The Yankees announced Wednesday that left-hander James Paxton will be sidelined for an expected three to four months after undergoing a microscopic lumbar discectomy operation with the removal of a peridiscal cyst.
It’s a tough blow for the Yankees before their spring camp even opens, as Paxton will now be sidelined until at least early May and possibly into June. That represents something of a best-case scenario and assumes no substantial setbacks along the way for the 31-year-old lefty.
Paxton was perhaps the Yankees’ most effective starter in 2019, tossing 150 2/3 innings of 3.82 ERA ball over the life of 29 starts in his first season with the club. The longtime Mariners starter averaged 11.1 K/9, 3.3 BB/9 and 1.37 HR/9 after being acquired in the trade that sent lefty Justus Sheffield, right-hander Erik Swanson and outfielder Dom Thompson-Williams to Seattle in the preceding offseason.
The Yankees spent a good portion of the offseason exploring trade scenarios involving fellow left-hander J.A. Happ, but they’re now surely glad that no deal materialized. Happ now figures to be locked into a rotation spot behind Gerrit Cole, Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka. Paxton’s injury could also pave the way for left-hander Jordan Montgomery to break camp with the Yankees as a member of the starting staff in what will be his first full season back from 2018 Tommy John surgery.
The timing of the surgery is poor not only for the Yankees but for Paxton himself, as he’ll now miss a substantial portion of what will be his platform season for free agency. The left-hander avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $12.5MM salary earlier this winter and is slated to hit free agency next winter, where he’ll search for the first lucrative multi-year deal of his big league career. Today’s surgery doesn’t rule out the possibility of him cashing in, but there’s no getting around the fact that it’ll significantly alter his earning power on the open market.
Rip that trade.
Paxton is a good SP, but was never going to be an ace. they really shouldve never made that trade.
Sheffield hasn’t shown anything either.
Erik Swanson, the other pitcher the Yankees gave up, hasn’t proven anything, either.
Dallas is looking really good right now haha hahahah
He had a sub 3 era in double A, started ti show up in the big leagues as well before the season ended.
Both those guys, Swanson and Sheffield are getting long looks this year. Check back at the end of the season and grade the trade with this info.
There sure were folks in Seattle who thought that Pax was just one IR waiting for another.
I feel like you know the win-win saying this kinda feels like a lose-lose
They weren’t expecting him to be an ace. They would have traded a lot more than Sheffield if he was an ace. I think it was a trade they had to make. He was great down the stretch last year, it’s unfortunate that he is hurt but I would make that trade every/any time.
They should have made that trade based on Paxton’s 2019 season alone. They gave up almost nothing – Sheffield is just another phony “top” prospect who is only “top” because he was on the Yankees farm. This has been happening for so long now it cannot even be argued: all Yankees prospects, by nature of the massive amount of media that team has, are overrated by default and usually never end up being anything close to the millions of words written about them would signify.
Not sure about that, while I think your line of reasoning makes sense in a vacuum, I do not believe groups like baseball America are swayed by media attention. Prospects flame out all the time, more likely people just notice the ones that come from the Yankees. So while I agree that the media scrutiny has an impact, I just think it makes you notice the Yankees prospects that don’t work out vs say a Dimondbacks prospect that flames out.
I’m kind of excited how , in a couple of years, Ill be looking back at the Paxton trade and think “Huh, those prospects were/were not worth trading Paxton for”.
Accept Sheffield was pretty highly rated before coming to the Yankees via trade from the Indians. Nothing to do with the Yankees.
Severino, Sanchez, Judge, Torres, Betances, Green, Montgomery, Andujar…
Paxton had a good 2019 and could continue that in 2020. Meanwhile, the prospects traded and haven’t given the Yanks reason to regret. They are still young and can improve but as of today, no loss,
Are you serious? Yankees will make that trade 10 out of 10 times as it made them a better team.
Still in line to come back late may early June and be the #3 for Yankees. Not like his seasons over already
If he has no setbacks at all. I wouldn’t bet on that given his history.
Back issues are really tricky especially with bigger guys like him. I would imagine he would be very limited when he returns.
Paxton will re-sign with Seattle in the offseason.
Let’s be realistic, he’ll back by the all star break. Always tack on another month. Plus he’ll need spring training.
Cashman said he would be “big league ready” in 3 to 4 months according to the doctors
And year again the injuries begin…
Yep. Good grief
Didn’t realize a cyst was “getting injured”.
