The New York Yankees have been known for their injury bug and the lack of consistency with staying healthy. Two months of baseball have already passed and there was no surprise when players were starting to be placed on the IL so quickly. There are currently 9 players on the IL and there were many more injuries dealt with so far during this season. Those players recovered from their injuries but the Yankees can not afford many more. Here’s an update for the injured list in early June:
Luis Severino had Tommy John Surgery in February 2020 and was sidelined for almost all of 2019. He’s currently on a six-day rotation of sim games right now and soon could begin a rehab assignment. This rehab can be long considering how long it can take to recover from TJ surgery. Overall, this is great news as Severino is aiming in the right direction and could be back after the All-Star break.
Yankees pitching prospect Clarke Schmidt was the first player to go on the IL this season aside from Severino. He is suffering a common extensor strain in his elbow which brought concerns about whether it’s a Tommy John situation. It’s also important to note that Schmidt had Tommy John surgery in the past during 2017. There is currently no timetable for his return but in mid-April, he was still experiencing pain in his elbow. The latest update is that he received a cortisone shot and has started throwing.
Zack Britton is one of the better bullpen pitchers on the Yankees currently but was announced in early March that he will miss some time in the season due to surgery. He experienced pain when throwing a bullpen on his left elbow. Britton was fortunate that it wasn’t a UCL injury but it was bone chips in his elbow resulting in surgery to remove them. Since then, Britton has made significant progress lately and threw his first rehab appearance with the Somerset Patriots on Saturday. He threw 18 pitches but gave up a 2 run homerun. Overall, Britton was fine and threw a bullpen on May 30th at Yankee Stadium, he is getting closer to pitch for the Yankees.
During 2021 spring training, Justin Wilson exited a game with tightness in his left shoulder. Wilson was given an MRI which came back negative. He received a standard shoulder treatment and was able to recover as he came back to the bullpen. On May 29th, Wilson was back on the 10 days IL, this time for a right hamstring strain. There’s currently no update on his progress.
The Yankees’ first baseman Luke Voit hasn’t played more than 13 games during this season. Voit was battling knee soreness and an MRI confirmed the partial tear for Knee surgery. He came back to the Major Leagues earlier than expected after having a strong rehab at Triple-A. Unfortunately, on May 26th, Luke Voit was placed on the 10 days IL with a grade 2 oblique strain. There’s no current update with his injury at this time but he will be going to the 60 days IL soon and miss a lot of the season.
Darren O’Day, the veteran sidearmer is on the injured list with a right rotator cuff strain since May 1st. His latest update is that he played catch for the first time off flat ground at 90 feet on May 31st but there isn’t a timetable. Manager Aaron Boone on Darren O’Day stated, “I did see Darren this morning. And he was excited about how he felt the last few days, especially he’s thrown three days in a row now. He said today or yesterday and the day before is the best he’s felt even before he went down with an injury as far as how his arm felt, how it was coming out. So I think he’s very encouraged about the progress he’s starting to see.”
Aaron Hicks will miss the full 2021 season after having wrist surgery. Anti-inflammatory medicine was not able to do the job and needed surgery, fixing the torn tendon sheath on his left wrist. This injury is difficult to rehab and after many injuries yearly from Hicks, many fans are quickly giving up on the Centerfielder.
Yankees prospect Ryan LaMarre was originally brought up to the Majors on May 15th. This was the replacement at centerfield after Aaron Hicks went down to the injured list. Now LaMarre is on the 10 day IL due to a right hamstring strain on May 20th. There’s currently no further update for him.
Corey Kluber was a risky signing for the Yankees due to his injury past. After Kluber threw a no-hitter on May 19th, his next start on May 25th will be the last one for a couple of months. Kluber did not look like himself and exited the game after just 3 innings. He’s suffering a subscapular strain in his shoulder and will be down for 8 weeks, 4 weeks with no action, and 4 weeks of rehab. This sets Corey Kluber back till after the trade deadline. Hopefully, he can come back healthy to pitch for a possible playoff run.