Yankees’ injury latest: Carlos Rodon plans for a second injection

Carlos Rodon is at a Yankee training session.
By Rav
Tuesday May 16, 2023

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Since getting an injection of a cortisone-like substance in his back last week, starting pitcher Carlos Rodon of the Yankees is feeling great and set for his rehab. According to Yankees manager Aaron Boone, Carlos Rodon resumed his throwing routine over the weekend and started ramping up on Monday by playing catch.

However, the Yankees are still being extremely cautious around their $162 million starter. Boone claims that later this week, Carlos Rodon will receive a second injection. However, the lefty’s back stiffness is not indicative of any new setback. This second injection for Rodón may not even be necessary.

The Yankees manager clarified that the doctors wanted to make the second appointment a firm commitment as soon as possible, just in case. According to him, it is simpler to cancel an appointment for something like this than to add it to the itinerary at the last minute.

Yankees to observe Carlos Rodon

Boone mentioned at Rogers Center before Monday’s series opener against the Blue Jays that the doctors had advised scheduling a second round as it could be necessary. He also added that the Yankees would observe how the week unfolds.

Carlos Rodon’s left forearm strain, for which he was initially placed on the disabled list, was treated many weeks ago. The southpaw has been hindered by a persistent back problem that Carlos Rodon described as “chronic” last week. It affected his mechanics, which resulted in this injection when he attempted to return from the IL. 

Obviously, you need to be patient right now. This one’s for you, Carlos Rodon, and the Yankees. The left-hander’s arm position is no longer a problem. Carlos Rodon should be able to hit the ground running and make progress toward a rehab assignment once he gets over this last hiccup with his back.

Carlos Rodon of the New York Yankees

It is premature at this moment to make any predictions about Carlos Rodon’s condition.

Last week in St. Petersburg, Carlos Rodon explained that when he throws, he doesn’t experience pain. Instead, he feels a sense of restriction. He mentioned that when he throws a pitch like a fastball, there is inconsistency in terms of command and movement. He noticed changes in his pitching mechanics, deviating from his usual form on the mound.

According to Carlos Rodon, he would throw a fastball and observe it cutting around two feet, or he would attempt a sinker, even though he doesn’t typically throw that pitch. He attributed these abnormalities to differences in release height and acknowledged that his body was preventing him from reaching his usual pitching position.

Luis Severino’s Sunday return

It’s “in play,” according to Boone, for Luis Severino to come off the DL and make Sunday’s start in Cincinnati. On Tuesday, the right-hander will begin his rehab stint with Double-A Somerset. The Yankees will decide when Severino will return… or if he needs to make one more rehab start, based on how his second rehab appearance goes, and most importantly, how he feels afterward.

Tommy Kahnle to start rehab on Thursday

Tommy Kahnle’s rehab assignment with Low-A Tampa will begin on Thursday.  Marking his first game action since suffering bicep tendinitis in spring training. According to Boone, Kahnle will make his next start on Sunday for Tampa. The reliever is expected to make four or five rehab appearances before coming off the injured list.

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