The New York Yankees revealed a truckload of injury information on Monday afternoon before taking on the Cleveland Guardians, and none of it could be viewed as "good".
Unless you entered with the assumption that it would be "extremely bad" and were relieved when it was merely "very bad". In that case, it was probably fine for you.
The chronically-injured Yankees are injured once again, which is a tough but fair consequence of employing the same injured players you always do and watching them get injured again, one by one.
Jonathan Loaisiga's status was the most definitive. After feeling elbow pain during a throwing session, most feared the worst (Tommy John) before being reassured by the next set of MRIs that there was nothing structural wrong with him.
Apparently, bones are no longer considered "structure," because it turns out there were a couple of loosies floating around in there. Loaisiga will undergo a surgical procedure and won't throw for 3-to-6 weeks. That places his most optimistic return date in August.
Yankees lose Jonathan Loaisiga for 3+ months with bone spurs
Loaisiga's early-season outings (in the World Baseball Classic, three with the Yankees) can only be described by the common Yankee fan refrain of, "Oh, he's hurt." Velocity looked a little wonky. He looked a little more hittable. Command was off. We knew he was hurt before he did (which, again, came just three outings into the campaign.
The reason why we didn't mention the Lou Trivino update before getting through the Loaisiga news was ... well ... did any of us really expect Trivino back this season when we learned his MRI was cloudy? He's now visiting Dr. Neal ElAttrache for a second opinion on his elbow, and those second opinions usually aren't, "Your elbow is dope. Thanks for showing it to me!"
In brighter news, though, Frankie Montas is readying for a throwing program! So ... that's something that is occurring. Somehow, Scott Effross and Luis Gil are ahead of him in line.
What else, what else ... oh, right! Aaron Judge! Out of the lineup again Monday, but going through a "light version" of his typical pregame workout (with BP) to determine his status moving forward. Any progress there?
Nope. Not really. He hit the IL, retroactive to Friday, and was replaced on the active roster by Franchy Cordero.
Nowhere to go but up. Maybe. Someday.