The Yankees have been decimated by injuries this year, with roughly a dozen key players going down. Check back here for the latest updates on the walking wounded.
10-day IL: Luke Voit, David Hale, Edwin Encarnacion, Aaron Hicks, Jonathan Holder, Stephen Tarpley, Thairo Estrada
60-day IL: Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Dellin Betances, Greg Bird, Jordan Montgomery, Miguel Andujar, Giancarlo Stanton
August 22, 7:12 PM:
There are updates to the status of six sidelined Yankees players via skipper Aaron Boone, who spoke to WFAN on Thursday:
- Luis Severino: The righty tossed a simulation game in Tampa Bay on Thursday, which last two innings and went smoothly. Boone said the outing was 25 pitches in total. Severino will continue to progress on a normal five-day pitching routine. His next one will jump to 35 pitches and then he could begin a rehab assignment, which would last between 45 and 55 pitches.
- Dellin Betances: Like Severino, Betances threw two innings worth of work, with Boone calling it an "extended side." That work lasted between 30 and 35 pitches. The righty will face live hitters "soon." On both Severino and Betances, Boone said he is "optimistic we'll get them back in plenty of time."
- Luke Voit: As of Thursday, Voit is only going through normal pre-game routines, including BP and fielding, with Triple-A Scranton. On Friday, he'll start playing rehab games and Boone anticipates Voit joining the Yankees again once the team's West Coast trip is complete on Aug. 28 in Seattle. The Yanks will then face the Oakland A's on Aug. 30 at Yankee Stadium.
- Aaron Hicks: Within the next week, Hicks will begin throwing and Boone expects him to progress "pretty quickly once he starts doing that."
- Edwin Encarnacion: After Encarnacion started throwing again on Wednesday, he will begin hitting off a tee against on Friday, at the latest. Like Hicks, Boone thinks Encarnacion will progress "pretty aggressively" from there.
- Giancarlo Stanton: While not in the lineup, Stanton is currently traveling with the team. He's started hitting in the batting cages, running on the field and has introduced defensive work on the field to his work. However, there's still no timetable for his return.
August 20, 9:34 PM:
According to Lindsey Adler of The Athletic, RHP Dellin Betances is scheduled to throw a long side session tomorrow, and RHP Luis Severino threw today and is scheduled to face hitters on Thursday.
OF/DH Giancarlo Stanton ran on flat ground for the first time since his PCL strain.
According to Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media, manager Aaron Boone said 1B/DH Luke Voit will remain at the Triple-A level for Friday's rehab game, setting up a possible return for Aug. 30 -- the Yankees' next home game -- against the Oakland Athletics.
August 18, 10:56 AM:
Just as Sabathia comes off the IL, another Yankee takes his place.
Thairo Estrada has hit the 10-day IL with a right hamstring strain, the team announced before Sunday's game. Tyler Wade will be coming up from Triple-A to take his spot on the roster.
August 18, 10:00 AM:
It was an expected move, but CC Sabathia has officially been taken off the IL entering his start on Sunday, the Yankees announced.
Hopefully the veteran lefty can remain healthy down this last stretch before the postseason, where they are going to need his experience on the mound.
August 15, 4:23 PM:
Luis Severino threw a bullpen session on Thursday at Yankee Stadium and told reporters after the session that the next step would be a simulated game on Sunday. Severino added that the plan is to head to Tampa for a rehab assignment after the sim game.
Speaking shortly after Severino threw, GM Brian Cashman said the expectation is that Severino will return to the majors being able to throw 60-to-70 pitches per game.
August 15, 2:58 PM:
Dellin Betances and Luis Severino continue to progress well in their rehab, as they both threw off the mound again in the Bronx on Thursday. For Severino specifically, YES Network's Jack Curry reported the young starter "was letting it go."
MLB.com's Bryan Hoch followed it up by saying Severino will face hitters on Sunday to take the next step. After that, a rehab assignment could be in the cards. And that goes for Betances as well, if he continues to progress alongside Severino.
August 14, 9:55 AM:
After last night's win over the Orioles, Aaron Boone told reporters that Giancarlo Stanton is continuing to make good progress from his knee sprain, per The Post's Dan Martin. The slugger is running "75-80 percent" on an anti-gravity treadmill, and once he hits 90 percent, he can begin to run outside.
It's slow but steady for Stanton, as the Yanks hope he can return in time for the postseason.
