9 Yankees players start on the injured list

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The New York Yankees made some changes to their roster for players who were on the injured list on the eve of their first game of the season against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day. This placed nine of their top lineup on the injured list varying from 10 days to 60 days.

The Yankees have already lost a number of important players to injuries. Frankie Montas, Carlos Rodon, and Luis Severino have problems that will keep them from playing for a while.

Carlos Rodon, their top free-agent starter acquired this offseason, will start the season on the 15-day injured list with a left forearm strain. This is backdated to March 27. The left-handed pitcher said Monday that after throwing 30 pitches in a bullpen session, he is “very encouraged by how he feels.”

The 15-day injured list also have pitchers Luis Severino, Tommy Kahnle, Lou Trivino, and Frankie Montas.

Another marquee acquisition Harrison Bader and catcher Ben Rortvedt were both put on the 10-day injured list, backdated to March 27.

Pitchers Luis Gil and Scott Effross were put on the 60-day IL because they needed more time to recover from right elbow surgery.

Yankees injured list

PlayerPositionInjuryIL lengthReturn chances
Harrison BaderOutfielderLeft oblique strain10-day (retroactive to March 27)After April 10
Carlos RodonPitcherLeft forearm strain15-day (retroactive to March 27)After May 1
Luis SeverinoPitcherRight lat strain15-day (retroactive to March 27)After April 19
Tommy KahnlePitcherRight biceps tendonitis15-day (retroactive to March 27)After Apr 22
Frankie MontasPitcherRight shoulder surgery15-day (retroactive to March 27)After July 14
Scott EffrossPitcherRight elbow surgery60-dayNot in 2023 season
Luis GilPitcherRight elbow surgery60-dayAfter July 14
Ben RortvedtCatcherLeft shoulder aneurysm surgery10-day (retroactive to March 27)After May 1
Lou TrivinoPitcherRight elbow strain15-day (retroactive to March 27)After Apr 27

In addition to the three starting pitchers who are hurt, the Yankees also have several relievers on the injured list. Scott Effross, a right-handed pitcher who was traded for a top prospect at the last trade deadline, will miss the whole season because he will have Tommy John surgery at the end of the 2022 season.

Lou Trivino was great for the Yankees in 21.2 innings last season. He had a 1.66 ERA, 9.14 strikeouts per nine innings, and a career-high 83.9% rate of runners left on base. But he has a strain in his right elbow and is out for 15 days.

Their other pitcher signed in the offseason, Tommy Kahnle, has right biceps tendinitis and been moved the 15-day injured list. Kahnle has had this kind of injury before. Luis Gil had Tommy John surgery last year and is slowly getting better. He is getting better, but the Yankees probably won’t use him out of the bullpen until after the All-Star break, if they even have a spot for him.

Harrison Bader, the starting centerfielder, is already on the 10-day injured list with a left oblique strain. He played in 86 games last season. Since 2019, he hasn’t played in more than 103 games. If he is healthy and consistent, the team will get a lot out of him in the outfield. In the meantime, Oswaldo Cabrera, Aaron Hicks, and Giancarlo Stanton will switch places to keep things interesting.

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