Yankees fans are rightly skittish when it comes to injury comebacks, especially since the already-fragile roster only added more injury risks this offseason in Corey Kluber, Darren O’Day and Jameson Taillon.
Safe to say, though, we’re still in “Good News Only” Mode through the first month of 2021.
The last time we were hit with a Yankees Truth Bomb was when we realized third baseman Gio Urshela needed unexpected elbow surgery for the bone chip he dealt with throughout the 2020 season. It was certainly reminiscent of the time when, a few days after the crushing 2018 ALDS against the Red Sox ended, Didi Gregorius suddenly showed up in a sling, having torn his UCL in completely silent fashion.
Luckily for the Yankees, there haven’t been any complications along Urshela’s road back (knock on a million wooden planks). While the third baseman likely won’t play in the Spring Training opener, he has no intention of missing Opening Day, and he looked downright boffo in the latest BP video he posted to Instagram on Wednesday.
What would you rather watch: a Gio Urshela BP session, or the Super Bowl? OK, we get it, but it’s kinda close, right? What about an Urshela defensive clinic, does that change the equation?
And Urshela wasn’t the only Yankee who assured the fan base that he’s ready this week.
Kluber was spotted working out at — where else?! — Eric Cressey’s facility, alongside new National Brad Hand and current Nat Austin Voth. Since we’ve gotten only the tiniest of peeks at Kluber since he inked his one-year, bounce back deal with the Yankees, this behind-the-mound shot of one full rotation qualifies as breaking news.
Is Kluber “back”? Who’s to say?
But he certainly has plenty to prove this season, both personally and professionally, and this clip doesn’t look discernibly different from the way the Bot performed in his heyday.
Cross your fingers for a clean bill of health from the entire Yankees roster — for at least the next few weeks.