New York Yankees: Aaron Judge To Return Friday

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

The New York Yankees announced before Thursday’s game against the Houston Astros that right fielder Aaron Judge will be returning on Friday to the line-up.

Judge was batting .288 in 73 at-bats before his injury. He pulled a muscle in his oblique on April 20th on a swing against the Kansas City Royals.

Judge hit .125 in 16 at-bats in rehab with the Railriders over the past week. He also hit a home run in his final game with the team’s AAA affiliate.

What Will The Yankees Do?

The Yankees have a tough roster decision to make on Friday.

They need to decide weather the team will carry 12 or 13 position players. By having 13, you keep Cameron Maybin and choose to option a reliever. By keeping 12, you have to do something with Cameron Maybin.

The Yankees could try to waive him in hopes that he clears waivers and goes to the minors, but that isn’t likely. WIth his .300 batting average, he would likely be claimed.

Or, maybe Brian Cashman has another deal coming that could involve Maybin. But, if neither of those options are the case, the Yankees will have to release the speedy outfielder.

It will be great to have Aaron Judge back, but it sucks that the team will have to make a decision to either keep or dump Cameron Maybin, someone that has been extremely productive for the Yankees.

New York Yankees: Where does Cameron Maybin fit in after Aaron Judge returns?

New York Yankees, Cameron Maybin

The New York Yankees are faced with the best, worst decision possible. They have too much talent to choose from. Outfielder Cameron Maybin has been on fire as of late, enjoying a four-game home run streak. With slugger Aaron Judge returning on Friday, it poses a difficult decision for the Yankees.

How will the New York Yankees utilize Aaron Judge when he returns?

There’s no question Judge will be inserted directly into the lineup, but in what capacity is my primary question. Maybin is hitting .315 on the year with five homers and 12 RBIs. Additionally, he’s a serious threat on the basis, which helps in run support and getting runners in scoring position.

However, Judge’s return will ultimately lead to Maybin being designated for assignment. But it seems as if the surprisingly productive player is at peace with the reality of his position:

“It’s a business and things happen,” Maybin stated on Tuesday. “I can’t control what decisions are made. What I control is each and every day I’m going to come out and give it everything like it’s my last game. I always talk about controlling the controllables … my effort, my energy. Control what you can control and then let the chips fall where they may.”

He handled the question far better than Clint Frazier did, as he cleared up his facebook of pictures and, to be quite frank, acted like a child that was unaware of the business side of baseball. In all likelihood, he would have likely been brought back up at some point, but his demeanor screams trade-bait at this point.

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The Pinstripes have changed Maybin:

Putting on the Yankees pinstripes has been the catalyst for success this season. Reserve players that have seldom seen success have emerged as legitimate starters. Maybin, Gio Urshela, Luke Voit…unexpected players have risen to the occasion.

“People say wearing the pinstripes isn’t for everybody, but I think it is for guys that can handle some ups and downs. I feel my personality and what I’m able to bring as a nice piece to the puzzle makes me a good fit,” Maybin stated.

The Yankees will likely keep the veteran outfielder over Frazier due to his attitude and acceptance of his role with the Bombers. His influence has been great and he will likely prove to be an impactful option once again as the season progresses.

 

New York Yankees Injury Updates: Severino, Betances, German, and More

New York Yankees, Luis Severino

As the season progresses, the New York Yankees players are finally coming off the injured list. Key players Didi Gregorius and Aaron Hicks have already made their return. Bomber’s sluggers Giancarlo Stanton is returning Tuesday against the Rays and Aaron Judge is expected to return later this week.

As the injury bug seems to be disappearing, there are Yankees players that are still suffering:

Luis Severino

Yankees’ ace Luis Severino (lat) will not return until after the All-Star break. However, Severino is expected to start throwing from a mound next week.

Dellin Betances

Dellin Betances (shoulder) has said that he is still dealing with discomfort and is not sure when he will resume throwing. It would not be a surprise if Yankee fans see Betances make his return after the All-Star break as well.