And the Yankees injury train just keeps on rolling…
Yup, its almost like not developing any pitching and instead acquiring damaged goods is hurting them or something
Yeah, homegrown pitchers never have cysts….
How are you even an actaul person?
lol what? are you gonna ignore the plethora of players that came from the Yankees system (both pitchers and non pitchers alike) that got injured last year? I think Paxton is the only injury prone pitcher they acquired from outside the system that has gotten hurt recently (by that i mean the last season or two), with the exception of maybe CC, but he was acquired like 10 years ago haha. I just find it odd that you use that specific example when it hasnt happened to the Yankees all that much.
Severino, German and Montgomery say “hi”. They have shown promise.
You know what this is called? Intimidation.
If the guy with the Strike Four’s Dad burner wants to get in here now’s a good time
Wow the Yankees are starting off with the injury bug right where they left off.
Looks like Happ needs to stay put now, but the Yankees will be fine either way. Cole, Severino, Tanaka, Happ & Montgomery and German (post suspension).
Not enough pitching for the post season, when it all matters. They are looking at the same results as last year. 100 wins and an early exit.
Their rotation is still in much better shape than Boston’s even with Paxton & German out until June! Maybe Tampa can step up and steal the division with their $60-$70M payroll. That would be awesome!
lol I don’t think 4 months of Paxton is the difference-maker in the Yanks winning the division
Its a long way from post season Oct. baseball….not to worry about what you can’t control 5 days into Feb….
Cashman said he would be “big league ready” in 3 to 4 months according to the doctors
They went out and got Cole, a guy who dominated in postseason. Tanaka had great postseason numbers as well. Not sure what you are talking about.
Last year the Yanks had Severino back who was still rusty. They didn’t have Cole nor German. Stop it. A healthy trio of Cole and Severino plus one or two of Tanaka, Paxton, German or Montgomery could be enough. If Happ can turn things around then even better.
Lol you’re insane. Cole is lights out, Sevy is an ace on 29 teams, Tanaka is always clutch on the playoffs, German showed insane promise.
Let’s chat again when the Dodgers come to NY for game one.
I’ll grant you Cole is a true #1, Severino is far too inconsistent to be a # 1, he their version of syndergaard. If you were talking about Tanaka of years past sure you can count on him but you are talking about the present version, it is at lot to ask. Of course they could go out and trade for help, but as it stands they are readying themselves for the same result as last season, an uncontested division title and an early exit from the playoffs
This is not a good news after giving an enormous contract to Gerrit Cole. The Yankees rotation was considered the best by many people, but not for me. Get well soon Paxton.
it actually makes Cole all the more valuable to them
Not really as he’s not going to make extra starts.
Who believes Cole will be as good as last year? Not me…. he is going to struggle with the pressure of the huge contract and trying to live up to it. I still think Severino is the key to the Yankees Season especially with German out 1/2 the year and now Paxton… ouch!
The pitching will be fine. Tampa Bay will give the Yankees some competition in the AL East but that’s about it. Toronto still has a way to go.
i hate my father
Yankees might have the best pitcher, but best rotation in baseball is pushing it.
Did Degrom retire?
Okay, so one of the best.
Might as well cause he’s never winning with than pathetic franchise.
Steve Cohen, lol
The best? Last year they were mid-pack. One pitcher doesn’t put them first lol.
it’s typical of NY media to over inflate the contributions of any Yankee but when you compare them to the rest of the league
Paxton had one great year where his ERA= was 140, but he basically only pitched slightly more than half the season. Overrated.
Montas, Manaea, Luzardo & Puk are about to make every hitter cry in 2020.
Be afraid, be very afraid of that rotation.
The A’s are a third place team this year, strike four
Pitching was relatively healthy last year compared to the position players. Mixing things up a bit in 2020.
Severino was out almost the entire season, for starters…
wasnt Betances (arguably the 2nd best reliever on team) out the year too?
not good but hopefully he’s not rushed back and he can be fully healthy by the summer
Wtf? How is this just diagnosed like 2 weeks before pitchers & catchers report. What were ya doing all offseason Big Maple?!
From the NY Post today, Feb 5, 2020.
“Paxton first experienced pain the final week of last season, according to The Post’s Joel Sherman, who spoke with GM Brian Cashman. While the pain was managed throughout the playoffs, issues arose a month ago, which led to the surgery.”
