New York Yankees: Injury update on Judge, Stanton

New York Yankees, Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge

New York Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone provided some insight on sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton and their possible timetables from their injuries.

Giancarlo Stanton has been doing baseball activities and started running up to about 80 percent, Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media reported. According to Boone, “Giancarlo has had a really good several days. Think he ran some bases (Friday). Kind of half-speed running. He’s up to about 80 percent running. He’s been doing a lot of baseball activities as far as hitting off the high-velocity machine, throwing. So he’s probably, possibly a little head of Judgey.”

Stanton has been on the injured list since August 9th with an injured left hamstring.

Aaron Judge was placed back on the Injured List with a calf injury on August 28th. Recently, he’s begun ramping up baseball activities and appears to be progressing well. Boone spoke on this saying, “He’s had a couple of good days and started to ramp up a little bit. I think Monday we’ll start the real progression as far as a lot of baseball activities, more aggressive with some of the running and the buildup.”

Both Stanton and Judge seem to be progressing well which is some of the better news the New York Yankees have had recently. After dropping three out of four games to the Baltimore Orioles, the Yankees have hit a low spot of the season. They need to figure things out soon and having these two sluggers back in the lineup will obviously be huge for the team. Fingers crossed both Stanton and Judge will be back soon and healthy.

New York Yankees: Aaron Hicks injury update

New York Yankees, Aaron Hicks

Following last year’s postseason, New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks decided to undergo Tommy John surgery after dealing with elbow trouble all season. He successfully had surgery and has been rehabbing since he got it in late October.

Hicks began a throwing program during the middle of March and has continued that. This week it was reported by Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger that Hicks had also begun swinging a bat. He has been working out in Arizona since late March and has been there ever since.

Hicks said during an interview with YES Network that he began hitting “with a regular bat and with a fungo, so things have been moving along smoothly.” Besides working to get back to 100%, Hicks has also been doing what everyone is during the quarantine. “Then I go … back home and just hang out and watch TV and just relax,” Hicks said.

Due to the MLB shutdown, a delayed start to the season will benefit Hicks. When he first got the surgery, it was reported that he was aiming for a mid-summer return but it’s possible that Hicks is ready before that. Of course, there’s no reason to rush anything because there’s no set start date yet.

If baseball does return in 2020, the delayed start can be hugely beneficial for the New York Yankees. Aaron Judge, James Paxton, and Giancarlo Stanton have all been dealing with injuries and tweaks on their own and the downtime can pay off if the season begins.

New York Yankees Win Doubleheader But Injuries Bite Again

New York Yankees, J.A. Happ

The New York Yankees entered Thursday with a back-to-back doubleheader against the Detriot Tigers, a game being made up from yesterday’s rainout. The Yankees emerged from the two games victorious, as they won both games. The victories came with a cost, however, as the Yankees had several players removed for injuries.

The first on the list was Edwin Encarnacion, who left during the game with a left oblique strain (the same injury that sidelined Aaron Judge for around three months). He was sent back to New York for tests.

Gary Sanchez was replaced mid-game by Kyle Higashioka due to left groin tightness. Sanchez mentioned that the pain was similar to what he experienced earlier in the year. The 26-year-old attempted to steal a base and was pulled from the lineup shortly after. Sanchez is expected to undergo an MRI to find out more.

Following JA Happ’s start today, the Yankees announced that he has left bicep tendinitis. He was sent back to New York for more tests. Manager Aaron Boone said that it has been bothering him for a few days now but they determined that he could pitch through it for today.

There’s a concern with slugger Aaron Judge due to him wincing when running the bases following his home run. Yankee fans are distressed because this is the same thing Judge did when he was hurt earlier in the season. Judge had also run into the right-field wall when making a catch on a fly ball.

There’s good news, however. Luis Severino is returning next week and Giancarlo Stanton is expected to return as well. Dellin Betances is expected to make one more rehab appearance before rejoining the Yankees.

New York Yankees: Luis Severino’s Next Start Might be in Pinstripes

New York Yankees, Luis Severino

Luis Severino pitched what is expected to be his final rehab start Wednesday night and will most likely rejoin the New York Yankees soon. In 3.2 innings pitched for the Trenton Thunder, he looked sharp. Severino allowed one run on five hits while fanning four, finishing with 64 pitches (47 strikes).

Severino looked real good in his outing. His final line doesn’t promote how well he actually pitched, primarily because he had a minor league defense behind him. The best thing about Severino’s outing is his velocity was back. His fastball was up to 97-98 consistently, and his slider and changeup looked great.

