New York Yankees: Breaking down each players expected return

Aaron Judge, New York Yankees. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Aaron Judge, New York Yankees. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

The New York Yankees have been ravaged by injuries throughout the first part of the very long MLB season. Here is a look at when we can expect each player’s return to action.

It’s been tough sledding for the New York Yankees this year. Their roster has been decimated by injuries all season, however, manager Aaron Boone’s team has kept themselves in the hunt. When the regulars return, the Bronx Bombers will be dangerous. Here’s when the fans can expect them back.

Luis Severino, Post All-Star Break

Luis Severino will be shelved until mid-July after an MRI revealed a lat strain injury. Severino said he believed the injury happened at the same time a rotator cuff injury, which first landed him on the IL during a Spring Training game in March. Sevy’s extended absence could be trouble for an already depleted Yankees pitching staff. Hopefully, the team can tread water until he is ready to return later this summer.

James Paxton, Late May

The Big Maple’s injury isn’t too serious as he should be back in action in about three weeks. Paxton left Saturday’s Twins game with pain in his knee, which led to him getting a cortisone shot immediately after.

Paxton has dealt with knee issues during his time in Seattle, so this is nothing new for the Big Maple. However, lingering injures have always bothered Paxton, so there should be some concern if things like this continue to plague him.

Dellin Betances, June

The big right-hander got off to a slow start to the season and ended up on the IL as a result. The staff knew there was something off when his velocity was down in spring training. So he will now work on getting back on the field and back to dominating the back half of Yankee games.

Didi Gregorius, June

The Yankees shortstop underwent Tommy John surgery after last season and he is progressing extremely well, according to Brian Cashman. Gregorius could start his rehab assignment as early as May 20th. With Didi’s return on the horizon, the infield would get back one of the best defensive players in the league and the team would get back the heart and soul of the clubhouse.

Aaron Hicks, May

The New York Yankees centerfielder could be back in the lineup as early as next weekend when the team travels to Florida to play the Rays. The injury-prone outfielder will need to prove that he can stay on the field for an extended period of time when he returns.

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Aaron Judge, TBD

Judge strained his left oblique against the Royals in April, and Boone said the next day, to the dismay of every Yankee fan, that the strain was “pretty significant.” Boone also stated that Judge isn’t ready to resume baseball activities and the team has provided no update on his return. This is scary news for everyone patiently waiting for any sign of good news from Judge’s camp.

Greg Bird, TBD

Greg Bird said he felt a “pop” in his foot running to first base in the season opener. Two and a half weeks and a batting slump later, the first baseman was placed on the injured list with a torn plantar fascia (fibrous tissue in the bottom of the foot). A few days ago, Bird sounded a bit hopeless when asked by the media when he might return.

"“At this point, timetables are pointless” – Greg Bird"

Troy Tulowitzki, late May/ early June

The replacement for injured Gregorius was also injured. The opening week of the season (April 3) Tulo injured his calf. It seemed as though the former All-Star shortstop was close to returning when he re-aggravated the injury last week in a rehab game. Now he’s about a month away.

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The New York Yankees have been holding their own in the American League East since their plague of injuries struck. They should be very dangerous once the band is back together.