Cysts can magnify in size and pain almost overnight.
glad the yanks still have injury issues into the new decade. it never ends for them. whose next king cole? maybe he will need TJS. good luck in October not playing…
Regardless of whether or not you like the Yankees, being happy that other people are hurt (and wishing physical injury on others) reflects rather poorly on you as a person.
Go crawl back up your momma’s ass
Thanks….couldn’t have made it through the day today without your vile diatribe!
I don’t care that you hate the Yankees, you still have no right to be happy about their players getting hurt.
“glad the yanks still have injury issues”
A real mensch you are. Do people around you frequently cringe?
dynamite drop in monty
Yeah that’s a lousy thing to say. This guy should eat a hard hat.
calm down i think he was saying they were not as good cuz of it not that he wanted Yankees players hurt
Lol have fun continuing to fail at trolling. Yet another hobby you’re miserably at xD
Unreal. I guess this shows the value of keeping Happ. Happ/Montgomery is a battle now for sure.
Holy Crap! Now the rotation is Cole, Severino, Tanaka, Happ, and maybe German or Montgomery. They are kind of depending on German being safe to pitch again now. Woah that was out of nowhere. Maybe the Rangers can open up trade talks again surrounding Minor and Deivi Garcia like they did at the deadline last year.
Paxton would likely be back around the same time as German anyway. My guess is they’ll roll with Montgomery and/or some combination of Loasiga/King/Nelson until the two of them get back.
German won’t be back till June (Don’t remember exactly how many games he has left on the suspension).
I expect Monty will get the fifth starters spot.
German is suspended for the first 63 games this season, which should be about the same time Paxton is ready to come back. So the 5th spot is Montgomery’s to lose in spring training. If they get one more SP injury, things will get interesting for sure…
I could see them going with Chad Green as an opener again as he was pretty decent.
Dorothy, depends if German doesn’t rage again while on suspension, n get caught at it.
Good call! Also depends if the Yankees will have him back too. DV is the ultimate taboo in baseball right now. Look what Philly did with Herrera and the Cubs with Russell…they couldn’t take the PR hit so they didn’t / won’t play them.
Please don’t read into this as me being insensitive to DV. It is awful and is a very serious problem. But since no charges were filed, this really becomes a PR issue for clubs. German seems to be doing & saying all the right things but the Yankees have a big decision to make once his suspension is up.
Bit of a stretch pasha, Dorothy. I don’t think any MLB domestic violence offenders have repeated…
Lol, are you under some delusion that Cole, Severino, Tanaka and haap is a weak rotation? They have a bunch of guys to fill in the 5 th spot
Minor has a no trade clause to the Yankees. He wants no part of NY
I guess Jordan Montgomery starts the season in the rotation.
Cole, Severino, Tanaka, Happ, Montgomery.
Maybe he threw his back out “getting a massage”.
Nope he’s Canadian. Probably playing hockey.
or he got attacked by his best friend the eagle.
Yes, those Eagles can be fickle.
Nah he was practicing the sharpshooter in the dungeon.
Or spanking his monkey
He had a cyst removed from his back
He will be fresh in July
Try August/Sept. Back injuries require LOTS of rehab.
Well we know one person who is hoping it’ll be all season.
Shed Long better
You’re thinking of Sonny Gray, not Paxton.
Thanks, my bad
Can we just turn injuries off already.
puddles, this is not MLB The Show.
(Miles upon miles)
Unreal, someone find and kill the injury bug!
Its called “stop acquiring broken players who are always on the DL” – Yankes refuse to learn this lesson.
A cyst is not an injury.
a cyst is it a disease or a bug?!?
Search shows this type of cyst is a rare occurrence.
Less rare – 20%- in 2020, if you are a NYY SP.
Big hit for Yankees most likely there #2 starter to miss all of spring training plus 6-12 starts of the real season.
Their number two starter. Did something happen to Severino?
Severino basically missed all of last year so he has to prove to me this year he is the #2
He looked great when he got back.
His only issue to me is him putting a whole season together.
Exacly they it why he can only be a #3
Paxton is going to miss over half the season. He’s out 3-4 months THEN has to rehab, and coming back from a back injury means at least another month. Huge loss.
A cyst is not a “back injury”.
Paxton’s maximum number of innings in a major league season so far has been 160.1 with the Mariners in 2018. He has averaged 25 starts per season over the last four years, and maybe the Yankees figured in this track record when they traded for him. He’s usually there for 2/3 of the year, and when he’s there he tends to be very good, and even with the injury history I don’t think he was a bad get for NY… Just not someone to build a rotation around, though. The M’s figred that out the hard way.
