Two Yankees Relievers Won't Be Ready For Opening Day; Placed On IL

The New York Yankees continue to face some early-season injury concerns in their bullpen.

Lou Trivino is now expected to miss at least the first month of the season due to a mild right elbow ligament strain.

Trivino was acquired by the Yankees at last year's trade deadline and posted a 1.66 ERA across 25 appearances. When healthy, he's slated for a setup role and could even earn the occasional save.

In addition to Trivino, Tommy Kahnle is also dealing with an injury. The right-hander has biceps tendinitis, an injury he previously dealt with in 2018. He is expected to begin the season on the injured list, with a recovery time estimated at around a month.

Kahnle signed a two-year deal with the Yankees in December after a successful 2020 season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, recording a 2.84 ERA and 0.63 WHIP.

It's a tough early blow to the Yankees' strong bullpen. Photo Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports