New York Yankees top 10s: Find out the worst Yankees signings ever

The New York Yankees in their glorious history have had some of the greatest players to play the game of baseball. Players like Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Ron Guidry, Derek Jeter, and so many more.  Some were farm-raised, and some were acquired.

For some franchises paying too much for a player that just doesn’t work out can be financially devastating. And it can take a club a long time to recover from that purchase.  For teams more flush like the New York Yankees, those poor choices usually can be recovered from in a short time. In other cases, a club gives up a prime prospect in a trade to get that player while significantly weakening their farm system when that player turns out to be a bomb.

When acquiring a player, the New York Yankees either have to spend money or trade players or a combination of both to get the player they want.  Some have been amazingly successful, like Babe Ruth, Alex Rodriguez, El Duque, Roger Clemens, Roger Maris, Ricky Henderson, and many more.  But they also have had some bummers. Today we examine my picks for the Yankees worst acquisitions.  I based my picks on how the player performed for the Yankees, and how much they had to pay to get the performance or lack thereof.  Picks are only from the modern era.

10. Kevin Youkilis

The Yankees paid Youkilis $13 million for a one year contract for the ex-Red Sox star in 2013.  What they thought they were getting was an impeccable defender at the hot corner and an All-Star that still had horsepower under the hood.  What they got was very different.  The Youkilis that showed up in 2013 was an older man that was out of gas. He hit .219 in 28 games played before the Yankees dumped him.

9. A. J. Burnett

When A. J. Burnett came to the Yankees in 2009 from the Toronto Blue Jays, where he had an 18 win season.  The Yankee contract with Burnett was for $85.5 million over five years. Burnett was one of those players like Kenny Rogers and, more recently, Sonny Gray that just couldn’t adjust to the bright lights of New York Yankee Stadium.  In his three years before being traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates, he was 34-35 with an ERA .493.

8. Pedro Feliciano

Pedro Feliciano was a two-year $8 million disaster with the Yankees. There is little to say here.  He required two shoulder surgeries after leading the AL with the most starts in the previous three years.  For the Yankees, he never pitched a game.  End of story.

7. Spike Owen

Owen was coming off a career year with the Expos where he won a gold glove, hit .269, and racked up 24 extra-base hits.  He came to the Yankees from the Expos and was so bad at short that he didn’t even complete a year with the Yankees.  In 1993 the Yankees were in dire need of a shortstop with Prospect Derek Jeter not yet ready.  So they paid $7 million or a three-year contract.  He hit .234 with a stinking .300 OBP.  The Yankees dealt him to the Angels to playout the contract.

6. Ed Whitson

If you think Pavano Igawa and were bad, Ed Whitson was worse.  The New York Yankees acquired Whitson in a five year deal for $4.5 million from the Padres. For most of his career, he was a near ace pitcher but not for the Yankees.  What followed? Fifteen wins and a 5.38 earned run average over two years with the team. They dealt him back to the Padres in 1986, where they’d fork 90% of his contract the remainder of the deal.

5. Hideki Irabu

The big problem with the Irabu acquisition is that he was supposed to be the next great Yankee ace pitcher. He never even came close to being anything more than a 4th or 5th pitcher in the rotation. In his four years starting in 1997, he went 29-20, 4.80 ERA, 64 starts, 74 games, 395 2/3 IP. For this, the Yankees had to pay the San Diego Padres $3 million to acquire him and give Irabu $12.8 million over four years.

4. Kei Igawa

Wow-what a mistake this was.  Kei Igawa was a miserable pitcher.  The Yankees signed him to a 5 year $20 million contract and paid a $26 million Japanese posting fee to get him in the first place.  In 2006 Igawa started for the Yankees at the major league level.  For his first two years, he was 2-4, 6.66 ERA, 13 starts, 16 games, 71 2/3 innings.  He was then demoted to Scranton Wilkes/Barre for two years and a third-year with AA Trenton. While in the minors, Brian Cashman tried several times to send Igawa back to Japan, but Igawa refused to go.

3. Jason Giambi

Some may wonder why I have Giambi so high on this worst deal list. It’s not because he wasn’t a decent player, it’s because the Yankees paid far too much for a declining player.  There is no question that he was a star player for the Oakland Athletics.  His 40 points lower batting average with the Yankee was not deserving of his $120 million seven-year contracts.

