The Yankees announced the minor league injury updates yesterday but Joe Girardi stole the show when he signed a 4-year deal, so it was pretty easy for the updates to get pushed into a little corner. Since things have slowed down since then, I think it would be a good idea to take a look to see how our future talents are doing.
— Manny Banuelos is perfectly healthy after having Tommy John Surgery last season, and although he didn’t pitch at all this season, he did pitch at the minor league complex. His changeup was reaching 92-94 MPH and he was getting breaking balls over the plate. He’s not going to pitch in Winter Ball but he will be ready by the time Spring Training rolls around.
— Michael Pineda is also healthy with his fastball topping at 94-96 MPH in instructional league. He’s not going to pitch this winter but he’s going to come back to Spring Training next season and fight for a starting position in the rotation.
— Jose Ramirez was shut down with an oblique injury to end the year. He’s 100% healthy and should be good to go in February.
— Slade Heathcott had minor knee surgery, just to scope and clean. He should be ready for Spring Training.
— Corban Joseph is rehabbing his shoulder after having shoulder surgery earlier in the season. He didn’t play beyond May 31 and it turned out he was trying to get through the season with the injury. Ultimately, he couldn’t.
— Aaron Judge missed the year with a quadriceps injury. Judge has been cleared to work out and should be ready to go by Spring Training.
— Gosuke Katoh has a sprained finger but it’s a very minor injury that should heal rather quickly.