The New York Yankees are down six players — including Aaron Judge and Gio Urshela — due to COVID-19 and they all could miss up to 10 days of action.
Hopefully you’re ready for more bad news. Because as you’ve learned during the 2021 season, it really never ends.
After Thursday night’s game was postponed due to the Yankees’ COVID outbreak, the Bombers are ready to take on the Boston Red Sox for three games (Friday-Sunday) this weekend, but it’ll truly be with a skeleton crew of sorts.
In addition to the missing aforementioned players, Luke Voit has hit the injured list with a bruised knee, which now has the Yankees’ lineup even thinner than we could’ve imagined.
That’s now the third time the veteran first baseman has landed on the shelf, limiting him to only 29 uninspiring games.
Yup, more discouraging developments ahead of the trade deadline! More potential Yankees’ assets with depreciating value. As if that wasn’t enough … this is Friday night’s lineup:
Yankees crush fans with lineup revelation and injury news.
Yup, with their backs against the wall and an absolute need to perform right out of the gates to begin the second half, the Yankees will be starting Brett Gardner, Chris Gittens, Trey Amburgey (who we’re excited about!) and Tim Locastro. Rougned Odor will also be hitting third.
If there was ever a time for DJ LeMahieu, Giancarlo Stanton, Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres to start mashing, it’s right this second. Like right now. Before the game. Start hitting balls out of Yankee Stadium during batting practice.
The adversity the Yankees’ have faced between injuries, now two COVID outbreaks, downright bad luck, and countless, inexplicable regressions is beyond anyone’s comprehension. OK fine, we expected injuries. But COVID outbreaks? They were one of the first teams to hit the 85% vaccination threshold! Regressions?! Everyone was supposed to take a leap forward!
Well, this is it. Their performance over the next week will likely determine their fate in 2021. At the very least, if this underwhelming crew can stick it to the Sox on Friday after seven straight losses, perhaps that sparks a run? At this point, we’re out of guesses. We just need wins.
All anybody can do right now is go with the flow.