When injuries occur, who replaces who?

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On Tuesday, we projected the Yankees 25-man roster and who could break camp with the team once Spring Training finishes. But one thing we are going to have to factor in are injuries. Over the course of the season, injuries are going to occur and the Yankees are going to have to find replacements for those players. So who on the projected roster could replace the big guys? For the purpose of this post, we’re going to use the players that faced major injuries during the 2014 season and we’ll try to find their replacement on the potential 25-man roster I created.

Carlos Beltran

Carlos Beltran’s elbow could cause an issue during the season and with the Yankees using the DH spot for Alex Rodriguez, it seems more likely Beltran will at some point during the season complain of an injury. So who can replace Beltran in case of an injury? The Yankees could use either Chris Young (who is the potential fourth outfielder) and Garrett Jones (who has experience as a right fielder); They’re both younger alternatives, and they both play a decent outfield should the need arise.

Mark Teixeira

Mark Teixeira told the media he was in very good shape to enter the season. But if Teixeira deals with injuries during the 2015 season, who is going to replace him? The Yankees could use Garrett Jones, Brian McCann (who has some experience as a first basemen) and surprisingly, Alex Rodriguez (who has no experience as a first basemen). The Yankees said they’d like Rodriguez to take grounders at first and Rodriguez, despite never playing first base before, is ready for the challenge.

CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, Nathan Eovaldi, Chris Capuano and Michael Pineda

CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda and Masahiro Tanaka all have injury issues; Sabathia has issues with his knee, Tanaka has issues with his elbow and Pineda only made 13 starts. There’s no guarantee any of these three players are going to stay healthy and there’s no guarantee Nathan Eovaldi or Chris Capuano are going to stay healthy too. So who could the Yankees replace Sabathia, Tanaka, Eovaldi, Capuano and Pineda with should they go down with injuries? Well, these are all short-term options, but the Yankees could always go with Adam Warren (who is projected to make the team out of the bullpen), Chase Whitley (who I didn’t project to make the 25-man roster but has a legitimate chance) and Esmil Rogers (another guy I didn’t project on the 25-man roster but there’s the possibility he makes the team out of the bullpen). If there’s one place the Yankees can’t afford injuries, it’s the rotation, so there are fingers crossed that all the starters begin the season in one piece and are able to stay in the rotation throughout the 2015 campaign.

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26 Responses to When injuries occur, who replaces who?

  1. hotdog says:

    Chase Whitley looked great in the minors…got tagged in the majors in a partial season but he deserves a shot if needed…i'd like to keep Warren in the pen where he's found a home…

    • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 says:

      I can see why you'd keep Warren in the pen, but Cashman has Warren come to camp as a starter, so there's always that possibility. I think Warren could start a ST game next week, so we could see what Warren has up his sleeve.

      • guest says:

        Warren is likely to start the first spring game…Whitley looked good when he first came up until he ran out of gas…want to see more but likely will be traded soon maybe with Gardner.

        Chris Young is a turd that needs to be flushed…let's see what Austin and Flores can do!

        • hotdog says:

          they won't trade Gardner…

        • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 says:

          There's no one of value on the trade market Gardner can bring back to help the Yankees. And before anyone suggests it, no, Gardner will not bring Cole Hamels. Maybe Gardner, Betances, Severino, Judge, Jagielo and maybe Sanchez, which is something the Yankees don't want to do since the Phillies overvalue everyone.

          • guest says:

            It's not about trading Gardner at this minute but he needs to go…it was a huge mistake signing him. The draft pick he would have brought the team would have been more valuable. There will be an opportunity to trade him so hopefully he will bring back something worthwhile.

          • guest says:

            Plus I want nothing to do with trading for Cole Hamels…I don't give a damn about high end starting pitching until they raise the strike zone! The Yankees can afford 2 to 3 top of the rotation pitchers when they hit the market.

          • Fred Stanley says:

            Yes, trading for Hamels would be great, BUT losing the prospects to get him would hurt…instead, wait till bext offseason to sign two of the following: Price, Cueto, Zimmerman or Fister….I have a feeling that only one of Price, Cuto, Zimmerman will be available ( the others will be signed to extensions)….Fister would be a great #4 or #5 starter.

