May 23, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Zack Britton (53) throws a pitch in the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)
May 23, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Zack Britton (53) throws a pitch in the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)

The Yankees have been decimated by injuries this year, with more than a dozen key players going down. Check back here for the latest updates on the walking wounded.  


October 9, 1:00 PM:

Zack Britton jammed his right ankle on first base during Game 3 against the Twins while making a bang-bang play to record an out. And though he was limping off the mound and into the dugout, it doesn't look like he'll be missing any postseason time. 

According to MLB Network's Jon Morosi, Britton will be on the Yankees' ALCS roster when Aaron Boone puts it together before Saturday's start to the new series. That's great news to hear considering Britton is the Yanks' best lefty reliever, minus closer Aroldis Chapman, out in the pen. 

September 29, 5:37 P.M.:

Gio Urshela's injury diagnosis from Sunday's Yankees game against the Texas Rangers was a "mild left ankle sprain," according to reporters on the scene at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Among the reporters to tweet the news, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic added that Urshela's exit with one out in the bottom of the second inning was for "precautionary reasons."

While Urshela's outlook for the playoffs -- which start Friday with Game 1 of the ALDS against the Minnesota Twins -- remains to be seen, the Yankees have flexibility if DH Edwin Encarnacion returns as expected.

Even if the Yankees are without Urshela, they could tweak their starting lineup's infield accordingly with DJ LeMahieu at third base and Luke Voit at first base, keeping Gleyber Torres at second and Didi Gregorius at shortshop.

September 29, 4:26 P.M.:

Even in Game 162, the Yankees were unable to escape the 2019 regular season without an apparent injury.

Gio Urshela left the Yankees' game Sunday against the Texas Rangers with what appeared to be an ankle injury, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.

Urshela came up limping on a play, according to Lindsey Adler of The Athletic, and was limping while leaving the field, according to Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media.

Urshela came out after fielding a groundball by Nick Solak and throwing to DJ LeMahieu at first base before an injury delay took place on the field. Tyler Wade then replaced Urshela at third base.

Urshela, who entered the day slashing .315/.356/.535 with 21 home runs and 74 RBI, was 0 for 1 after a strikeout swinging in the bottom of the second inning.

September 28, 5:34 P.M.:

James Paxton told reporters in Texas on Saturday that he underwent an MRI in the morning and was diagnosed with nerve irritation, though he said it will not affect the way he gets ready for the ALDS against the Twins.

The lefty was pulled after just one inning on Friday night due to a tight left glute.

September 28, 12:43 P.M.:

The Yankees returned a piece to their bullpen depth for the regular season's final two games Saturday and Sunday, but they also revealed a move that likely ends an everyday starter's 2019 campaign.

The team announced Saturday that RHP David Hale (3-0, 2.89 ERA) had been reinstated while transferring CF Aaron Hicks to the 60-day injured list.

Hicks has not played since Aug. 3's 6-4 win over the Boston Red Sox, landing on the 10-day injured list with a right flexor strain in his right elbow. He was expected to be out for the remainder of the regular season and quiestionable to return by the time the Yankees' started postseason, which begins next Friday at Yankee Stadium against the Minnesota Twins.

If the season is over for Hicks, the end comes after an injury-filled year, slashing .235/.325/.443 with 12 home runs and 36 RBI in 59 games -- mostly as the Yankees' starting CF, which veteran Brett Gardner has since taken over. Hicks signed a seven-year contract extension Feb. 25 worth $70 million.

Hale, meanwhile, returns for the Yankees' for the first time since July 26's 10-5 loss to the Red Sox. He spent the past two months on the 10- and 60-day injured lists due to a lumbar spine strain. His 37.1 innings of relief include 22 strikeouts to six walks.

The Yankees (103-57) continue their season-ending three-game series against the Texas Rangers (76-84) Saturday at 8:05 p.m. from Globe Life Ballpark in Arlington. They conclude Sunday with the finale at 3:05 p.m.

September 28, 12:06 P.M.:

Even with three games left in the final series of the regular season, the Yankees were unable to emerge without an injury scare.

LHP James Paxton (15-6, 3.82 ERA) left Friday's 14-7 win over the Texas Rangers -- the opener of the weekend's three-game set from Globe Life Park in Arlington -- with left glute tightness after 21 pitches and two earned runs allowed in the first inning.

After the game, the Yankees -- from manager Aaron Boone to Paxton himself -- felt that the injury was a precautionary move.

"I don't think it's going to be anything serious," Paxton told reporters, including Marly Rivera of ESPN, after the game. "I could have kept on pitching and worked through it, but they just wanted to play it safe. I don't think it's anything serious, just something we want to keep an eye on the next couple of days here and then get ready to go for the postseason."

Paxton entered Friday undefeated in his starts since Aug. 2, going 10-0 with a 2.25 ERA and 68 strikeouts to 20 walks over 60.0 innings pitched.

"I really don't think it's anything big at all," Boone told reporters, including Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News, after the game. "He wanted to go back out there. Normally I would've let him," the Yankees manager said. "I sided with the next one is too important so I said, that's it. Didn't want to mess with anything. I do think it's kind of a minor deal."

With the Yankees set for the Minnesota Twins next Friday for a best-of-five ALDS at Yankee Stadium, the looming return to New York leaves Paxton's potential Game 1 start in the air.

The southpaw pitched his way into the discussion after he had a resurgent second half, likely leaving Boone's decision between Paxton and RHP Masahiro Tanaka (11-8, 4.47 ERA).

The recent return of RHP Luis Severino (1-0, 0.00 ERA) adds an option to Boone's starting rotation for the playoffs, while LHPs J.A. Happ (12-8, 4.91 ERA) and C.C. Sabathia (5-8, 4.95 ERA) have been experimented with by the Yankees as long relievers after openers.

September 24, 11:28 P.M.:

After a fastball high and inside hit Gio Urshela on his hand, he appears to have survived an injury scare that would require him to miss time.

X-Rays came back negative, the Yankees told reporters in the Tropicana Field press box, as Urshela was diagnosed with a bruised left hand.

In his postgame availability with the Yankees media, manager Aaron Boone said he would not risk Urshela's health with four games left on the regular season and the playoffs up next, but did not rule out playing him Wednesday against the Rays.

"He seems pretty confident with it," Boone said, according to Marly Rivera of ESPN. "Right now it seems like we dodged it."

