Yankees face rashes

The regular season of baseball is in less than two weeks. When it starts, do not expect that New York Yankees to be at full strength.

The Yankees entered the spring knowing that they would be nonstop Didi Gregorius. Since then, they have seen Luis Severino go down with the pain of the rotator cuff; lefty veteran CC Sabathia requires angioplasty and surgery on the right knee; and outfielder Aaron Hicks develop old numbers. Friday, Brian Cashman conceded Severino and Sabathia would start the season on the list of injured and Hicks could very well join them. Severino's injury seems to be the most serious, and the right-hander will miss the whole month of April:

Cashman said he would not expect Severino to be back before May, but not until mid-April (presumably) mid-April.

– Brendan Kuty (@BrendanKutyNJ) March 15, 2019

It is becoming increasingly realistic that Aaron Hicks starts the season on the injured list. Brian Cashman said he and Aaron Boone had discussed their eventualities, if that happens.

– Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) March 15, 2019

Sabathia could however start the season with a training of 25 players to serve a five-game suspension that he suffered at the end of 2018:

Brian Cashman said the Yankees were waiting for CC Sabathia to be ready for @mlb games in April. They plan to start the year with him on the list of active players to get his suspension of 5 games.

– Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) March 15, 2019

Factor Jordan Montgomery and Jacoby Ellsbury absences, and the Yankees will bow in Opening Day with three starting pitchers and three remarkable bats.

The Yankees have some interesting options to incorporate in their rotation and their outfield. German Domingo and Jonathan Loaisiga intrigue young arms, although Luis Cessa is short of options and risks breaking the line-up of 25 people. In theory, the Yankees could also turn to a starter at the free agent such as Dallas Keuchel or Gio Gonzalez.

Regarding the replacement of Hicks, the Yankees could opt for Greg Bird and Luke Voit, or avoid one of the two for Clint Frazier:

#Yankees Managing director Brian Cashman said that the start of DL on Hicks could lead to the Bird and Making Bird Open Day training or to one of them doing it, and to Clint Frazier also as the 4th player .

– Randy Miller (@RandyJMiller) March 15, 2019

Cashman and his company have time to understand. For the moment, however, it seems that the Yankees will not be nearly complete until May at the earliest.

Remember that you can follow the whole season with our new wounded list tracker.

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