Injuries have spoiled New York Yankees’ 2023 MLB season campaign massively. Since spring training, the bullpen has fallen like a pack of cards onto the injury list. Moreover, the most suffered area is the pitching staff. As of this writing, six notable pitchers are serving an extended period of time on the IL due to persistent injuries. That certainly is an awful number for a champion team like the Yankees.
The absence of these pitchers has left a deep impact on the Yankees’ campaign this season. They lost three consecutive series owing to the existing throwers’ lack of ability to hold off runs. The starters, Nestor Cortes and Clarke Schmidt, have struggled massively, while Gerrit Cole and Domingo German managed to keep the unit together. Meanwhile, the recent update will further put a dent in the rotation.
Yankees Reliever Lou Trivino To Undergo Tommy John Surgery, Future Participation In The 2023 Season Uncertain
Lou Trivino arrived in New York last season as a part of the mighty trade with the Oakland Athletics. He pitched in 26 games and recorded an impressive 1.66 ERA. However, ahead of the ongoing season, during spring training, the pitcher suffered from an elbow strain and made his way into IL for an indefinite period accordingly. Now, as per the latest reports, Trivino would have to undergo the dreaded Tommy John surgery as his elbow has worsened over time. Yankees skipper, Aaron Boone, confirmed that they sent Lou to Los Angeles for specialized consultation. The doctors of LA advised him to go for Tommy John surgery.
Tommy John surgery is a common procedure for pitchers who suffer from elbow injuries, but it requires a lengthy rehabilitation period of at least 12-18 months. This means that Lou Trivino will likely miss all of the 2023 season. However, nothing has been confirmed just yet as Boone, at the moment, just wants to lend his support to the pitcher. The manager said he spoke to Trivino via call, and the reliever looked quite dejected as he genuinely wanted to be a part of the bullpen this year. But as fate has it, Lou will have to undergo surgery, and the Yankees manager has wished nothing but the best to the pitcher. Trivino’s absence is just the latest in a series of setbacks for the Yankees bullpen, which has struggled to perform up to expectations this season.
Carlos Rodon Unable To Recover From His Back Injury
The New York Yankees most hyped addition to the roster, Carlos Rodon, has hit another roadblock in his recovery process. The original cause of his IL stint, the forearm strain, has fully healed. However, the back snag continues to haunt him. Recently, Yankees skipper, Aaron Boone, confirmed that it could be days or even weeks before the southpaw can make his way back to the mound. Rodon’s back continues to mess with his positioning and round-up. Hence, the pitcher has limited his throwing activities for now.
Moreover, Boone added the team would deploy an additional set of medical eyes on Carlos Rodon to ensure his immediate return. However, despite assurances and beliefs, the situation, realistically, does not look promising at all. The Yankees will have to find a way to turn things around if they wish to make a deep run this season. With the loss of Trivino, Rodon and the continued struggles of their bullpen, the team will need to find a way to win games with their offense and starting pitching.