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Injuries Alter Yankees ALDS Roster

Courtesy of the NY Yankees

The American League Divisional Series round begins this evening and as the New York Yankees get set to host the Cleveland Indians (we refuse to call them the Guardians). A number of injuries have made their roster appear gap-heavy, and here are the players who will be unable to take the field in this opening postseason series:


*DJ LeMahieu – The talented infielder came off the injured list late in the season after resting a foot injury, but had a setback and it will require more time off. Hopefully for him and the Bombers, they advance and get to see where he is at headed to the ALCS.

*Scott Effross – A trade deadline acquisition from the Chicago Cubs, the reliever pitched well in multiple roles before missing some time with an injury. Subsequent testing revealed that he will require Tommy John surgery.

*Frankie Montas – Another deadline deal brought the starter to the Bronx from the Oakland A’s in exchange for the top pitching prospect in the Yankees organization – Ken Waldichuk – and struggled before going on the IL due to shoulder inflammation. He missed the remainder of the regular season and is still not ready to return.

*Michael King – An important cog in the Yanks bullpen all season, the right-hander fractured his pitching elbow in late July and is out for the remainder of the season.

*Ron Marinaccio – Another effective receiver on the shelf due to a stress reaction to his shin, which was suffered during a game on October 4.

*Zack Britton – The lefty receiver returned from Tommy John surgery late in the campaign, but was forced to leave a game on September 30 due to what was reported as arm fatigue.

*Aroldis Chapman – Perhaps the most frustrating absence will come from the former lights-out closer, who had a weak regular season, lost the closing role and then was exiled after missing a mandatory postseason workout. Reports stated that Chapman wanted a guarantee that he would be in fact on the ALDS roster, which was not granted. After missing the workout, he was subsequently fined and told to stay home, likely ending his second tenure in pinstripes.

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