It's the same story since 2018. The New York Yankees cannot stay healthy and it's something that's derailed every single one of their efforts to get back atop the baseball world. The 2023 campaign is somehow shaping up to be the worst -- yes, even more so than 2019!
Though Harrison Bader is back, that news came after Aaron Judge was placed on the injured list and the team announced Jonathan Loaisiga needed surgery that would keep him out until August.
How about a four-for-one trade? None of that weak two-for-one stuff! On Tuesday, manager Aaron Boone met with the media and revealed reliever Lou Trivino would miss the season and undergo Tommy John surgery. OK, well, that wasn't entirely a surprise. Fans knew bad news was coming after it was revealed he was suffering from elbow pain not too long ago and required a second opinion from Dr. ElAttrache.
The haymaker was delievered moments later when Boone claimed Carlos Rodón's recovery has once again hit a snag because he "still isn't feeling right." First, Rodón went down with a forearm issue, but was progressing nicely from that ailment. Then his throwing program was interrupted by back pain.
Multiple tests revealed nothing concerning, so it was assumed Rodón would be fine and on track for a return this month. Turns out, something's still "up" but nobody knows what it is. Boone said the back issue is affecting the left-hander's mechanics.
Yankees reveal troubling injury news regarding Carlos Rodón, Lou Trivino
Did you expect good news? Or even detailed news? Sorry, you're not getting that either! Rodón apparently has no pain in his back -- just stiffness -- but he can't move as he pleases. Nothing like a mystery injury to spice up the storyline of 13 Yankees players on the IL.
As the days go by, Rodón's existence as a Yankee continues to fade. He was signed to a six-year, $162 million contract in the offseason to much excitement, but he made one uninspiring spring training appearance and hasn't been seen since. He's essentially the high-profile version of Ben Rortvedt (though fans are hoping it doesn't drag out that long).
The Yankees have one of the worst offenses in the league. Gerrit Cole has proven to be the only suitable starting pitcher. Even when the bullpen is supposedly dominant, it coughs up a 2-0 lead in the ninth inning on Monday night to lose the game. Nothing is going right, as injuries have exacerbated the Yankees' roster construction issues.
Pushing back Rodón's Yankees debut isn't going to help morale, especially since the injury can't be pinned down. You'd hope this is the low point of 2023, but every time we think that, we're hit with an evening update like this.
Stay safe out there, Yankees fans.