Urshela shared similar sentiments with reporters after the game.

"It's fine," Urshela said, according to Erik Boland of Newsday.

September 24, 9:45 PM:

Gio Urshela was hit by a pitch in the top of sixth inning, as a high fastball came up and in and caught his left hand. Urshela went down in the pain but stayed in to run after being checked out by the Yankees medical staff.

In the bottom of the seventh, though, Urshela was pulled from the game. The team later announced that Urshela has a bruised left hand and that x-rays were negative.

September 24, 5:50 PM:

Edwin Encarnacion's return the Yankees' lineup appears to be imminent.

According to manager Aaron Boone, Encarnacion is likely to return for the Bombers on Friday in Texas, though the first baseman/DH is pushing to be in the lineup on Wednesday.

Encarnacion suffered an oblique injury last Thursday.

September 24, 4:09 PM:

Gleyber Torres has been out for the past couple games with a hamstring injury, but the Yankees weren't stressing it much after his MRI came back with nothing serious. 

Well, that definitely appears to be the case, as he's back in the lineup against the Rays tonight. He'll play second base and bat third in the lineup. 

September, 23, 6:26 PM:

Gary Sanchez broke his silence Monday on his left groin strain, sharing when he plans to return from the injury he reaggravated Sept. 12.

"Right now with everything I've done, I feel better," Sanchez said, according to Marly Rivera of ESPN, after Monday's full workout at the Yankees' minor-league facilities in Tampa, Florida.

"Hopefully in the next few days, with all I have to do, and after working with the trainers, I can feel the way I feel now."

September 21, 1:34 P.M.:

Shortly after the Yankees' 1:05 p.m. game against the Toronto Blue Jays started, New York announced to reporters at Yankee Stadium that the MRI on Gleyber Torres (hamstring) came back negative.

The news is big for the Yankees, who have relied on Torres all year long while the rest of the team dropped like flies. In 140 games, Torres has slashed .284/.343/.546 with 38 home runs and 90 RBI.

September 21, 12:15 P.M.:

Before the Yankees' 1:05 p.m. game Saturday against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium in New York, manager Aaron Boone had good news and potentially bad news when he told reporters of the team's latest injury updates during his pregame media availability.

Boone first said that 2B Gleyber Torres "felt good" Saturday morning, according to Sweeny Murti of WFAN, but would get an MRI at some point Saturday on his right hamstring after he fell to the ground on a diving stop in the hole during the sixth inning of Friday's game.

Edwin Encarnacion, meanwhile, is officially on his way back from an oblique injury he suffered last Thursday.

According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Boone said that Encarnacion is expected to play by the start of the regular season-ending three-game series starting next Friday against the Texas Rangers.

Per Hoch, Boone added that Encarnacion could return at the earliest Tuesday or Wednesday for the two-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays.

September 20, 10:29 P.M.:

Gleyber Torres made a diving stop a ball in the hole during Friday's loss to Toronto, but as he tried to make the throw to first, he lost his footing and fell to the ground.

He initially stayed in the game, and even got another at-bat, but he was pulled in the sixth inning. After the game, Aaron Boone said he thinks Torres is going to be okay, but that he will see a team doctor on Saturday.

September 20, 5:17 P.M.:

Fresh off their 9-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels to hit the 100-win mark and take the AL East for the first time since 2012, the Yankees had positive injury updates Friday before they opened the weekend's three-game series at Yankee Stadium in New York against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Manager Aaron Boone started with DH/1B Edwin Encarnacion (oblique), who is expected to return at some point when the Yankees embark on next week's road trip Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Boone added that the Yankees "remain optimistic" about C Gary Sanchez (groin) to "be ready for the postseason" despite being further away from returning than Encarnacion.

September 20, 9:11 A.M.:

In the midst of the Yankees' three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels, which led to Thursday night's 9-1 win at Yankee Stadium where New York clinched the AL East for the first time since 2012, manager Aaron Boone provided an update Thursday afternoon on RHP Dellin Betances.

Betances, who partially tore his left Achilles in Sunday's 6-4 loss to the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, where he debuted for the first time on the 2019 season with two strikeouts (eight pitches, seven strikes) over 0.2 innings, will not need surgery after getting a second opinion from New York-based orthopedic surgeon Dr. Martin O'Malley.

"I believe he'll be in a walking boot for another four weeks and then they'll kind of reevaluate where he is," Boone said. "But the belief is he would not need surgery. I guess that could possible change, but they feel pretty confident this is something that will not need surgery."

After an offseason of recovery, the 31-year-old Betances, who was on a one-year deal for $7.25 million guaranteed with the Yankees in 2019, is likely to return in time for spring training.

Penn Medicine chair of Sports Medicine Dr. Brian Sennett told Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News what to expect as Betances begins the recovery process.

"Achilles tendon injuries require surgery when there is a complete rupture," said Sennett, who added that the Yankees' decision to shut Betances down for September into the postseason stems from the risk of fully tearing the Achilles. "The goal of surgery is to bring the ends of the tendon back together to optimize healing," Sennett said. "In a partial Achilles tendon injury, the tendon is partially injured but there is not a separation of the torn ends. As a result, the tendon is in a good position for healing."

September 17, 3:57 PM:

According to Aaron Boone, Giancarlo Stanton is on his way to New York to hopefully be available for activation on Wednesday. If not, Boone expects it to be on Thursday. Stanton has played in just nine games this season, but will return at the perfect time to prove to the Yankees he is worth a postseason roster spot. 

Boone also talked about other Yankees, like Aaron Hicks who is in the midst of a throwing program down in Tampa -- another positive update. It's in the early stage, so the Yankees won't know for sure when or if he can return this regular season. Edwin Encarnacion and Gary Sanchez are also continuing to progress with their groin strains.

The news came before the Yankees' game against the Angels in which RHP Luis Severino made his first start of the season. Among others he was followed by out of the bullpen, LHP Stephen Tarpley made an appearance.

September 15, 11:14 AM:

The Yankees made it official ahead of Sunday's game with LHP Jordan Montgomery and RHP Dellin Betances returning to the club for the first time this season. Montgomery is going to get the start, while Betances will await his turn in the bullpen.

