It’s been awhile since we checked in on all of the Yankees on the injured list. Some news about Dellin Betances was just announced, though, and now is as good of a time as any for an update on everyone!
After all the injuries the Bombers have experienced this year, I’m not sure why I continue to be surprised when bad news is announced. Betances has been shelved since spring training when an MRI revealed a shoulder impingement. He was shut down for three weeks and received a cortisone shot. His rehab has been slow, but just a week ago he reported that he was feeling “good.” Apparently that is no longer the case:
Dellin Betances (shoulder) felt soreness when throwing earlier this week during his rehab and didn’t throw a recent side session, and is headed to NYC for more tests, per Aaron Boone.— James Wagner (@ByJamesWagner) June 8, 2019
Judge has been sidelined with an oblique strain and recently started ramping up baseball activities down in Tampa. He has been in the batting cage, but hasn’t faced live pitching yet. The Yankees haven’t really attempted to come up with a timetable for his return, though Aaron Boone did say there was a slim chance he could return by the London series at the end of June.
Stanton’s journey on the injured last has been a strange one. He originally suffered a left biceps strain on April 1, then we heard that he was dealing with a shoulder issue. When he finally made it into a simulated game, he was drilled in the calf and suffered a strain running on it. He is reportedly “real close” to starting a minor league rehab assignment.
Predictably, Tulowitzki was injured not long after the season started, going down with a calf strain. He seemed on the verge of returning early May, but suffered a setback. Boone recently said that he might start a rehab assignment soon, but earlier in the week we heard that the Yankees sent him home.
“We’ve given him a couple of days off as he just tried to get over that hump and kind of push through the finish line with getting exactly right,” Boone said Wednesday. “Just not quite there yet, so a couple of days where he’ll be down.”
At this point, it sounds like he might be deciding whether he will try to come back this year or not.
Jacoby Ellsbury - Reported to spring training with plantar faciitis, and developed a shoulder injury during the rehab process. Probably won’t return before the All-Star break, if he ever returns.
Greg Bird - Suffered a left plantar fascia tear on April 13. He has been making slow progress, including running on an anti-gravity treadmill, light throwing, and hitting off a tee. He reported that he is still feeling pain in his foot, “and he said ‘I would hope I come back sooner than that’ when asked if September could be a realistic return time.”
Luis Severino - Hasn’t felt any pain in his shoulder or lat in nearly three weeks. He progressed to throwing off flat ground this week, but there is no real sense of when he might return.
Jordan Montgomery - Still recovering from Tommy John surgery, and is targeting a return in August. He has been throwing 30-pitch bullpen sessions using just his fastball, but planned to start incorporating breaking pitches this week.
Jonathan Loaisiga - Suffered a right rotator cuff strain mid-May and was subsequently shut down for four weeks. He hasn’t resumed baseball activities yet.
Ben Heller - Also recovering from TJS, he started facing hitters in extended spring training games this week. Probably will return around when Monty is ready.
Jake Barrett - Dealing with right elbow inflammation.
Miguel Andujar - Had season-ending shoulder surgery on May 20.