Also, Luke Voit hit in the cage while taking ground balls as well, per MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. There's a chance that if Voit continues to progress positively, he could head to either Tampa or Scranton/Wilkes-Barre next week to further his workouts.
August 12, 1:40 PM:
After going through a workout before today's doubleheader, Luke Voit was very encouraged by the results he saw. Dealing with a sports hernia, he doesn't believe that he'll need surgery during the season. According to NorthJersey.com's Pete Caldera, if surgery is necessary it looks to be during the offseason.
Until then, Voit is aiming to get back as soon as possible, and he thinks that could be soon.
"Hopefully in a couple weeks I'll be back playing," he said.
Voit did sprints in the outfield today, something that has brought about the most pain for his injury.
August 12, 11:00 AM:
Aaron Hicks is going to be re-evaluated by the Yankees' team doctor on Monday, and the hope is that he will be cleared to throw. Hicks told reporters that his pain is stemming from his elbow, and that is the reason he's been held back from baseball activities.
Also, Dellin Betances threw 20 pitches off the mound before today's doubleheader. YES Network's Meredith Marakovits tweeted out saying he was all smiles when he said the ball felt good coming off his hand.
August 10: 7:22 PM:
After reinstating Gary Sanchez earlier in the day, the Yankees could be getting even more reinforcements for Sunday's finale against the Blue Jays.
After Saturday's 5-4 loss, Aaron Boone indicated to reporters that Gleyber Torres will be back in the lineup on Sunday, saying he would "probably" be an option for the Bombers in the series finale. The infielder went through a full workout on the field before the game, including batting practice and fielding work. Torres has been out of the lineup since Tuesday, when he was pulled from the lineup with core pain.
August 10, 10:15 AM:
The Yankees reinstated Gary Sanchez from the 10-day IL before Saturday's game and optioned Kyle Higashioka back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. They also recalled LHP Stephen Tarpley from Scranton and placed RHP Jonathan Holder on the 10-day IL with right shoulder inflammation.
Sanchez rejoins the team after being placed on the IL on July 24 with a groin strain. He struggled mightily the weeks leading up to his IL stint and was just 4-for-36 (.111) with no home runs since the All-Star break. He is hitting .229/.299/.508 with 24 home runs and 58 RBIs on the season.
August 9, 4:43 PM:
Luis Severino threw 23 pitches off the mound in a bullpen session on Friday and told reporters it was "perfect. Better than I expected." The right-hander threw mostly fastballs but mixed in a couple of sliders and changeups. Severino said he expects to return as a starter this season and will have three or four more bullpen sessions before facing hitters. He expects to be back in a month to a month-and-a-half.
August 9, 9:30 AM:
Luis Severino is set to throw a bullpen session on Saturday. The 25-year-old has yet to appear in a game this year after making the All-Star Game each of the past two seasons.
Aaron Boone also said he was hopeful that Gleyber Torres could return sometime this weekend, while Luke Voit is running, but not yet participating in baseball activities.
August 7, 5:11 PM:
There are updates to the status of five injured Yankees players prior to their meeting with the Orioles on Wednesday:
- Gary Sanchez: According to Sweeny Murti from WFAN and SNY, Sanchez is participating in a rehab assignment at Triple-A Scranton on Wednesday and Thursday. Sanchez has been out since July 24 with a groin strain and is expected to be back with the Yankees on Friday for their weekend series on the road in Toronto against the Blue Jays.
- Gleyber Torres: Manager Aaron Boone said during his pre-game press conference that tests were negative and Torres does not have a sports hernia or strain. He's listed as day-to-day and will travel with the team to Toronto. Thairo Estrada was brought up for in case he was needed, but will be heading back down to Scranton.
- CC Sabathia: After an issue with his knee once again, the lefty will throw a bullpen session this weekend, per Boone.
- Giancarlo Stanton: Stanton has resumed some baseball activities. He has started to throw and hit off of a tee, according to Boone. Stanton has missed action since late June with a PCL strain in his right knee.
- Dellin Betances: The righty has started to throw, but not yet off a mound. He threw off of flat ground on Wednesday, all fastballs. Betances and Luis Severino were spotted playing catch on the field prior to Tuesday's Yanks-O's game. Both Betances and Severino are dealing with shoulder/ lat issues and haven't played yet this season.
August 6, 11:54 PM:
Gleyber Torres was pulled from the Yankees' game against the Orioles on Tuesday night in the third inning.
