New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said the team’s success this season could be attributed to new technology in the clubhouse. While most of the league suffers through another uptick in injuries, New York has remained durable and currently leads the A.L. East division.

“Our injuries have been below average as opposed to way above average, which we’ve had at least two of the last five years,” Steinbrenner said at the Major League Baseball owners’ meetings. 

Steinbrenner admitted to not fully understanding the innovations but claimed that personnel have received them well.

“It makes a difference,” Steinbrenner went on to say. “We did a lot in the clubhouse, a lot of new technology: red light therapy, infrared saunas, hyperbaric chambers … Stuff that’s right over my head. But these players, they really, really like it. Maybe in some way, shape, or form, all that new technology is helping with the injury situation.”

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The Yankees owner is heaping praise on his staff at a difficult time for some teams, as many star players have already headed to the injured list early in the season. Pitchers have suffered the most as the league desperately searches for ways to promote better arm endurance. But the Angels’ Mike Trout and Phillies’ Trea Turner are two of many key position players who have also had to miss time.

New York is not entirely unscathed by injuries, as the team has had to compete without ace pitcher Gerrit Cole and third baseman D.J. LeMahieu all season. The team also lost young talent Jasson Dominguez to an elbow injury. However, all of these injuries occurred before the season, and the team has carried on well despite them.

With a 35-17 record, the Yanks currently hold a 3.5-game lead over the Baltimore Orioles in the division, setting up a tense A.L. East battle as summer approaches. Aaron Judge and Juan Soto have combined forces to become a monstrous duo in the middle of the lineup, propelling the team back into World Series contention after a poor 2023 season.

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