Brian Cashman Thinks Yankees Can 'Compete On A Daily Basis' Despite Injuries

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April 22, 2019 - 5:58 pm
Brian Cashman speaks with the media before a game against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees today traded for Oakland Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray at the MLB trade deadline.

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By WFAN.com

With 21 games in the books, injuries have been the story of the Yankees’ season so far.

New York has been hit with an avalanche of injuries that have left a typically deep team struggling to cope. Despite all that, Aaron Boone’s team has stayed afloat in the American League standings.

On Monday, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman joined Mike Francesa to talk about the team’s injuries and the resulting response on the field to those injuries. Cashman thinks the Yankees can keep competing, partially because of the way their starting pitchers have performed during this trying time.  

“These are unique circumstances … Lock yourself in, it will be an interesting ride, but we honestly do feel that we can compete on a daily basis, especially when we get the pitching that we’ve been getting from our rotation.”

The Yankees’ starting pitchers have been performing well of late. James Paxton had a strong outing on Sunday against the Royals, as did Masahiro Tanaka on Saturday. 

Still, Cashman didn’t rule out adding more players if the right opportunity for an addition presented itself.

“We’re just going to have to repackage and plug-and-play with what we’ve got,” said Cashman “If something presents itself outside that allows Booney and our staff to have more choices, great. But in the meantime we’re thankful for what Tauchman, and Frazier, for instance, have done.”

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Cashman also had an update on a few of those injuries that are keeping some key Yankee players out of the lineup, starting with Aaron Judge. Judge was the latest Yankee to go down when he suffered an oblique strain while swinging at a pitch on Saturday against Kansas City.

“We’re not going to be able to put a timeframe on it. He does have a significant injury, so he’s going to be down for a while. And ‘a while’ would be past that two-week timeframe … I think we’ll probably get a better feel for this thing as we move forward, but two weeks is probably premature of getting that feel for it.”

According to Cashman, Gary Sanchez will be the next Yankee to return from his injury. After that, the GM is expecting Giancarlo Stanton, Troy Tulowitzki and Aaron Hicks to be the next three to get healthy.

“We’ve got such a long list … I’d say Stanton is probably more realistic as the next guy … so I’d say Stanton, Tulo, Hicks, probably in that order, maybe Tulo before Stanton.”

Click on the audio player above to listen to Mike Francesa's full interview with Brian Cashman.

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