Torres went down swinging for the second out in the top of the third inning, and was then pulled when the Yankees took the field on defense.
Torres was pulled from Sunday's game against Boston in the top of the eighth inning with what Aaron Boone later called 'a core issue.' He then served as the Yankees designated hitter during Monday's game in Baltimore.
The Yankees later called Torres' injury 'core pain.' After the game, Boone didn't give much of an update, but he did tell reporters that Torres would be going back to New York for more tests and that the pain was similar to what Torres felt on Sunday.
August 5, 9:07 PM:
Gary Sanchez (groin) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday. He will catch Wednesday and Thursday's games and if there are no issues, he is expected to rejoin the team over the weekend in Toronto.
August 5, 10:00 AM:
Gleyber Torres looked to be another victim of the Yankees injury bug after leaving the game with what Aaron Boone called a "core issue." But Torres' father, Eusebio, went on Twitter to give an update on his son.
Having the tweet translated, this is what it read: "After the scare tonight, GT is leaving the hospital and everything is fine, the bus waits for him and they go straight to Baltimore."
That's great news to hear as the team has been dropping like flies recently.
August 4, 11:50 PM:
Gleyber Torres was removed from Sunday's game in the top of the eighth inning, and Aaron Boone said after the game that the infielder has a "core issue." He appeared to be in some discomfort when he grounded out to lead off the bottom of the first.
Boone said Torres was headed to the hospital for further testing.
Gio Urshela managed to foul pitches off of both his legs in a single at-bat in the sixth, but Boone said x-rays on the third baseman were negative. Urshela came out of the game in the top of the ninth.
August 3, 11:20 PM:
According to manager Aaron Boone, Aaron Hicks was pulled from Saturday's game in the eighth inning due to an elbow injury. Boone said he believed that Hicks hurt his elbow on a throw from center field in the sixth inning, trying to keep a runner at second base.
Boone said Hicks will go for an MRI on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Boone explained that Edwin Encarnacion has a "hairline fracture" in his right wrist, and the Yankees will have a better idea of his timeline in the next 7-10 days. Encarnacion then said after the second game that he hopes to be back in three weeks, and was told his recovery time could be three-five weeks.
August 3, 6:04 PM:
The Yankees just can't seem to stay healthy.
Edwin Encarnacion was hit by a Josh Smith pitch in the eighth inning of Saturday's first game against Boston. After having his wrist looked at, he stayed in the game. After the game, Aaron Boone said that x-rays were negative, but it was later announced that Encarnacion was headed to the 10-day IL.
Mike Ford was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
August 3, 9:42 AM:
Speaking with reporters after Friday's win over the Red Sox, Aaron Boone said that Gary Sanchez is "close to being an option." Though he won't be activated for Saturday's doubleheader-- the first day he'd be eligible to return from the injured list, the catcher is taking part in drills and said through an interpreter that he "feels good."
August 2, 10:57 PM:
After Friday's win over the Red Sox, Aaron Boone said that Luke Voit had received a cortisone shot for his sports hernia.
Voit also spoke to reporters as well, saying that while he feel's good after the shot, surgery could still be on the table.
"Honestly, I feel really good, so I'm pretty optimistic," Voit said. "Obviously, we'll see how this week goes. I haven't run yet. I rode the bike today and did some other core activation stuff. Hopefully it feels good, but if not, I could always opt for surgery too, but as of right now everything's feeling good, and I guess we'll see how it is after a week of doing stuff.
"I would say (having surgery is) uncertain, but it's a six-week timetable, so that would be right around (the playoffs) … Maybe I could do it in the offseason too."
August 2, 4:23 PM:
The good news for the Yankees came earlier in the day, with Brett Gardner coming off of the IL, but now another name could be replacing him on the list of banged-up Yankees right away.
Aaron Boone told reporters on Friday that Didi Gregorius has a strain between two of his fingers on his left hand. The Yankees will wait to see if Gregorius needs to head to the IL.
August 2, 2:17 PM:
Brett Gardner has been activated from the IL, with the Yankees sending Tyler Wade to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to make room on the 25-man roster.
July 31, 11:11 AM:
After Luke Voit hit the IL, the Yankees injury woes continue as CC Sabathia is expected to miss a few weeks after receiving a lubricant shot in his right knee, according to manager Aaron Boone.
Sabathia's right knee inflammation has been a common injury for him in the past few seasons, but it hasn't been this serious to where he needs to miss significant time. With the Yanks' rotation currently trying to find its way in the second half, this is just another piece of bad news.
