The New York Yankees have just over two weeks of Spring Training under their belt. This preseason time is the perfect opportunity to get a feel for the new additions to the team and gather momentum for the upcoming season. The Yankees have a .571 winning percentage, and although it does not mean much right now, it is a good indication that the team has a lot of potential for 2019.
Many fans were excited to see Luis Severino back on the field after having a stellar 2018 season. He had a 3.39 ERA, 32 starts and pitched 220 strikeouts. Unfortunately, when Severino was scheduled to make his first start of the Grapefruit League on March 3, he experienced discomfort in his shoulder. After throwing his first pitch, he knew something was wrong and has not pitched since. An MRI revealed that he has right rotator cuff inflammation, which will push his start date back until late April or early May. Although it is never good news to hear that Severino is out, the team remains optimistic that he will recover in a timely fashion.
The injury of Severino can open a door for newly acquired Yankee, Jonathan Loaisiga. The pitcher made a strong debut in pinstripes, and he continues to prove that he can stay confident and consistently deliver. The 24-year-old still has some improvements to make, as his pitching efforts allowed for three hits, two walks and five strikeouts in Wednesday’s matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals. Along with Loaisiga, Luis Cessa and Domingo German will also have rotation slots as CC Sabathia is set to begin his final major league season on the disabled list.
Shortstop, Troy Tulowitzki made an appearance in the majors for the first time since July 2017. He is replacing Didi Gregorius who is out recovering from Tommy John surgery. Tulowitzki is having a slow start back going 3-for-17 in seven games, but it should not be a concern just yet. Spring Training is often used by players to work out kinks in their swings before Opening Day, and Tulowitzki is likely following suit. New York Yankees manager, Aaron Boone is confident that he will improve, and Boone expressed that he has seen promising things out of Tulowitzki.
The New York Yankees currently have several injured players who have made a significant impact for the organization in past seasons. Fortunately, it is early in Spring Training, thereby leaving plenty of time for the recovery process to work its magic. In more good news, the club has done a great job acquiring new players that have promising talent, which can help alleviate the pressures for players to rush in their recoveries. Be sure to monitor the progress of the Yankees as their next game is Tuesday against the Baltimore Orioles.