Yankees’ Juan Soto is dealing with tough injury

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The Yankees‘ offense has been struggling over the past few weeks, primarily due to injuries and a lack of production from some of their seasoned veterans. Despite these challenges, star slugger Juan Soto, in the midst of a dominant 2024 campaign, has experienced some volatility recently due to a hand injury.

Yankees’ Juan Soto is Fighting Through Injury

Soto has contended with various issues this season but has consistently demonstrated toughness by playing through pain when there’s no risk of aggravating the injury. Currently, Soto is posting impressive stats with a .293/.428/.546 batting line, including 21 homers, 63 RBIs, a 15.7% strikeout rate, an 18.9% walk rate, and a 177 wRC+.

While Soto remains a crucial part of the team’s offensive lineup, there are moments when a swing results in noticeable discomfort. Manager Aaron Boone has acknowledged the bothersome hand injury but has downplayed any immediate concern.

Jun 25, 2024; New York City, New York, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Juan Soto (22) follows through on a solo home run against the New York Mets during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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“Every now and then, he’ll take a swing where it bothers him a little bit or a swing-and-miss where it bothers him,” Boone said Wednesday. “But overall, he’s doing pretty well with it. It’s obviously not affecting his ability to impact the ball much.”

The Anticipated All-Star Break for Recovery

The upcoming All-Star break on July 16 provides a much-needed pause for the team, allowing players like Soto and Gleyber Torres—who is dealing with a groin issue—to recuperate. Although Soto is scheduled to participate in some All-Star events, the break will primarily serve to give him and others time to recover from their injuries.

Reinforcements and Trade Deadline Moves

With the eventual return of players like Giancarlo Stanton, Jon Berti, Clarke Schmidt, Ian Hamilton, Scott Effross, and Cody Poteet, the Yankees look forward to significant reinforcements. Additionally, General Manager Brian Cashman is eyeing the trade market for potential acquisitions to enhance the team’s performance with an above-average bat as the trade deadline approaches.

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