'CMB': Are Core Injuries Sign Of A Bigger Problem For Yankees?

Maggie Gray & Bart Scott
August 07, 2019 - 5:51 pm
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The Yankees' ability to battle through the adversity of injury after injury has arguably been baseball's best story this season. But as more injuries mount, is there a breaking point for the Bronx Bombers?

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That was a topic of conversation on Wednesday's "Carlin, Maggie and Bart" show. 

"They keep stepping up, but, man, how many can they continue to take before you see diminishing returns?" Bart Scott said.

"The whole next-man-up thing, you can only take that to a certain degree," Chris Carlin added.

The latest injury scare involves second baseman Gleyber Torres, who left Tuesday's game at Baltimore in the third inning with core pain. Torres initially experienced a core issue Sunday night against the Red Sox but was back in the lineup the following day.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Wednesday that Torres' latest tests came back negative and that he is day-to-day.

"If there was even the slightest hint of an issue, with the way things have been going, not just injury-wise but more especially how things are going in the standings and you're rolling, why are you rushing Gleyber Torres back against the Baltimore Orioles?" Carlin said. "Did I miss something there?"

"If there's any indication that he's injured, then you have to protect the player from himself, because he's a young player, he wants to be a leader on this team and he's going to push through," Scott added.

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Torres is the second Yankee to deal with a core issue in as many weeks. Last Wednesday, the team placed first baseman Luke Voit on the IL with a sports hernia. And earlier this season, slugger Aaron Judge missed two months with an oblique strain.

"When you have this injury with several players now, with three different players at three different times, it does raise eyebrows as to what is going with that particular instance," Carlin said.

"So you start thinking about these obliques and the torque that these guys are generating with the launch angle and trying to make sure that they take good hacks at the ball, so you have to ask yourself, 'What are we doing from the training standpoint?'" Scott said.

The Yankees are tied with the Dodgers for the best record in baseball (74-39). But with 15 players on the injured list, it's fair to wonder if stars such as Luis Severino, Dellin Betances, Giancarlo Stanton and Voit will be available for the postseason, Carlin said.

"The question now is not about how much more can they take a hit," he said. "The question is now, who's going to be there when we roll around in another month and a half? 

"Here's the point: It's one thing to be an incredible story, as they have been with all the injuries all season long. Breyvic Valera can't be in the lineup come the Houston Astros series (in the playoffs)," Carlin continued. "We can't be talking about that."

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