For this mid-season injury report, we find regular members in Jacoby Ellsbury and Greg Bird both on the 60-day injured list, while Giancarlo Stanton and Luke Voit are monitored closely for their return. Right-handed pitchers Luis Severino and Dellin Betances are heavily anticipated and could provide a boost to the pitching staff down the stretch.
With the Yankees currently in first place after playing through a first half riddled with injuries, the organization hopes for better luck and to keep their players healthy. Let’s look into the updated status of the 13 injured Yankees.
Voit exited the London Series after running towards second base, showing clear signs of discomfort. He felt tightness in his abdomen as he hustled to extend the play into a double instead of a single. Luckily for the Yankees, his stint on the injured list looks like it will not be for too long. Voit is expected back shortly after the All-Star break.
Shortly after returning, Stanton found himself on the injured list once again. He sprained his PCL while sliding into third base. Like before, a definite timetable hasn’t been set. We do, however, know it will be sometime around August. Stanton has played in a total of nine games for the Yankees this season.
The staff ace has had multiple setbacks, but the Yankees have mentioned Severino’s lat strain is 90 percent healed. He will begin throwing once he reaches 100 percent. Considering Severino will have to start from the scratch, no timetable has been given, but we must be hopeful for September.
Severino isn’t the only Yankees pitcher to suffer a lat strain while attempting to return. Earlier in June, Betances was shut down because of a lat strain as well. Aaron Boone will no longer give an estimate for his return, but he is hopeful Betances will pitch this season.
More of the same on Andujar: the Yankees expect him to be healthy come spring training and look forward to adding his impact bat into the lineup come 2020.
The Yankees have been reluctant to give timelines on injury returns this year, and for Bird the same applies. Currently on the 60-day injured list, Bird is recovering from a plantar fascia tear. With Luke Voit and now Edwin Encarnacion in the fold, it looks like the Yankees appear set at first base this season. Since Bird isn’t offering any time timetable himself and the Yankees added depth in this area, they might very well know the true outlook.
After suffering a strained calf, working on his way back and then suffering another calf strain, Tulowitzki is no longer at the Yankees’ Tampa complex. We now wait for a decision from the veteran shortstop on whether he will attempt to make a return this season or the next.
After feeling a “pop” in his left calf, we now know the official diagnosis to be a Grade 2 left calf strain. Boone said it could be six weeks from the injury date, putting Maybin’s return in August along with Stanton.
Ellsbury seems to have a long list of injuries, and somehow they feel like they are all happening at the same time. “He’s down rehabbing in Tampa,” Brian Cashman told Brendan Kuty of NJ.com last month. “That’s all I can tell you. He’s not on the field yet. So he’s rehabbing. He’s still in the physical therapy mode.”
Loaisiga in on the 60-day injured list recovering from a right rotator cuff strain. No timetable has been set.
Like Severino and Betances, Montgomery suffered a setback in his recovery. After missing most of last year and all of this season because of Tommy John surgery, the southpaw has been shut down after an MRI revealed inflammation on his left shoulder. It was initially said to be for two weeks, but since then the Yankees have not offered any updates.
Barrett landed on the injured list with right elbow inflammation at the end of May.
Heller has returned to Scranton, last pitching July 3rd for the RailRiders. In 5.2 innings of work he has not allowed a run so far.