The Yankees have all but wrapped up the AL East, but they still have plenty of business to attend to in September. Much of that business, of course, pertains to getting players healthy and lining themselves up for October. With about three weeks left in the regular season, let’s go through another rundown of the latest news on the Yankees’ cavalcade of injured players.
It sounds like Stanton is in the home stretch of his recovery, as he will reportedly increase his batting practice repetitions in the coming days in preparation for a return to the field. “I feel like he’s really starting to build some momentum and doing pretty well,” manager Aaron Boone said. Stanton will be working out at the Yankees’ facility in Tampa, and will presumably face some sort of live pitching.
Betances faced hitters again on Tuesday night, and is slated to appear in a rehab game with the Thunder today. This is a huge step in the right direction for the right-hander, as he will take the field for actual game action for the first time all season.
Severino is also scheduled to appear with the Thunder tonight, after throwing 33 pitches in a rehab start with Scranton on Sunday. Tough break for Trenton’s playoff opponent that their reward for a fine regular season is a postseason date with two All-Stars. All signs point toward a return to the big leagues sooner rather than later for Severino.
Montgomery struck out five and allowed two runs across three innings in a rehab start with the Thunder Wednesday night, throwing 44 pitches in total. It remains unclear if the lefty will actually appear in the majors this season, but it’s good to see that he has all but completed his recovery from Tommy John surgery.
It’s been a week since Sabathia went on the IL yet again with right knee inflammation, and we still don’t know if he’ll throw another pitch in pinstripes. Boone has stated that he hopes Sabathia returns, but that his legacy is complete regardless of what happens.
The veteran outfielder is rehabbing a right flexor strain, and resumed throwing earlier this week. Boone indicated that Hicks would only need a quick rehab assignment once he began throwing again.
The young infielder received some good news this week, as he’s been cleared to resume baseball activities. Andujar, who underwent surgery to repair his labrum earlier this year, will expect to be completely ready come spring training 2020.
Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reported that Holder resumed throwing earlier this week as he recovers from shoulder inflammation. That would seem to give Holder time to return to the team before season’s end, but it’s hard to envision the Yankees entrusting the right-hander with a playoff spot if he doesn’t have ample time to reestablish himself.
Adler also reports that Tarpley should be off the IL soon. Tarpley hit the injured list with on August 11th with a left elbow impingement, but resumed throwing earlier this week.
Estrada will reportedly play with the Thunder in their Eastern League playoff series. The infielder strained his hamstring last month and hasn’t played since. He could get a call back to the majors should his minor league appearances pass without incident.