The Yankees’ injury situation went from bad, to worse, to worst, to whatever is beyond that, as the team announced Friday afternoon that shortstop Gleyber Torres and LHPs James Paxton and Luis Avilan will all be placed on the injured list.
Torres, who left Thursday’s game after three inning with what was termed left hamstring tightness, underwent an MRI on Friday that revealed Grade 1 strains of the left quad and left hamstring.
Paxton, who struggled in his fifth and final inning on Thursday and reported to manager Aaron Boone that his elbow area had stiffened up, had an MRI done later in the day that revealed a Grade 1 strain of the left forearm flexor.
Avilan also struggled in his outing in relief of Paxton on Thursday, and an MRI done Thursday revealed that he has left shoulder inflammation.
If there is any good news for the Yankees, it comes from the fact that DJ LeMahieu, who is on the IL with a thumb sprain, played catch today, and Aaron Judge, who is on the IL with a calf strain, will be ready to go whenever the Yankees resume play.
Manager Aaron Boone said in an appearance on Joe & Evan Friday that Judge would have been activated from the IL ahead of Saturday’s game, but that – as well as Friday and Sunday’s games – have been postponed due to the Mets’ positive coronavirus tests.
That may seem like it’s a positive for the Yankees, who are now even more banged up and coming off being swept by the Rays, but Boone had mixed emotions on the situation.
“It’s difficult any time it comes, so you never want it because it becomes more difficult to make these games up,” Boone said of the cancellations, “but with that said, there’s no question that with some of the injuries we’ve had and coming off a tough series, having a day or two to regroup a little is not the worst thing. But missing games, not knowing when we’ll be able to make them up, that comes home to roost later on.”
With IL stints able to be retroactive three days, the Yankees have until Monday to place the players on the list and get full credit for this weekend.