LHP Justin Wilson left tonight’s game with tightness in his left shoulder and will be reevaluated tomorrow.— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) March 23, 2021
Well, that’s not good. Cross your fingers that there’s no structural damage, but it seems highly unlikely that Wilson will pitch in the Bronx to start the season. An injured list stint appears in order.
Wilson joins Zack Britton in the bullpen’s walking wounded, leaving yet another opening in the bullpen. There appears to be three spots up for grabs, with one all but certainly going to Lucas Luetge.
Earlier: Here’s some not so good news with a little over a week left until the season’s opener. Lefty reliever Justin Wilson called for the Yankees’ training staff after throwing a fastball on his 17th pitch of tonight’s game and left immediately.
The lefty was really struggling on the mound tonight, for what it’s worth. His fastball velo maxed out at 92.7 (he averaged 95 last year) and he got knocked around, including a homer surrendered to Didi Gregorius. You can see the not-so-great velocity chart from tonight below.