The New York Yankees have been hit hard with another injury, as reliever A.J. Cole is being placed on the disabled list with neck strain - according to Randy Miller of NJ.com.
The good news is that the Yankees did get one reliever back, as Luis Cessa comes off the disabled list and is ready to join the team again. The Pinstripes will need the most out of their bullpen while they wait for Cole's return.
New York acquired Cole in a trade with the Washington Nationals in April, and the 26-year-old found his ground after struggling in DC. In seven game appearances with the Yankees, Cole has pitched 13 innings - posting an impressive 0.69 ERA while striking out 15 batters. He had a woeful 6.17 ERA with the Nationals in 23.1 innings pitched, but it looks like a change of scenery was all Cole needed.
The Yankees rotation lost starter Jordan Montgomery for the season, as he underwent Tommy John surgery earlier in the month. But with David Robertson, Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman in the fold, New York owns one of baseball's top bullpens - so they should be fine while Cole recovers.
Fresh off a sweep against the surging Seattle Mariners, the Yankees sit at 50-22, and are leading the Boston Red Sox by two games for first in the AL East. With four games in hand on the Red Sox and Astros, the Yankees are currently sitting as the best team in all of baseball right now.
General manager Brian Cashman is often one of the busiest at the July trade deadline, so we can expect him to add an arm or two to bolster his team's title hopes. Cole should be back soon, but they'll certainly look to fill Montgomery's spot.