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’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 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, 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.