His Yankees club is coming off a miserable West Coast swing which ended with a season-high sixth straight loss to the A’s, not to mention several injuries sustained to key players on both the big league team and in the minors. The organization’s top prospect, Gleyber Torres, hyperextended his left elbow in Saturday’s Triple-A RailRiders game in Buffalo.
Was there any silver lining to take from the last week, when the Bombers went 1-6 against the Angels and A’s?
“Nope,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Monday. “No positives from that trip. The only thing is we’re home. Trip’s over is the only positive.”
Cashman was still awaiting the results of an MRI on Torres’ elbow, which team physician Dr. Chris Ahmad was supposed to perform Monday morning. The blue chip infield prospect injured his elbow sliding headfirst into home plate, and the team announced via Twitter Saturday that X-rays taken of Torres’ elbow were negative.
“I’m sure we’ll do an MRI, which (Torres) didn’t get when he was up in Buffalo. We want to make sure we get a full view of whatever is taking place. However, I don’t want to make anything less or more of it. He hyperextended his elbow and he’s hurt. X-rays were negative. If there’s any damage we’ll find out shortly,” said Cashman.
During the West Coast trip, lefty starter CC Sabathia landed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring after departing from the June 13 game against the Angels (a 3-2 loss in 11 innings). Right-handed reliever Adam Warren also was placed on the 10-day DL with a trapezius injury. Only starters Michael Pineda and Luis Severino made it through six innings in their starts during the road trip, although both games ended with a Yankee loss. Ace Masahiro Tanaka was rocked again in his start against the A’s Saturday, giving up three homers (five runs total) in his four innings of work, although he did whiff 10 A’s. And outfielder Aaron Hicks (leg) was injured in Thursday’s game and has not played since.
Cashman said he expects Sabathia to be out at least six weeks, given the type of injury and the lefty’s age (36). As for Tanaka, the Yankee GM said there is still no concern about any injury to the $155 million Japanese righthander, who is 5-7 with 6.34 ERA.
“There are no complaints. (Tanaka) is throwing as hard. The only thing I can tell you, he’s got bad results. Past that, there are no complaints, there’s no indication of injury and there’s no complaint of something bothering him physically,” said Cashman. “It’s up to him and us to fight through it.”
Cashman said Hicks “has been feeling better,” but that he was scheduled to see a doctor in New York Monday to make sure there is nothing more serious with his left leg injury. “Hicks took batting practice on the field on Sunday (in Oakland). I can’t promise (a Tuesday return) — hopefully sooner than later. Every day he’s been feeling better,” said Cashman.
“A number of different things have occurred — we’ve had some injuries which have pushed guys out of their normal roles,” Cashman continued, referring to the pitching situation. “Because of game situations, we’ve had some excessive use, we’ve leaned on some guys, the bullpen got taxed and tired and therefore we had to put the ball in certain guys’ hands and ask them to do things that would be above their expectations, and it didn’t work out. A combination of being forced to give guys time to rest and resuscitate so we don’t make things worse on us. Bottom line, we’ve had some injuries, and we didn’t play well. The trip is over so turn the page. Get a good off day and show up (Tuesday) to compete.”
Yes, the Bombers get a much-needed break Monday, but Cashman did signal one positive sign about his team — that despite recent adversity, the Yankees are still in first place in the AL East, and they always come to the Stadium ready to compete.
“The one good thing about this team, they’ve demonstrated many times over that they have no problem competing on a daily basis. Whether they’re at times exhausted, or banged up while they’re competing, the one thing you know, you’re going to get good effort. Look forward to these guys getting a much-needed day of rest and getting back at it (Tuesday against the Angels),” said Cashman.