Yankees lose quarterback to injury
The New York Yankees were healthier on Wednesday than they were Thursday morning, posting several big losses. Notably, Carlos Rodon would miss at least the first month of the regular season due to a left forearm strain, and bullpen Lou Trivino suffered a mild elbow injury that would sideline him for some time.
The loss of key players and relief pitchers certainly puts the Yankees in a bind, trying to supplement injuries to prospects. He expected Domingo German and Clark Schmidt to lead in the meantime, but the Yankees also learned of another problem for quarterback Harrison Bader.
The Yankees can’t afford to lose Harrison Bader already:
according to ESPN’s Marley Rivera, Bader is dealing with a left deflection issue, but he’s being tested on Thursday, according to manager Aaron Boone. Bader enjoyed just 12 at-bats this spring, posting three hits and a run, hitting . 250 with a .286 OBP.
Bader dealt with plantar fasciitis in 2022, and played in just 86 games before finally making an appearance for the Yankees after being acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals. 250 with a .294 OBP, five homers, and 30 RBI. However, the Bombers’ postseason gauges were electric. 429 OBP, five homers, and six RBI across nine games and 35 plate appearances.
Harrison is capable of being a tremendous contributor, but he has dealt with injury in the past, which should be a concern for the Yanks. The extent of the problem is not yet known, but it’s safe to say the Yankees will likely shut it down in the next few days before opening, especially after the loss of two outstanding pitchers.