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Following the game, Severino said he expects to be back with the big club in 4-5 days. He also said he expects to return back to his starter role when he rejoins the team. The Yankees will most likely continue to build his innings and pitch count during the month of September. They’ve spoken that they intend to have Severino back either as a starter or a bullpen arm.

Severino was dealing with a right lat injury which has sidelined him all year long. He suffered this injury during spring training and his rehabbing had been inconsistent.

When completely healthy, Severino is one of the most dominant and feared pitchers in the major leagues. A 19-8 record last season, he’s credited to a career 3.51 ERA.

Other players expected to rejoin the Yankees off the injured list are Giancarlo Stanton and Dellin Betances. Stanton has dealt with several injuries this season which has kept him from only appearing in nine games this year. Betances was dealing with similar injuries that Severino experience which has caused him not to step on a major league mound all year.

 

New York Yankees: Aaron Hicks Likely To Miss Remainder of Season

New York Yankees, Aaron Hicks

New York Yankees’ slugger Aaron Hicks has been sidelined since early August with a right flexor strain. The 29-year-old will avoid getting Tommy John surgery, but was told by a doctor in California that he needs a few more weeks to rest which will likely end his season. Dr. Neal ElAttrache recommended that he rest before getting reevaluated in a few weeks. This “rest-and-rehab” method will hopefully help Hicks to avoid getting surgery.

“Surgery certainly would be on the table,” said manager Aaron Boone. “I wouldn’t even call it likely. It’s very much up in the air with how he responds.”

Hicks had begun a throwing program which ultimately proved that he needed more time to recover. He was shut down again just days after the program began.

“Yeah, even if it’s ultimately not surgery, the clock’s against him now,” Boone said  Wednesday. “We have a lot of good players out there. We’ll be all right.”

Without Hicks, the outfield will primarily be left to Brett Gardner, Cameron Maybin, Aaron Judge, and Clint Frazier. Giancarlo Stanton is expected to make a return from the injured list soon as well. There have also been talks that Tyler Wade could see some more time in the outfield now in Hicks’ absence.

Hicks signed a 7 year / $70,000,000 contract with the New York Yankees this year.

This season Hicks is batting .235 with 12 home runs and 36 runs batted in. Fans remember his spectacular game earlier this year against the Minnesota Twins when he hit the go-ahead home run and superman-dove to catch the final out. Hicks’ defensive and offensive production will be missed by the Yankees heading into the postseason.

 

New York Yankees: Severino to Make One More Rehab Start

New York Yankees, Luis Severino

The New York Yankees decided to have Luis Severino make one more rehab start before rejoining the big club. They plan on having him complete one more start with double-A affiliate Trenton Thunder on Wednesday, before being considered for a callup.

Manager Aaron Boone spent his Saturday morning watching all 50 pitches of Severino’s last start with the Thunder. Watching Sevy run his fastball up to 97mph, the Yankees are enthusiastic about having him back in pinstripes.

Boone said that they want to build him up in a controlled environment. “I think just having a controlled environment where we could build him up a little bit more. We tried to avoid a situation where we brought him back and there is some kind of fluky long first inning to where you’re in a situation to where you want to pull him,” said Boone.

The New York Yankees intend to have Severino throw 60+ pitches in his Wednesday start. From there, he’ll most likely be reactivated from the injured list assuming everything goes well.

 

Following his last rehab start, Severino went three full innings while allowing one run on four hits. “I feel good, way better than the first time,” he said following the game. He mentioned that right now his main priority is having command of all his pitches. Severino expressed that his recovery process has changed in regards to what he’s eating and his postgame routine.

The 25-year-old has yet to step on a mound this season but holds a career 3.51 ERA and a 41-25 record.

New York Yankees: Luis Severino is Close to Being Back in Pinstripes

New York Yankees, Luis Severino

Luis Severino is on his way to be being back in pinstripes for the New York Yankees as his rehab starts have gone exceptionally well. There’s a large chance that his next start is in the majors with the Yankees.

The 25-year-old completed his second rehab start with the double-A affiliate Trenton Thunder. In three innings of work, Severino fanned five while allowing a homer.

“Overall, it was pretty successful,” said manager Aaron Boone. “We’ll talk about whether one more (minor league start) is beneficial or (he’ll come with us.” Boone indicated that the Yankees will have a discussion over the next day or two about the next step for Severino.

“His arm strength is there, which is a big thing,” said pitching coach Larry Rothschild. “It’s been a long time since he’s pitched. That game with Scranton was really his first game activity since spring training.”

Severino threw 50 pitches in his outing. He told reporters following the game that he feels like he could get back to 90-100 pitches before the season ends. It seems that Severino he hoping he can return back to his starter role for the big club.

