By Billy Lewis
There was a lot of excitement heading into the 2019 season for the New York Yankees. Many were figuring the Yanks to be World Series favorites. To say the Yankees are off to a slow start would be putting it kindly. Along with the Orioles and Tigers, the Yankees have battled the injury bug. The Bronx Bombers are 2-4 after the first six games this season and have only scored over 3 runs twice.
Heading into the season it was thought the Yankees would have a soft open as they began the year at home against the Orioles and Tigers. Along with the losses on the field, the Bombers have lost many to the injury bug. Before the spring, it was known Jordan Montgomery and Didi Gregorius would miss much of the first half recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Another One Bites the Dust
Luis Severino joined the Injured List before his first scheduled Spring Training start. Aaron Hicks injured his back during Spring Training. Jacoby Ellsbury missed all of last season with injuries and finds himself right back on the IL list to begin this season, and finally, Dellin Betances also went on the Injured list during Spring Training.
Since the start of the opening homestand, the Yankees have lost Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Andujar, and now Troy Tulowitzki. Due to these injuries, the Yankees have called up Clint Frazier, Tyler Wade, and Thairo Estrada
Throw in CC Sabathia and the Yankees have 8 prominent players on the IL. Fortunately, they are a deep team and will need that depth to come through early on this season. Sitting at 2-4 is absolutely frustrating and aggravating, but there is no reason to panic just yet.
Injuries are not good for any team but are unfortunately part of the game. The Yankees should still be able to win a lot of baseball games with the talent they do have on the field. It’s still early on and the Yankees need their offense to begin clicking.