The New York Yankees starting rotation was supposed to be a strength heading into the 2023 season. That is no longer the case.
First, Frankie Montas needed surgery on his shoulder due to an injury dating back to before the trade deadline. He may be lost for the season. Then Carlos Rodon was sidelined with a forearm strain. While he is starting to throw again, he is going to be sidelined for the start of the year. The Yankees pitching depth will be sorely tested.
Luis Severino injury another blow to New York Yankees rotation
Another blow came on Saturday morning. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that Luis Severino has suffered a “low grade lat strain” and will be on the Injured List to start the season. Although the Yankees are hopeful that Severino will miss just a start or two, this is the same injury that caused him to miss two months last season.
These injuries are now going to test the Yankees’ depth. Domingo German had his spot in the rotation solidified. Clarke Schmidt has gone from possibly being used as a long reliever to taking the ball for the second game of the season. The Yankees are now looking at the likes of Deivi Garcia, Matt Krook, Jhony Brito, or Randy Vasquez to fill out the rotation, at least temporarily.
This is clearly not an ideal situation. The Yankees are going to be in a battle for the AL East all season. The Blue Jays are stronger, the Orioles are starting to emerge from their rebuild, and the Rays are always a tough battle. It is entirely possible that a slow start to the season will be more than the Yankees can overcome. It is now a matter of the Yankees being able to weather the storm.
The New York Yankees starting rotation has taken another blow. It is fair to wonder how much more they can withstand.