Akshita Patel

Yankees Injury Update: OF Greg Allen Out For 6-8 Weeks! Carlos Rodon Aiming For Early July Return

Injuries are an unfortunate part of sports, and the New York Yankees have had their fair share this year. Considering the present status, the situation is unlikely to improve any time soon. Regardless, the Yankees must adapt and adjust their strategies accordingly. As we enter the second week of June, another mixed set of injury updates is coming from the team camp.

Not long ago, the Yankees signed outfielder Greg Allen to replace its veteran OF Aaron Hicks, who they released from the squad. Allen was immediately included in the major league roster and emerged as a promising talent. However, the injury bug did not even spare the newest addition. On the flip side, left-handed pitcher Carlos Rodon is inching closer to a return as he is set to embark on his last step of the recovery plan.


Yankees Lose Another Outfielder In The Form Of Greg Allen For 6-8 Weeks

Greg Allen
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Injuries have completely eliminated the New York Yankees’ outfield depth. After Harrison Bader went out with a hamstring injury, the captain, Aaron Judge, followed in his footsteps. He entered IL with no return timeline this week due to a toe injury. Just when it seemed it couldn’t get any worse, it got worst. The only healthy designated outfielder in the lineup, Greg Allen, perished to injury last week. The Yankees signed Allen last month to replace Aaron Hicks in the squad. Moreover, Allen looked in good touch as he scored .214 with one home run in three hits before falling prey to injury.

Last Friday, against the LA Dodgers, Greg Allen injured his hip and left the game mid-way. The scans showed a right hip flexor strain, and the team had no option but to place him in IL. Meanwhile, the manager has issued a concerning timeline for the outfielder’s probable return. Aaron Boone, speaking at the pre-game presser, said that Allen would require 6-8 at the least to regain match fitness fully. Losing Greg Allen for an extended period is undoubtedly a blow to the Yankees. His absence will require the team to rely on other outfielders and shuffle the lineup to compensate for his absence. Hopefully, Harrison Bader can return within a week’s time to ease off the team’s outfield woes to an extent.

Carlos Rodon Could Be Back By Early July

Carlos Rodon
Carlos Rodon in the Yankees dugout during a game against the Orioles last week. Getty Images

On the other hand, the Yankees have some positive updates on the pitching front. LHP Carlos Rodon has been ramping up his rehab program ever since he rejoined the roster. He had been working day in and out for the past three weeks to make significant progress. Rodon had hit multiple bullpen sessions roughly two weeks ago. After positive progress, the team arranged a live BP session, which he passed with flying colors.

However, Carlos only threw 20 pitches. Hence, the Yankees will arrange one or two additional live sessions to allow the pitcher to increase his pitch count. Once he attains the desired number of pitchers, the team will assign him for a minor league assignment which is the last stage of the rehab program. Hence, all things considered, the Southpaw can aim for a return as early as the first week of July.