I feel you are going a little hard on the M’s decisions I’m pretty sure they were building around Nelson Cruz Robison Cano Kyle Seager and Mitch Hanager Not just Paxton
I said rotation, not the team in general. Longtime Mariners fan here, got to hear a lot about “the big three” of Paxton, Hultzen, and Walker. The M’s ended up pinning some hopes on Paxton as their rotation’s ace, and it never really worked.
sorry about that I must have missed that
Rays about to cakewalk to the pennant
Bankees fan pooping his pants in utter terror
Ikr those yanks can’t do anything right oh what is that oh right its the Mets, not the Yankees
You get to watch the clown show of the Phillies all next year while finishing 4th. But hey but talk bad about other teams.
@yandymania – you got them soooo shook and Wander isn’t even here yet…..Rays going to own the East for at least half a decade when he comes up, while the bankees keep throwing money at superstars who are past their prime
I foresee a lot of A’s/Rays ALCS’s in the ’20s, don’t you?
WYM you guys can’t even sign a manager that lasts more 3 months and ur so cheap when was last time you signed a big FA like come on when was the last time you had a trade that went great for you like you gave up 2 of ur top 5 prospects for a washed-up veteran in Robison Cano and a closer in Edwin Diaz that felt like he blew 20 games for you did you see that Realmuto guy he is petty good #BCIB best catcher in baseball Ramos could not run any slower and we are a clown show.
Yes, as a matter of fact you are.
A’s are allergic to ALCS’s and they do not care to spend, win or have the know-how to do no such thing. We foresee plenty of WC losses and 4th place finishes in the A’s future.
You sir are funnyyyy not
A hallmark of true comedians is typing words with multiple letterssss
I disagree but genuinely love the enthusiasm from a Rays fan.
Mr. CK, it is the only way to be when you have to share the division with the bankees and red sux. Rays have been just as successful as the Yankees over the past decade with a fraction of the payroll. The bankees should feel ashamed
Why would you not think the Rays are a 95+ win team right now? Do you not follow baseball? They have all the parts and focus on aspects of the game the Yankees dont, like defense. The Rays also have a top 5 farm along with Wander Franco, who’s basically shortstop Acuna.
Good luck to that intern running the front office as all of their execs have left for greener pastures. Seriously, I’m impressed with what the Rays have done to stay competitive. Let’s see if that happens this year.
Lol! With that 50 million dollar payroll, they are only “cakewalking” to second place.
Yankees are pretty damn good at maneuvering these injuries. This one will be no exception.
As are the Rays! From August 2019:
”The collective WAR value of the players the Rays have missed, according to the injury data website mangameslost.com, is the most of any team at 11.06.”
The idea of a healthy glassnow, (Along with Snell, Morton, Yarby, Chrinos, Honeywell, McKay, Banda) should be quite scary for Yanks…who now have Cole + a lot of question marks in the rotation. I wonder how long before Tanaka’s arm falls off…and the idea of relying heavily on Happ, and a guy who hasn’t pitched since 2018 is amusing. It sure is nice to have SP depth!
You wait until February? Really?
I’m sure this was just recently discovered (the need for surgery to correct it). He would have had the surgery right after the playoffs had he or the team known this was required to fix it.
The Yankees couldn’t even wait for ST to start before a major cog went down with an injury.
It’s pretty clear that Paxton is just trying to keep his arm fresh for his return to Canada in 2021…
It is being reported that he had hurt it final week of the season and pitched in the playoffs in pain but still makes no sense why wait until you are close to reporting to Spring Training the medical staff previous regime is horrifying.
It does hurt him in that he is in his last year as for the Yankees it means opportunity for someone to come and showcase who knows maybe D.Garcia could be the next in line as well to try and fill the shoes until they get back Domingo German because Montgomery you have to be careful with him coming back from his injury and Tanaka is a pitch from being out himself then you have Severino as well that they will have to monitor which leaves Cole & Happ .
Keep in mind that surgery is always the last resort. Given how much money these guys get paid you can be sure that the instant he felt pain, the Yankees sent him to be evaluated by some of the best doctors in the world. It’s quite obvious that the original diagnosis was that rest and rehab should cure the issue; otherwise he would have gone under the knife immediately.
Sounds like it flared up on him again in January, which one again they probably tried medicine (anti-inflammatories) and PT to see if they could eliminate the pain. That is a 2-4 week cycle to wait. That didn’t work so this is why the surgery is happening now. No one purposely waited this long for surgery or misdiagnosed anything. They tried all preferred non-surgical options before thee worst case case to light. We always look to blame someone in these situations…blame life if you need an outlet for your disappointment.