Domingo German

Domingo German (hip) was making a huge impact on the Yankees’ so-far successful season holding a 9-2 record when he suffered his injury. German said his hip has been improving and is becoming more mobile. He began throwing on flat ground, however, there is no timetable for his return yet.

Troy Tulowitzki

Troy Tulowitzki (calf) was making progress when he suffered another setback. Tulowitzki was pulled from his rehab game in high-A Tampa a few weeks ago and there have been no updates since. Manager Aaron Boone met with media today and said that he has nothing to say on Tulowitzki’s progress.

Ben Heller, Greg Bird, Jonathan Loaisiga, and Jacoby Ellsbury

These four Yankees will not see the field for some time. Big Yankee names Bird (foot) and Ellsbury (foot) are expected to not return until early to mid-August.

New York Yankees: Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge injury updates

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Struggling through a current pitching funk, the New York Yankees need all the support they can get in terms of run production, and they’re close to bringing back two of their sluggers.

Giancarlo Stanton, making his way through the minor league systems to return to the starting team, has been smashing homers left and right.

Barring another setback, the Bombers are set to gain back Stanton as early as Tuesday of next week. His presence will be felt in the second game of a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Yankees’ closest competitor for the top spot in the AL East.

In addition to Stanton, Aaron Judge is also in line to return during the Yankees’ 10-game homestand. Both Stanton and Judge featured in the lineup for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday night. The sluggers have been facing upper-body issues, Giancarlo with a bicep and shoulder, and Aaron with a strained oblique.

I can’t imagine Judge will be fully healthy but hopefully, he can perform without reinjuring the muscle. The younger of the two when 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and Stanton went 1-for-3 with a three-run blast. The pair didn’t fare extremely well, but both have been sidelined for quite some time and are in need of at-bats to perfect their timing.

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“We feel they are at a point where they are doing well,’’ Boone said when asked about the sluggers’ progression, according to the New York Post. “Obviously they have to get through these final steps and hurdles and rack up some time here. Starting to plan and get excited for them. Hopefully, they join us at some point in the homestand.’’

Judge was hitting .288 with 5 homers and 11 RBIs when he got injured. Allowing him to return to full form is the priority, but it might take a few weeks for him to regain his timing. Being cautious with him and a potential reinjury is essential, but his influence will be impactful on the required success of the Bombers.

New York Yankees: Judge And Stanton Ready To Return In A Few Days

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

The New York Yankees announced earlier this week that outfielders Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton will be beginning rehab in hopes to return to the lineup next week.

Stanton began his rehab on Tuesday with the Tampa Tarpons, and went 2-for-4 with an oppo blast. He also had two home runs in his rehab game on Wednesday. If all goes well, he should meet AAA Scranton in Durham with Aaron Judge before returning to the Yankees.

Judge has only been working out in Florida, and he isn’t planning on playing any A-ball games.

Judge was batting .288 before his injury in 20 games, while Stanton played just three games before he hit the IL. Once those two come back, you can almost say that the Yankees are relatively healthy.

Who goes?

In all likeliness, Clint Frazier goes to AAA with a focus on defense. That puts the final spot between Kendrys Morales and Cameron Maybin.

I think that they should get rid of Morales, and roll with a five man infield.

Keeping Maybin gives the team an extra speedy outfielder that can produce. In 95 at-bats, he has a .274 average with five stolen bases and has given the team solid defense.

With the Yankees stars returning, it forces the team to make tough decisions, but it will just make the team better in the present and the long-run.

 

New York Yankees: Injury Updates (6/8/19)

New York Yankees, Dellin Betances

Didi Gregorius

Didi Gregorius made his season debut on Friday, and it didn’t look like he missed any time. The shortstop out of Curacao went 2-for-4 with two hard hit balls, then went yard on Saturday.

Didi’s defense continued to look gold glove caliber, and his arm seemed fine on throws across the diamond.

Skipper Aaron Boone wants to rest Didi on Sunday, and despite the fact that Didi is pleading with him to play it seems that Boone won’t be budging on it, but who knows.