The corresponding moves to make room for these two were RHP Ryan Dull being DFA'd, and RHP Jonathan Holder going to the 60-day IL

September 14, 3:55 P.M.:

In addition to RHP Dellin Betances, the Yankees welcome back a pair of others from the injured list as the new week begins.

LHP Jordan Montgomery will officially start for the Yankees in Sunday's 1:07 p.m. series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays, manager Aaron Boone told reporters before Saturday's game.

"I probably will be (emotional)," Montgomery told Meredith Marakovits of YES Network. "The minor leagues was a lot of adrenaline, just because you're so excited to be back out there. So I'm just trying to stay cool and slow the game down and throw strikes.

"It was a roller coaster. You're feeling so good and then I hit that road block with my shoulder and you'll feel good, you'll feel sore. It's just up and down, up and down. I was lucky to have my family, my girlfriend, a bunch of coaches and teammates reach out for me and kind of just keep my sanity."

When the Yankees return to New York for Tuesday's 6:35 p.m. series opener against the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium, Boone said that OF/DH Giancarlo Stanton will be back as well.

"It may be a situation, too, where we build him up where he doesn't play the entire game … however many at-bats or innings in the outfield, then pull him and build him up that way," Boone said, according to Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News. "(Friday) was another day of kind of a sim game where he got lots of at-bats and a couple innings in the outfield. He went out and played defense and they worked him on defense. Again, he responded well and continues to build momentum and hopefully at some point on the homestand we get him back."

September 14, 1:57 P.M.:

RHP Dellin Betances is on his way back to the Yankees.

According to Erik Boland of Newsday, Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters before Saturday's 3:07 p.m. game against the Blue Jays that Betances, who has been out all season with a right shoulder injury, was set to return for Sunday's 1:07 p.m. series finale in Toronto.

Betances started the season on the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder impingement. The Yankees transferred him to the 60-day injured list May 9 before he started his rehab assignment Sept. 6 with the Double-A Trenton Thunder.

September 14 10:17 A.M.:

Prior to Friday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters at the Rogers Centre that LHP J.A. Happ had a cortisone shot as he deals with tendinitis in his left biceps, according to George A. King III of the New York Post.

Happ, who left Thursday's afternoon game against the Detroit Tigers after 4.2 innings, will avoid the IL. Boone said that the southpaw is set to start Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Angels, according to Pete Caldera of the Bergen Record/USA Today Network.

September 13, 9:07 PM:

RHP Dellin Betances continues to work his way back towards the Yankees' bullpen, but Friday night wasn't his strongest outing.

The Double-A Trenton Thunder had been pitching a no-hitter through five innings, but then called Betances into the game to pitch the sixth. He allowed a home run to Bowie's Cedric Mullens, the first hit of the game for the Bay Sox.

Overall, Betances allowed two hits, though he did feature his signature nasty breaking ball. He threw 15 pitches in the inning, nine of which went for strikes.

September 13, 5:13 PM:

Speaking to reporters prior to Friday's game in Toronto, Aaron Boone said he is "optimistic" that Gary Sanchez will be able to return to the lineup before the season ends. The Yankees' catcher suffered a groin strain in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader with the Tigers.

Meanwhile, Edwin Encarnacion has what Boone called a "mild" oblique strain, which he suffered in Thursday's first game.

September 12, 8:40 PM:

Gary Sanchez left the game in the fourth inning with left groin tightness. He was thrown out trying to steal second base to end the top of the third inning.

September 12, 5:15 PM:

After pitching 4.2 innings against the Tigers, J.A. Happ is actually heading back to New York early to assess what Aaron Boone called "bicep tendinitis," per The Athletic's Lindsey Adler. Boone added that this wasn't something new in his eyes, as Happ has been dealing with this. 

Happ himself wasn't too worried about it, according to The Daily News' Kristie Ackert. He's dealt with it in the past, and he told the team he wanted to pitch through it. 

September 12, 5:03 PM:

Edwin Encarnacion left Game 1 of the team's doubleheader against the Tigers in the seventh inning with a strained left oblique.

According to The Althetic's Lindsey Adler, he felt the injury early in the game.

September 11, 8:13 PM: 

Luis Severino took another step closer towards his return to the Yankees on Wednesday night. Starting for Double-A Trenton, Severino pitched 2.1 innings, allowing four runs (just one earned) on five hits. He struck out four and recorded one wild pitch. His night came to an end after 64 pitches, 47 of which were strikes. 

September 11, 12:28 PM:

After receiving a second opinion on his elbow injury, Aaron Hicks has been given a recommendation of a few more weeks of rest, followed by evaluation, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed. 

Sherman adds that Hicks is not out of the woods when it comes to the potential of having to undergo Tommy John surgery, and that him returning even for the playoffs seems unlikely

September 10, 8:43 P.M.:

RHP Dellin Betances and LHP Stephen Tarpley followed LHP Jordan Montgomery as relievers in Game 1 of Tuesday's Eastern League Championship Series with the Double-A Trenton Thunder.

After Montgomery's outing, Betances worked a scoreless fourth inning. He allowed one hit and recorded two strikeouts to one walk, throwing 11 strikes among his 20 pitches. According to Greg Johnson of The Trentonian, Betances sat at 92-93 mph with his fastball, but he touched 95 mph and recorded five swings and misses, highlighted by an 80 mph curveball for a strikeout.

Tarpley took over and fired a similar frame to Betances, getting through a scoreless fifth inning with one hit, two strikeouts to no walks and one hit batter. Ten of his 19 pitches went for strikes. According to Johnson, Tarpley's fastball sat at 92-93 mph and "looked like it had good movement."

September 10, 7:52 P.M.:

LHP Jordan Montgomery started Game 1 of Tuesday's Eastern League Championship Series with the Double-A Trenton Thunder, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits with a strikeout and walk in 3.0 innings. According to Greg Johnson of The Trentonian, he threw 50 pitches -- 30 strikes -- and retired his last nine batters. Montgomery's only hiccup came on an RBI double, a line drive to right field in the top of the first inning.

September 10, 4:20 P.M.:

Two days after he left Sunday's game against the Boston Red Sox early with left calf tighness, Mike Tauchman officially became the latest casualty for the Yankees' injuries Tuesday when New York announced it placed the OF on the 10-day IL with a left calf strain.