Well now it’s a good thing that Happ didn’t get traded? That definitely hurts Paxton’s ability to cash in after the season.
Same old. Tired bullpen come October. Leaky infield defense. Hitters trying to go yard against good pitchers in cool weather. Yet another fail to meet expectations season ahead.
Then go find another team, crybaby.
The Yanks should give Cub’s Theo Epstein a call and kick the tires on Jose Quintana. He only has 1 year remaining on his contract. But, he should provide the Yanks with a solid, mid rotation piece who has been healthy and eats innings. Minor league RHP Luis Gil should interest the Cubs as the trade piece from the Yanks.
@Cubs GM – Quintana for Gil actually is a fairly even trade for both sides, I’d value Q’s $10.5M salary for 2020 as in effect being worth more than one player, but the Yankees do have some excess tweeners they could throw in too.
Interesting times, a trade on here that isn’t comically one-sided involving AAAA scrubs who wind up getting DFA’d and lost for nothing, because homer fans have no idea how any of this works and just want their team to “win” things.
Kudos to you, @Cubs GM – please keep on keepin it real!
I hope Paxton has a positive outcome from the surgery. Back issues/surgery is no joke. Hopefully the surgery is successful and he is pain free after recovery/rehab…that is not a given.
This certainly isn’t by any means a death knell for the Yankees season but it is a situation I think they should be proactive about instead of seeing what happens in the first half of the season and assess at the trade deadline. Maybe give the Pirates a call and see if Clint Frazier, a competitive balance pick and a lottery ticket A-baller can get Joe Musgrove.
Mass for the 2020 Yankee Season will be held at St Patrick’s Cathedral Sunday after Academy Awards Cereminy Follwed by a private Guns N Rose’s Concert.
Mass for the 2020 Yankee Season will be held at St Patrick’s Cathedral Sunday after Academy Awards Cereminy Follwed by a private Guns N Rose’s Concert.
The Yankees only need to outlast the Rays for the division. Now if Severino can’t shake the injury bug it makes that race interesting.
Boyd ohh Boyd.
Exactly why Seattle shipped him out. Lolololol
I’ll be shocked if he doesn’t sign with Toronto.
Let’s see if this is like 2019. If it is, Cashman will sign Scott Kazmir, and Kaz will finish third in the Cy Young voting.
LOL. Is Stanton, Judge and Sanchez on the DL yet?
I don’t know, is they?
Dam. London bridge is falling down
ROFL! I hope the Yankees enjoyed the one and only time Paxton will ever give them a relatively full season.
Glad you find surgery a source of enormous humor. Lout.
I guess you’re going to lead the sensetivity mob? You know very well my amusement was directed at the Yankees but you have to make this into something dramatic that I didnt mean.
One of the more predictable injuries in recent memory.
Que the tired “yankees will win world series” quotes. Lol short lived
Tired only in your mind…Oh, I forgot…less…anyway should we que in the LA Dodgers will? On Feb 5th trying to determine what will happen in Oct. seems to be a stretch…teams like the Yankees will always find a way to compensate…
Lol the Dodgers aren’t a lock either.
Kershaw will choke again.
can someone help him like he has choked a lot during the postseason I think it is just medical problems
HERE WE GO BOIS
Definitely a shrewd move to have kept Happ. I’m curious now if Cashman had an idea Paxton would lean towards surgery and that’s what halted his shopping of Happ.
Happ being Happ stopped the shopping… no one was interested in an overpaid 36+ year old.
Yankees will call on Theo about Quintana !
all that money spent…and the Rays will take the division !
No Paxton or Price. AL East getting tighter.
Price ain’t coming back. Paxton is.
He might resign with the rays to end his career though, but not as a contributor
Theo should be on the phone offering up Darvish
Any chance Jonathan Loáisiga is given a chance to compete for a starter role or is he only seen as a bullpen guy going forward?
Next man up.
It’s amazing – other team guy, you’re right; because Paxton was injured and you repeat the same song with Yankees not winning the World Series it will automatically be so.
Wait until after the season and if they win it all I’d like to see what excuses you come up with. If you own it, that’s one thing, but if you don’t it makes you another. Time will tell and we will see, but I wouldn’t wish injuries on any player, even if it meant my team lost. That’s just not cool.
