What doesn’t change
There are two key Bronx Bombers that the delay does not help, Severino and German. Recovery from Tommy John surgery is almost a year-long process. Chances that Severino was going to pitch for the Yankees in 2020 were non-existent.
German’s suspension for domestic violence is a fixed amount. It doesn’t matter when the season starts or how many games are played in 2020; German will miss the first 81. Depending on when MLB gets going again, he may be able to contribute to New York in the final month of the regular season and/or playoffs.
Look on the bright side
The coronavirus has pretty much suspended and canceled all major professional and collegiate sporting events across the world. Still, if you’re a Yankees fan, this is not all that bad.
With MLB not starting until mid-May, at it’s earliest, the New York Yankees have the potential to start the 2020 season with their entire starting outfield healthy as well as a fully healthy rotation (replacing Severino with Montgomery).
Nonetheless, this hiatus could be an unexpected bonus to the Bombers. They were in line to have a starting outfield that consisted of Mike Tauchman, Brett Gardner, and Clint Frazier and a rotation that would’ve had to use bandaids to keep it together until Paxton returned from injury.
Regardless of when the season starts, the Yankees should finally be healthy again and in good shape to compete for the World Series. Quite frankly, the Yankees might be better off having the season delayed a few weeks than to start the season heavily undermanned.
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