Another Yankee who hasn’t seen an inning in the majors is Dellin Betances. He’s been dealing with a similar injury that Severino had. Betances has started his rehab assignment where threw a scoreless inning for Trenton.

It is expected that both right-handers make a comeback this season. The Yankees anticipate that they could make an impact during the postseason.

 

New York Yankees: Miguel Andujar Kicks Up Rehab, Will Begin to Throw

New York Yankees, Miguel Andujar

New York Yankees’ Miguel Andujar is expected to ramp up his rehab where he intends to start throwing again on Monday. The 22-year-old played in 12 games before he decided to get surgery for a shoulder injury that ended his season.

“I’m super excited to start something different,” said Andujar Wednesday. He’s looking forward to begging baseball activities rather than physical therapy rehab he’s been doing since surgery in May.

When asked about how his shoulder is feeling, Andujar said, “It’s stronger now. Just definitely feels better than it did before. Very happy with the work we’ve been doing. It’s shown progression and I’m happy with it.”

The Yankees announced in August that Andujar would begin throwing the next month, so he’s right on schedule with his rehabbing. The club will be mindful with what they do with him, as there’s no rush. They intend to have him be throwing over the next five months to prepare him for next season’s spring training.

Andujar was at Yankee Stadium for Wednesday night’s matchup against the Texas Rangers. “It’s always good to see Miggy,” said manager Aaron Boone who was excited to see his young talent. “He was here… (it) kind of brightens your day a little bit knowing that he’s doing well… he seems to be in really good spirits.”

Andujar signed a 1-year/$617,000 contract with the New York Yankees (Spotrac). In his rookie season, Andujar hit 27 home runs while knocking in 92 runs (Baseball-Reference). He fell short to Shohei Ohtani for the Rookie of the Year award where he placed second.

 

New York Yankees: Giancarlo Stanton is on His Way to a Strong Return

New York Yankees, Giancarlo Stanton

New York Yankees’ slugger Giancarlo Stanton has missed significant time this season with several injuries. He’s been noted as one of the “Worst luck players” this year, however, Stanton is making a strong recovery and should be nearing a return soon.

Stanton is close to facing live pitching soon. Currently, he’s been taking swings in the cage and on the field during batting practice. He has also been running on the anti-gravity treadmill for some time now which has helped him a ton.

Stanton was outside again today running and completing some defensive drills. Manager Aaron Boone mentioned that he’ll continue these workouts during this homestand, and then next week he’ll head out to Tampa to see some live pitching.

The 29-year-old slugger has not seen the field since June 26. He’s been dealing with several injuries including his bicep, shoulder, and now his knee. Limited to nine games this season, Stanton will have to complete a longer rehab assignment to get himself at-bats.

Stanton is confident that he’ll be back in pinstripes this season. “Yeah, I’m doing everything I can to get there,” Stanton said earlier this season. He added, “So, that’s what this process is and what I’m working for.” He’s hopeful for a return this season and the Yankees would definitely like his name on the lineup card heading into the postseason. Brian Cashman has also mentioned that he fully expects a September return.

In his nine games this season, Stanton is batting .290 with one home run for the New York Yankees.

New York Yankees: Edwin Encarnacion Nears Return, Boone Says Sooner Than Later

New York Yankees, Edwin Encarnacion

New York Yankees slugger Edwin Encarnacion went down with a fractured wrist after being hit with a pitch earlier this month against the Boston Red Sox. The injury looked identically to Aaron Judge’s injury which sidelined him for roughly six weeks. However, recent reports indicate that Encarnacion is on his way soon.

Encarnacion has resumed baseball activities where he participated in throwing and fielding drills a few days ago. He’s also been hitting in the cage this week. Manager Aaron Boone has indicated that he should be back sooner rather than later. Although Boone wasn’t able to prove specifics he said, “Expect him back soon… he’s not too far off.”

The 36-year-old veteran will have to see live pitching before he begins a rehab assignment. He’ll most likely take live at-bats to make sure he’s okay to step back in a real game. Boone talked about this saying, “Hopefully he’ll start to see some pitching here pretty soon and feel like he’ll be an option in here.”

Encarnacion was one of the focal points in the New York Yankees’ offense this season. Prior to this injury, he was batting .240 with 30 home runs. Not much of a singles guy, the Yankees mainly added him earlier this season because of his pop. In his 36 games this season wearing pinstripes, Encarnacion is slashing .238/.327/.497. He’ll most likely alternate the DH spot with Luke Voit during the postseason.

Other New York Yankees players that are expected to return soon are Luis Severino, Dellin Betances, and Luke Voit.