Yankees banged limping to the finish line

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MILWAUKEE — The Yankees’ pregame media session with manager Aaron Boone turned into a long and depressing medical report. And if it continues like this, when we say Aaron Judge wins a game single-handedly, it may be literal.

Don’t miss Judge, because the global and versatile Yankees superstar these days is on the field with a collection of substitutes, journeymen, rookies and general disappointments, and the Yankees are still winning about half their games.

The judge does what he can. Of course, the man on pace to break Roger Maris’ AL home run record is just superhuman. With a brace, a walk and a few good plays in center and then right field on Saturday night, Judge wasn’t enough. The Brewers won their second straight, winning 4-1 on eight dominant innings from Brandon Woodruff and a three-run homer from Willy Adames in front of a nearly sold-out crowd of 41,210.

The Yankees once led the majors in wins, runs, and a whole bunch of nice categories. But lately, they only lead to one: pain.

Poor Marwin Gonzalez, who left the game Friday night in a fit of dizziness, and was back there Saturday out of necessity as a third-string first baseman. With DJ LeMahieu and Anthony Rizzo still out, Gonzalez is the guy. But alas, he was literally knocked out on his first at bat on Saturday when Brewers catcher Victor Caratini carelessly threw a ball that ricocheted off the bill of Gonzalez’s helmet in an attempt to return it to the pitcher. It put a welt across Gonzalez’s face and probably made him even dizzier than before.

Brewers catcher Victor Caratini checks on Marwin Gonzalez after throwing a ball that ricocheted off the bill of Gonzalez's helmet.  He drew a welt across Gonzalez's face.
Brewers catcher Victor Caratini checks on Marwin Gonzalez after throwing a ball that ricocheted off the bill of Gonzalez’s helmet. He drew a welt across Gonzalez’s face.
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A potentially more devastating injury was revealed before the game when pitcher Frankie Montas put his civilians on a trip to the MRI tube to scan his right shoulder, the same shoulder that kept him out for 17 days just weeks before the Yankees are only sending four prospects. in Oakland for him and reliever Lou Trivino. And thank goodness for Trivino, the least advertised of the five big league mics at the trade deadline, who now holds the distinction of being the only fully healthy one.

The Yankees’ widely celebrated deadline (including here) now looks like nothing short of a disaster. Montas was the headliner and he dragged a 6.35 ERA in the MRI room. He told the Post hopefully the shoulder didn’t feel as bad as when he was down in Oakland. “I don’t think it’s anything crazy,” he said. Still, if he misses another 17 days, that would take him to the end of the regular season and could make him inactive for the playoffs.

Other injured acquisitions include reliever Scott Effross, who got off to a promising start with that save at Fenway Park but is now returning from a shoulder problem, as well as Andrew Benintendi and Harrison Bader, the two injured outfielders who have left the judge. teaming up with a rotation of unproven players and kids, plus the occasional Aaron Hicks, who has nothing but a bruised ego.

Benintendi, who broke his wrist on a blow-by-blow, could be back if the Yankees go far in the playoffs, a very uncertain proposition if healing doesn’t begin soon. Bader is the elite central defender we have yet to see due to plantar fasciitis. The hope is that he could appear as soon as Tuesday, which wouldn’t come soon enough to stop the back and forth over the loss of Jordan Montgomery, who has upset Yankees coaches saying the reason for his resurgence has to do with the cardinals. confidence in his four-seam fastball. Pitching coach Matt Blake and later Boone disagreed and pointed out that his improvement might also have something to do with pitching in the easier NL Central. (Note: The Yankees aren’t finding the NL Central brewers that easy right now.)

Either way, Bader’s appearance could give Judge a chance to re-establish himself in the right field and take the pressure off the guy who’s been carrying the Yankees for the past few weeks. The man needs a rest, if you could call right field a rest.

“We’re still beat and stoned,” said Boone, who later added hopefully that they were looking for some key comebacks.

One of those guys is Rizzo, who homered 30 before going out and could provide the protection Judge needs. Stanton is named as the current guy to beat behind Judge, but judging by his recent beats, either his Achilles isn’t fully healed or he wasn’t ready to come back. Stanton stayed four times on Saturday and the All-Star Game MVP is sinking fast to .200 to .212.

Another one of those guys is Luis Severino, who at his best could be a real shot in the arm. He could be back in the rotation on Wednesday, a return all the more necessary now that Montas’ status is suddenly in jeopardy. It seems that when one guy is about to come back, another falls. Unfortunately, it’s a vicious circle that could ultimately prove the Yankees’ loss.

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