Aaron Judge

Aaron Judge is in Tampa and getting ready for a possible return in three weeks. He has been taking balls in the field, running, and throwing for a few weeks. Just the other day, he advanced from the tee to cage work and on field batting practice.

The plan would be to start rehab in about two weeks, and then get him ready for the team’s series with the Boston Red Sox in London at the end of June.

Giancarlo Stanton

Giancarlo Stanton is also in Tampa with Judge, and he has been doing the same activities as him. However, he is much further along than him and will begin rehab with the Tampa Tarpons on Monday or Tuesday. He is hoping to advance to the Railriders by next weekend.

With the rehab, it puts Stanton about 10 days out from his Yankee return.

Dellin Betances

Aaron Boone said before Saturday’s 8-4 loss to the Cleveland Indians that Dellin Betances had a setback, and will be returning to New York on Monday to meet with team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad.

Betances had soreness in his shoulder Friday morning before his bullpen, and was evaluated in Tampa before the decision to send him back to New York.

Troy Tulowitzki

Troy Tulowitzki is still reportedly at home, “considering his options”. This could potentially mean that we have already seen the end of Troy Tulowitzki in pinstripes, or even in his career.

New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge weeks away from returning

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

With the progress being made by New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge, might one think he could return in the next week or two, but the reality is, he will likely be out for three weeks or more.

Why? Because the Yankees do not want to rush their best player back from a serious oblique injury too soon. Ensuring he’s completely healthy and ready to make a playoff push later in the season is essential. Judge hasn’t begun exercising his muscles to a degree that would be considered “difficult.” However, he has begun his rehab process lightly.

Facing off against the Orioles at Camden Yards, Aaron took dry swings and tossed the ball in the outfield barely utilizing his injured oblique.

Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone commented on Judge’s rehab:

“Starting to feel he is getting closer. A couple of days of throwing, he is starting to ramp up a little,’’ said Boone.

“I don’t even want to speculate on it yet until he’s really full go on baseball activities and swinging a bat and stuff,” Boone said before a game against the Orioles at Camden Yards on Wednesday. “I would say, I think he’s doing really well. It’s improving how we’d have hoped.”

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The Yankees have enjoyed a successful season thus far without some of their best players — Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino, Aaron Hicks (he’s back now), Didi Gregorius, and Dellin Betances. The injury bug has continued to strike – James Paxton and CC Sabathia are both on the injured list.

Nonetheless, the Bombers are sitting at 31-17 on the year playing with a glorified minor league team. Thanks to Gleyber Torres and Gary Sanchez’s production as of late, the Yanks have been offensively unstoppable.

Gaining Judge back in a few weeks will certainly help the team as a whole, he was hitting .288 with five homers and 11 RBIs in 20 games before leaving on April 20 with the strained oblique. Hopefully, he can return without limitations and pick things up right where he left off.

 

New York Yankees Injury Updates: Hicks’ Return, Judge Timetable, and More

New York Yankees, Aaron Hicks

As the weeks go on, the New York Yankee’s main guys are starting to roll back in off the injured list. Yankee fans are anticipating the return of these players.

New York Yankees: Aaron Hicks preparing to make a return

Homering in his last triple-A game in his rehab assignment, Aaron Hicks will be returning to the Yankees’ roster Monday. He will most likely not be in the starting lineup but he will definitely be on an option on the bench.

Aaron Judge

Aaron Judge obtained an oblique injury on April 20th and has not resumed any baseball activities yet. It seems he will not return until late May or early June. However, manager Aaron Boone said, “[Judge] is making good improvements every day.”

Giancarlo Stanton

Injuring his bicep in early April, Giancarlo Stanton was taking steps back in the recovery process. After injuring his bicep, he obtained a shoulder injury during rehabbing. Stanton said that he believes the shoulder injury came from the bicep strain. The Yankees management believes that he will not be in the lineup anytime soon. It is worth noting however that Stanton was throwing before the Mariners game on Wednesday night. Stanton has also been working out at the minor league complex, where he was taking swings in the cage and doing some fielding work.