July 25, 4:45 PM:
The Yankees officially placed Brett Gardner on the 10-day IL with left knee inflammation. The IL designation is retroactive to July 22.
Aaron Boone had said on Sunday that Gardner was "day-to-day" and that an MRI had revealed the inflammation but no structural damage. Gardner told reporters that he "maybe banged it up a little bit and kind of aggravated it," but also said that he didn't think his injury was "too serious."
Gardner did not play in the Yankees' series against the Twins. The Yankees have called up LHP Stephen Tarpley to take Gardner's spot on the 25-man roster.
July 16, 5:12 PM:
Aaron Boone said before Tuesday's game that Giancarlo Stanton's progress has been "a little bit slow" as he recovers from a PCL strain in his right knee. Stanton has been on the IL since June 26, but Boone also said he thinks Stanton has made some "breakthroughs" in the last 24-48 hours.
"As far as rehab, it's building the strength and trying to get that strength going in the quad," Boone said. "I know the last couple of days, and even talking to Giancarlo yesterday, he felt good about some of the breakthroughs he's starting to have the last 24-48 hours. Nothing that he's doing [is] baseball related, more just rehab stuff right now. For something that was moving slow the first couple weeks, I think, in his eyes, he's making a little more progress the past couple of days."
July 14, 9:35 PM:
Yankees LHP Jordan Montgomery threw batting practice earlier this week for the first time since being shut down since an MRI revealed shoulder inflammation on June 20, and manager Aaron Boone said the Yankees are still holding out hope that Montgomery could return by the end of the season, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.
The 26-year-old Montgomery, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, is 11-7 with a 3.84 ERA in 35 career starts since debuting in 2017.
July 14, 11:06 AM:
Boone said on Sunday that both Luis Severino (shoulder/lat) and Dellin Betances (shoulder/lat) have both been cleared by doctors to begin a throwing program on Monday.
July 13, 11:16 AM:
Cameron Maybin (calf strain) ran, threw and took batting practice on Saturday. It was his first time running at 100 percent since his injury, but he has not yet run the bases. He told reporters he hopes to begin a minor-league rehab assignment in about a week.
July 12, 4:52 PM:
Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters on Friday that Luke Voit will be activated off the 10-day IL. Boone said on Thursday that Voit would return by Monday at the latest.
July 12, 12:40 PM:
Luis Severino will be examined again on Saturday with the hope that he will be able to resume his throwing program after, GM Brian Cashman said Friday on MLB Network radio.
According to Cashman, Severino will need "six or more" weeks to get ready once he's cleared. That timetable could put Severino's return around early-September if all goes well.
July 4, 5:27 PM:
Manager Aaron Boone said he didn't have a definitive timetable for when Severino or Dellin Betances would return, saying Severino was "closer" and could resume throwing "maybe by this time next week," according to the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert.
Boone said Giancarlo Stanton, out with a sprained right PCL, has "made some progress as far as range of motion" and is showing improvement, while Greg Bird, who is dealing with a torn plantar fascia, is "still going slow" in his mission to return.
July 2, 5:40 PM:
Aaron Boone announced on Tuesday that RHP Domingo German will return from the IL on Wednesday and start against the Mets at Citi Field.
June 30, 8:39 AM:
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman admitted on Sunday that in "hindsight" he should have had Severino go for an MRI prior to restarting his throwing program. Severino's sore lat is only 90 percent healthy and has been shut down for the next five to seven days. Cashman expressed optimism that Severino will pitch this season.
"I plan on getting him back, but whenever he does come back, a guy like that, you make room for," he said. "The job is to improve on what we've got regardless. And when he's available we'll certainly easily find a spot for him."
Cashman also said he has no update on Troy Tulowitzki while Jacoby Ellsbury continues to rehab.
June 29, 10:36 AM:
Yankees manager Aaron Boone revealed before Saturday's game that Luis Severino had a setback and was shut down again with soreness in his right lat. Severino underwent an MRI that showed his lat is 90 percent healed and will not throw again until it is 100 percent healed. Boone estimated that it would be another five to seven days before that could happen.
Boone also provided an update on Dellin Betances, who has also not resumed throwing but will likely do so when the Yankees return home from London.
June 26, 5:09 PM:
Giancarlo Stanton just can't catch a break. Aaron Boone said after the Yankees' walk-off win on Wednesday that he is going back on the IL with a PCL strain.
