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They say bad things happen in threes. It certainly doesn’t apply to the Yankees. Injuries have been coming in droves so far this season. At last count, the Yankees have nine players out with injuries. Ben Heller is going to miss the entire season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
At this rate, we’re going to run out of players by May.
Sanchez and Stanton’s Struggles Continue
Giancarlo Stanton‘s bat has quieted down since his Opening Day dominance. He’s hit three home runs, unfortunately he’s only batting .167. Stanton has also struck out five times in a game now twice. The six-foot-six-inch slugger has struck out in 41.7percent of his 48 plate appearances.
There hasn’t been as much talk about Gary Sanchez yet, but the Yankee catcher is only 2 for 32 so far this season. That’s a .063 batting average. Sanchez has one home run, one double, and one hit by pitch. Regrettably, Sanchez left the extra inning game on Friday with cramping in his calf. As a result, Sanchez hasn’t been in the lineup for the past two games.
Rookies Getting an Early Look
The rookies weren’t supposed to be getting their shots this early, but such is life sometimes. Miguel Andújar and Ronald Torreyes are both seeing time in the lineup. Torreyes is already 5 for 14 for a .357 average. Andújar started slow, but has now raised his average to .150 while playing decent defense.
Jace Peterson has also stepped up, going 3 for 9 in his two games in left field. Peterson is normally a second baseman, but when injuries pile up, managers have to get creative with their lineups.
Luis Cessa and Domingo Germán have also been called up. Cessa threw a clean inning on Saturday against the Orioles with two strikeouts. Germán pitched 2 2/3 innings on Sunday, giving up 3 earned runs on 3 hits and 3 walks. On a positive note, Germán did strike out 5 batters.
Bullpen Keeping Team in Games Lately
After an awful start, the Yankees bullpen looks like they’re turning things around. In the 14-inning game on Friday, the bullpen combined for 9 1/3 scoreless innings. After CC Sabathia departed the game early, the bullpen kept the game close for the offense to finally tie the game in the bottom of the eighth.
On Saturday, the bullpen threw 3 scoreless innings in relief of Sonny Gray.
Then yesterday the ball was once again turned to the bullpen early. Jordan Montgomery managed to only throw 4 1/3 innings before being removed from the game. Aside from Germán’s struggles, the rest of the bullpen gave up merely 1 run in 5 innings.
Still on Target
Aaron Hicks is coming back soon, meanwhile CC Sabathia will soon return from the 10-day DL. Another player, Greg Bird, thinks he’ll be ready to play in early May. The rookies are playing decent in their stead. After a challenging few games, the bullpen is starting to show signs of being the best in the game. There are still 152 games remaining to play. If the Yankees can still play .500 baseball with two of their best players hitting under the Mendoza line, just imagine what they’ll do once those guys turn it around.