Didi Gregorius

Last season following the playoffs, it was announced that Didi Gregorius was to undergo Tommy John surgery. Gregorius has been rehabbing ever since the procedure and recently is making very positive progress. YES Network’s Meredith Marakovits talked with Didi yesterday prior to the game where he said, “I’m feeling pretty good, getting there, almost ready to go.” Gregorius has been traveling with the team and has been fielding groundballs, taking swings, and throwing consistently. His return is expected in the next few weeks, most likely in early June.

Dellin Betances

Dellin Betances (shoulder) was throwing a flat-ground at 60 feet before yesterday’s game and said to be feeling good. Betances has been traveling with the team and following their return to New York, he will begin to throw at 75 feet. He is making a positive improvement, but will not be returning anytime soon.

Luis Severino

General manager Brian Cashman confirmed that Luis Severino will not return until after the All-Star break. He is currently in a six-week shutdown, and will not be throwing until late May or early June. Once healthy again, Severino will most likely be given a multi-start rehab assignment before being reinstated to the active roster.

Greg Bird

Greg Bird (foot) is no longer wearing a boot but is still walking with pain. With a left plantar fascia tear, it seems Bird is not close to making a return anytime soon.

 

New York Yankees: Judge Injured as Yankees Blow Out Royals

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

You can’t make this stuff up.

On an opposite field single in the sixth, the New York Yankees star outfielder Aaron Judge felt a pull in his oblique and was removed from the game. He will get an MRI, and Aaron Boone said after the game that it will almost certainly be an IL-stint.

In good news, the Yankees picked up a 9-2 win over the Royals. It got the Yankees back to .500 through 20 games.

Hits all around

The Yankees collected 14 hits all together, with multiple hits from four players. Clint Frazier and Giovanny Urshela each had three.

Judge got it going early before his injury, with a solo-shot to right in the first. Then, Clint Frazier led off the second with a solo-shot of his own.

In the third inning, Gleyber Torres hit one over the wall that was ruled a home run. After a review, it was deemed to be a fan interference, and he was called out. Aaron Boone wasn’t very happy about the call, and was thrown out for the first time in 2019. The score stayed 2-0.

Mike Tauchman made up for it in the next inning, belting a three-run home run to right. The pitch after, DJ LeMahieu had his first Yankee home run for back-to-back jacks.

In the sixth, Gleyber Torres and Frazier had back-to-back RBI singles, and Austin Romine knocked one in on an infield single in the seventh to conclude the scoring.

Seven strong

Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven strong innings, giving up just four hits and a run.

Tanaka fanned seven, but put three on base with walks. He worked seven ground-balls and five fly-balls, also getting twelve swing-and-misses.

Tanaka picked up his second win of the season in five starts, but only his previous start was a bad start. His ERA is now at 2.76 through 29.1 innings.

Jonathan Holder came in to get the last six outs, and gave up a solo home run in the ninth.

The final game of this four game set with Kansas City will take place on Easter Sunday at 1:05PM. The game will be on YES Network and FOX Sports Go. James Paxton gets the ball for the Yankees against Jorge Lopez of the Royals.

New York Yankees: Aaron Judge Leaves Game With Injury

New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge.

The New York Yankees have already begun dipping into their farm system as the injuries continue to mount. With Miguel Andujar, Greg Bird, Giancarlo Stanton, and Aaron Hicks all out with different ailments, the Yanks simply cannot afford to lose any more players field players.

The New York Yankees are in even more trouble:

Slugger Aaron Judge left Saturday’s game against the Kansas City Royals after seemingly straining a back muscle after singling to right field. He was clearly gimpy coming out of the batter’s box and was immediately removed for further evaluation.

Judge had already homered once in the game and was fueling another scoring inning.

Here’s the clip of the injury:

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Judge swung the bat normally but a tweak of a muscle is likely the diagnosis. Mentions of an oblique strain have vibrated after he was pulled. The Yankees are now completely overhauled in the outfield after the departure of Judge.

The cameras picked up Aaron cursing before going into the clubhouse, indicating that this injury could be more significant than initially assumed.