Fear not: Yankees starting season in even worse shape than Red Sox

Alex Reimer
April 02, 2019 - 2:22 pm

The Red Sox have started their World Series title defense by losing four of five games on the West Coast and seeing their starting pitchers surrender the most runs in the league. But at least they’re still fielding a Major League caliber roster. The same can’t be said for the Yankees, who seemingly place another All-Star on the disabled list each day.

The Yankees began the season with a crowded injured list, given that Luis Severino, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances and Aaron Hicks didn’t make it out of Spring Training healthy. Shortstop Didi Gregorius is expected to return from Tommy John surgery sometime this summer and the perpetually hurt Jacoby Ellsbury is unavailable as well. 

Through four games, the Yankees have shelved two more stars, placing Giancarlo Stanton on the injured list with a left biceps strain and announcing third baseman Miguel Andujar could have season-ending surgery on his right shoulder. Stanton and Andujar both hurt themselves in the opening series against the lowly Orioles, in which the Yankees lost two of three.

Overall, the Yankees have 17 All-Star appearances, one Cy Young winner (Sabathia), one MVP winner (Stanton), and $85 million on the sidelines. Betances, who experienced shoulder inflammation late in Spring Training, is the first player expected back. Then Sabathia should make his return after dealing with offseason operations on his heart and knee. Severino, the young ace of the staff, should be back from his shoulder injury in May.

So outside of Andujar, most of the injured Yankees are expected back in due time. But they are still mired in chaos at the moment. New utility man Tyler Wade didn’t arrive in the Bronx until the seventh inning of the Yankees’ win over the Tigers, due to a reportedly slow Uber driver

New York outfielder Clint Frazier, who also started the year in Triple-A, is currently living in a hotel room with his mother and cats. 

At 2-2, the Yankees are currently two games ahead of the Red Sox in the loss column. But they’ll be lucky to finish the month .500 with this mishmash group.