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Corey Kluber is the ace the Yankees need

Corey Kluber is the difference maker and impact arm the Yankees need atop their rotation.  In 2017 and 2018, Yankee fans wished ace-like status on Luis Severino, but his inconsistencies have left him just short of owning the name.  Kluber, 32, has been the definition of consistent for the Cleveland Indians, winning 18+ games four out of the last five years and winning 20 games in 2018 for the first time in his career. Kluber has posted an ERA below 3.50 every season since 2014, and has struck out at least 220 hitters in the same span. Kluber keeps getting better, and is not showing any signs of regression. Kluber is an ace, the ace the Yankees need.

Greg Bird to have potentially season ending ankle surgery, expected to be six week recovery

After months of dealing with a nagging ankle injury, Greg Bird will have surgery on his right ankle and is expected to miss six weeks of action. The Yankees continue to suffer blows from injuries as it’s hurt the team all year.
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Bird had a tremendous spring and many around baseball were touting him as a breakout candidate for the 2017 season. His six hits in 60 ABs was followed up by the start of the ankle injury. It's been a certainly disappointing season after also missing all of 2016 due to a shoulder injury. Bird still figures to be a part of the Yanks long term plans at first base, considering the limited amount of internal options they have at the position.

Six weeks would place him at being fully healed around the beginning of September with a month left of regular season baseball. At this point though, it's hard to expect him back this season considering the constant pain he's dealt with even after a cortisone shot to his strange injury. He would also need to rehab and perhaps perform well at Triple-A before being back in the Bronx. By then, it would be around playoff time and with how the Yankees have been playing who knows if they’ll make it. The surgery will hopefully put an end to the injury all together and Yanks fans can only wish for a healthy Greg Bird in 2018.

Article by: Spencer Schultz
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