          • hotdog says:

            what's interesting about the Yankees is that they have potentially 2 frontline starters in their rotation and Severino could eventually be a third…if Nova can straighten his game out with greater consistency and stay healthy, you have a solid mid rotation guy…Eovaldi is a long ways off from his potential but maybe there's a gem there as well…i feel the same way as you and Delia about Hamels…i would not want the Yankees to move their farm system for him…

          • mick says:

            I don't see Ivan Nova reaching more than a #5 until he can develop a third pitch. It is almost impossible for an MLB pitcher to succeed with only two pitches. He's supposed to be working on a changeup, and hopefully he refines it as he rehabs. Eovaldi is doing the same, working on a changeup.

            As for Hamels, I agree. They want to much. If adding a Phillies pitcher, I'd go after Cliff Lee, if he's healthy. Really the only thing to negotiate there would be how much salary the Phillies would be willing to pay. He's a free agent at the end of the season. If he's healthy, he's as good as the Yanks have. Might give Nova more time to recover, and keep a couple of the kids in minors for one more season. It's worth a look, anyway.

          • You do realize Gardner was their best player last year? (War)

          • guest says:

            So what…who cares what he did in the past this is my thinking on the future…he has to go and will!

          • Ollie says:

            Not sure why u want to get rid of Gardner, he is a good ballplayer! The problem is that the Yankees insist on batting him at front of order because of his speed but he is not that that kind of hitter! He strikes out to much, he can't bunt and he can't handle the tough lefty's. Move him down order and he may excel! (or not!)

          • mick says:

            I agree, Ollie. But, I'd trade him for Alex Gordon in a heartbeat.

        • Fred Stanley says:

          I agree (not that Chris Young is a "turd" per se), but rather, why not give the job of 4th OFer to Austin or Flores…Austin can also play some 3B if needed…We need to continue to get younger and this is another way to do that.

    • Terry says:

      I agree with you on Warren.Not only did he find a home but it's a role he can fill on a championship caliber team.I'm not worried how he'll look in ST but more towards mid-May to the end of June.When the mileage starts to build up on an arm not used to the innings.The kid found his niche,if it ain't broke don't fix it

      • guest says:

        The Yankees do not need Warren in the pen…who is more then big enough in stature to start.

        • hotdog says:

          stature has nothing to with it…success does…

          • guest says:

            Stature has a lot to do with holding up through an entire season…

          • hotdog says:

            the way you used stature implied that you were talking about height…Mariano Rivera was 6'2, "big enough in stature to start…Adam Warren is 6'1…both had been were starters in the minors, Warren exclusively…i'm not sure if you meant stature in terms of reputation around his success…if so, his "stature" in the majors has been built around his success as a reliever…now the Yankees do need starters in reserve and Warren has experience at this position so it would make sense that the Yankees consider him as a spot starter and if the rotation goes to the DL in bunches, Warren appears to be a good candidate to start…if he's successful as a starter, he might make the switch…

          • mick says:

            Guys, go talk to Ron Guidry about "stature". hotdog's right. He was a small guy, and think about how he heated it up. He was durable, tough enough to pitch thru injury, and did. Size means nothing. I checked with my girlfriend, and she constantly reassures me. lol.

  2. joeblow says:

    Gardner will not be traded. If they didn't trade him for Brandon Phillips who is one of the better second baseman in the game they will not trade him. I think they made the right move turning down the trade but I don't see any team offering somebody better than Phillips.

    • guest says:

      Why would the Yankees ever have wanted that turd Phillips?

      • joeblow says:

        The Reds offered Phillips for Gardner after Cano left. So my point was that if they didn't take that trade then they probably will not trade him (unless they get blown away of course) because that is probably the best offer they would ever get. Phillips is a good player, but they Yankees made the right move turning it down.

    • hotdog says:

      the Yankees organization likes Gardner quite a bit…i'm not sure where his power game goes but he's a decent enough bat and a fine fielder…it would be a mistake to trade Gardner unless there was a surplus of outfielders and a good trade available…

  3. mick says:

    hotdog, the Royals have coveted Gardner for a couple of years, now. Each season the fans start talking about him. Last season, and the season before, there was trade talk of Gardner coming over for Gordon. There also were others involved, but not of the prominence of Gardner or Gordon. I'd do that deal in a heartbeat, if given the opportunity. Gordon's the real deal. He'd kill in Yankee Stadium. I doubt that deal will happen since Cain has solidified CF, but I'd love to add Gordon to the Yanks roster.

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