Yankees proving there’s no need to panic over injuries

New York Yankees star Aaron Judge (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
New York Yankees star Aaron Judge (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

The Yankees have had 15 players on the injured list this season, but there’s no need for fans to panic because that hasn’t stopped this team from winning one bit.

The Yankees are still in pretty good shape winning three straight series against the Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels and San Francisco Giants. The Yanks currently sit at 17-11 which is quite the accomplishment considering who’s been on the IL and who’s still on the IL.

Not only have they lost Gary Sanchez, who returned this past week, but also Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks, Miguel Andujar, and most recently Clint Frazier. Judge is without a doubt the biggest name on that list. He is the Yankees franchise player and their top offensive player since 2017. Stanton is still a tremendous power hitter in his own right, but there’s something about Judge being out that hurts more.

Alongside Judge, the Yankees hottest hitter for most of April was Clint Frazier who is now on the injured list as well with an ankle sprain. He should be back shortly but losing him was another big blow because now the starting left fielder is Tyler Wade. And yet even after the injury to Frazier, I believe the Yanks will be just fine.

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This team is thriving right now with the replacement players they have and the good news is guys are coming back one by one. It started last week with Gary Sanchez and slowly but surely, the Opening Day lineup will be back out on the field hopefully sooner rather than later.

If this was happening later in the season, say in June or July, then I would say that fans should have more reason to panic.  It’s only a matter of time until guys start coming back, we saw it with Sanchez. Stanton had a setback while rehabbing his strained biceps and now has a shoulder injury but according to SNY Miguel Andujar could be back with the team this weekend after playing in extended Spring Training games on Saturday and Sunday.

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The Yankees are getting healthier, the silver lining in this is that it happened within the first month of the season. It’s been a crazy first month but somehow the Yanks are only two games back of the first place Rays and there’s still plenty of baseball left to be played.