LAKELAND, FL - MARCH 04: Bryan Mitchell #55 of the New York Yankees pitches during the Spring Training game against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium on March 4, 2016 in Lakeland, Florida. The Tigers defeated the Yankees 3-0. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
If you look closely, a small black cloud will hover above today’s Opening Day at Yankee Stadium this afternoon. No, there are no lingering clouds from yesterday’s spring snow event. Relief pitcher Bryan Mitchell is expected to miss four months of the 2016 season due to surgery to repair his broken toe. Hard to imagine with today’s anticipated first pitch temperature to be 27 degrees: the next time Mitchell will most likely be available to pitch will be in 80-90 degree August.
Bryan Mitchell had surgery yesterday, he is out at least four months, Joe Girardi says.
The original injury occurred on a routine play. In a March 30 spring training game, the twenty-four year old Mitchell was covering first base, planted his foot, and immediately felt pain in it.
The Yankees will miss him, as he had the lowest ERA among all Yankee pitchers during Spring Training in 2016 (.57).
The day before the injury, manager Joe Girardi remarked: “He’s a guy that’s pitched extremely well”, even hinting at the time that Mitchell had a shot at the fifth rotation spot. Three days before camp ended, Girardi announced his decision to keep Mitchell in the bullpen. Unfortunately, Yankees Universe will have to wait until the dog days of August to see him perform.