Injury Report: May 16th, 2023
The Yankees have had many injuries (yet again) early this season. Here are the latest reports from the guys on the 10/15-Day IL's.
Player: Oswald Peraza
Injury & Cause: Rolled Ankle from Stolen Base Attempt
IL Since: May 9th; Retroactive to May 6th
Hopeful Return: This week
Oswald Peraza suffered a right ankle injury during a stolen base attempt in the 9th inning of the Yankees May 3rd game against the Cleveland Guardians (see video here). It was clear from the video that he rolled his ankle about halfway between first and second base while running. He then limped a few paces and tried to stop, while standing, on the bag. Luckily, Andres Gimenez did not come up cleanly with the ball and Peraza was safe, but he was quickly taken out of the game after the play.
Since being placed on the Injured List, Peraza took some time off and then was quickly brought back to baseball activities including hitting, running, and fielding drills. He was making good progress and began a rehab stint with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this past Sunday. The Yankees are hopeful he could make a return later this week.
Player: Luis Severino
Injury & Cause: Low Grade Right Lat Strain from Spring Training
IL Since: Spring Training
Hopeful Return: Next week
Luis Severino was scratched from his final Spring Training start this season before it was revealed that he had suffered a low grade right lat strain. This was the same injury that kept Severino out of game action for two months during the 2022 season. Though this was not a promising sign, the recovery he has been making has been positive.
Severino has already pitched in a rehab game with the Scranton-Wilkes/Barre RailRiders (going 3.1 innings with 2 hits, 1 walk, and 3 strikeouts) and has another planned in Double-A Somerset today (May 16th). If all goes well, Severino could be an option for the Yankees and make his 2023 season debut against the Cincinnati Reds next week.
Player: Josh Donaldson
Injury & Cause: Right hamstring strain from April 5th game
IL Since: April 8th; Retroactive to April 6th
Hopeful Return: End of this month?
Josh Donaldson has been out for over a month with a hamstring injury that at first appeared to be a quick fix. After leaving the April 5th match-up between the Yankees and Phillies early, Josh Donaldson was quickly placed on the Injured List. It was thought to be a quick recovery and on April 18th he began a rehab assignment with the Somerset Patriots. However, after one game his hamstring problems worsened and he was sent for an MRI. This revealed a grade-1-plus hamstring strain and pushed his timeline back.
Currently, Donaldson has been doing baseball activities and participating in big league batting practice and that should continue through a good part of this week. If all goes well, he should be set to attempt another minor-league rehab stint by next week and could return to the MLB before the month is out.
Player: Giancarlo Stanton
Injury & Cause: Left hamstring strain from April 15th game
IL Since: April 16th
Hopeful Return: Late May? Early June?
After hitting an absolute missile to left-center field that nearly was a 3-run home run during Jackie Robinson day against the Minnesota Twins, Giancarlo Stanton came up gently into second base with a double and then was quickly removed from the game. The immediate timetable that the Yankees put out was set to be about 6 weeks for a return. It was later revealed that Stanton suffered a grade-2 left hamstring strain.
Since at least May 12th, Stanton has been working in the outfield during Yankees pregames and has been showing good and steady progress over the last month. Things seem to be hopeful coming from the Yankees front office who are holding to that 6-week timeframe, which would put Stanton back in the line-up for May 28th. If this is true, a minor league rehab stint should also be happening soon.
Player: Carlos Rodon
Injury & Cause: Left elbow strain & Back stiffness
IL Since: Spring Training
Hopeful Return: Who knows?
The Yankees newest pitching upgrade has yet to give them any work so far through almost 2 months of the 2023 season, making the early returns on a 6-Year/$162 Million contract look very bad. In early March, Carlos Rodon indicated that he was pitching through similar discomfort he felt in 2022 while with the San Francisco Giants. The Yankees ran tests, discovered it was a mild elbow strain, and put Rodon on a throwing program in mid-March. What was supposed to only be a short recovery turned bad, however, as during that recovery Rodon started to experience back discomfort.
This later diagnosis pushed his timetable for his Yankees and 2023 season debut back by a number of weeks. We've learned from this that Rodon has chronic back tightness and he has been being treated with cortisone injections. This seems to have been a positive step for Rodon who has been doing some light throwing. On a positive note, since the beginning of his back issues, Rodon has not reported any ongoing problems with his elbow, which appears to have healed well.
Yesterday it was expected that the Yankees were going to increase the intensity of Rodon's throwing program. How he handles this step up will determine the steps going forward for when he could return to MLB action. Last week, there were unverified reports coming from Jomboy Media that Rodon's 2023 season was in jeopardy, but those rumors were shot down quickly by Rodon's wife. Hopefully everything goes well and Rodon could come back on this side of the All-Star Break.