The Yankees have dealt with a lot of injuries early, but at least it hasn’t stopped them from winning. They’ve won 15 of their last 16 games without Greg Bird, and without key members of the bullpen (Adam Warren, Tommy Kahnle). The good news is that several injured players are close to returning, and the team should be even better with them. Here’s a look at how everyone is progressing.
Nearly six weeks ago, Bird had surgery to remove a bone spur from his ankle. After working out in Tampa for the past few weeks, he will play in extended spring training games this week. He is on track to return in about two weeks as long as he doesn’t experience any setbacks.
The big lefty is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks with a flexor strain. The Yankees lucked out that it isn’t a more serious injury, but it is a blow to the rotation. On the plus side, Domingo German looked fantastic in his spot today.
According to Meredith Marakovits, Kahnle will throw a bullpen session sometime this week. After that, the next step is live batting practice. He will likely make a few rehab appearances before he is activated from the disabled list.
Warren is progressing, though he isn’t expected to return as quickly as Kahnle. He has thrown off of flat ground two days in a row, but isn’t quite ready to throw off a mound yet. Still, the Yankees should see the bullpen restocked by mid-May.
The Yankees finally figured out the source of Drury’s blurred vision and migraines: an irritated neck tendon. He is still receiving treatment for that, but has made it into some rehab games. Drury is hitting .333/.425/.394 through ten games with Scranton and Trenton. Aaron Boone expressed that the Yankees aren’t in any real hurry to get him back before he is ready, so it may be a few weeks before he rejoins the team.
Ellsbury originally went on the disabled list with an oblique injury, and has since developed hip and heel injuries. The Yankees had to shut him down completely, but he has finally progressed to hitting and running. He was moved to the 60-day DL, so the soonest he can return is the end of May.
There haven’t been many updates available on McKinney since he went on the disabled list on April 1st after crashing into an outfield wall. As of April 24th, he was fielding grounders and flyballs in Tampa. He has yet to make it into a rehab game. With Clint Frazier and Aaron Hicks healthy, the Yankees aren’t hurting for outfielders anymore.
Cessa is still recovering from the oblique strain that he suffered in mid-April. The Yankees have not released any updates since.