The Yankees reinstated RHP Ben Heller from the 60-day IL. He had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and did not pitch in 2018. Heller's return comes after he suffered a forearm strain while on rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, initially leaving his immediate availability in question for the three-game series starting Tuesday against the Detroit Tigers.

September 10, 12:21 PM:

As they continue their rehab assignments, Luis Severino and Dellin Betances are scheduled to pitch for Double-A Trenton in the Eastern League Championship Series that starts on Tuesday.

Betances is on the schedule to pitch in relief on Tuesday, while Severino is slated to start on Wednesday, according to Kyle Franko

Jordan Montgomery is slated to start Tuesday's game, while Stephen Tarpley is expected to pitch in relief along with Betances. 

September 9, 6:21 P.M.:

Aaron Boone told reporters prior to Monday's game against the Red Sox that Giancarlo Stanton could return to the Yankee lineup during the Yankees' next homestand, which begins on Aug. 17 against the Angels.

Stanton is currently on the 60-day DL and has appeared in just nine games this season, the last coming on June 25.

September 7, 2:34 P.M.:

Before Saturday's game at 4:05 p.m. against the Boston Red Sox, manager Aaron Boone made an abundance of injury updates during a pregame media availability with reporters.

3B Gio Urshela (left groin tightness) is "likely" to be activated off the 10-day injured list Sunday, according to Lindsey Adler of The Athletic. Urshela went on the injured list with left groin tightness.

CF Aaron Hicks -- Boone said, according to Newsday's Erik Boland and MLB.com's Bryan Hoch -- had his rehab "slowed down" because he's "not feeling quite right," putting his season in jeopardy. WFAN's Sweeney Murti added that Hicks had another MRI, which showed that his elbow ligament "was sound" and the flexor strain "was healed." Hicks has been on the 10-day injured list with a right flexor strain and was expected to be away from the field until a mid-September return.

RHP Luis Severino's status -- whether he will undergo another rehab game or make his next appearance with the Yankees -- is expected to be determined later Saturday, according to Randy Miller of NJ Advance Media. Double-A Trenton is a possibility for Severino, according to Adler.

RHP Dellin Betances is expected to throw again Monday -- Boone said, according to Adler.

OF Cameron Maybin's undisclosed left wrist injury is something Boone said that the Yankees will have to manage the rest of the year, according to Hoch. Maybin's injury might linger into the offseason, said Boone, who added that the left wrist is "as good as it's going to be." Maybin has not played since last Saturday's 4-3 win over the Oakland Athletics, entering off the bench for the ninth and 10th innings.

OF Giancarlo Stanton does not have a timeline for a return to the Yankees, but Boone said that Stanton is very "close" to ramping up the progression, according to Adler.

LHP CC Sabathia threw a "normal bullpen" -- 20 pitches -- Friday before the Yankees' 6-1 loss to the Red Sox, according to Dan Martin of the New York Post. Boone said that Sabathia could be used out of the bullpen if he returns during his final season.

September 7, 10:44 A.M.:

After Luis Severino's 50-pitch start Friday for Double-A Trenton, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said on YES Network after the team's 6-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox that the ace RHP's next outing could be with New York.

"Obviously, another big, positive step from the first time, which felt like a first spring training outing," Boone said of Severino's performance. "But it's something now that we'll talk about it with if whether we think he needs one more, if that would be beneficial, or if it's better now to just come with us and build up that way.

"Those will be conversations, now, that we have over the next 24, 48 hours."

Severino threw 37 strikes and yielded one run on five hits while striking out five and walking none in 3.0 innings of the Thunder's 12-2 win over the Reading Fightin' Phils.

"Overall, it was pretty successful," Boone said.

According to Matt Kardos of Pinstriped Prospects, Severino said he felt "way better" than his first rehab game with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre -- Sunday's inning-plus start of two runs allowed on three hits (one home run) and two strikeouts in the RailRiders' 15-12 win over the Buffalo Bisons.

"I feel good, way better than the first time," Severino told Kardos. "I think that my presence and my momentum on the mound -- I felt like myself and everything was good.

"I think in the first outing I was trying to do too much. All of the things that have been talked about like the tipping or commanding my fastball -- I tried to put everything into that outing and it was too much. Today I went out there and focused on one thing at a time."

September 6, 10:08 P.M.:

Two potential playoff arms for the Yankees made positive progress on the rehab front on Friday.

Luis Severino and Dellin Betances both appeared in Trenton's game against the Reading Fightin Phils.

Starting for the Thunder, Severino threw 50 pitches over three innings. He allowed one run on five hits, but he also struck out five.

According to a Major League scout, the right-hander featured "stuff that was Major League (caliber)."

His fastball was clocked between 94-97 MPH, with a slider in the mid-80s as well.

Betances, meanwhile, pitched the fifth inning for the Thunder. His appearance was a bit more up and down, as he walked a batter and also committed a balk, but it ended up being a scoreless inning with one strikeout for the reliever. Eleven of his 19 pitches were strikes. 

September 6, 7:18 P.M:

Giancarlo Stanton played in a simulated game on Friday in Tampa, according to the Associated Press. Stanton had five at-bats in the game and is scheduled to play in another simulated game on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the AP has also reported that outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who has not played for the Yankees since 2017, worked out indoors today.

September 6, 1:17 P.M.:

The Trenton Thunder, the Double-A affiliate of the Yankees, announced Friday afternoon that three major-league players would make rehab stints with the minor-league team in its game later that night.

INF Thairo Estrada joins RHPs Luis Severino and Dellin Betances for the Thunder's 7 p.m. game Friday at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, New Jersey, against the Reading Fightin' Phils of the Philadelphia Phillies.

According to Greg Johnson of The Trentonian, Thunder manager Patrick Osborn said Thursday that Severino and Betances would pitch for Double-A Trenton in Friday's game, but the exact order was not yet determined.

While Severino (right shoulder rotator cuff inflammation and Grade 2 lat strain) began his rehab assignment Sunday with the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, throwing 33 pitches, Betances and Estrada begin theirs.

The game with Double-A Trenton is Betances' first all season and Estrada's first since he landed on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain Aug. 18. Betances is working back from a right shoulder impingement, which has held him out all season.

September 4, 4:52 P.M.:

Manager Aaron Boone gave a few updates on some injured Yanks, including great news about Gio Urshela. Per The Athletic's Lindsey Adler, Urshela should be coming off the IL on Sunday. She noted him hitting "absolute bombs" during BP on Tuesday, while he was seen running on Wednesday. All great signs for Gio. 

