Yankees lose Carlos Rodón to forearm injury, add 2 bullpen pieces to IL

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Pretty fun that every single time the New York Yankees try to improve their team with a grand gesture, they end up right back where they started.

In the latest argument against trying in any way, mega-money free agent acquisition Carlos Rodón, who wasn't allowed to throw over 92 MPH in his first spring start in an effort to minimize strain on his left arm, has suffered a "mild" forearm strain and will start the season on the Injured List.

It's a 7-to-10 day no-throw for Rodón, who allowed five earned runs in 2+ innings of action in his spring debut, then immediately hit the shelf.

Also joining Rodón on the IL to begin the season? Relievers Tommy Kahnle (which we knew about already) and Lou Trivino. Still no discussion whatsoever of Ron Marinaccio, who mysteriously hasn't pitched in a game yet as he attempts to come back from the shin issue that ended his 2022 season.

Come on, Yankees! Let's see that vaunted depth.

Yankees LHP Carlos Rodón, Tommy Kahnle, Lou Trivino all on Injured List to start 2023 season

It's just super fun. The rest of the Yankees' rivals get to laugh it up as Brian Cashman goes, "We'll show you!" before pressing the Wrong Pitching Button yet again.

Hopefully, Rodón is able to work his way back to full health within the designated window advertised by the team, but show of hands if you have any confidence in that happening, based on the way injury issues typically seem to balloon for this team.

Rodón has had his fair share of issues in the past, as laid out in the Pinstripe Alley post entitled "Carlos Rodón isn't the injury risk you think he is" (thanks for that!). After missing portions of every season from 2016-2018, he finally succumbed to Tommy John, then battled shoulder issues during the shortened 2020 season that limited his workload.

2021 and 2022 were boom times for Rodón, but hopefully, this is just a blip on the radar and the Yankees don't find themselves paying for the breakdown, as they have so many times before. Rodón is a picture-perfect co-ace for Gerrit Cole, as long as he can stay on the field. Considering how many times this team has been down this road before, we'll believe in things working out for the better when we see it.