The Yankees announced via Twitter that shortstop Gleyber Torres and lefty starter James Paxton were on their way to the IL. Torres received an MRI revealing a grade 1 strain of his left quad and left hamstring. Paxton also underwent an MRI that showed a grade 1 strain of the left forearm flexor.
Both 10-day IL stays.
Do the Yankees really have bad luck? Or do these recent IL trips expose the Yankees’ “body-builder” obsession with physical fitness as a failure for baseball?
SS Gleyber Torres underwent an MRI today @ NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Imaging revealed Grade 1 strains of the left quad & left hamstring.— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 21, 2020
LHP James Paxton underwent an MRI on 8/20 @ NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Imaging revealed a Grade 1 strain of the left forearm flexor.
Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Aaron Hicks… ALL lost to muscle strains with regularity. Not just this year, it’s a trend starting back in 2016. Stanton played just 18 games in 2019. He somehow managing just 14 games before his 2020 undoing to a hamstring strain.
This Yankees group has more strains than Wiz Khalifa’s center console, so how can a history of ailments be swept under the rug as bad luck? It shouldn’t. The Bronx Bombers are known to be a power hitting unit with a roster filled of football bodies.
Intentions for higher ceiling output on the field, but yielding results that have only led this team to the trainer’s room. This team has fallen victim to the Houston Astros while seemingly NEVER having a full strength roster. Injuries dismantling what should an era reminiscent of the early 00’s three-peat.
Even Giancarlo tried to lose weight to stay on the field…
Giancarlo Stanton says he dropped 20 pounds leading up to Opening Day. That was the plan, something he had more time to do with the COVID-19 pause.— Max Goodman (@MaxTGoodman) August 2, 2020
He said he had thought long and hard about how he can stay healthy— decided to try dropping to the weight of his younger years.
Why do the Yanks refuse to address the problem?
The team seems bought in to rotating one man after the other set up for failure because it works in the regular season. A deep farm system allows the team to absorb any deficiency, but this haunts them in the postseason. When all hands are on deck for a series, rosters need to be as healthy as possible.
We asked Outkick’s Dr. David Chao what gives with more injuries for the Yankees:
“COVID has changed the way athletes work out. Many have bulked up. Combined with the lack of routine and start up time, any loss of flexibility could lead to muscle injuries.”
Maybe winning a ton of regular season games with high output short term solutions is the goal? The formula to win games and fall short in the end seems to be paying off as the Yankees made over $700 million last year. The World Series co-favorites need to figure out the common denominator that keeps sending the roster to the IL…or risk making the 2020 campaign like the past decade:
Research is designed to help understand why we see trends..what can be done to reverse course? Are the results uncontrollable? Do we simply have “injury-prone” guys in the locker room?
The team hired a completely new training staff this offseason, but nothing changed. With the current 60-game season, the Yanks need to narrow the cause for players dropping like flies or let another WS team go to waste…