Baseball Opening Weekend


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Mar 25, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) looks on from the dugout against the Washington Nationals before the game at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

By Anthony Cardone

Ten. That’s the number of Yankees that are injured right now just nine games into the season. This isn’t the way the Yankees want to start their season, especially after losing their first two series against the Orioles and Tigers. Both teams are ones the Yankees should have beaten.

Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Andujar, Dellin Betances, Luis Severino, Troy Tulowitzki, Aaron Hicks, Didi Gregorius, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jordan Montgomery and C.C. Sabathia aren’t just backups; they are key players in the lineup and rotation the Yankees need to make a run this year. Everyone is likely to return this season, except for one, Andujar.

Last year’s runner up for AL Rookie of the Year hurt himself diving back to third base in the first week of the season and could opt for season-ending surgery. This would be another blow to the Yankees’ infield, which has already taken huge hits. They’ll be counting on players like Tyler Wade, DJ Lemahieu and Giovanny Urshela to take a huge step-up in at-bats and playing time.

The player replacing Gregorius, who could be out until August, was Tulowitzki, who also got hurt with a calf strain and could be out multiple weeks. Tulowitzki was bound to get hurt this season as various injuries have kept him on the shelf for much of his career. Gleyber Torres will now move to shortstop for the time being.

As for the outfield, Hicks and Stanton shouldn’t be out much of the season with their injuries, but it still will take time. Players like Clint Frazier and Brett Gardner will be in the everyday lineup for Aaron Boone.

Sabathia will have to serve his suspension from last year and then go on the injured list before he comes back in the middle of April. Jordan Montgomery is also still out after recovering from Tommy John surgery. Luis Severino should be back by early May. Players that have to step up in the rotation are Domingo German and Jonathan Loaisiga, who both have pitched well in their first starts of the year.

Despite the absence of Betances, the bullpen is the only part of this team that isn’t really a concern because of its depth, even though Betances is one of the key pieces in the back of the bullpen. Betances will also be back in mid-May after getting hurt in spring training. Everyone will move up a spot in the bullpen, and players like Adam Ottavino and Chad Green will both share the setup spots while Betances recovers.

With a 5-4 start, the Yankees are not panicking, especially with how the division looks with the Red Sox winning two of their first 10. However, these are still games a team wants to win, because every single one of the 162 games counts for something.

The injured list for the Yankees is like an all-star team, and it’s unfortunate we won’t really see the whole team play unless they get to the playoffs and everyone from here on out stays healthy.