Coming into the 2019 season, a lot like every season the last 20 years or so, the New York Yankees have high expectations and the goal is to win a World Series. Loaded with firepower coming into Spring Training, one by one a member of the New York Yankees has fallen victim to the injured list. The latest injury-related news was the setback Luis Severino suffered as well as Gary Sanchez going down with a calf strain. These are just two of the 12 players of the New York Yankees to be put on the injured list this season. Between that and the fact they currently sit at a 6-9 record is not at all how the Yankees pictured to start off a year with such high expectations.
Here is a look at the key players the Yankees currently have on the injured list:
- Miguel Andujar
- Dellin Betances
- Didi Gregorius
- Aaron Hicks
- Gary Sanchez
- Luis Severino
- Giancarlo Stanton
Every single one of those names are quality All-Star talent, and the most unfortunate part of this situation is that we will not be seeing any of those returning to the team until at least next month with several of those players missing more time than others. If you are a fan of the New York Yankees, the best way to look at this is that the Yankees are getting the injury bug out of the early and it is better to be happening now instead of September/October where games are more meaningful.
This means the Yankees will have to go a few weeks before they can expect any type of reinforcements. This is the time for players such as DJ LeMahieu, Clint Frazier and Greg Bird to step it up because we already know what Aaron Judge is capable of and we do have a relatively good idea what Gleyber Torres is capable of. They just need to stay healthy. LeMahieu has performed nicely in the 13 games he has played so far in 2019. He has 19 hits in 44 at bats while scoring nine runs and driving in seven; not to mention he has played stellar defense as he was expected to. Clint Frazier has 11 hits in 33 at bats to go with three homers and ten RBIs. So, they have stepped up nicely so far.
While the team has not been doing terribly statistic wise despite missing so much of their firepower, they still sit three games below .500 and only played one team so far that is expected to be any good. They played the Baltimore Orioles twice and Chicago White Sox once; these are series they should be winning every single time. After a quick two-game set with the Boston Red Sox, the Yankees do have a four-game series against the Kansas City Royals before a west-coast road trip.
Now the question remains, are they nearing crisis mode if they have not gotten to that point already? Ironically, the Yankees do sit in second place in the American League East behind the Tampa Bay Rays. While they are 5.5 games back, there is obviously plenty of time to make up ground. The Yankees also did see the return of CC Sabathia over the weekend who looked strong in his first start back. Basically, the Yankees know what needs to be done and they will have to continue to step it up and fill the void. A lot of the players they are missing will be back before the end of next month and even then there is still plenty of baseball to be played.