Yankees left-hander Carlos Rodón has yet to make his debut with the club, having spent the early parts of the season on the injured list due to a forearm strain. It was reported last week that he was set to progress towards throwing live batting practice but manager Aaron Boone says Rodón was recently delayed by some back tightness, per Talkin’ Yanks. That has set his progress back by at least a few days.
Rodón is capable of being one of the best pitchers on the planet when healthy, as evidenced by his 2.88 ERA and 33.4% strikeout rate last year over 178 innings. However, he’s had difficult staying healthy for extended stretches. In his eight major league seasons, last year was only the second time he reached the 140-inning plateau. Nonetheless, the Yanks took a shot on him by signing him to a six-year, $162MM deal.
That put Rodón into a high-upside but volatile rotation that has seen three of its members start the season on the injured list, as right-handers Luis Severino and Frankie Montas are also on the shelf. That’s led to Gerrit Cole and Nestor Cortes being joined by depth options like Domingo Germán, Clarke Schmidt and Jhony Brito. Despite those issues, the club is still holding its own with a 6-4 record thus far, but they’ll surely be better off once Rodón is healthy and can jump back in. The Yanks would undoubtedly love to have him back as soon as possible but will likely avoid rushing him at this time of year, prioritizing his long-term health with many months still remaining on the schedule. Boone tells Gary Phillips of the New York Daily News that Rodón will throw another bullpen tomorrow and characterized an April return as “a little aggressive.”
Speaking of Severino, he is also trying to work his way back from the injured list, as mentioned. Severino suffered a lat strain towards the end of March, just as the season was set to kick off. He threw a bullpen session yesterday, per Erik Boland of Newsday, and came out of it feeling good. He says he hasn’t felt his injury in over a week, which is an encouraging sign. Much like Rodon, Severino’s career has been a mix of excellent results and injury absences. He topped 190 innings in both 2017 and 2018, though tossed only 18 total frames over 2019-2021 and 102 last year. But when healthy enough to take the mound, he’s posted a 3.39 career ERA, 27.2% strikeout rate, 6.9% walk rate and 45.9% ground ball rate. His return timeline will undoubtedly come into focus as he continues ramping up in the near future.
Boone also provided Talkin’ Yanks with an update on Harrison Bader, as relayed by Brendan Kuty of The Athletic. The outfielder has been dealing with an oblique strain for about a month and has yet to debut this season. Boone says he progressed to full hitting machine batting practice and could start a rehab assignment next week. Injuries have been an ongoing issue for Bader in his time as a Yankee, as he was already on the IL with plantar fasciitis when they traded for him last year. He eventually returned and played 14 regular season games, along with nine more in the playoffs.
Bader has been around league average at the plate in his career, as his .245/.317/.405 batting line amounts to a wRC+ of 97. However, his defense is very well rated, already accruing 48 Defensive Runs Saved, 59 Outs Above Average and has a grade of 42.1 from Ultimate Zone Rating. All three of those figures place him in the top 10 among all outfielders in the league from 2017 to the present.
In Bader’s absence, most of the playing time has gone to Aaron Judge, with a couple of starts along going to Isiah Kiner-Falefa, while the corner outfield duties have been split between Giancarlo Stanton, Franchy Cordero, Oswaldo Cabrera and Aaron Hicks. Once Bader comes back, he figures to push Judge back into a corner, potentially putting a dent in the playing time of that group.
Chump team that hasn’t even appeared in a World Series since 2009- despite staggering top 3 (frequently #1) payrolls year after year after year and once again, for the 14th straight season, won’t win a World Series this year. The Aaron Judge contract is going to look *really bad* very soon.
LOL please keep going, I enjoy your intelligent and insightful commentary.
I refer posters to the story about Tim Anderson’s injury on MLBTR earlier today where Ace_ trashed TA with a very similar post. Hey, Ace. Did you get your period today?
Dude, you’re an idiot. Does being a useless troll actually entertain you? It just puzzles me. So many bad takes, this has to be a joke account.
Love your work Troll. You troll with the best of them Troll. Keep on trollin’, Troll. Your trolling is such a work of art, all the standard trolls are giving up, all because of you, Troll.
C Yards Jeff
My Os just gotta taste of a slice of Yankee humble pie over the weekend in Baltimore. Above .500 with 3/5 of your rotation on the shelf. Gulp. Grateful we’re only playing you guys 13 times this year.
Man…there are few things that have quite the same stench as JEALOUSY. Keep living the dream, Ace.
Thanks again to your stupid, overrated GM Brian Cashman for idiotically taking on the rest of the Stanton contract.
How are you still able to comment on “water being wet”?
