The New York Yankees finally thought they were getting healthier when Derek Jeter returned on July 11. Yet the Yankees learned once again they aren’t that lucky, after Jeter got hurt before his first game back even ended. As such, New York announced that Jeter will be sidelined again on July 12, and may even have to go back to the DL until August.
This is nothing new for the Yankees over the last 14 months – both in getting their stars injured, and having them get hurt again right after they come back. Here is a list of all the injuries their major stars have suffered since May 2012, with a few being on the list more than once.
The first domino fell in May 2012, when Yankees closer Mariano Rivera injured his leg while chasing a batting practice fly ball in Kansas City. It ended his 2012 season and looked to end his career, but he returned in 2013 and is an All-Star again in his final year. Sadly for the Yankees, this first major injury was the only one that has had a happy ending.
The Yankees stayed relatively healthy until Jeter broke his ankle in Game 1 of the 2012 ALCS. It destroyed them in the short term when the Detroit Tigers went on to sweep the series, but their real bad luck was yet to come.
News of Alex Rodriguez’s injured hip came in December 2012. His subsequent surgery and rehab has kept Rodriguez out for the entire season — but with the Biogenesis PED scandal having exploded since then, he may not be eligible to come back for a long time. Of course, few in New York — and perhaps in the Yankees organization — may want him to.
The Yankees truly knew they were cursed when Curtis Granderson fractured his forearm early in spring training. He would be on the DL to start the season, and he wouldn’t be the first New York slugger to go down before Opening Day.
Teixeira was on Team USA in the World Baseball Classic when he went down in March 2013 — and like Rivera, he got hurt in batting practice. All it took was hitting off a tee to injure his wrist and sideline him for two months.
Granderson down again
Granderson only returned from his spring training injury for eight games, as he was sidelined again with a broken bone on May 25. He is currently rehabbing, yet GM Brian Cashman stated on July 12 that he hasn’t even started batting practice yet.
Former Boston Red Sox foe Kevin Youkilis was supposed to fill the gap for Rodriguez at third base. But even that didn’t work for the Yankees, as Youkilis hit .211 in 34 games before going down with back problems. He had surgery on June 20 and was projected to miss 10-12 weeks as a result.
Teixeira down again
Like Granderson, Teixeira’s comeback from a preseason injury didn’t last long, as he played 15 games before hurting his wrist on June 17. Unlike Granderson, Teixeira has already been ruled out for the season after surgery.
Jeter down again
Although Granderson and Teixeira quickly got hurt again right after coming back, the Yankees dared to hope Jeter would be different. Instead, he didn’t even last one game and now may miss a few more weeks, which has put New York under fire for potentially rushing his return.
Yet after not being at full strength for over a year, there was only so much patience the Yankees had left.