While with the Yankees, the first baseman never was a Gold Glover, Silver Slugger, while only being an All-Star once and begin nominated for MVP twice in which he received few votes.  In 2004 due to injuries, he missed half the season.  Giambi was often a liability at first, leading him to play a lot of games as DH.  Oh, and then there was the whole doping thing.  After initially denying doing drugs, he admitted to having injected himself with human growth hormone during the 2003 season with the Yankees.

2. Carl Pavano

Carl Pavano is a pitcher that many Yankee fans don’t even remember as he was seldom on the mound during his four years $40 million deal. Pavano was a pretty average pitcher for the Florida Marlins until in 2004 he had a 18-8 year, came in 6th in the Cy Young voting, and was an All-Star.  Based on this during the offseason, the Yankees decided to take a chance on this break out pitcher. In his first year with the Yankees, he managed to pitch in only 17 games for a 4-6 record and an ERA of 4.77.

His lackluster performance in 2005 was just the beginning things were about to get worse, much worse.  In 2006 he didn’t pitch at all due to injuries.  In his last two years with the Yankees, he pitched in only nine games between injuries.  His record was a dismal 5-2 with an ERA of 5.15. The Yankees were happy to be rid of him.

1. Jocoby Ellsbury

Without a doubt, in recent memory or in Yankee history, the acquisition of Jocoby Ellsbury from the Boston Red Sox was the worst ever buy.  And that’s not only in how he performed. It’s what they had to pay for him to be away from the team the majority of his Yankee contract.  General Manager Brain Cashman is undoubtedly one of the smartest traders and purchasers in the business. But in this case, he missed the mark by a mile, not only in the original contract but how this player turned out.

Ellsbury was a good player for the Red Sox, but his best years were early in his centerfield career.  In 2011 he hit .321 with 32 home runs, and the guy could steal bases.  But he would never hit those figures again.  On December 3, 2013, Ellsbury and the New York Yankees agreed in principle to a seven-year, $153 million deal, including an option for an eighth year that could increase the value of the contract to $169 million. Mistake number one was that he was never worth this gargantuan contract, to begin with.

Ellsbury never enjoyed the fan praise that also Red Sox acquisition Jonny Damon received mostly due to his performance that never reached the level that the money spent demanded.  In the first four years of his Yankee employment, he only managed less than 10 home runs a year while hitting a league average .264 batting average. That’s when a really poor trade turned into a disaster.  In 2018 and 2019, Ellsbury never set foot on the field due to continued injuries, which led many Yankee fans to think he was faking it and just wanted to collect the money and not play.

With the 2020 season in the headlights, it appeared that Ellsbury again would not be able to play.  During the offseason, the Yankees cut ties with Ellsbury refusing to play his 2020 salary or his buy out bonus, citing that he violated his contract by using unapproved medical facilities in his rehab.  Presently the MLBPA is suing the Yankees on Ellsbury’s behalf, a case the Yankees are fighting.

Dishonorable mentions go to Jose Contreras: 4-Years, $32 Million, paid too much for his 1 1/2 years, Kenny Rogers 4-Years, $20 million, ERA 5.12, Pascual Perez: 3-Years, $5.7 Million, drugs only won 3 games, Mel Hall: 4-Years, $4 Million, he kept the Yankees from the 1991 postseason due to his constant arguments with Don Mattingly, and finally Jaret Wright: 3-Years, $21-Million, when he became a Yankee his body fell apart.

Most of the Yankee bomb acquisitions have been pitchers strangely, but luckily for the Yankees, they have had far more acquisitions that were successful, and being a rich franchise has been able to handle those that weren’t.’s Columnist William Parlee is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research.  Follow me on Twitter @parleewilliam.





The New York Yankees, Jacoby Ellsbury Saga Begins

New York Yankees, Jacoby Ellsbury

As I’ve reported, the New York Yankees separation from Jacoby Ellsbury was going to get ugly. Well, like the NFLPA represents all of it’s players, the MLBPA is doing the same. The MLBPA officially filed a grievance against the Yankees grievance in an attempt to recoup the money the Yankees are trying to withhold from Ellsbury.

So What Happened Again?

The Yankees argued that Ellsbury received unauthorized treatment from Dr. Viktor Bouquette. We all know that Ellsbury has been besieged by continuous physical setbacks, so he tried alternative avenues.

Bouquette and Ellsbury are arguing that when the Yankees inquired about Ellsbury receiving treatments, that the Yankees never said outright that Ellsbury needed to stop receiving treatments. That and the treatments were for nonbaseball related injuries. The Yankees are arguing that they did say Ellsbury needed to stop and that it was for injuries he sustained related to baseball, which would justify terminating his contract for breach.

