Kyle Roller returned from the disabled list a few days ago with a big 3-run homer. The 25 year old first baseman gives the team yet another offensive weapon. Despite being too old to be a prospect he actually might be an important piece to a Yankee team that lacks a good backup first base option.
Roller is one of the few Yankee injured Yankee prospects, but some of the Yankees injuries are to good prospects. The most notable injured players are: Slade Heathcott, Ty Hensley, Nik Turley, Nick Goody, Jose Campos, Jose Ramirez, Greg Bird, and Gabriel Encinas
The most concerning of these injuries may Heathcott’s as his knee surgery was supposed to be minor, yet he has yet to appear in any games. More concerning than the lack of playing time is that I haven’t heard anything about his rehab. Normally this wouldn’t concern me, but Slade Heathcott has a pretty big injury history.
Turley felt tightness in his pitching arm this spring. Initially the injury was reported as minor, but at this point it might be time to start worrying. Though the fact that they traded Eduardo Nunez, when they could’ve put him on the 60-day D.L. is a good sign.
Goody and Encinas both had Tommy John surgery last year, and should be working their way back now. According to his twitter account Encinas has started throwing bullpen sessions, and Goody should be a bit ahead of him.
Hensley is a complicated situation, but it sounds like he is dealing with last year’s hernia injury now, or dealing with something related to that injury. It sounds like he will be able to begin the season in one of the team’s short season leagues.
Bird, is out because of a lower back injury. This is a similar injury to the one that forced him to first base. It isn’t thought of as a major concern, but he will need time to pick up at-bats and will probably miss a few more games. Bird may be the Yankees best offensive prospect, so they really need him to return soon.
Ramirez suffered an oblique injury, before the start of spring training. Because of this injury he has officially been moved to the pen. Ramirez will need to build-up his arm strength, but his injury isn’t a major concern.
Campos is out with an undisclosed injury, and at this point all we can do is hope it isn’t his elbow or isn’t too serious. He was on his way to becoming a really good prospect, so this is pretty disappointing.Out of all the injuries on this list, this might be the one I am most worried about. The lack of information could mean that anything is wrong. If he has a serious elbow injury it might mean that the team made an epic mistake by avoiding Tommy John surgery.
Anderson Feliz, has a strained flexor muscle in his elbow. He had elbow surgery last season, but this is reportedly unrelated. The 21 year is slated to become an outfielder when he returns, and will probably start the year in Tampa.