Yankees Lose More Relief Depth

The Yankees have already lost Zack Britton and now Justin Wilson is hurt, but what will the Yankees do after losing both?

Comical. The only word left to describe the Yankees’ injury luck over the past few seasons and so far 2021 is not looking much better.

This Monday reliever Justin Wilson exited early in a scrimmage against Philadelphia and according to Aaron Boone was “having a hard time getting lose out there.”

Justin Wilson
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Just a few seasons ago the New York Yankees had what many believed to be the best bullpen ever assembled: Dellin Betances, Adam Ottavino, Tommy Kahnle, Chad Green, Zack Britton, and Aroldis Chapman.

Now, only half that bullpen remains and the most important piece left, Britton is out for the foreseeable future. This team is left with Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, and a bunch of question marks in what is now one of the most important roles in the sport; relief pitching.

The news on Justin Wilson is that he has shoulder tightness, nothing else. Boone stated that the MRI showed nothing different from the MRI he took when he signed with the team over the offseason. Wilson has stated that he wants to start throwing now and would be ready for opening day, but Boone and the Yankees are going to take it slow with Wilson to avoid making it worse.

All signs point to Justin Wilson not being available for Opening Day. Another year, another season where the Yanks will be limping out the gate. And if I’m Brian Cashman, I’m actively shopping for relievers. This current bullpen core of Chad Green, Jonathan Loaisiga, Darren O’Day, and Luis Cessa just won’t cut it. Not even as a temporary solution.

All that’s left to do is sit back and hope our offense can stay on the field long enough, and produce enough to make up for the lack of talent in the bullpen. Until then, it’s the same old bruised Bombers.


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