Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse following a five-and-a-half hour loss, the Yankees have now lost CC Sabathia and Brandon Drury to injury. CC left last night’s game at four innings suffering from what has been diagnosed with a right hip strain. Drury, meanwhile, has apparently been dealing with severe migraine headaches.
Jonathan Holder has also been optioned to Triple-A, following last night’s 14-inning marathon in order to get a fresh arm up. As a result, Luis Cessa and Domingo German have been called up. Both are capable of pitching out of the rotation and the bullpen for the time being, though German is probably the preferred candidate to replace CC.
Jace Peterson, who the Yankees signed to a minor league deal prior to the season, has been signed to a major league contract and brought up. He is able to play multiple positions at the big league level until Drury feels right again.
The Yankees now have a laundry list of players on the DL just days into the 2018 season. That’s eight players in total. Greg Bird is recovering from bone spur surgery. Clint Frazier is returning from a concussion. Ben Heller has a bone spur in his elbow. Aaron Hicks has an intercostal muscle strain. Billy McKinney sprained his shoulder. Meanwhile, Jacoby Ellsbury went on the DL with an oblique injury, and now he’s getting his hip checked out.
At the very least, it looks like Gary Sanchez is ok after having to leave last night’s game. Perhaps it was just a simple muscle cramp after catching for so long.