As Spring Training begins in Tampa, the Yankees are looking to have a much healthier season than the one they went through in 2019, when it seemed like almost every player spent time on the injured list.
But things haven't gotten off to a great start.
Luis Severino, who started just three regular-season games for the Yankees in 2019 due to a rotator cuff injury, once again is dealing with an arm ailment.
The 26-year-old has been shut down from pitching at spring training and was sent to New York for further testing of his arm, per Aaron Boone.
Severino expressed frustration with his latest arm issue on Friday.
"It's definitely frustrating to hear this stuff again ... it is so weird, I don't get it," Severino said, according to SNY contributor Sweeny Murti.
"I just want to play baseball," Severino added, per Murti. "I just want to pitch."
So if Severino is to miss any extended time, as he did last season, how equipped are the Yankees to deal with the loss of Severino and James Paxton near the top of their rotation?
The Baseball Night in New York crew addressed that topic on Friday evening.
"You can deal with losing one of the two, but the tow of them combined is awfully tough no matter what your rotation looks like," said Adam Fisher. "It gets very thin after Tanaka. You're talking about (J.A.) Happ coming off of a difficult season last year, you've got Jordan Montgomery coming off of Tommy John, Jonathan Loaisiga, it's not pretty right there. There's not a ton of depth."
Anthony McCarron also wondered if missing Severino at the top of the rotation could put even more pressure on Gerrit Cole, the ace the Yankees signed to a $324 million deal this offseason.
"(Cole) is the guy who is now going to be answering the questions about not just himself, but the whole rotation going forward," said McCarron. "So, I wonder if he's got a little bit more on his shoulders."
And while Anthony Recker pointed out that the Yankees' solid bullpen might be able to "pick up the pieces a little bit," some of the pressure will also likely fall back on Happ, who struggled in 2019, pitching to a 4.91 ERA and 5.22 WHIP.
"We saw two years ago that the Yankees acquired him for a reason," Fisher said of Happ. "He'd had a lot of success. However, it's not really about stuff. It's about rhythm, it's about deception, so he has to find a way to tap back into that."