Also, Luis Severino and Dellin Betances will continue their rehab in Double-A Trenton, as Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre begins their playoffs. 

And here's a name we haven't heard in a while. Miguel Andujar returned to baseball activities on Monday, per Newsday's Laura Albanese. He should be all set for Spring Training next season. 

September 2, 3:49 P.M.:

Before the Yankees hosted the Texas Rangers in a rain-delayed series opener for 3:55 p.m. Monday at Yankee Stadium, several injury updates with regards to the starting rotation surfaced.

DH/1B Edwin Encarnacion is on his way back to the Yankees, he told Conor Foley of The Times-Tribune in Scranton. Encarnacion spent Monday with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and completed his rehab assignment, according to Foley, after he went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts. The two-game stint for the RailRiders included Sunday's game in which Encarnacion went 1 for 4 with an RBI single and two runs.

According to Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media, RHP Luis Severino will make his second rehab start Friday with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after he pitched Sunday for the RailRiders. Severino threw 33 pitches in his first rehab start of the 2019 season, throwing 33 pitches over an inning and working into the second frame.

He allowed two runs on three hits -- including a solo home run, double and single before a sacrifice fly -- but struck two out. According to Brian Fonseca of NJ Advance Media, Severino's fastball sat between 94-96 mph while he mixed in his breaking pitches.

Among recent injuries, LHP CC Sabathia said he has gotten treatment on his knee, including drainage and injections. According to Kuty, Sabathia considered it too soon to tell when he could make his return.

September 1, 11:17 AM:

Dellin Betances has been progressing well as he tries to make his way back to the Bronx, and his latest session down in Tampa continued that trend. 

The big right-hander threw 22 pitches to hitters yesterday, per multiple reports, and he said it felt better than his first session. Next on his list will be returning to Yankee Stadium to throw to hitters again on Tuesday.

August 31, 12:36 PM:

Edwin Encarnacion was taking batting practice on Saturday morning prior to the Yankees game against the A's. Prior to first pitch, Aaron Boone said Encarnacion could begin a rehab stint in Triple-A Scranton as early as Sunday and then he could return early next week. 

On the flip, Gio Urshela (groin) and LHP CC Sabathia was placed on the 10-day IL on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Boone sounded more optimistic about Urshela, while Sabathia's injury is the same knee injury he's battled. 

August 30, 11:23 PM:

After the Yankees' 8-2 loss to the A's, outfielder Aaron Hicks confirmed that he will begin a throwing program shortly, believing it will start on Monday.

"All I know is that today I was cleared to throw, so I should start throwing here pretty soon."

Hicks said that he is "really confident" that he will return at some point this season. The outfielder has missed the Yankees' last 26 games.

August 30, 12:48 PM:

The Yankees have placed Gio Urshela on the 10-day IL (retroactive to Aug. 29) due to a left groin strain.

To take Urshela's place on the 25-man roster, Luke Voit was activated from the 10-day IL.

After leaving Wednesday's game, Urshela said that he had hoped to play on Friday. Instead, he will be out until at least Septmber 8. 

August 28, 7:11 PM:

While the Yankees have been getting mostly good news on the injury front, they're now hoping to avoid yet another player landing on the IL.

Gio Urshela left Wednesday afternoon's game in Seattle, replaced in the lineup by Didi Gregorius in the bottom of the fifth inning. Later, the Yankees announced that Urshela was pulled from the game due to left groin tightness. Urshela went 1-for-2 at the plate before leaving the game, raising his batting average to .331.

After the game, Urshela told reporters that he began to feel tightness around the third inning, but hopes to be able to play on Friday when the Yankees host the Athletics.

August 28, 5:44 PM:

Before Wednedsay afternoon's start against the Mariners, manager Aaron Boone gave positive updates on Didi Gregorius and Giancarlo Stanton, both of which came from MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.

Gregorius, who was hit by a pitch in the shoulder on Sunday against the Dodgers, hasn't hit the IL but has been out of the lineup. However, he is expected to be back in action Friday when the Yanks return home to face the A's. 

Stanton is still working his way back from a PCL strain, but Boone said he is "pretty close" to facing live pitching. 

August 27, 9:00 PM:

Aaron Boone updated the status of a number injured Yankees prior to Tuesday's game against the Mariners:

  • Edwin Encarnacion has been hitting in the batting cage and performing fielding drills away from the team in New York. Boone believes Encarcion could be an option for the Yankees in the near future.
  • Aaron Hicks' right flexor strain will be re-examined on Friday.
  • Giancarlo Stanton will take live BP with the Bombers in Seattle on Tuesday night.
  • Dellin Bettances threw a 20-pitch BP session last weekend and is scheduled to face live hitters on Wednesday.
  • The Yankees will likely get Luke Voit back in the lineup before this weekend. The first baseman is continuing his rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as he recovers from his sports hernia. 

August 27, 6:51 PM:

After saying on Monday that Luis Severino could begin his rehab on Sunday, Yankees manager Aaron Boone reiterated that fact on Tuesday.

Boone told reporters that Severino could start for Double-A Trenton on Sunday, saying the right-hander would be limited to around two innings and 35 pitches. 

August 26, 8:00 PM:

Before the Yankees' 10:10 p.m. series opener Monday night against the Mariners in Seattle, manager Aaron Boone provided an abundance of updates on New York's injured players during a pregame media availability with reporters, according to the Bergen Record's Pete Caldera:

  • Luis Severino: The RHP could begin his rehab assignment Sunday. He has been throwing off a mound for nearly two weeks now.
     
  • Dellin Betances: The RHP's weekend mound session "went well." He and Severino have been on pace for mid-September returns.

Bryan Hoch of MLB.com added that Severino is slated for a 35-pitch simulated game Tuesday in Tampa, Florida. If he gets through the simulate game without any issues, it should clear the way for his rehab assignment Sunday. As for Betances, Hoch said that the reliever is set to face hitters again Wednesday. He could also begin his rehab assignment if that goes well, according to Hoch.

  • Didi Gregorious: The SS is not in Monday night's lineup, but his shoulder is "improving" after he got hit by a first-inning pitch the previous day.
     
