With Opening Day at the Stadium snowed out for the New York Yankees, there was even more unfortunate news to come out of the Bronx in regards to injuries.
Four games into the season and the injury bug has already hit the New York Yankees hard. Already losing Aaron Hicks, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Clint Frazier and Billy McKinney to untimely injuries, the next wave was announced on Monday.
Earlier today, the Yankees voided the minor league option of RHP Ben Heller and placed him on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to 3/27) with a right elbow bone spur.
Additionally, LHP Oliver Pérez was signed to a minor league contract on Friday, 3/30.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) April 2, 2018
Ben Heller earned a last minute roster spot on the Yankees this year and has yet to pitch in a game. However, his diagnosis of a bone spur in his right elbow takes him out of the equation.
Not only that, but this type of injury could potentially cost him more time on the DL, including the potential for surgery.
Although Heller has yet to pitch in the 2018 season, he has had success in his previous stints in pinstripes. Heller pitched in nine games last year for the Yankees, recording a 0.82 ERA in 11 innings pitched, including nine strikeouts.
So, since when has Yankee Stadium turned into a hospital? For once, it seems like having all this incredible depth isn’t just for trade bait.
Meanwhile in Miami…
While Yankee Stadium was blanketed in snow (again), Miami was, per usual, hot. Maybe it’s because of all the stars that found their way to the Miami Marlins game on Monday night.
Some of those stars included the Marlins’ co-owner and former Yankees legend Derek Jeter and his former teammate, Jorge Posada. Joining them was just a fan by the name of David Ortiz.
?@davidortiz moved down to chat with Jeter and Posada.
More interesting than the game #RedSox pic.twitter.com/i9axroxnxH
— Joe Giza (@JoeGiza) April 2, 2018
People have already speculated what exactly these three could be discussing but I can definitely imagine them talking a little bit about how Jeter managed to be winner both on and off the field in his current job.
Or potentially David Ortiz is saying, “Derek, what the hell are you doing with this team?” Jeter, being the guy that he is, is likely giving a smirk and saying, “just wait and see.”
And that we shall. Jeter is ready to start a whole new dynasty in South Beach.
The Yankees will be taking the field on Tuesday afternoon at 4:05 PM with Jordon Montgomery taking the mound. Let’s hope the snow will go away in time for a Yankees home opener.