Boone initially said before the game that the tests came back good. However, Stanton will return to the IL after just coming off it last week. He only played in the opening series of the season before spending more than two months on the list.
June 25, 10:22 PM:
Aaron Boone said after Tuesday's win over the Blue Jays that Domingo German (hip) will make a rehab start for Triple-A Scranto/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday. If all goes well, he is expected to rejoin the team after its London trip.
June 25, 11:52 AM:
After activating Kendrys Morales from the 10-day IL on Tuesday, the Yankees desingated him for assignment.
June 21, 3:49 PM:
Aaron Hicks was not in the lineup on Friday for the second straight game and he revealed he has been playing through a right shoulder injury the last week and a half. He said he is on day two of a cortisone shot and expects to be back in the lineup on Saturday, per Coley Harvey of ESPN.
June 21, 12:01 PM:
The Yankees reinstated outfielder Aaron Judge off the injured list after he had missed the past two months due to an oblique strain.
Judge, 27, had been out since April 20, slashing .288/.404/.521 with five home runs and 11 RBIs before going on the IL.
In five rehab games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Judge went 2-for-16 with one home run and two RBIs.
June 18, 8:43 PM:
Aaron Judge said earlier in the day that he felt 100 percent, and he put his words into action on Tuesday night.
Judge blasted a home run to right center field in the fifth inning for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. After Giancarlo Stanton made his return to the Yankees' lineup on Tuesday, it appears that Judge isn't too far behind.
June 18, 6:00 PM:
Aaron Judge was in Scranton on Tuesday to resume his rehab assignment and said the plan is for him to play two nine-inning games in the field before he returns to the Yankees. Judge also added that he is "100 percent."
"I wouldn't be in games if I wasn't ready to go," he said. "Just about getting the reps after two months off."
June 18, 3:44 PM:
Per Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Luis Severino's throwing program is up to 105 feet and he expects to throw off a mound on June 25 or 26. Domingo German also played catch on flat ground Monday and felt no hip discomfort. He will play catch again on Tuesday and added he is feeling better, per ESPN's Coley Harvey.
Dellin Betances told reporters that he is still dealing with discomfort from his lat strain and hopes to return to the team in the second half of the season.
Aaron Boone also said that LHP Jordan Montgomery "walked off" with discomfort after his bullpen session in Tampa on Tuesday.
June 17, 11:11 PM:
Giancarlo Stanton has been given a path to return from the IL as the Yankees optioned OF Mike Tauchman to Triple-A Scranton. Stanton is expected to be in the lineup Tuesday for the first time since March 31.
June 14, 8:03 PM:
Giancarlo Stanton's power display continued on Friday night. Making his debut with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Stanton hit a monstrous three-run home run.
Aaron Judge was also in the RailRiders' lineup as the DH, but he did not record a hit in four at-bats, striking out three times.
June 14, 12:36 PM:
Aaron Judge is nearing his return. The Yankees slugger will begin his rehab assignment Friday night with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Joining Judge in Scranton is Giancarlo Stanton, whose rehab assignment is being transferred there from Single-A Tampa, signaling he could soon be on his way back, too.
June 13, 6:10 PM:
Giancarlo Stanton could be back in the Yankees' lineup early next week. According to Aaron Boone, Stanton will spend the next three days with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and if all goes well, he could be activated on Tuesday when the Yankees are at home against the Rays.
June 12, 7:26 PM:
Giancarlo Stanton continues to rake during his rehab assignment in Tampa. The outfielder slugged his third and fourth home runs in three games for the Tarpons on Wednesday night.
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HOME RUN, GIANCARLO STANTON!!!!
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Yankees manager Aaron Boone has said that there's a chance Stanton could be sent up to Triple-A by this Friday.
June 11, 6:27 PM:
Appearing on The Michael Kay Show, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said that Aaron Judge could be back in the Yankees' lineup by the team's next homestand, when the Yankees start a 10-game stretch in the Bronx with a Monday matchup against Tampa Bay.
According to Boone, there's a chance that both Judge and Giancarlo Stanton could be playing in Triple-A this weekend. On Tuesday night, Stanton went deep with an opposite field home run for the Tampa Tarpons.
June 11, 4:43 PM:
Yankees GM Brian Cashman said on Monday that the team had their "fingers crossed" that Dellin Betances' setback in Tampa was nothing serious, but Aaron Boone announced to reporters on Tuesday that the right-hander has a "low-grade lat strain" and the team will shut him down for "a couple weeks."
