Yankees GM Brian Cashman didn't envision needing Monday's off-day to recuperate his squad this early in the season. But it was certainly needed with key players continuing to battle injury.
The most notable has been CF Aaron Hicks (intercostal muscle strain), who is close to returning to the team. Cashman told the Daily News' Mike Mazzeo that he hopes to see him return "some time probably during the Tigers series," which is this coming weekend. He is hoping to see Hicks suit up for a minor-league game as early as Tuesday.
Catcher Gary Sanchez also caught the injury bug over the weekend, as he was experiencing right hamstring soreness and cramping which kept him out the past two games. Cashman says the team will evaluate him on Tuesday to see if he is game ready.
"We'll see (if he's ready for Tuesday)," Cashman said. "I think Aaron (Boone) and our medical staff reacted properly in taking advantage of the off-day and giving him the time (off) Saturday and Sunday. Hopefully he'll be ready to go Tuesday. We'll wait and see. That will be a Tuesday decision."
As for OF Jacob Ellsbury (hip) and INF Brandon Drury (migraines, blurred vision), Cashman said they both saw the doctor Monday, but didn't have any results yet.
"I don't know if we'll have anything specific for you today," Cashman said. "They're obviously not going to be a player for us this week regardless."
Veteran lefty CC Sabathia also finds himself on the DL after his last start that ended abruptly due to a right hip injury. Though it is tough to see him go back on the DL as he already deals with his knee, the Yankees seemed hopeful Sabathia will only miss one start.
"He's getting his treatment and hopefully the timeout will be a benefit and his hip will resolve in the DL timeframe. But it's too early to call that. He hasn't thrown yet," Cashman said.
Clint Frazier (concussion) is still in protocol as he has no timetable to play rehab games. He sustained a concussion back in Spring Training.
"He's still finishing off the protocol," Cashman said. "He's gone through batting practice, outfield drills and he's working out under the lights, but he still hasn't played yet in rehab games."
Cashman also noted that Tyler Wade, who missed games due to flu-like symptoms, is feeling better. Billy McKinney (shoulder) and Greg Bird (ankle surgery) are also sitting on the DL.
The Yankees find themselves an even 5-5 through their first 10 games of the season.