The New York Yankees have been ravaged by injuries in 2013.
The club has managed to stay competitive in the American League East, but they’ve done so without their top stars. Robinson Cano is their only All-Star caliber position player who hasn’t landed on the disabled list, and even lesser players like Kevin Youkilis and Eduardo Nunez have battled injuries.
The Yankees have been getting major contributions from unlikely sources, but they will need to get their best players back if they want to have a chance at winning the World Series.
How much longer will the Yankees be without their injured stars?
After fracturing his ankle in last year’s playoffs, the Yankee captain suffered a setback that is expected to keep him out until at least the All-Star break.
Jeter rejoined the team in late April and spoke to the media about his status. The shortstop told the press that he has a date in mind for when he will return, but declined to reveal his timetable. He did, however, vow to play this season.
It looks like the Yankees will have to live with Nunez and Jayson Nix for the time being, but they should have Jeter for a good portion of the second half.
Out of all the injured Yankees, Rodriguez may take the longest to get back on the field.
The third baseman underwent hip surgery in the offseason and it was announced that he wouldn’t play until after the All-Star break. New York general manager Brian Cashman, though, didn’t rule out the possibility of A-Rod missing the whole season, when he was interviewed in the winter.
A lot of questions surround Rodriguez’s future with the Yankees. Allegations of HGH use have left open the possibility of a suspension, and the third baseman was benched in the 2012 playoffs.
With free agent signees like Youkilis, Lyle Overbay and Travis Hafner playing well, don’t expect the Yankees to rush him back anytime soon.
Add Teixeira to the list of Yankees that will be in the lineup later than originally expected.
The Yankees surprised in Spring Training to learn that the wrist injury Teixeira suffered would keep him sidelined for eight-to-10 weeks. Now, his target return date of May 1 has been pushed back and the club isn’t sure when they will have their starting first baseman healthy.
Luckily for the Yankees, the first basemen they picked up in the offseason have performed well. It’s given Teixeira the luxury of being able to take his rehab slow. He could take on-field batting practice on Friday and has started fielding grounders.
If Teixeira progresses quickly, he might not be out longer than one more week. However, there’s a chance the injury will keep him sidelined until June.
A broken forearm has kept the centerfielder out of the Yankees lineup, though, he seems to be progressing the best out of any of the team’s injured stars.
Granderson has been rehabbing in Tampa Bay, playing at all three outfield positions. With Vernon Wells, Ichiro Suzuki and Brett Gardner on the roster, manager Joe Girardi will have to find time for all four career starters.
No matter what position he will return at, Granderson doesn’t seem that far off from taking the field in a game. It might not be much more than a week when fans see him in pinstripes again.
The Yankees thought they got a front-of-the-rotation starter last offseason when they sent Jesus Montero to the Seattle Mariners for Pineda. Since the trade, the right-hander has yet to take the mound in an MLB game.
Pineda underwent surgery for a torn labrum a year ago and is working his way towards getting back on the field. According to Chad Jennings of the LoHud Yankees Blog, Girardi saw Pineda pitch a few weeks ago at the team’s minor league complex. The manager said the starter looked good and was throwing with good command.
New York isn’t relying on Pineda to suit up in pinstripes anytime soon. With four capable starters and David Phelps and Ivan Nova sharing time at the back of the rotation, there’s no need to rush the 24-year-old. There’s a good chance he won’t be brought up to the big leagues until July.