Betances threw 25 pitches on May 30th, but after feeling pain in his shoulder/lat area, the 31-year-old traveled to New York on Monday for further evaluation.
June 11, 11:39 AM:
Luis Severino, whose return could be around the All-Star break, was throwing at 60 feet on the grass at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday morning, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. Severino is basically re-doing his Spring Training after suffering a setback earlier this season while rehabbing.
June 9, 5:39 PM:
Aaron Judge, who has been out since mid-April due to a right oblique strain, could appear in some minor-league rehab games as early as this weekend, manager Aaron Boone told reporters before Monday's Yankees-Mets game.
Meanwhile, Giancarlo Stanton, who had put his rehab on hold due to left calf tightness, will play rehab games with High-A Tampa on Tuesday and Wednesday, then move on to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday.
GM Brian Cashman had differing viewpoints on the injuries to Domingo German and Dellin Betances when he spoke on WFAN on Monday afternoon.
Though the Yankees placed German on the IL on Sunday with a left hip flexor strain, Cashman said the MRI looked "good" and that "it doesn't really look like there's anything of concern there."
However, Cashman sounded worried for Betances, who suffered a setback over the weekend when he felt soreness in his right shoulder. "Fingers crossed, we're holding our breath to make sure it's nothing serious," Cashman said of Betances, who is set to visit another team doctor.
June 8, 2:15 PM:
Dellin Betances will head from Tampa to New York to visit Dr. Chris Ahmad on Monday. He didn't throw a scheduled side session in Tampa on Friday because of soreness in his shoulder/lat.
Meanwhile, Giancarlo Stanton could begin a rehab assignment on Monday or Tuesday, Aaron Boone told reporters in Cleveland.
June 7, 12:37 PM:
Didi Gregorius officially returned to the Yankees' 25-man roster on Friday. To make room for Gregorius, they optioned infielder Thairo Estrada to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Yankees have also transferred Troy Tulowitzki from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL as he continues to recover from a calf injury.
June 6, 3:27 PM:
Aaron Judge took on-field batting practice on Thursday for the first time since suffering a strained left oblique on April 20. Aaron Boone said Wednesday that Judge could be back with the Yankees for their London series against Boston on June 29-30.
"I'm taking it day to day," Judge told the Associated Press in Tampa. "The minute I start thinking about when I'm going to come back, when I'm going to do that, then my hopes might either go up or down if I get pushed back or some thing like that. So I'm just focused on getting better every day."
Judge is pain-free but isn't going to rush back, especially with the Yankees performing well despite a rash of injuries.
"Now it's just going through the protocols so I can finally get out there," Judge said. "They haven't been needing me the past couple weeks, so I'm going to take my time and make sure I get healthy and get ready so I can help them down the road."
June 5, 5:21 PM:
Aaron Judge could make his return to the Yankees' lineup in time for the Yankees-Red Sox two-game series in London on June 29 and 30, per Aaron Boone.
Also, Boone said that Troy Tulowitzki was given a few days off by the Yankees to go home and rest his calf injury. Boone has said on Sunday that Tulowitzki was 'pretty much over his injury.'
June 4, 3:25 PM:
Giancarlo Stanton had nine plate appearances in a simulated game in Tampa on Tuesday and also went through running drills as he works his way back from left calf tightness. The slugger took at-bats against Danny Farquhar and Ben Heller before running the arc behind the infield on the grass, a sign rehab games could be next.
June 2, 4:45 PM:
Aaron Judge continues to take the next step in his rehab and hit in the indoor cages at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. He'll head to Tampa as he ramps up his baseball activities and nears participating in rehab games.
Joining Judge in Tampa will be right-hander Dellin Betances and first baseman Greg Bird. Per The Athletic's Lindsey Adler, Bird is still feeling pain in his injured foot but has running on an anti-gravity treadmill and hitting off a tee.
Additionally, manager Aaron Boone said Troy Tulowitzki is "pretty much over his injury" and discussions are being held regarding when he will begin a rehab assignment.
June 1, 4:42 PM:
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said on Saturday that there is a "real chance" Didi Gregorius joins the Yankees on their road trip when the team heads to Cleveland later in the week.
Boone said that Gregorius will play nine innings at shortstop for Scranton on Saturday, DH Sunday, off Monday, and play Tuesday and Wednesday with the hopes of rejoining the Yankees lineup by Thursday against the Indians.