The Yankees just can’t catch a break with their pitching staff this season. First Jordan Montgomery was sent for surprise Tommy John surgery, then Masahiro Tanaka strained both hamstrings. Now we hear that Jonathan Loaisiga was sent for an MRI on his right shoulder. There was no indication that he was injured, and the Yankees had even mentioned the idea of calling him up for Monday’s doubleheader. The MRI revealed right shoulder inflammation, and he will be seen by Dr. Ahmad on Monday. At this rate, Brian Cashman is going to need to trade for three starting pitchers, just to be safe.
The good news is that Tanaka is close to returning. Here are the latest updates on all the other Yankees dealing with injuries.
Nearly a month after straining his hamstrings while running the bases, Tanaka is set to be activated from the disabled list next week. He will start Tuesday’s game versus the Orioles.
According to Aaron Boone, Sanchez is “doing well.” If things go according to plan, he will start taking batting practice soon, get into some rehab games around the All-Star break, and should return to the team when the break ends. He has been on the disabled list with a strained right groin for a week and a half, and the Yankees are already missing his arm.
More good news: Torres (right hip strain) reported that he has been “feeling better every day.” The team doesn’t think this is a serious injury, but they want to be careful with their star second baseman. He’s hoping to resume baseball activities during the Baltimore series, but it’s unlikely that he will return before the All-Star break.
This is your reminder that Ellsbury is still on the 60-day disabled list. The last we heard, Boone thought Ellsbury would be resuming baseball activities soon. The injured outfielder also stated that he thought he would indeed play baseball at some point during this calendar year. We haven’t heard anything since.
Austin was activated from the RailRiders’ disabled list today. He might have gotten the call up instead of Brandon Drury prior to the Red Sox series, but Austin he tweaked his back around that time.
Remember when Florial suffered a hand injury that required him to undergo hamate bone surgery? He was expected to be sidelined until August, but he must be a quick healer because he only ended up missing about seven weeks. Florial started a rehab assignment with the GCL Yankees West on July 5th.