What the MLBPA is Doing.

The MLBPA is looking to get Ellsbury back more than the near $50 million that was on Ellsbury’s contract when the Yankees cut him. Unless the Yankees decide to settle the grievance filed by the MLBPA, the case will be heard by arbitrator Mark Irvings, who will be hearing a grievance filed by Kris Bryant against the Chicago Cubs.

If the Yankees are successful and win this case, the $21 million that they would be paying Jacoby Ellsbury would be wiped off the books, which would bring them back into the second tier of the luxury tax. Considering all the financial manipulation the Yankees are engaging in NOW, even after signing Gerrit Cole, they would obviously love wiping out Ellsbury’s contract from their books for next season. It would allow them the flexibility to, let’s say… sign Dellin Betances to a 1 year, $10 million deal (which is what he’s looking for).

I think the Yankees need to just bit a bullet here and look to settle. They’re going to have to pay Ellsbury something. He’s a client of Scott Boras, the guy who represents their new ace. This is so he said, he said, that it’s going to be impossible to prove that Ellsbury violated his contract.

New York Yankees: Why Aaron Hicks is the New Jacoby Ellsbury 

New York Yankees, Aaron Hicks

I thought it was a bad signing when I heard it. And so far, little is happening to dissuade me. But the second Aaron Hicks signed his name on the dotted line, the New York Yankees front office should already be regretting giving Aaron Hicks a 7 year $70 million contracts.

He and Ellsbury Have the Same Bugaboo

Hicks can’t stay healthy. Ellsbury couldn’t stay healthy. Hicks has a harder time staying healthy than Ellsbury.

Ellsbury, in his 11-year career, has played 3/4 of the season (120 games or more) 6 out of 11 seasons. Aaron Hicks has done that approximately twice in his 7-year career. He averages playing a full half-season, leaving the team trying to figure out who to start the other 82 games in the year. This means that Jacoby Ellsbury was more dependable for his teams than Aaron Hicks.

Hicks has got a better arm than Ellsbury, has but what good does it do you when you miss half the year? He covers more ground and can save you more runs defensively than Ellsbury, but what good does it do you when you miss half the season? And for someone heralded for his “great eye and speed”, he has a lower career on-base percentage and stolen base rate than Ellsbury, which begs the question “Why was he an upgrade when he’s hurt more frequently than Ellsbury?”

Why His Contract is Already Blowing Up in the Yankees Face

He signed the contract in 2019 and almost immediately proceeds to get hurt. The recovery from the injury was prolonged in ways that no one could have anticipated. Then, after he comes back, he gets hurt, AGAIN! He plays less than 60 games last season, and really only gets playing time in October because of Stanton’s injury. Now, he, like Didi in 2019, will miss at least half the season with Tommy John surgery in his throwing elbow. You know, the elbow responsible for his cannon of an arm?

It’s not outside of the realm of possibility that Hicks will come back as fast as Didi, and it’s also not outside of the same realm it’ll take him longer than Didi. The projected recovery time from Tommy John surgery is 8 to 10 months for Hicks. So let’s say Hicks can be back in 6 months. He got the surgery in October. That puts him in rehab games by April, back to the club May/June. 8 months means he doesn’t start the rehab process till June, potentially giving him an arrival date of July/August. If it takes 10 months, that means he wouldn’t be able to play many, if any, rehab games as 10 months mean he starts rehabbing in August. If it becomes the 10-month option, the Yankees should just shut him down and see him in February 2021.

So that already 2 years, and $20 million dollars given to someone who might play 141 games over that span. Granted, it’s still better than Ellsbury not being able to play any games since the 2017 postseason, but Ellsbury at least averaged 120 games played in his 4 seasons of playing time with the team. Hicks could only do that once. And with Hal Steinbrenner’s penny pitching, that’s $70 million that should be going to the front line ace that we needed 3 seasons ago, but never wanted to spend the money because “Oh no! We gotta stay below the luxury tax!”

I’m telling you, if he doesn’t have a spectacular 2021-2023, where he remains healthy all season long, this will go down as an even more misguided contract than the one they gave Ellsbury.

The New York Yankees/Ellsbury Saga Got Interesting Quick

New York Yankees, Jacoby Ellsbury

Over the weekend, it was reported that the New York Yankees were going to cut Jacoby Ellsbury and give him the $26 million required to terminate his services with the team. But, less than a day after it was reported Ellsbury was being cut, the Yankees announced they were filing a grievance, arguing they don’t owe Ellsbury anything.

