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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)

Bryan Mitchell suffers fractured toe

The injury bug continues to hit the Yankees bullpen, as Bryan Mitchell has suffered a fractured left toe. The news was first reported by Jack Curry of the YES Network.

The team is calling Mitchell’s injury a grade 3 turf toe with a fracture of the Sesamoid bone, and the 24-year-old is expected to miss a minimum of three months. According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Mitchell is on crutches, and is expected to see a specialist in North Carolina to determine if surgery is necessary.

This is not good news for the Yankees, especially after news broke yesterday about Andrew Miller‘s chip fracture in his right hand. With the uncertainty of Miller’s status along with closer Aroldis Chapman having to serve his 30 game suspension, the Yankees could be without three very important pieces to their bullpen to start the season.

With the offseason trade of Adam Warren, Mitchell was set to take on a bigger role on the Yankees big league roster. The 24-year-old was having an impressive spring, posting a 2-0 record with a 0.61 ERA in five appearances (three starts).

The Yankees will have to find a “jack of all trades” type of pitcher to fill Mitchell’s role during his absence. Ivan Nova is a player who the organization might look to use out of the bullpen in this role, as it appears that CC Sabathia will likely be the team’s fifth starter out of spring training.

The injury to Mitchell is definitely a tough break for the Yankees, but the team will have to look to other internal options to help fill the void for the time being.