  • Giancarlo Stanton: The OF could hit on a field Tuesday. He has been slowly working his way back. Four days ago, Boone said that Stanton was running on the field and doing defensive workouts, with the hitting coming from indoor cages. Stanton, who has been traveling with the team, could head to Tampa and begin taking at-bats when New York begin its six-game homestand Friday night at Yankee Stadium against the Oakland Athletics, according to Hoch.

Also, according to Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media, Boone did not rule out Jordan Montgomery "being an option" for the Yankees down the stretch into September and October. Montgomery threw two perfect innings for the High-A Tampa Tarpons on Sunday, striking out two and tossing 19 pitches. Boone "seemed to indicate" that Montgomery's situation is more so about ensuring the LHP is fully recovered and strong to finish the season as he continues his recovery from Tommy John surgery last June. Hoch added that Montgomery is expected to join the Double-A Trenton Thunder at an unspecified date in the near future with the hope that he could make his return to the big leagues "at some point in September."

August 25, 10:15 PM:

Didi Gregorius was hit on the right shoulder by a Clayton Kershaw fastball in the first inning of Sunday's game against the Dodgers. Though he initially remained in the game, he was removed for a pinch-hitter in the third inning. 

After the game, Aaron Boone told reporters that X-rays were negative and that the shortstop is considered day-to-day.

August 25, 6:23 PM:

Jordan Montgomery took his first step in a return to the Yankee Stadium mound with a rehab start with High-A Tampa. He tossed two perfect innings with a pair of strikeouts and needed just 19 pitches to get the six outs. 

Montgomery has not pitched for the Yankees since undergoing Tommy John surgery in June 2018.

August 25, 10:04 AM:

Edwin Encarnacion has been progressing well in rehabbing his fractured wrist. Manager Aaron Boone said Saturday that from his understanding Encarnacion's drills of ground balls, hitting off a tee and playing catch all went well. 

Now Encarnacion isn't close to returning just yet, but Boone his hopeful he'll be back to the team at some point before the regular season ends. 

"No, but certainly expect him back," he told The Post's George A. King III. "Hopefully he is not too far off."

August 24, 10:05 a.m.:

Before the Yankees' 10-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, manager Aaron Boone said of 1B/DH Luke Voit, "there is a chance he could join us that Friday when we start the homestand," according to George A. King of the New York Post. Voit spent Friday with the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, logging six innings at first base and batting out of the leadoff spot. He went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run in his first game since arriving to the IL on July 31. Voit could rejoin the Yankees for the start of next Friday's three-game home series against the Oakland Athletics, which begins a six-game homestand through Sept. 4.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, Thairo Estrada
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Feb 17, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu (26) tosses the ball towards second base during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)
Feb 17, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu (26) tosses the ball towards second base during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)

When you think of potential MVP candidates on the Yankees, there are quite a few. Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres and a former MVP in Giancarlo Stanton comes to mind. Even Gerrit Cole can make his case. 

But what about DJ LeMahieu?

Yankee fans all know that LeMahieu was the team's MVP last season, breaking out in a big way in his first season in pinstripes. His 2019 campaign was tremendous, with a triple slash of .327/.375/.518, 102 RBI and 26 homers. Overall, he had a 5.9 WAR. 

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Feb 22, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) poses for a fan photo during the third inning of a MLB baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Feb 22, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) poses for a fan photo during the third inning of a MLB baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

Samantha Bracksieck, girlfriend of Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge, was arrested in February on DUI charges in Arizona.

In police bodycam footage that was recently released by TMZ, Bracksieck name-drops Judge during her arrest, asking "Do you know who my boyfriend is?" and later saying "This is going to be bad for me." 

According to TMZ, Bracksieck was pulled over in Scottsdale, Ariz. in late February after police witnessed her driving without headlights on. She told police she'd had two glasses of wine at a restaurant, but then failed a field sobriety test. TMZ reports Bracksieck blew .12, .169, and .181 during three breathalyzer tests that night.

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Oct 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Houston Astros during the first inning of game five of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Houston Astros during the first inning of game five of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

If there is a such thing as any kind of a silver lining to MLB's hiatus, it's that the break has allowed more time for injured players to rehab and get back to full strength. 

For Yankees lefty James Paxton, that seems to be exactly the case. After undergoing back surgery in February, Paxton now says that he expects to be a full go if and when the 2020 MLB season begins.

"I think I've thrown probably 12-14 bullpens," Paxton told YES Network. "It's feeling really good. Back is a non-issue, I feel totally healthy, so I'll be ready to go as soon as the season comes about ... I think I'm back to full strength."

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New York always seems to attract some of the biggest names in sports. But which player would you want to see featured in a documentary?

SNY's Chris Williamson and Jeane Coakley tackle that question ...

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The Yankees drafted LHP T.J. Sikkema from the University of Missouri during the Competitive Balance Round A, with the No. 38 overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft.

At the time, the then-20-year-old was ranked as the No. 57 prospect by MLB Pipeline, but the Yankees saw something else in him to exceed that when draft day came around. 

An uber-competitive pitcher, Sikkema is already the Yankees' 17th best prospect in their farm system with an estimated arrival time in the majors of 2022. 

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Aaron Judge/Paul O'Neill
Aaron Judge/Paul O'Neill

Aaron Judge is still working hard to recover from the rib stress fracture he suffered last season. It's been a long process, with GM Brian Cashman saying this week Judge may not be fully healed from it until "summertime."

The Yankees obviously love Judge, being that he is the face of the franchise at the moment. He projects to be a perennial All-Star -- if he stays on the field. He's missed over 100 games in the last two seasons, which begs the question of whether or not these injuries will continue to bother him throughout his career. 

Paul O'Neill, who knows a thing or two about playing in right field at Yankee Stadium, believes Judge's massive size makes it hard not to get injured when he does run into the wall or dive, which is what caused his injury.  

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Yankees OF Aaron Hicks might not be fully ready to resume play whenever the MLB season returns, but he is definitely working hard to do so. 

Hicks is recovering from Tommy John surgery, and manager Aaron Boone has said in his injury updates that Hicks continues to stay on track. Well, a video showed his progress, and Hicks looked to be in great shape as he took BP and showed off some conditioning workouts...

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MLB released a very comprehensive report that explained all the safety precautions that will be taken if and when the 2020 season can be resumed. Everything from no high-fives or spitting to wearing masks in the dugout was in the 67-page report that went to players. 