What’s The Grievance About?

The Yankees are claiming that Ellsbury received “unauthorized treatment” from a nonteam affiliated doctor, which terminated his contract with the team. As I have previously stated, this guy was very injury prone in Boston, so having that kind of wording in the contract can help a team navigate injuries for even guys like Brett Gardner or Aaron Judge. So, even if it’s the fine print that not everyone can or does read all that carefully if you violate that provision of your contract (receiving unauthorized outside medical care) why should the Yankees owe Ellsbury anything?

Not So Fast

According to a report by Ken Rosenthal in The Atlantic, the doctor Ellsbury was seeing, Viktor Bouquette, claims the Yankees DID authorize the treatment.

According to the report by Rosenthal, Bouquette received a letter from the Yankees asking if Ellsbury was being treated with banned substances. Bouquette inferred that this was the Yankees approving the treatment plan he and Ellsbury had started reportedly back in 2017. So if it is proven that the Yankees approved the treatment, Ellsbury could then sue for wrongful termination by the Yankees, if the Yankees argument is Ellsbury violates not only his contract but MLB’s collective bargaining agreement.

Here’s Where it Gets Dicey

If Bouquette only inferred that they Yankees offered consent, but they never definitely did give enthusiastic affirmative consent for Ellsbury to continue his treatment, the Yankees look like money-grubbing jerks but are right.

Contracts are absolute. If you can’t definitively prove someone did NOT violate their contract, you’re going to get burned. Even if the Yankees only passively consented to Ellsbury’s treatments by Bouquette, they can still pull up documentation showing (if they’re smart, and they are) that there was zero authorization by the team for Ellsbury to receive this treatment. Which would mean Ellsbury wouldn’t get a cent of the $26 million buyouts from the team. But if Bouquette and Ellsbury can show that the Yankees did consent, and then never fully rescinded their consent for Ellsbury to receive this treatment, I’d argue that Ellsbury could and should sue for wrongful termination.

This would just be easier if they just paid him and everyone is on their merry way. But more often than not, people don’t do the easy thing, no matter how right morally it ends up being.

The Yankees are preparing to throw Jacoby Ellsbury under the bus

New York Yankees, Jacoby Ellsbury

If the Yankees can manage to find a way to void Jacoby Ellsbury’s $26 million in owed money for the 2020-21 season, it would open up a ton of cash-flow to sign a top-level free agent. $26 million is just short of the amount it would take to sign a player like Gerrit Cole to bolster the starting pitching rotation.

However, the Yanks have a plan for Ellsbury, a player who came from the Boston Red Sox to have one decent season over four active years. He missed the last two seasons with separate injuries, and with two years left on his deal, the Bombers are in a tough position. They’re unable to recoup any of the money lost in insurance, but they will exercise a different method of gaining the salary back.

The Yankees will claim that Ellsbury used unauthorized doctors during his treatment that would potentially compromise his health and make him more of a liability for the organization.

Multiple reports indicated that Ellsbury traveled to Atlanta and was traded by Dr. Viktor Bouquette of Progressive Medical Center without the team’s permission. This would make his contract non-guaranteed and allow the Yankees to recoup the massive amount of money they’re on the hook for.

“The players’ association will vigorously defend any action taken against Jacoby or his contract and is investigating potential contract violations by his employer,” the union said in a statement, per ESPN.

Jacoby, who’s now 36-years-old, is now considered one of the biggest busts in baseball history. His seven-year, $153 million deal is why the Yankees will be careful moving forward with monster contracts. However, it didn’t stop them from trading for Giancarlo Stanton, who is on a 13-year, $325 million deal.

Ellsbury hit .264 with 39 homers and 198 RBIs over 520 games in four seasons with the Yankees. His seven seasons with the Red Sox highlight his career, a daunting reality for the Bombers.

The Yankees can’t let Jacoby Ellsbury scare them away from top pitcher

New York Yankees, Jacoby Ellsbury

With the Yankees dumping $26 million in salary next season after cutting Jacoby Ellsbury, their mentality towards splashing big-money on a premium starting pitcher could be battered. Factor in the Giancarlo Stanton contract and his injury-plagued 2019 season and unloading $30 million for an option like Gerrit Cole begins to seem like a bad idea.

However, Cole’s injury history is thin, and signing him would immediately bolster the starting pitching rotation and make them one of the best in baseball. General manager Brian Cashman shouldn’t be worried about the luxury tax if he’s keen on competing for a championship next season.

