The New York Yankees gave a not-so-encouraging update on Tuesday about injured lefthanded starting pitcher Carlos Rodón. Speaking to reporters, manager Aaron Boone revealed that Rodón is still not moving forward as hoped:
Rodón has been sidelined since spring training. His initial injury was a forearm strain, but in the process of recovering from that injury, he faced a back problem, which slowed his progress and eventual return. Since that back concern first surfaced about two weeks ago, Rodón has apparently made little progress. There still doesn’t seem to be a clear timetable for its activation.
Rodón, 30, joined the Yankees over the winter, signing a six-year pact worth $162 million. He boasts some of the best stuff and rate-based results in all of baseball — pitching to a scintillating 2.67 ERA and 4.80 K/BB ratio for the White Sox and Giants over the past two seasons — but Rodón’s injury concerns are limiting his overall worth (although he was mostly healthy through the 2022 season).
Of course, this is an unwelcome turn of events for a Yankees team that is currently without Aaron Judge (on the IL with a hip injury) and has lost four straight. Going into Tuesday night’s game against the Guardians, the Yankees are 15-15 on the season and are in last place in the American League East. In addition, they are already 8 1/2 games behind the first place Rays in the division.