An update on the Yankees numerous injured outfielders
Through the first five games of the 2018 season, Giancarlo Stanton has started in left field twice, and Aaron Judge has started a game in center field. Why? Because the Yankees, the team with too many outfielders, ran out of outfielders due to multiple injuries. Let’s check in and see how these guys are progressing.
Let’s start off with the good news. Hicksy was placed on the DL on the second day of season, after going 2-4 with two singles on Opening Day. His injury was a strained intercostal muscle, which is a muscle in the area of the rib cage. Waking up can’t have been too great for him. However, George A. King III of the New York Post reported yesterday that Hicks was feeling better. “I am going to see the [doctor] for the okay,” he said after the home opener was postponed. Once he gets the OK, Hicks will run and hit indoors, and should hopefully return to game action soon. He’s eligible to come off the 10-day DL next Tuesday, April 10, against the Red Sox at Fenway.
One of the more depressing stories that came out of Spring Training was Clint Frazier suffering a concussion and not remembering his cats’ names. He missed the vast majority of Spring Training due to this injury, but MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports that Frazier is getting “very close” to returning to game action. The minor league season does not begin until Thursday, but Frazier could see game time sooner than later. He recently has been running the bases and “tracking high-velocity pitches,” according to Aaron Boone, so his concussion symptoms seem to have mostly subsided.
Here’s where we get to the more frustrating, albeit not very surprising, news. Jacoby Ellsbury was eligible to be activated from the DL this Thursday, after his oblique had recovered, but according to Aaron Boone, he is “dealing with a little bit of a hip thing.” While rehabbing his oblique, Ellsbury felt something in his hip and has subsequently been shut down. However, once his hip problem is resolved, Ellsbury still won’t be back for a while, as GM Brian Cashman said he wants Ellsbury to have a “full Spring Training” before returning to the big league club. This means about 50-60 minor league at bats, which will take a few weeks at least.
As for McKinney, not much has been reported about him. He will be out for a few weeks at minimum with his left AC sprain. He may not see big league action even after his return, depending on the state of the team, and may just be optioned back to AAA once he’s fully recovered.
Article by: Alex WeirFollow @waelierx