However, owner Hal Steinbrenner was quick to announce the fact that the starting rotation is established, despite several players coming off injuries being featured next season. Luis Severino started only five games last season while Jordan Montgomery missed the entire campaign, failing to leave any significant mark.

The Yankees need to temper their expectation and aim high:

Expecting them to return and be effective is optimistic, at least in Montgomery’s case. In his three seasons, though, Monty has earned two sub-4.00 ERAs, which provides excitement. The Yankees shouldn’t shy away from adding a star pitcher at the expense of Montgomery’s return, and considering CC Sabathia’s retirement, he will essentially be filling that hole.

Another factor is the youngsters — Michael King and Deivi Garcia, who are both fantastic pitchers with minimal to no Major League experience. We can expect Cashman to justify the rotation with quality youth, an unproven commodity at this point. Again, it leads us back to a sure-fire decision to sign Cole or Stephen Strasburg.

The price differential will be a few million, but Cole’s impressive health history should make him worth every penny, and considering his dominance in every phase of the game. Slotting him in at ace and having James Paxton and Luis Severino close behind would give the Bombers a fantastic opportunity to make a run at the 2020 World Series, and they wouldn’t even have to cheat to do it.

Did The New York Yankees Make The Right Decisions On Bird And Ellsbury?

New York Yankees, Jacoby Ellsbury

On Wednesday, the New York Yankees announced that they DFA’d Greg Bird and released Jacoby Ellsbury. Both moves came as a little bit of a surprise, but Yankee fans were grateful for both moves. However, did the team make the right decisions on the two players?

The Only Answer Is Yes

The New York Yankees absolutely made the right decision to get rid of Bird and Ellsbury. Both players never lived up to expectations with the Yankees, but a lot of that had to do with injuries. The two had trouble getting over injuries, and that affected their performance on the field.

Bird had a career .211 average with the Yankees and a .171 average in 2019 with very limited at-bats. His only real impact with the team was in the 2017 ALDS, when he hit a big home run off Andrew Miller to help keep the Yankees alive.

Ellsbury had a .264 career average with the New York Yankees, hitting 39 home runs and driving in 198 runs. He was a very streaky player, and only spent five of his 13 major league seasons completely healthy (including 2018 and 2019).

Both players have been hurt for a long time and have shown no signs of being healthy soon. Bird has a chance to remain with the Yankees if he isn’t claimed. In that case, he would be placed on the minor league roster and likely get a spring training invite if he is miraculously healthy.

But for Ellsbury, it looks that his career could be over. He hasn’t played in a game since the 2017 postseason, and is now 36 years old. Maybe he can find a way to revitalize his career in the minors or in independent ball, but otherwise he may never play another game.

And he may be okay with that. The Yankees still owe him a ton of money and will be economically set for the rest of his life.

It’s really too bad that both never worked out for the Yankees, but fans definitely wish them the best in whatever is next for the two.

The New York Yankees are still being punished by Jacoby Ellsbury

New York Yankees, Jacoby Ellsbury

The last time Jacoby Ellsbury featured in the New York Yankees starting lineup was during the 2017 ALCS. The former Boston Red Sox outfielder had one solid season in the Bronx, his first with the Yankees in 2014. He hit .271 with 16 homers and 70 RBIs, capping a strong start to his career with his former rival.

The New York Yankees finally did what needed to be done:

However, the Yankees cut Ellsbury on Wednesday, officially marking him in the “bust” category after spending a lucrative $153 million for four years of average play.

During 2015-17, Ellsbury hit .261/.331/.372 overall, and he missed time in each of those seasons. Maybe it was a conspiracy with the Red Sox to waste away Yankee money, or it was Ellsbury’s fragile body that couldn’t take the organizational perfection the Bombers demand.

Last month, general manager Brian Cashman was vague on the return of the veteran outfielder, stating:

“It’s hard to say based on how things have played out,” Cashman said at the time. “Right now, he’s not someone in a position health-wise where I can answer anything in the affirmative.”

His seven-year contract with the Yanks locked him into 1,134 possible regular-season games, in which he only appeared in 520. As one of the biggest busts in baseball history, the Yankees now have to consider long-term contracts differently, especially when considering veteran ball-players.

While insurance is the priority here, Ellsbury’s contract includes no insurance policy for the final two years on his deal. Cashman decided to give the roster spot to a young, healthy option, which will ultimately benefit the team in the long-term.

