After setting a major league record for sending an unthinkable number of players to the injured list last season, the Yankees shook up their medical and training staffs.
So far, however, this spring feels an awful lot like 2019. The Bombers have already lost James Paxton (back) for months and Luis Severino (elbow) for the year, and Aaron Judge (shoulder/pec) and Giancarlo Stanton (calf) are unlikely to be ready for opening day.
But general manager Brian Cashman insisted Tuesday that it's unfair for anyone to say the changes the Yankees have implemented aimed at improving their injury situation were a waste of time.
In an interview with WFAN's Marc Malusis and Maggie Gray, Cashman noted that the issues plaguing Paxton and Severino "are more orthopedic related from obviously back toward the end of last year that have nothing to do with the new strength-and-conditioning program or the new physical therapy side or all those areas."
He added that Stanton, who suffered a Grade 1 calf strain last week, arrived at camp in great shape, "but was it the best baseball shape?" And Judge reported to spring training complaining about his issue.
Cashman said he's confident the Yankees will see results from beefing up their medical provider team and increasing their player assessments.
"I think then, yeah, you have to react to try to understand how can we put ourselves in a better position that this doesn't have a repeat occurrence," Cashman said. "Sometimes it could be happenstance, but when it's consistent and happens more times than not, then you're dealing with something else. So what's the root cause of that, and how do you address it?"
To listen to Cashman's "Moose and Maggie" interview, click on the audio player above.