Boomer Esiason: Yankees Roster Plenty Strong Enough To Withstand Paxton Injury

By WFAN Sports Radio 101.9 FM/66AM New York

James Paxton's back injury is more speed bump than roadblock for the 2020 Yankees, WFAN's Boomer Esiason said Thursday.

The Yankees announced Wednesday that Paxton underwent surgery to remove a peridiscal cyst as well as a microscopic lumbar discectomy. The pitcher is expected to miss the next three to four months.

While losing the 15-game winner from last season is a setback, the Bombers have the depth to overcome it, Esiason said on the "Boomer and Gio" show.

"This is why the Yankees kept J.A. Happ," Esiason said. "Now we know why. They probably had a couple of trade partners -- and even Brian Cashman said they weren't sure about Big Maple's back, so they wanted to make sure they were covered. They're covered. They have (Luis) Severino coming back, (Domingo) German eventually is going to come back, they have Happ, they have (Jordan) Montgomery coming back -- I mean, they have a plethora of pitchers to choose from. And as long as Gerrit Cole is there, everything is going to be fine."

Esiason said his only concern about the Yankees' roster is at backup catcher after losing Austin Romine in free agency.

"That's my point. There's really no concern," he said.

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"I think this could be one of the greatest seasons they ever had.

"There is a definite expectation in Yankee land, and there should be," Esiason added. "With the amount of money that's spent, the young players that they have on their roster, hopefully these guys and Aaron Judge can make it through a season (healthy) for God's sake. I'd love to see what he could do if he could play ... 140 games. Just play 140 games, and the numbers are going to be staggering."

To listen to the open from Thursday's "Boomer and Gio" show, click on the audio player above.