’s important not to panic right now. It’s February, not June. Cashman will figure something out. We’re still a full month away from Opening Day of 162. And we’re still the team to beat in the east.

New York Yankees: What’s Going on with Gleyber Torres?

New York Yankees, Gleyber Torres

Just as it seemed that the New York Yankees’ star Gleyber Torres had fallen to the injury bug, he was back in the lineup. Then he was removed early from a game again, and Yankee fans are beginning to wonder – what’s going on with our prized possession Torres?

In Tuesday’s win over the Baltimore Orioles, Torres was removed early to what the Yankees called core pain. He said he had felt the same pain during last Sunday’s game. Following these games, Torres saw a doctor where he underwent an MRI. He was tested for any strains and a sports hernia, the same thing teammate Luke Voit is down with. All tests came back negative and so he was cleared.

Manager Aaron Boone said Torres would travel with the team to Toronto this week where they take on the Blue Jays. Since Torres is technically not on the injured list, he’ll most likely be day-to-day. Boone mentioned that he talked to Torres where the young star said, “I am all right, I feel like I am going to be fine.”

It was clear that Torres was being affected primarily at the plate. After going 3-5 on August 3rd against the Boston Red Sox, Torres has yet to get a hit where he’s currently 0-10 since then.

The New York Yankees will definitely keep a close watch on Torres. They’ll want to do anything they can to avoid him being the 26th man on the injured list. Maybe a few days off will do the trick but especially since Voit is facing surgery with abdominal pain, the Yankees will need to be cautious with Torres.

New York Yankees: Gary Sanchez Injury Update

New York Yankees, Gary Sanchez

New York Yankees’ catcher Gary Sanchez injured his groin while running out a groundball during a game against the Minnesota Twins on July 23rd. The club feared that they were going to lose their slugging catcher for the rest of August however recent news is showing a positive recovery.

Manager Aaron Boone met with media on Sunday that Sanchez would most likely begin a minor-league rehab later this week or next week, per Lindsay Adler of The Athletic. Sanchez also caught a bullpen over the weekend where he said he had no pain.

Bryan Hoch from MLB.com tweeted a video of Sanchez running down the line at Yankee Stadium before a game. This also could have been a drill they were giving him to teach him how to hit the bag properly – which is how he injured his groin.

It looks like Sanchez is nearing the end of his recovery and should be starting baseball activities soon. Boone said that there is a possibility that he comes off the 10-day injured list before next week’s series against the Tampa Bay Rays. Sanchez’s return for this series would be huge as the Yanks will try to bury the Rays in the standings.

Sanchez is currently slashing .229/.299/.508 with 24 home runs and 58 runs batted in this season (Baseball Reference). Prior to his injury, he was slumping a bit where he only had six hits in July and one home run. However, it looked like he was having better swings the Minnesota series and was just having bad luck at the plate.

New York Yankees: Putting a Positive Spin on the Injury Bug

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton.

How can we possibly put a positive spin on the injury bug plaguing the New York Yankees right now? Let’s see if we can try.

A major league baseball team plays 162 games per season, which is a great deal of time for players. Teams who make the postseason could end up playing 20 extra games (given that each series went to the final game). In an attempt to avoid fatigue, managers will often give a player a day off to allow them to rest.

Key players for the New York Yankees like Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Didi Gregorius, Luis Severino, are all rehabbing and resting on the injured list. These players who are taking time off to care for themselves could benefit the team greatly when they come off the IL.

After the All-Star break, the races for division winners and wildcard contenders will begin. The Yankees will have these key players fully rested and healthy, ready to go. In the last 50 games of the year when other team’s players are fatigued, our guys that are off the IL will hopefully be feeling fresh and new. Fully rested players that are starting their seasons 40-50 games in could potentially add to the Yankees’ World Series hopes.

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Where have the Yankees seen this before?

2019 World Series champions, the Boston Red Sox, played an extra 14 games for the postseason. This brought their season into late October. Since their season went so long, the Red Sox didn’t pitch their starting rotation a ton during spring training to allow them to savor the health of their arms. This is possibly why the Red Sox’s start to the season was so lousy.