TAMPA – If only the revision of a baseball team's training and conditioning protocol were as clean as, for example, an intestinal rehabilitation of your house, the 2020 Yankees could enjoy their new foundation carefree.
Unfortunately, you can build new walls or install a completely new air conditioner. But you can't put the pain that your jugs felt last fall on paper.
Meet the new Yankees injuries. As it turns out, some of the old Yankees are injured. And just like that, before the action starts in the Grapefruit League, the American League East may not be child's play for these guys.
The Yankees announced on Thursday that they had switched off Luis Severino with pain in their right forearm, which understandably triggered sirens. Team doctor Christopher Ahmad could examine Severino on Friday at which point they will take the next step. As the future Hall of Fame pitcher Curt Schilling said on Twitter, "Every time you hear a forearm, you have to think about UCL," which requires a repair by Tommy John.
"Certainly worrying," as Aaron Boone described it, and what's most astonishing is the fact that Severino first felt this condition after he launched ALCS Game 3 against the Astros on October 15, which is a tremendous reminder of how James Paxton first screwed up his back on September 27, his last regular start to the season. Paxton, who has made three off-season starts, has had surgery this month and hopes to return in early May.
In addition, Aaron Hicks will miss at least the first few months of the season as he recovers from Tommy John's right elbow surgery. And in an injury-free affair that also dates back to last year, Domingo German has to play another 63 games for the 81-game ban he accepted when he violated baseball domestic violence rules last September ,
It adds up to considerable baggage for a franchise company that has spent its off-season. 1) Gerrit Cole signs a $ 324 million nine-year contract to raise its starting rotation to an elite level; and 2) completely restructures the way it trains and treats its most valuable assets after the injury epidemic of the last year. Despite the extended Cole honeymoon, February brought anything but a new beginning.
"Today's approach to this discussion with you is that we put on the table that anything is possible because there is currently an unknown," said Brian Cashman of Severino's situation.
When Severino starts the regular season inactive alongside Paxton and German, Cole's rotation comrades include Masahiro Tanaka, J.A. Happ (no wonder the Yankees didn't trade him), probably Jordan Montgomery and … Deivi Garcia? Jonathan Loaisiga? Clarke Schmidt? Opener Chad Green and a happy gang of reliefs? Hardly a catastrophic group, but not the bastion of depth that the Yankees had imagined.
"Of course you would prefer to lead your" A "team out there," Cashman said, "but I think we also have a pretty strong" B "," C "and" D "team."
It helps the Yankees immensely that Mookie Betts / David Price's dealings with the Dodgers significantly weaken the Red Sox, Astros Cole and her soul are lost (thanks to the scandal of theft of signs) and the Orioles may be worse than last year 54-108 group. On the other hand, these developments also help the dangerous rays immensely.
Cashman and his medical group have another cloudy optic in the form of Severino that has never completely overcome this pain – although he was ready to start ALCS Game 7, if not for Jose Altuve's Game 6 Walk-Off Homer, which he said It Didn't Take off his uniform top – and even fly twice from his native Dominican Republic to New York for further testing while Paxton's back condition persisted for months. However, the truth shows how difficult these situations can be. Tanaka's success since his diagnosis of a slightly torn UCL in 2014 has resulted in the message "Just let it be operated on!" Silenced forever. Criticism line; Going under the knife is always the last resort.
Whether the Yankees were wrong or not, they have scars to heal. Bear crosses. Games and pennants win with less than full strength – again.