So can the league actually enforce all of this to allow the season to run smoothly? That's the latest topic in Loud Mouths: The Great Debate, as Jonas Schwartz and Gary Apple talk it...

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Jun 15, 2019; Omaha, NE, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks shortstop Casey Martin (15) avoids a sliding Florida State Seminoles outfielder Reese Albert (23) to complete a double play in the third inning in the 2019 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports (Steven Branscombe)
Jun 15, 2019; Omaha, NE, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks shortstop Casey Martin (15) avoids a sliding Florida State Seminoles outfielder Reese Albert (23) to complete a double play in the third inning in the 2019 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports (Steven Branscombe)

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The Yankees have a plethora of options with the No. 28 overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, which is still expected to take place virtually on June 10. 

New York could bolster its pitching prospects in their system, or even target a top catches. But what if they went the same direction as they did last year? 

With the 30th overall pick in the 2019 draft, the Yanks selected Anthony Volpe out of The Delbarton School in New Jersey. And when the second-round came along, LSU's Josh Smith -- another shortstop -- was taken. 

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Tampa Bay Rays ace Blake Snell recently commented on MLB's negotiations with players concerning reduced pay for a shortened 2020 season, saying he wouldn't be willing to risk his health to take a pay cut.

But how many MLB players would side with Snell's case? The BNNY crew debates that topic Friday at 7 p.m. on SNY ...

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Mar 6, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; A general view of New York Yankees batting practice prior to the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 6, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; A general view of New York Yankees batting practice prior to the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Bob Watson, who served as Yankees GM from October of 1995 to February of 1998, has died at the age of 74.

At the helm during the Yankees' 1996 World Series victory over the Atlanta Braves, Watson became the first African American GM to win a World Series. 

Prior to becoming Yankees GM, Watson worked in the same capacity for the Houston Astros starting in 1993 after a stint as the hitting coach for the Oakland Athletics.

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Oct 2, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manger Brian Cashman gestures while on the phone during a workout day before game 1 of the ALDS at Yankees Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 2, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manger Brian Cashman gestures while on the phone during a workout day before game 1 of the ALDS at Yankees Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

No matter the differences between MLB owners and the Players Association at the moment, Yankees GM Brian Cashman is confident things will be settled so that a 2020 season can be salvaged. 

Speaking on a charity call with Family Centers on Thursday, Cashman answered questions with the main one being whether or not both sides can come to an agreement on playing so that baseball can return. The main battle is over player compensation, with the owners reportedly asking for a 50-50 revenue split, while players were under the impression they would be paid on a pro-rated basis.

"I am optimistic," Cashman told NJ.com's Brendan Kuty. "I don't represent the players and the (Players) Association. Obviously there's a lot of hurdles that everyone's trying to navigate here, and certainly trying to find common ground appropriately with the Players Association is one of those things and obviously the commissioner of baseball and his team are having honest, frank conversations and negotiations ... I'm optimistic that where there's a will, there's a way."

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Aaron Judge
Aaron Judge

The MLB pause due to the coronavirus pandemic has given injured Aaron Judge extra time to heal from shoulder and rib issues, but he still might not be ready for the potentially rescheduled Opening Day.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Thursday during a video chat with reporters that while Judge continues to heal, he was never expected to be MLB-ready until the "summertime," noting that Judge "wants to play as much as anybody" and that the Yanks are looking forward to having him back in the lineup.

"Ultimately, the broken rib that Aaron Judge suffered, it's in an area that the blood flow to that region is more difficult," Cashman said. "Blood flow is a significant part of the healing, so that's why the time frame is longer. When it happened, I always felt that we wouldn't see Judge more likely until the summertime."

While "summertime" could theoretically mean June 20, it could also mean any summer date after that.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Giancarlo Stanton, Danny Abriano
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Aug 12, 2018; San Diego, CA, U.S.A; East team shortstop Anthony Volpe (2) bats during the sixth inning of the 2018 Perfect Game All-American Classic baseball game at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports (Orlando Ramirez)
Aug 12, 2018; San Diego, CA, U.S.A; East team shortstop Anthony Volpe (2) bats during the sixth inning of the 2018 Perfect Game All-American Classic baseball game at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports (Orlando Ramirez)

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With the 30th pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, the Yankees selected SS Anthony Volpe out of The Delbarton School in New Jersey. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Volpe was a true dual threat with his reliable leather in the field and bat at the plate. 

And with that selection, Volpe has quickly been put in the Yankees' Top 10 prospects list, coming in at No. 9 overall by MLB.com

Contracting mono during his pro debut last season didn't help matters, as he needed to jump back into the mix despite not being at full strength. He hit only .215/.349/.355 in 34 games, but that hasn't discouraged the Yankees in the slightest. 

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A general view of New York Yankees batting practice prior to the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
A general view of New York Yankees batting practice prior to the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

It was first reported last fall that around 25 percent of teams' minor league affiliates could be contracted under a new MLB proposal.

While nothing is official, New York congressman Max Rose said on Wednesday that fans "should be extraordinarily concerned" about the Staten Island Yankees being among the teams that could be downsized.

There is reportedly a proposal under consideration that would eliminate roughly 40 minor league teams, with the logic being that the elimination of those teams would lead to improvements -- including regarding ballparks -- throughout the minors.

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MLB Draft
MLB Draft

With the 2020 MLB Draft still expected to kick off on June 10 with virtual format that includes fewer rounds, the Yankees are set to select at No. 28 overall.

Last season, New York was quick to stock up on middle infielders in The Delbarton School's Anthony Volpe at No. 30 overall, and LSU's Josh Smith in the second round. 

Well, ESPN's Kiley McDaniel believes the Bombers will go for pitching instead with their first-round selection this year. 

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Over the past few seasons, the Yankees have been building themselves back into legitimate World Series contenders. A "rebuild," if you even want to call it that because it lasted about a season and a half, involved players like Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres and Luis Severino trying to find themselves in the league. 

But it wasn't long before Judge became the AL Rookie of the Year, Sanchez burst onto the scene smashing balls over the wall, Torres became one of the best players in the league at 22 years old, and Severino -- before his Tommy John surgery -- showed dominance on the rubber.

