Depleted Yankees lose another key player as James Paxton exits Friday's start with a knee injury
Paxton will undergo tests Saturday
The New York Yankees, with 13 players already on the injured list, lost another key player to injury Friday night.
Paxton has a long injury history but he has never dealt with a knee problem. There's been a good amount of shoulder and arm trouble, but not knee trouble. This is a new one.
On one hand, it's not an arm injury, and that's always good news. On the other hand, knee trouble is not nothing either. It is Paxton's push-off knee, and if that is compromised, he could alter his mechanics (even subconsciously) and create other problems. The Yankees and Paxton will know more Saturday.
- Miguel Andujar (labrum tear)
- Dellin Betances (shoulder inflammation)
- Greg Bird (torn plantar fascia)
- Jacoby Ellsbury (hip surgery)
- Clint Frazier (ankle sprain)
- Didi Gregorius (Tommy John surgery)
- Ben Heller (Tommy John surgery)
- Aaron Hicks (back stiffness)
- Aaron Judge (oblique strain)
- Jordan Montgomery (Tommy John surgery)
- Luis Severino (shoulder inflammation)
- Giancarlo Stanton (biceps, shoulder strains)
- Troy Tulowitzki (calf strain)
That list does not include infielder DJ LeMahieu, who has not played since Sunday after fouling a pitch into his knee. He is day-to-day. The Yankees are expected to activate Andujar on Saturday and Frazier early next week, so they are getting some players back, but still. That is a lot of key players on the injured list.
Should Paxton miss time the Yankees would likely turn to rookie righty Jonathan Loaisiga, who made two spot starts while Sabathia was on the injured list. Dallas Keuchel remains unsigned and, because they are the Yankees, we should never rule out a signing. It does seem unlikely though. They have not been connected to him at all the last few months.
Despite the injuries, the Yankees went into Friday's game with a 17-13 record and only a 2 1/2 game deficit in the AL East. They could've tumbled down the standings given all those injuries. Instead, they've been able to stay afloat. Losing Paxton could be a real back-breaker though, especially with Severino out as well.
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