He told reporters that the back pain that has kept New York Yankees’ pitcher Carlos Rodon out of action is “chronic” and there is no timeline for his return. Rodon will receive a cortisone shot for his ailing midback “as quickly as possible” and one is tentatively scheduled for the next week.

Rodon, who signed with the Yankees a six-year, $162 million contract in December 2022, began the season on the injury list due to a left forearm strain that has since healed. The back problem arose during his forearm rehabilitation program. The former Chicago White Sox hurler and San Francisco Giants pitcher has yet to play a regular season game in a Yankees uniform.

Rodon was “definitely optimistic” before the Yankees game against the Tampa Bay Rays. “We have a lot of opinions and they all seem settled on the same thing. So I think that is the direction that we as a team want to go.”

Rodon is one of the many key Yankees currently on the injury list. This group includes 2022 American League MVP Aaron Judge, who was recently named team captain.

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Judge continued his recovery from a right hip injury by working out at the team’s spring training facility on Friday. Boone said Judge was able to come off of the 10-day injury list on Monday. He hit indoors, ran and threw, as well as doing defensive drills, at the Yankees facility in Tampa. Boone hopes that Judge will be back early next week. He has scheduled him for another workout on Saturday.

Third baseman Josh Donaldson took batting practice at Steinbrenner Field with Judge. Right-hander Luis Severino was also present, but he was unable to pitch in a minor league intrasquad match due to a right lat injury. He is expected to pitch next for either Double-A Somerset or Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.


The Yankees are currently 17-15 and in last place in the AL East, which is extremely competitive.

This report was contributed by The Associated Press.

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