After entering the year with high expectations, the Yankees have endured an incredibly rough start to the 2019 season.
New York entered the season with several key contributors on the injured list, including shortstop Didi Gregorius, outfielder Aaron Hicks and pitchers Dellin Betances, Luis Severino and CC Sabathia.
Things got even worse Monday when the team placed Giancarlo Stanton on the injured list due to a left biceps strain, and shortly after, announced that third baseman Miguel Andujar was also joining the list with a right shoulder injury that could end up requiring season-ending surgery.
Former Yankees manager and MLB Network analyst Joe Girardi joined "Mike's On" Tuesday to discuss the team's start, and considering the number of players on the injured list, Girardi believes New York should be a little concerned about the rising number of early injuries.
"There are so many (injuries) that you start to worry about your rotation, your bullpen usage," Girardi said about his former team. "From a position standpoint, I mean they have a lot of guys hurt and it's hard to manage through..."
The injuries have played a large role in New York getting off to a slow start.
Less than a week into the season, the Yankees have split their first four games, going 2-2 against Baltimore and Detroit.
While the season is still very young, Girardi acknowledged how important it is for the Bronx Bombers to get their key players back, especially considering how good the rest of the division expects to be this year.
"They're going to need to get healthy to compete in this division because I think Tampa is going to be good," Girardi said on the competition in the AL East. "I think Boston is going to be really good. They're going to need (their injured players to return).
"What's fortunate for the Yankees, and it's only a week and that's why I don't make too much of it, but Boston's gotten off to a slow start. They're going to have plenty of games with these teams to make it up."