Carlos Rodon, Gerrit Cole

Gerrit Cole’s elbow injury scare has rocked the New York Yankees and its fanbase alike. The reigning AL CY Young pitcher was poised to lead the Bronx Bombers to a successful year with a rebranded roster. However, Cole’s elbow started acting up after his shortened spring debut.

Gerrit Cole was not his ordinary self on the mound during his unusual spring debut when he went back and forth. Many flagged health concerns then, but the fears were only confirmed this week. With Cole likely to miss at least a 1-2 month of game time, the New York Yankees have a big task up his sleeves to appoint an opening day starter.


Aaron Boone Keeps Fans Guessing With His Opening Day Starter Choice Amid Gerrit Cole’s Injury


Gerrit Cole pulled up his elbow after his spring training debut last week. Accordingly, the team scheduled an MRI test to rule out extreme setbacks. As per the latest rumors, Cole had X-rays and CT scans besides the MRI test. The preliminary test has not detected a UCL tear for now, but a potential issue with the ligament cannot be ruled out. While Cole is unlikely to undergo a Tommy John surgery, Joh Heyman claims Cole could miss up to 1-2 months. He is scheduled to undergo advanced testing and has been asked to fly to Los Angeles to visit sports surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache in person. “I understand it’s Gerrit Cole. But, I’m not going to jump to a conclusion,” said Aaron Boone on a potential return timeline.

Meanwhile, Gerrit Cole’s opening-day absence is more or less confirmed. Speaking of replacements, New York Yankees skipper Aaron Boone refused to reveal his cards. He canceled Carlos Rodon’s name as the left-hander is slated to debut on day 2. However, Boone suggested that he is leaning towards a certain name. But refused to reveal details until it was confirmed. That being said, it’s highly plausible that the newest signing, Marcus Stroman, could lead the charge for the Yankees this season. He has impressed so far in the spring and could be promoted to opening day. Nestor Cortes and Clarke Schmidt are also potential replacements. As far as the fifth starter is concerned, Luke Weaver, Cody Poteet, and Will Warren are some internal options. Besides, with Dylan Cease off to the Padres, Blake Snell remains the only significant external reinforcement option.

Carlos Rodon Shines In Yankees 9-4 loss To The Red Sox


In other news, Carlos Rodon overcame pressure and challenges to record a strong start against the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday. After a lowly debut, Rodon allowed only one base runner in four innings on Wednesday. His average fastball velocity was up by 94.6 mph, with the fastest being around 97.3 mph.

That is a massive sign of encouragement for the New York Yankees ahead of the new season. With Gerrit Cole shut down for 6-8 weeks, it’s perennial for Rodon to regain his lost form and lead the rotational charge. “It will be nice to start off the season and actually pitch. I don’t want to miss any more Opening Days, that’s for sure,” said Rodon.

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