Yankees injury update: Gio Urshela positive news, Judge, Stanton on the cusp of return

Alexander Wilson
New York Yankees, Gio Urshela

The New York Yankees have willed themselves to a five-game winning streak, coming off a five-game losing streak last week. With Deivi Garcia on the mound for Tuesday’s contest against the Toronto Blue Jays, they will be looking to extend their momentum and positive growth.

Thanks to Luke Voit’s offensive talents and Gleyber Torres’ return, the Yankees have seen a spark within their offense. However, their starting pitching has been the primary catalyst, pushing them forward and lasting deep into games. Nonetheless, the Yankees are close to injecting more talent into their lineup.

The Yankees are close to gaining back three major players:

“I think as we talk about Giancarlo (Stanton) and (Aaron) Judge coming back, rightfully so, sometimes we forget just how important Gio is to our team and what a good player he’s become. So we’re excited to get him back. And then Loaisiga was an important member of our bullpen, really pitching in several roles.”

The Yankees expect to return Gio Urshela from the injured list after dealing with bone spurs in his right elbow. He tried to fight through but ultimately landed on the injured list.
As one of their defensive leaders, Urshela is a staple on the hot corner. In his departure, DJ LeMahieu has filled the spot, and Thairo Estrada has been playing second base. His offense has been nonexistent. Having Gio back will prove to be significant, as he was hitting .272 with six home runs and 23 RBIs before going down.

“It’ll be easing them in,” Boone said. “Especially if we go short with — Giancarlo got at-bats down there (Sunday and Monday). Judge started (Monday). If we bring them back quickly, we’ll see them back and play, probably day off, and then play, day off, and then build them back hopefully for that last week they’re going three and four days in a row and every day. We’ll build them up those first seven days with a couple off days in there and then hopefully be in a position where we hit those final several games of the season, we’ll be ready to roll.”

Urshela’s return on Tuesday is significant, but the Yankees are also expecting to gain back Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton by the weekend. Having all three back in the lineup will finally give the Yankees some intimidation against opposing teams. They are on the cusp of the playoff race, currently in a wild-card spot. They need to win at least 75% of the remaining games to guarantee a spot in the postseason. Both Judge and Stanton were hitting over .290 and a defining force in the Yankees’ homer-centric mentality.