The funniest thing about it is that the writing was so clearly on the wall with Stanton, yet Cashman predictably and idiotically took on the rest of his contract anyway. He only averaged 127 games (and of course baseball durability doesn’t get better with age) with the Marlins and was already in his late 20s and was 1 of the biggest people in MLB, which is terrible for aging. And what has he produced in NY in the 5 seasons of 2018-2022??? 114 HR, 9 WAR total, and an average of 90 games per season. Hahahaha!!!
Ace_ Can I offer you a Midol?
Hey I agree with you on Stanton. That was a huge mistake. Trust me, I despise Brian and Hal
Don’t know why people don’t just mute that idiot and move on.
Now Joe, you and I both know that idiots have a place in this world. Look around, you see them everywhere and believe it or not some are named Ace.
Won’t work. He’ll just come up with another alt account. I have my suspicions it’s “DeGrom Texas Ranger” aka “Remove Pitcher Wins…”, “Put it in the books”, etc. Each one follows the same shtick and writing style. Sad existence when trolling is preferred when he’s capable of semi-intelligent convos. I’ve seen him have convos with himself between diff. accounts.
Ok, Fraham. Or is it Endar?
Some of us are on the iPhone app where the Mute function doesn’t work.
Same for Android app. Mute button works on browser though.
I use an IPhone and mute works on it.
It works in the short term, but then next time I open up the app the troll is visible again.
It seems responses are getting more and more unnecessarily obnoxious. I’m muting anyone getting mean and personal, blaming race and members of the grammar gestapo.
I wonder what the roster move will be when Bader returns. They certainly aren’t going to let go of Franchy (he just homered again). Yankee fans might finally get their wish with one if Hicks or IKF being gone.
Probably Calhoun but I sure wish it would be Hicks.
Yes, it will almost certainly be Calhoun, but what happens when Donaldson is ready? IKF, Hicks, Cordero?
Then hopefully Hicks. IKF is versatile and Codero has been playing well. With any luck though, Donaldson decides to retire early.
Don’t worry, Rodon will be on the mound pitching a perfect game of game four of the 2023 world series as rhe Yankees win the championship.
You’re displaying quite a sense of humor, Yorkie.
He can pitch when he’s healthy like with the Giants last year, but he doesn’t care about being a good teammate at all. He was a poor teammate throwing things in the dugout last year (once hitting a teammate with an object) and horrible body language when a teammate makes an error. Also constantly whines to the umpires. (Worse than Bumgarner on umps.)He had a great year for us but I and others were happy to see someone pay him too much to leave.It’ll be interesting to see how Yankees players and fans treat him. Great talent regardless.
I never understood the hate for IKF. He had a 1.4 WAR last year. Batted .261 and played respectable defense. It’s not like he cost the Yankees a bunch of wins. Hicks just can’t stay healthy…hitting is rhythm and rhythm is hard to find when you play twice a week and then go on the IL for 2 months at a time.
I think it’s less about IKF than it is about who was available. IKF hasn’t been the best fit but he was clutch.
You’ll never understand anything with WAR and DRS.
Ignore WAR completely. Use OAA (Statcast) rather than DRS.
IKF OAA at SS
I’m aware of his 2022 BA with RISP, but based on his contact data from Statcast, his .327 average meant that his GBs found their way to the OF and his bloops fell where they ain’t. Lucky. His past BA with RISP shows this.
I think he was advertised as an excellent glove-first stopgap but that wasn’t the case last season evidently with his glovework. I’m perfectly fine with his current role.
If you want a great base runner and CF, I would prefer Florial. Neither is much of a hitter.
For 162 million million dollars the New York Yankees have a forearm strain (Tommy John Surgery) and now “back tightness” to show for it. Glad to see Rodon keeping things normal in a new uniform. I’m a Yankees fan and I did not like this signing from the start.
Wow, $162 trillion is a lot of money. Contracts these days!
It always says 160 million million or whatever the first number is they always say million twice. 160MM. I think it’s million million. I guess.
It’s actually the Roman numeral “M” which stands for 1000. So MM is 1000×1000 aka one million 🙂
Ridon injured? Boy,it’s not like you could see that coming. Actually, yes. Yes you could.
Rodon threw today and is scheduled to throw a live bullpen tomorrow.
Better get the icy hot ready.
Rodon. Road done.
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Take back what you said about Franchy Cordero!
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Take back what you said about Oz Cabrera!
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Take back what you said about Clay Holmes!
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Takin’ aback is what you mean.
I DO hope they keep it up.
Happy Thursday everyone!
Think I’ll sit down and watch the Yankees ga…OHMIGOD!