Latest News on Every Injured Yankees Player
From the very beginning of the 2012 season right through to the bitter end of it, the New York Yankees suffered numerous key injuries.
In spite of those setbacks, the team still managed to win the most games in the American League and fell just four wins short of a trip to the October Classic.
Going into the 2013 campaign, the majority of the team expects to be back to full strength by the time they take the field against the Boston Red Sox on April 1st.
This article takes a look at the status of every injured Bomber.
Derek Jeter's 2012 season came to an end in Game 1 of the ALCS against the Detroit Tigers, when he broke his ankle in an awkward play at shortstop.
It also effectively ended the Yankees season, as the team didn't win a game after that and were swept by the Tigers.
The offseason has been one of constant rehab for Jeter, with the goal being to feature in the lineup on Opening Day.
The latest news reported by the Los Angeles Times is that the Yankees' captain was fielding ground balls on Monday.
It would appear that Jeter is on schedule to take his spot on the diamond in the Bronx, when the team begins their season against Boston.
Five seasons have passed since the last time Alex Rodriguez played in at least 150 games, and over the last two years he's managed to participate in just 221 of 324 contests.
As if a second offseason surgery on his hip wasn't enough, like an aging soap opera trying to remain relevant by bringing back an old plot, new allegations surfaced tying the third baseman to recent PED use. Amid the chaos that has ensued, the fact that he may not be available for any of the 2013 season has faded into the background.
With the combination of the PED rumors and his continued hip issues, many wondered aloud if A-Rod would retire. USA Today reports that Rodriguez has no such plans.
One thing seems certain: 2013 will be another lost season for the former baseball superstar.
On May 3rd, 2012, while shagging fly balls before a game against Kansas City, the greatest relief pitcher in the history of baseball tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Needless to say, Mariano Rivera's season was over, and the Yankee Universe was shaken to its core.
It has been 10 months since that terrifying moment for Yankees fans, and according to GM Brian Cashman, Rivera is 100-percent: "He's just rusty".
That's great news for the Yankees and their fans and means that the first-ballot Hall of Famer will get to continue on his march to Cooperstown.
On January 13, 2012, the Yankees traded promising young catcher Jesus Montero to get then-23-year old fireballer Michael Pineda from the Seattle Mariners.
Pineda had come off a successful 2011 rookie season that saw him win nine games with a 3.74 ERA and get selected to the American League All-Star squad. There was great anticipation for what the future held for the young hurler.
By the end of spring training that anticipation was gone, as Pineda was lost for the season with a torn labrum, undergoing surgery on May 1.
It will be a long rehabilitation for Pineda, and the current expectations are that he could return sometime in June.
Brian Cashman reported to Erik Boland of Newsday that Pineda began throwing off a half-mound on Tuesday.
If he remains on track, the Yankees could get a boost in their pitching ranks in time for the second-half stretch run.
In late October of 2012, following the season, Yankees ace CC Sabathia had a bone spur removed from his left (throwing) elbow.
The New York Yankees website is reporting that Sabathia has recovered and resumed throwing on January 11.
It would also seem that the usually portly southpaw has taken the opportunity to lose some weight, which could mean a return to dominance for the perennial Cy Young contender.