Next man up
by John Jastremski
Aug 19, 2020 | 9555 views | 0 0 comments | 1065 1065 recommendations | email to a friend | print
I thought it would be almost impossible to get deja vu when it comes to anything regarding this shortened 2020 baseball season.

However, this weekend I felt like it was 2019 all over again. One by one, the Yankees star players were dropping like flies.

First, it was Giancarlo Stanton last weekend in Tampa Bay. A grade-one hamstring strain that will sideline him for a month.

New year, same Stanton.

Sadly, but to a lesser extent, the same critique can be made of the face of the Yankees franchise, Aaron Judge.

Judge was off to a spectacular start. He was a frontrunner for the MVP award and living up to his potential of being one of the best players in the game.

But all of those good vibes for the Yankees slugger have been put on hold with a mild calf strain.

The timetable for a return should not be as lengthy as Stanton, but once again the questions regarding Judge's durability arise.

The injuries to Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge should hardly come as a surprise, but the thumb injury on Saturday to the incredibly durable DJ Lemahieu was a major kick in the gut.

Lemahieu was the Yankees MVP in 2019, and provides something that the lineup lacks: the ability to consistently put the ball in play and hit with runners on base.

The Yankees are in the exact position they were a season ago, and now Aaron Boone is counting on the depth of his roster to help overcome adversity.

Halfway through 2020, the script remains the same.

Clint Frazier was called up to replace Aaron Judge. He has done nothing but hit. Mike Tauchman continues to prove that last year was no fluke. Mike Ford has chipped in big hits off the bench.

The Yankees ability to showcase their depth throughout the 40-man roster was a massive strength a season ago, and it's good to know at least some things never change.

The "next man up" strategy worked out pretty well for the Yankees in 2019, so why not 2020?
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