Dodgers got Mookie so now they’re front and center waving the championship flag…. but again, we shall see. Although, I’m not so sure if get too excited about a back injury, especially since Keyshawn has a near monopoly on that market. I’m just happy Baseball is almost here. Good luck during the season everyone.
Man, what a bummer. Definitely a hit to NY’s rotation. Back stuff is tricky too, wouldn’t be surprised if we didn’t see him until July–hopefully he has no setbacks though, and gets on the fastrack!
Here we go again one down and eight to go same as last season.
Error forgot hicks 2 down 7 to go .
Please, no! I don’t know of I can endure another season like last in terms of injuries. I’ll take 100- win season again though
You can we(Phillies) lost our whole bullpen and rotation ur fine
Yankees are so Over-rated!!!
Actually, as a Phillies fan I hate the Yankees, but dude they won 100 games last season the team they lost to in the ALCS the Astros they took their top pitcher the Yankees are the favorites to win the Al east heck all of the Al
Will be interesting to see how Cole plays in NY. Big stage. Big Contract. And yeah he came from Houston. So there’s that.
…and what is the point?
“Will be interesting to see how Cole plays in NY. Big stage. Big Contract. And yeah he came from Houston. So there’s that.”
Cole seemed to do fine with the big postseason stage. Hard to imagine a bigger stage than that.
I was suggesting the relentless NY media can take a toll on player.
He will be back in June so I don’t see a big deal. Allows Montgomery, King and Garcia to show their stuff in the spring.
Im sure they’ll be fine. He should provide a boost to the rotation when he comes back. What’s going to really suck is the contract he probably gets if he comes back and has an ok rest of the season.
Man how this game has changed… Guess this is kind of a rant but still… How has medicine, trainers, diets, recovery, and all arounf physical well being gotten so much better abd yet the players have gotten so much worse? There was a time if you pitched to 3.82 ERA for a season you were horrible..(and yes sabermetric people, ERA STILL MEANS ALOT SO GO POP YOUR PIMPLE AND HAVE A NON FAT LATTE AND SHUT UP) my point is where are the boys that were horses and never broke down? Where is the honor on finishing what you start? It has become weak and sad… Please God brong back nolan, maddux, Johnson, Gibson, Schilling even…. Lol can you imagine askong Cole to pitch 300 innings to a tune of a sub par 3 ERA each year????? oh and he has to do it on one tenth of his salary…. Smh
I don’t agree with most of it. But man that’s a good rant! Deserved a like.
If you can answer your first question you will find the answer to how Paxton got that Cyst in the first place. To say he was hurt near the end of the season is a PR ploy to take our eyes off what’s really going on. Because Paxton wasn’t exactly hurt in the ALCS.
As for the horses….take the arm guards off the hitters and we’ll see 250 inning guys again within 2 years. More hitters crowd the plate with less fear. The more fear hitters have, the greater chance they will provide pitchers quick outs.
Love your rant BTW.
The fundamental problem is playing the same sport 12 months out of the year. Great baseball players from the past who didn’t break down grew up playing multiple sports, training their entire bodies to withstand the stresses of physical activity. Now that everyone specializes we have constant overtraining and break downs. When your mommy drives you everywhere and your parents give you everything, there’s no pain and suffering for the poor little pitiful buggers. But Johnny has to go to the hitting cages during the winter and hone his swing so daddy can brag about his son hitting home runs on the travel team. Kids flying to tournaments thousands of miles away instead of choosing up sides and picking your field and pitcher’s mound good as first base because there is only six of you playing. Hitting tennis balls with sticks, softballs, baseballs, rubber coated balls, playing pickle, long toss in the street, all these things when it’s warm. Football, soccer, running, bicycle riding, basketball outside with gloves on, building snow forts, going fishing, ice skating, playing tag, hide and seek, golf, tennis, bowling, climbing mountains, digging holes, cleaning gutters, delivering newspapers, mowing lawns, going swimming, laying in the sun, catching bugs, chasing squirrels up trees, skipping stones, and more things that I can’t think of right now. But today? YouTube videos, Netflix, Switch, everything sitting down with snacks. No wonder we are going soft, getting injured, dying sooner, and boring as hell.
He could be back in May best case scanario. Not a dire situation.
Yankees baseball is back!
Good they figured it out and took care of it. Health is everything. We don’t know details but If something was bothering him why wait until just before spring training?
Big James has been injury prone his whole career. I wish him the best in recovery and getting back on the field.