New York Yankees: With Ellsbury cut, what’s this mean for the Yankees?

New York Yankees, Jacoby Ellsbury

The New York Yankees FINALLY did something to help them win championships while staying under luxury tax thresholds. The New York Yankees paid Jacoby Ellsbury $26 million to simply walk away. Also cut were Greg Bird and Nester Cortes Jr. (well, DFAed, but we know they’re gone).

But this is about Ellsbury’s time as a Yankee ending. In the words of Homer Simpson “Jesus, Allah, Buddha, I love you all!”

Ellsbury Troublesome Yankees Career

We haven’t seen Ellsbury since 2017. He’s been hurt in one way or another, keeping him out of each of the last two 100 win seasons. This shouldn’t surprise anyone, considering his injury history in Boston. Excluding his rookie season, he had 3 seasons where he missed more than 40 games due to injury prior to signing his $154 million contract. If you can’t do the quick math, that’s three seasons where Ellsbury missed a quarter of the season. How can you not see that as a GIANT red flag?

Offensively, you’d imagine the dimensions at Yankee Stadium would help Ellsbury more than Boston. As a Red Sox player, he has a career .297/.350/.439 slash line compared to his .264/.330/.386 slash line as a Yankee. Out of his 4 years he actually played for the team, he averaged 130 games played, meaning we still had to find viable subs for roughly a quarter of the season. It’s a little better than the 96 games he averaged for the Sox his final 4 years in Boston, but THAT should have been a MASSIVE red flag for “We need to stay below the luxury tax” Brian Cashman and Hal Steinbrenner. (

So this $26 million dollar buyout finally cuts ties with Ellsbury, clears revenue for next year, and helps free up another spot allowing the Yankees to save 7 players from the Rule 5 draft. That includes to pitching and outfield prospects like Deivi Garcia and Estevan Florial.

What Does This Mean For the Luxury Tax?

The buyout will affect the Yankees for the 2019 tax year. On December 2nd, MLB will tell the Yankees how much they’re over the luxury tax, and they have till January 21 to pay it. So this frees up about $44 million for the 2020 season. This means we can EASILY throw $20 million a year at Cole or Strasburg. 8 players are entering arbitration at the end of 2020, including Judge, Paxton, Sanchez, Urshela, and Kahnle. Not to mention you’re not paying Greg Bird to rehab, much in the same way you were paying Ellsbury to do the same.

So we get dinged in 2019. Big whoop. But that $44 million over two years go to a front line pitcher, Judge, Sanchez, Paxton, Urshela, Andujar, Torres and Kahnle contracts, as well as providing leverage for the Yankees doing the smart thing, and resigning Didi Gregorius. This resets what the tax threshold is for the Yankees in 2020, giving us (finally) a chance to ACTUALLY get together a championships caliber team on the field, that will finally get us back into the World Series for the first time since 2009.

Don’t let the door hit ya on the way out Jacoby. Your first year was great. Every year since? Not so much.

New York Yankees Injury Updates: Severino, Betances, German, and More

New York Yankees, Luis Severino

As the season progresses, the New York Yankees players are finally coming off the injured list. Key players Didi Gregorius and Aaron Hicks have already made their return. Bomber’s sluggers Giancarlo Stanton is returning Tuesday against the Rays and Aaron Judge is expected to return later this week.

As the injury bug seems to be disappearing, there are Yankees players that are still suffering:

Luis Severino

Yankees’ ace Luis Severino (lat) will not return until after the All-Star break. However, Severino is expected to start throwing from a mound next week.

Dellin Betances

Dellin Betances (shoulder) has said that he is still dealing with discomfort and is not sure when he will resume throwing. It would not be a surprise if Yankee fans see Betances make his return after the All-Star break as well.

Domingo German

Domingo German (hip) was making a huge impact on the Yankees’ so-far successful season holding a 9-2 record when he suffered his injury. German said his hip has been improving and is becoming more mobile. He began throwing on flat ground, however, there is no timetable for his return yet.

Troy Tulowitzki

Troy Tulowitzki (calf) was making progress when he suffered another setback. Tulowitzki was pulled from his rehab game in high-A Tampa a few weeks ago and there have been no updates since. Manager Aaron Boone met with media today and said that he has nothing to say on Tulowitzki’s progress.

Ben Heller, Greg Bird, Jonathan Loaisiga, and Jacoby Ellsbury

These four Yankees will not see the field for some time. Big Yankee names Bird (foot) and Ellsbury (foot) are expected to not return until early to mid-August.