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An update on what some Yankees are doing during the shutdown

Tommy Kahnle is on a winning streak, Chapman and Schmidt are throwing backyard bullpens, and Stanton went back in time to his high school days.

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It’s been 45 days since Major League Baseball announced the suspension of spring training and the delaying of Opening Day. Although no official activities have occurred in quite some time, players throughout the league have continued to keep loose. Let’s check back in and see what some Yankees have been up to.

Tommy Kahnle

Kahnle is still going in the MLB The Show tournament. The top eight players make the postseason, and he kept his playoff hopes alive last week with a 5-4 win over Jesús Luzardo of the Oakland Athletics. He has been red-hot as of late, going 13-2 over his last 15 games and shaking off an 0-5 start. Kahnle sits in seventh place at 13-7 with nine games remaining. The playoffs will air on May 1-3 on ESPN, ESPN2 and FS1.

Aroldis Chapman

No baseball? No problem. Even with the long break, Aroldis Chapman is still staying warm and throwing heat. He’s looking to return with vengeance after the way the 2019 season ended.

Clarke Schmidt

Schmidt was a serious candidate to be the Yankees’ fifth starter out of spring training. Unfortunately, because of the pandemic, he never got that opportunity. However, he’s still working in his backyard and throwing some gas. If baseball returns this year, Schmidt is someone to keep an eye on.

Giancarlo Stanton

The NFL Draft ended yesterday and Giancarlo Stanton went undrafted. He has a high upside and is known for his strength and power. If any team is looking for a six-foot six-inch redzone target, Stanton is your guy.

In all seriousness, Stanton posted this throwback picture of him on his high school football team. I don’t know how you guys feel, but I think he should bring back the afro.

Besides the high school throwback, Stanton has been getting some work in and getting back into the swing of things after suffering a calf injury in February. “He’s still reporting in Tampa and going through his rehab,” Aaron Boone said. He’s doing really well. When we get ready to go, he should certainly be ready to be back and part of things.”

That’s all the updates we have for you today. Check back next week to see more of what the Yankees are doing during their free time!