Yankees clarify Jasson Dominguez’s injury setback, Cole eyeing return

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Yankees outfield prospect Jasson Dominguez has been making waves in minor league baseball following his return from Tommy John surgery. The 21-year-old has demonstrated remarkable prowess during his rehab assignment, rapidly progressing through various minor league levels to reach Triple-A Scranton.

Setback Amidst Stellar Comeback

Since arriving at Triple-A, Dominguez has participated in nine games, amassing an impressive batting average of .389 with an on-base percentage of .405 and a slugging percentage of .639. In 37 plate appearances, he has recorded two home runs, three RBIs, and seven runs, translating to a weighted runs created plus (wRC+) of 168. This performance indicates that he has been performing 60% better than the average player at this level, underscoring his elite potential and readiness for the major leagues.

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However, Dominguez experienced a setback last Saturday when he tweaked a muscle on his left side during a check-swing, landing on the 7-day IL. The initial diagnosis suggests a strained oblique, which could sideline him for a few more weeks. Fortunately, there is relief that he did not re-injure his surgically repaired elbow. While this injury is a frustrating interruption, especially as he was on track for a potential MLB promotion in the coming months, it does not diminish the significant strides he has made in his recovery and performance.

The Yankees are in no rush to bring Dominguez up to the majors, as their current outfield lineup is healthy and performing well. However, this delay in his development is another hurdle for Dominguez, who has already faced several challenges on his path to the big leagues.

Yankees’ Pitching Decisions Loom

In addition to managing Dominguez’s recovery, the Yankees are also making critical decisions regarding their pitching roster. The team is currently determining whether Cody Poteet or Gerrit Cole will start next Friday. Cole, the reigning Cy Young Award winner, is nearing the end of his rehab assignment in Triple-A after dealing with nerve inflammation in his throwing arm. Over 12.1 innings between Double-A and Triple-A, Cole has been impressive, allowing just one earned run and six hits while striking out 19 batters.

With his fastball showing great vitality, the Yankees eagerly anticipate Cole’s return to the starting rotation, whether it happens next week or in the near future. His comeback could significantly bolster the Yankees’ pitching staff as they continue their campaign in the MLB season.

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