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Injury concerns are raining down on the New York Yankees camp just a couple of weeks ahead of the regular season opening day.

The New York Yankees’ opening-day roster is in tatters following incessant injury concerns. It all began when the Yanks’ fifth starter, Frankie Montas, went down with a recurring shoulder injury. Since then, the Yankees’ key starters have fallen like a house of cards straight into the injury list. The latest addition to the list is a major one, and the Yankees camp is on edge.


Bronx Bombers have announced that left-handed pitcher Carlos Rodon will begin the 2023 MLB season on the injured list. This news comes as a disappointment for both the Yankees and their fans, who were hoping to see Rodon make an immediate impact on the team. However, the southpaw is confident of making a return sooner than anticipated.

Yankees’ Carlos Rodon Suffers A Strain On Left Arm, To Miss Opening Day

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Carlos Rodon’s injury adds to the litany of ailing Yankees’ arms. Charles Wenzelberg / New York Post

Carlos Rodón, who signed a six-year, $162 million contract with the Yankees this off-season, has been dealing with injuries all his career. The Yankees signed Rodon with hopes that he could help bolster their starting rotation. The team struggled in that area in 2022, and adding him to the mix was seen as a major upgrade. However, the team will have to wait a little longer to see the southpaw in action. On Thursday, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman also said Rodon would start the 2023 MLB season on IL.

According to the latest developments, Carlos Rodon has a strain on his left forearm, the same injury that kept him out of the Giants lineup last season. However, Cashman has ruled out any UCL concerns and said the decision to keep him out for the opening day is a precautionary one. Furthermore, the pitcher will refrain from any throwing activities for 7-10 days, and a further evaluation will be done accordingly. Moreover, Rodon could return to action around mid to late April.

Rodon Speaks On His Injury, Claims He Feels Better Already

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Carlos Rodón of the New York Yankees walks around the stadium after a press conference at Yankee Stadium on December 22, 2022 in the Bronx, New York. (New York Yankees/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Carlos Rodon is positive and highly confident of making a return. In an interview, he said he still can make throws despite feeling discomfort. However, since it’s the start of the season, he does not want to rush into anything. Further, Rodon added that if this had happened during the ALDS, he would have gone ahead and performed for the team.

“I’m hoping this goes by fairly quickly,” said Carlos Rodon.

Lastly, Carlos Rodon said arm injuries are always tricky, and no one predicts the exact recovery trajectory. However, the southpaw confirmed he already feels better than the last time he threw against the Braves. Overall, while the news that Rodon will start the season on the injured list is disappointing for the Yankees, it’s a decision that is likely in the best interest of the team and the player in the long run. The team will now look to fill the void in their rotation and hope Rodon can return to the mound as soon as possible.