Although this should be a successful regular season for the NY Yankees, there are still plenty of question marks surrounding the franchise.
However, there's a lot to be excited about right now, too, with Anthony Volpe being the main focus.
In somewhat surprising fashion, the 21-year-old made the Yankees opening day roster and will be the team's starting shortstop. Volpe is one of the best prospects in all of baseball, and if he can play anywhere close to how he did in spring training, he's going to be a fan favorite immediately.
Volpe's arrival does throw other carefully-balanced things into flux, though, so it's still worth examining the three biggest question marks heading into the 2023 season.
3 biggest Yankees question marks entering 2023
Will the Yankees pitching stay healthy?
When the Yankees signed Carlos Rodón to an $162M contract this winter, they expected him to be the team's No. 2 starter. Instead, he'll be starting the season on the injured list. Although the team doesn't think it's too serious, you never want to see another arm injury from a player who previously had Tommy John surgery.
Not only will Rodón start the season on the IL, but so will one of their other starting pitchers, Luis Severino. Over the past three seasons, Severino has only appeared in 23 regular season games, so this isn't a new situation for Yankees fans. It's so incredibly frustrating, though, because when he's healthy, he's looked really good. For whatever reason, he's been injury-prone throughout the past few years, so if he can somehow find a way to not miss too much action, he should be a bright spot in the team's rotation.
As for the relief pitchers, Lou Trivino and Tommy Kahnle have also been hit with the injury bug, which is a bad sign to start the season. So, is this team just going through a string of bad luck (again), or are these injuries going to continue to happen all year?
Obviously injuries are unpredictable, but the Yankees can't afford to see their pitchers continue to get hurt. You could say the same thing about almost any team, but New York needs their big acquisition in Rodón back and healthy, and they'll need Gerrit Cole to be the ace of the team. Otherwise, it could be a long, patchwork year.