What should anger Yankees fans is that the majority of these injuries could’ve been treated much sooner. For example, the Paxton, Severino, and Judge injuries all happened late in the 2019 season.
Cashman’s been on the record saying that Paxton expressed discomfort in a late September start and then felt pain while doing workouts in January. The GM also said that Severino has been dealing with forearm soreness since October when he pitched in the 2019 postseason. The latest example is Judge, who hurt himself in September.
If Paxton expressed discomfort in September, why not send him for testing right away? It could be argued that the New York Yankees wanted the lefty available for the postseason, and that’s fair to say.
Shouldn’t they have sent him for testing immediately after the season ended? Same with Severino, why not send him for testing the day after they were eliminated? He was just signed to a contract extension. It’s reasonable to think that the Yankees top priority would be to make sure he’s 100% healthy and taken care of.
According to Judge, he felt a “crack and pop” in his chest on that diving play, He took a shot and kept playing with the postseason coming up. He also said he thought it healed in November when he started working out, but again, the Yankees were clearly well aware of this “crack and pop” in his chest.
These three particular cases do not make the New York Yankees look good whatsoever. With Judge’s latest injury, the Yankees have decided to shut him down for two weeks to see if rest helps.
You hope that Judge can avoid having an operation because if he does need the surgery, doctors would have to end up removing the rib. That will only delay his 2020 season debut and set the Yankees back even farther then they are now.