Baseball's regular season is less than two weeks away. When it begins, don't expect the New York Yankees to be at full strength.
The Yankees entered the spring knowing they'd be without shortstop Didi Gregorius. Since then, they've seen ace Luis Severino go down with rotator cuff soreness; veteran southpaw CC Sabathia require an angioplasty and surgery on his right knee; and outfielder Aaron Hicks develop back issues. On Friday, Brian Cashman conceded Severino and Sabathia will begin begin the season on the injured list and Hicks could very well join them. Severino's injury appears to be the most serious, and the righty will miss all of April:
Cashman said he doesn’t expect Severino back until May, CC not until sometime in (presumably) mid-to-late April.— Brendan Kuty (@BrendanKutyNJ) March 15, 2019
It is becoming more realistic that Aaron Hicks will begin the season on the injured list. Brian Cashman said he and Aaron Boone have discussed their roster contingencies if that happens.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) March 15, 2019
Sabathia could actually start the season on the 25-man roster, however, in order to serve a five-game suspension he received at the end of 2018:
The Yankees do have some interesting options to slot into their rotation and outfield. Domingo German and Jonathan Loaisiga are intriguing young arms, though Luis Cessa is out of options and likely to crack the 25-man roster in some capacity or another. The Yankees could, theoretically, also look at a free-agent starter like Dallas Keuchel or Gio Gonzalez.
Cashman and company have some time to figure it out. For now, though, it seems like the Yankees won't be near full-strength until May at the earliest.
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