Position players have yet to report to Tampa, but that hasn't stopped them from catching the injury bug. Both Tyler Austin and Mason Williams are the Yankees' first victims of the season.
That Chris Carter signing sure looks good now, huh? Austin's six week timeframe takes us up to Opening Day, which probably means he'll also need a month or so to have a Spring Training of his own. With that in mind, we might not see Austin in game action until May, most likely with Scranton.
With Carter around, there was a strong chance Austin wouldn't have been in the Bronx to begin the year anyway. Nonetheless, he would have had a chance to supplant Greg Bird or Aaron Judge, depending on the former's shoulder and the latter's mechanical adjustments.
Williams was likely ticketed for the Triple-A outfield before this knee injury. Fortunately for him, the current prognosis doesn't have him losing too much of camp, so there's a chance he's still ready for the opener should he be needed in New York.
Losing depth is never a good thing. But if there's a bright side, these two injuries will give us more opportunities to watch Clint Frazier and Dustin Fowler over the next month.