The New York Yankees’ pitching depth is depleting at an alarming rate right before the opening day after unrelenting injury concerns.
Bronx Bombers are gearing up to begin their 2023 MLB regular season campaign against the San Francisco Giants on March 30. However, a few weeks ahead of d-day, the Yankees starting roster has fallen down like a house of cards due to age-old injury issues. The regular player, who just paved their way into spring training, has now ended up on the injury list.
The pitching rotation is the most hard-hit area of the roster. Carlos Rodon’s arm injury shook the Yankees from the core. Moreover, Tommy Kahnle, Nestor Cortes, and Frankie Montas’ injuries further broke the backbone of the pitching rotation. Hence, the Bombers are desperate to expand their pitching depth as they move on to the regular season.
Yankees Sign RHP Zach Greene From The Mets
Right-handed reliever Zach Greene is back in the New York Yankees after spending a month with the cross-town rival New York Mets as a Rule 5 draft pick. The Rule 5 draft is an annual event that allows teams to select players from other teams’ minor league systems who have not been added to the 40-man roster. Under Rule 5, the Mets selected Zach Greene. This meant that they had to keep him on their major league roster for the entire season or else offer him back to the New York Yankees.
However, Greene had a poor spring training outing for the Mets. Hence, they decided to let him go. Greene now returns to the Yankees’ minor league system, where he will look to continue his development as a pitcher. He is further assigned to play in Tripe A for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season. However, considering the Yankees’ mess with the pitching rotation, Greene could receive a call-up for spring training if necessary. Hence, Zach is certainly a valuable addition to the Yankees organization.
Gerrit Cole Named The Opening Day Starter For The Bombers
The New York Yankees begin their 2023 MLB campaign on March 30 against the Giants. Meanwhile, the Bombers’ skipper, Aaron Boone, announced that their lead pitcher, Gerrit Cole, will be their starter for the opening day roster. Cole is likely to lead the pitching rotation this season for the Yanks. He was supposed to get partnered with Carlos Rodon, but a left arm strain has landed him on the injury list.
Speaking of the Giants, Logan Webb will start for them on the opening day against the Yankees. The Giants and Yankees share a century-long rivalry. The two teams are always at loggerheads with one another. Moreover, their matchups record some of the highest crowd attendance. Hence, the opening clash of the 2023 MLB season is going to be a blockbuster for baseball fans.