SPANISH HARLEM – The New York Yankees inch ever closer to the playoffs but not without the injury bug hitting them yet again. Gary Sanchez pulled his groin trying to steal a base (WHY?) and Edwin Encarnacion has a strain oblique, while both are important pieces to the lineup, Encarnacion seems to be the one with the encouraging news when it comes to being back before the season is over.
If you’re a Yankees fan like me, you want this team to be at full strength when you go to battle in the postseason. That won’t be the case this year and that’s without mentioning that Aaron Hicks is out of the rest of season including playoffs with an elbow injury. The bad news doesn’t stop there, Dellin Betances was also lost on Tuesday with an Achilles injury that will require surgery. Any hope that he would be an option out of bullpen crashed and burned that day because Aaron Boone will heavy rely on each option he has.
Since we got the bad news out the way early, I will now focus on the positive developments with Luis Severino and Giancarlo Stanton. The latter played his first game on Wednesday and many fans were happy to see him get a hit his first time up, but it will be hard to tell if he can remain healthy given the type of year he has had so far. For Severino, he finally made his first appearance in a major game this season and pitched 4 quality innings, giving this organization some hope that they will have their Ace pitcher for the postseason. Sometimes you have to take the good with bad in this league and given the type of injuries this team has gone through and are stilling going through, it nice to finally see some key players come back from injury.
For this part I will go off topic to add a few words about Eli Manning. He might not go down has top 5 or top 10 quarterbacks of his generation, but he will make the Hall of Fame. His Win-Loss record isn’t the best and he wasn’t statistically great any time during his career, yet he has two victories in the Super Bowl that will put him in Canton one day. The biggest one being against a New England Patriots team that seemed destined for an undefeated season. All you can ask for as an organization is that you draft (trade for) a quarterback that will win you championship and they got that with Manning.