If New York Yankees fans weren't gifted with the promising performances of Anthony Volpe, Jasson Dominguez and Andres Chaparro during Spring Training, there's no telling where their heads would be at after all the devastating injury news that's plagued the team.
First it was Nestor Cortes' hamstring injury. Then came Frankie Montas' shoulder surgery. Ben Rortvedt went down shortly after. The final blow was the slew of ailments that hit everyone like a tidal wave: Carlos Rodón (forearm), Harrison Bader (oblique), Tommy Kahnle (biceps) and Lou Trivino (elbow) were ruled out for the start of the season. Jose Trevino suffered a minor wrist issue, too, for good measure.
All anybody wants is ONE year without the team being handicapped out of the gate or suffering these significant blows right before the competition levels up. But such is life as a Yankees fan right now.
To make matters worse, both Kahnle and Trivino offered up some depressing quotes amid their rehabs. Well, Kahnle's was actually depressing and Trivino's had Yankees fans throwing their hands in the air, yelling "of course!".
Every Yankees fan feels for Kahnle, though, who has pretty much exclusively been rehabbing injuries since July of 2020.
Yankees' Tommy Kahnle and Lou Trivino upset fans with injury commentary
Kahnle suffered a torn UCL back in July of 2020 with the Yankees and proceeded to miss the entirety of the shortened season and then all of 2021. He was supposed to be ready for 2022 with the Los Angeles Dodgers after signing a two-year deal ahead of the 2021 campaign, but he suffered a few setbacks and ended up only pitching 12.2 regular-season innings.
Biceps tendinitis slowed him this month after he rejoined the Yankees and he believes he'll miss about a month (and it could be longer because he just suffered another setback). In a larger picture, Kahnle has only pitched 98.1 innings since the start of 2018 (injuries limited him to 23.1 innings that season, too). So he's been through it.
As for Trivino, we wish he kept this quote to himself, because it's not fun imagining the right-hander rediscovering his 2018 form (2.92 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 82 strikeouts in 74 innings) and not being able to perform!
Trivino hit the injured list with an elbow ligament strain, which carries every unreasonable worry with it possible. The Yankees claim surgery isn't on the table, but Brian Cashman said Trivino will face a longer timeframe before he's able to start throwing again. Perfect! Just as he re-harnessed his cutter!
There's nothing we can do, either, except sit here with our fingers crossed hoping Cashman doesn't have to dive into the scrap heap to find a diamond in the rough reliever who'll be ready to throw 60+ innings.
Just as the team rid itself of injury problems/regression candidates in Aroldis Chapman, Zack Britton and Chad Green, it feels like they're right back at start with everything that's happened this month.