Maybe the optimism about Ron Marinaccio’s injury not being arm-related fooled New York Yankees fans a bit. Battling what was deemed a shin issue, Marinaccio was slated for an MRI, but with the playoffs a week away, many figured nine days of rest would do the right-hander some good.
Apparently not. After undergoing imaging on Monday, the Yankees determined on Tuesday that Marinaccio needed a stint on the injured list after it was determined he’s dealing with a stress reaction in his shin.
This, apparently, was something the rookie had been dealing with “all year,” so, again, it didn’t seem like the biggest of deals. But now that he’s on the IL, he will be unavailable for the ALDS, delivering another blow to an already weak and battered Yankees’ bullpen.
Even though Marinaccio had been stumbling a bit lately, the Yankees can’t afford to have many more arms not as fresh as they could possibly be. Wandy Peralta is on the injured list. Clay Holmes is dealing with a shoulder issue. Miguel Castro just returned to MLB action on Monday. Scott Effross has pitched 4.1 innings since Aug. 21.
That leaves Lucas Luetge, Jonthan Loaisiga, Clarke Schmidt and Lou Trivino as the only guys who have gotten consistent action for a month or longer.
The Yankees have placed Ron Marinaccio on the injured list and he’ll miss the ALDS
The 2022 season, Marinaccio’s first in MLB, has been a special one for the right-hander. He’s 1-0 with a 2.05 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 3.20 FIP, 192 ERA+ and 56 strikeouts in 44 innings of work. His only concern has been walks (4.9 BB/9), but he consistently kept batters off-balance with his four-seam, changeup and slider mix.
Not too long ago (in fact, back in July when Yankees fans were enraged after he was optioned to Triple-A), Marinaccio was the best reliever the Yankees had to offer in the bullpen. To make that confounding move even more confounding, it seems the right-hander didn’t receive the proper rest/maintenance for his shin when the issue began surfacing a couple months ago.
The Yankees will once again deal with the consequences of their own actions. Much like DJ LeMahieu’s toe/foot issue and Giancarlo Stanton’s Achilles issue, this seems to be another lingering injury that didn’t get the attention or care it deserved.
Hopefully that rest until the ALDS does the remainder of the bullpen well, because it needs to be an all hands on deck effort from everybody, especially if the Yankees advance to the ALCS.