New York Yankees: 3 Yankees who can’t afford to get hurt

New York Yankees infielder Gio Urshela (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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In a shortened season, the Yankees can’t afford to lose these players to their list of growing injuries.

Even in a shortened 60-game 2020 season, the New York Yankees can’t catch a break in terms of injuries. For the second straight year, it’s not only happening at the margins; the Yanks are dealing with injuries to players they can’t afford to lose.

Tell me if you have heard this before: Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge are injured and are on the IL. While the news in recent days has been encouraging in terms of Judge returning, Stanton is still some time away from being back in the lineup.

Saturday night, the Yankees were dealt another blow, this one to the valuable DJ LeMahieu, who sprained his thumb on a swing in the fifth inning of an 11-5 rout of the Boston Red Sox. With LeMahieu expected to be out two to three weeks, the Yankees are testing their depth in a season where they don’t want to.

Then Wednesday night, two days after closer Aroldis Chapman made his season debut, Zack Britton was hurt in the eighth inning of a Yankees 4-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays with a left hamstring strain. Finally, on Thursday ,Gleyber Torres came out of the game in the third inning after getting injured running out a ground ball, and James Paxton entered the MRI tube with an elbow issue. Uncle!!!

With that said, here are three players that the Yankees can not afford to lose to an injury while they wait for Stanton, Judge and LeMahieu and company to return.