Saturday: Gary Sanchez is experiencing some lower back tightness. We expect him to play Monday.
Sunday: Gary is still experiencing some tightness, we hope to have him play Tuesday.
Monday: Gary still has some tightness and will be held out until at least Friday.
Tuesday: Gary now has the flu! And we still don’t know how his back is doing.
Great! As if losing the two biggest mashers on the team in Judge and Stanton wasn’t bad enough, the third best slugger on the team is now ailing. The latest Yankee injury situation checks all of the boxes of an incoming disaster.
Large, injury prone player? Check
Injury starting out as some “tightness”? Check
Boone downplaying the injury and saying that it’s “nothing too serious”? Check
Negligent work by the medical staff? (As of the time of this article, no MRI has been done on Sanchez’s back) Check!
Here we go again guys. What started out as something minor on Saturday will now keep Gary Sanchez out for at least a week. This wouldn’t be that big of a deal if Judge and Stanton weren’t already out. But they are. Furthermore, Austin, “the security blanket” Romine is gone, so we are staring at Higgy as the opening day catcher right in the face.
Not great, Bob.
If you have any optimism on injured Yankees or in the Yankees medical staff, you have to be certifiably insane at this point. They have botched pretty much every injury situation that has come up over the past year. It’s too depressing to list each player and the corresponding screw up, but you surely are familiar.