As we enter the middle of March, spring training is well underway. For the most part, the Yankees have had a healthy camp. There have been a few notable injuries, however. It’s worth checking in on the sidelined players to see how they’re progressing.
Wade scheduled to return today
The Yankees received a scare at second base on Saturday as Tyler Wade exited the game after rolling his wrist. The 23-year-old tried to stop a groundball off the bat of Jose Reyes but awkwardly landed on his left wrist instead.
“It hurt. I thought it was pretty severe,’’ Wade told Pete Caldera of NorthJersey.com. “But the throbbing kind of went away, and I started to rotate it a little bit and did some flexing. It was scary more than anything.’’
Wade then took to social media to calm the nerves of the Yankees Universe.
I’m all good!!— Tyler Wade (@_tylerwade) March 10, 2018
According to multiple reports, Wade will return to the lineup today. This is good news on many levels, including the fact he’s having a great spring. The second baseman owns a .292/.357/.333 batting line so far in Grapefruit League play. Even after the Neil Walker signing, Wade has potential to impact the club, and it would be a shame to cut that momentum short.
Ellsbury making progress, nearing return
Jacoby Ellsbury suffered an oblique strain during batting practice on March 3rd. He has remained out of action since. The good news, however, is that the veteran centerfielder appears to be on the mend.
“[Ellsbury] is doing real well,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone told Brendan Kuty. “I think he’s doing some soft toss and tee work (Sunday). Continues to move forward. Hopefully in the next couple of days start to map out a plan for him to get back in the game action. I think that’s it.”
Prior to suffering the injury, Ellsbury hit .100/.182/.100 across four spring games. He will need time to shake off the rust, especially since oblique injuries tend to linger. Without a clear timetable, it’s tough to know if he will be ready for Opening Day. Having a healthy Ellsbury is good for the Yankees, even if he has become the most unpopular player in the Bronx.
Frazier still suffering scary concussion symptoms
I cannot understate how serious concussions are. They’re a traumatic brain injury whose symptoms persist over a long period of time. Clint Frazier is currently dealing with the effects of a nasty concussion, and his road back to action will take a little while longer.
Frazier told reporters this week that his thinking remains “foggy”, that he had trouble focusing while driving, and that he confused the names of his cats. This news suggests that his recovery time won’t be rushed. The Yankees management seems to agree with this thinking.
“No one can tell you when those storm clouds will disappear,” Brian Cashman explained to the the New York Post. “It’s a frustrating experience, no question about it. It’s a journey, unfortunately. Last year, dealing with Ellsbury took a while, but then he came out and was passed it. You just can’t tell you when.”
Red Thunder is as exciting a player as they come, but his health comes first. Concussions heal on their own timetable, and it’s so important to not rush these things.