Yankees news/updates: Injuries, suspensions, informal practices, more

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Jul 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German (55) reacts after allowing a solo home run to Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Yandy Diaz (not pictured) during the first inning of the first game of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

With the start of the regular season being pushed back and formal training suspended, the New York Yankees have dug in camp at their Tampa facilities, preparing for the eventual start of baseball activities.

The Yankees held their first informal practice on Saturday after unanimously voting to remain in Florida while other sports leagues dispersed back to society.

George A. King III reported that the entire team elected to remain practicing and committed to entering the regular season in the best shape possible, especially with a World Series trophy as their goal. However, the MLBPA and league reached an agreement to allow players to return back to their families if they desire, but nobody on the Bombers elected to take that route.

Consider this a boost of morale against a viral contagion — a hopeful decision after spring training started off poorly with injuries to Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, and Luis Severino.

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Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German, who was suspended for the first 61 games of the season, will not have the length of the suspension decreased, according to Brian Cashman.

“The suspension is in games, so the bottom line is until those games come off the board, that’s how long his suspension is going to last,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said on Friday.

Given the season started on time, German would have returned on June 21, but that date will be pushed into July with ease.

Yanks Go Yard:

As for Judge and Stanton, they’ll continue to rehab their injuries although it’s unclear where. Judge told reporters after the announcement on Thursday that he might return from his fractured rib in mid or late April, but also made it clear he didn’t have an exact timetable. The good news is his rib is healing so it seems like he won’t need surgery. Judge joked that he wouldn’t mind a couple more weeks to recover even though he doesn’t want the season to be delayed.

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Brian Cashman states:

“Once the temperature rises, obviously we monitor it and get them over to our internist,” Cashman said. “And just as in prior years, they go through the protocols. If the internist thinks he might have influenza – whether it’s a player or a staff member, front office member, coaching staff (member) – they go through the process.

“Does he have strep? Does he have influenza? All that stuff. We’ll continue to act accordingly on both sides … the major-league camp and the minor-league camp.