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

Carlos Rodon, the New York Yankees left-arm pitcher, faced a major setback in the recovery process, which delayed his rehab assignment.

New York Yankees acquired ex-Giants pitcher Carlos Rodon in a six-year deal worth $162 million with the hope of fixing the troubling rotation issues. However, all hopes, excitement, and anticipation went to dust as the southpaw suffered a forearm injury during spring training. The team initially said it was a precautionary measure, but the issue lingered, and Rodon was placed on the IL.


A few weeks down the line, Carlos Rodon started feeling a little better and threw multiple bullpen sessions. Moreover, Yankees manager Aaron Boone confirmed that his injured arm was fine and he felt no discomfort whatsoever during workouts. Just when he was about to throw in live BP, another setback hit the pitcher’s recovery process. Moreover, it might have gotten worse with time.

Carlos Rodon’s Back Issues More Severe Than Previously Anticipated, Confirms Yankees Skipper

Carlos Rodon (r.) with manager Aaron Boone (l.) at Yankees camp. Charles Wenzelberg/NY Post

New York Yankees most hyped pitcher, Carlos Rodon, suffered a forearm strain on his throwing arm during spring training which delayed his pinstripe debut. Moreover, after making a significant recovery, the pitcher hit multiple bullpen sessions and displayed positive signs. Accordingly, the Bombers planned a live session and a rehab assignment to take his recovery process a step further. However, Rodon felt some discomfort in his back, which delayed his future plans.

Meanwhile, Carlos Rodon hit a bullpen session on Monday. While his throwing arm looked fine, the back stiffness continued to persist. The Yankees skipper, Aaron Boone, shared a crucial update. He said the back is giving him more trouble than previously anticipated. Now, the team is considering sending him for some tests to determine the exact severity of the injury. However, Boone looked confident and termed it a minor issue. It’s been a week since the back issues came to light. And the pitcher seemed to have made no progress whatsoever. Hence, it certainly looks more than just a minor issue.

Josh Donaldson’s Showing No Signs Of Improvement

Josh Donaldson
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On the other hand, Josh Donaldson, the New York Yankees’ third baseman, was sent for a rehab assignment to recover from hamstring tightness. Josh felt discomfort in his hamstring two weeks ago and has been on the IL ever since. Further, after days of rest, the Yankees assigned him to a Double-A assignment to determine his progress.

However, Yankees manager, Aaron Boone, confirmed that Josh Donaldson had made no progress. He is still uncomfortable and has not reached the level of fitness he intended to. Hence, his stay in the IL could likely get extended to a longer period of time. In the meantime, shortstop Oswald Peraza is filling in for him in the bullpen. Overall, both unfortunate updates have put the Yankees on edge. Despite initial dominance, the team is now visibly struggling due to injury concerns. It’s a crucial time for the team, and they must gather themselves before it’s too late.