That's why for the past two seasons the Yankees have played late into the postseason, and they just missed competing for a World Series last season when they lost in the ALCS to the Astros. Still, in 2020, they made even more improvements to be the team to beat -- if/when the season starts. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, Deivi Garcia, DJ LeMahieu, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Gio Urshela, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, Tyler Wade, Zack Britton, Scott Thompson
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Negotiations between Major League Baseball and the MLBPA have already been leaked through the media, with the players seemingly unwilling to accept a 50-50 revenue split for the 2020 season, which they view as a salary cap put in place by the team owners.

So which side looks worse in these public negotiations? SNY's Jonas Schwartz and Eamon McAnaney discuss that topic on the latest edition of Loud Mouths: The Great Debate ...

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Oct 2, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (25) takes a swing in the final at-bat of his Major League career at Yankee Stadium against the Baltimore Orioles. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Oct 2, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (25) takes a swing in the final at-bat of his Major League career at Yankee Stadium against the Baltimore Orioles. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

MLB has reportedly had its plans for the 2020 season approved by team owners, but the biggest hurdle now has become players' pay.

With mega-agent Scott Boras saying earlier this week that the players he represents have already agreed to a pay reduction and they will not be willing to renegotiate that agreement, things could get ugly between the owners and players.

But one former Yankee doesn't believe things need to be that way. 

Mark Teixeira, currently an analyst for ESPN, said Tuesday on Get Up that the players simply cannot turn down any deal that would help bring back the game. 

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CC Sabathia, who retired after the 2019 season following 11 seasons with the Yankees and 19 seasons in the majors overall, looks nothing like the left-hander who took the mound during his career.

The 6' 6" Sabathia, whose playing weight was around 300 pounds, is now absolutely jacked.

Click below to see...

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On Monday, MLB owners agreed to the proposal by the league to resume play in July, and it will be delivered to the Players Association on Tuesday. 

But it isn't expected to be received with open arms right away. There is expected to be pushback from the players, mostly due to compensation that was agreed upon back in March but the owners want to change due to no fans being in attendance.

So the latest topic in Loud Mouths: The Great Debate centers around this proposal, as Jonas Schwartz and Gary Apple discuss whether or not both sides can eventually come to an agreement...

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SNY's Doug Williams checks in from home with a new edition of Doug's Diary, where he writes about the safe return of baseball one day.

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Jun 26, 2019; Omaha, NE, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores relief pitcher Jake Eder (39) throws the ball during the seventh inning against the Michigan Wolverines in game three of the championship series of the 2019 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park . Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports (Steven Branscombe)
Jun 26, 2019; Omaha, NE, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores relief pitcher Jake Eder (39) throws the ball during the seventh inning against the Michigan Wolverines in game three of the championship series of the 2019 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park . Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports (Steven Branscombe)

MLB teams know you can never have too much pitching, which is why teams love to stock up on young, talented arms in their minor league systems each year. 

For the Yankees, it has been a staple to have powerful arms at the ready, whether it be to come up and dominate in the bigs like Luis Severino, or use as a trade chip down the road. 

At the moment, top prospects like Clarke SchmidtDeivi Garcia and Luis Medina are on the cusp of the majors, and they are all homegrown products. Could the Yanks be envisioning their first-round pick of the 2020 MLB Draft doing the same one day?

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Aaron Boone/Brian Cashman/Aaron Judge
Aaron Boone/Brian Cashman/Aaron Judge

The foundation for the salvaged 2020 MLB season is expected to be proposed to team owners on Monday with the hope that it can be agreed upon, and then delivered to the players on Tuesday. 

The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal broke it all down in his latest report, and the proposal has some interesting tidbits that combine to create an MLB season we've never seen before. 

Here are just a few changes that are expected to be made: 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Deivi Garcia, Luis Severino, Thairo Estrada, Tyler Wade, Scott Thompson
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MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred

As part of the lengthy report from The Athletic about MLB's proposal to the owners expected to go down on Monday, players are likely going to be asked to take a pay cut due to no fans being allowed in attendance for whenever, if at all, the 2020 season starts. 

And it could be the key factor in baseball's return. 

It hasn't been solidified yet, but the thought at the moment is owners are going to try to walk back their initial agreement from March 26 that stated players would be paid on a pro-rated basis based on the number of games played due to no fans. A big chunk of a team's revenue to pay those millions of dollars per year to players comes from ticket sales, concession sales, etc. In turn, a compromise between the owners and players on the matter will have to be reached if that does in fact become the case. 

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Derek Jeter (Elsa)
Derek Jeter (Elsa)

It's Mother's Day and the Yankees were set to take on the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. But, unfortunately, we won't be able to see that matchup with the pink bats, wrist bands, and much more. 

So let's instead flash back to some of the most recent Mother's Day moments for the Bombers, who have had some success of late in these games. There have also been some iconic moments, too. 

We're going to start this list with one cool moment for Dot Jeter...

Tags: Clint Frazier, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Feb 21, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar (41) looks on during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Feb 21, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar (41) looks on during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

Fans everywhere are waiting for Major League Baseball to return. But for Miguel Andujar, the wait feels even longer. 

After a sensational rookie season in which he hit 27 home runs, Andujar missed just about all of 2019 due to shoulder problems, including being diagnosed with a torn labrum in mid-May. 

Now that pro baseball is on pause, Andujar is itching to finally make his return to the field, and he's ready to prove he's entirely healthy as well.

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The 2020 MLB Draft is expected to kick off on its original June 10 date, and that means the Yankees will still be selecting in the first round at pick No. 28. 

Last year, it was Delbarton High School (N.J.) SS Anthony Volpe who went 30th overall, and he signed for $2,740,300 at that slot. 

Who will it be this year? There are a few top prospects that could interest the Yanks come Draft Day, but being so low in the first round means they'll have to wait to see who they can select by the time they're on the clock. 

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New York Yankees president Randy Levine speaks at a press conference at Yankee Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees president Randy Levine speaks at a press conference at Yankee Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)

Yankees president Randy Levine knows what sports can do for a country in times like these, and that's why he believes MLB's players recognize the type of impact they can make if baseball can return soon. 

Speaking on Good Day New York on Thursday, Levine called the players "patriots" who want to help out their country by giving people the game they love back. 

"I think our players are patriots," he said. "They want to do it. We all are trying to get there. The commissoner's doing a great job. So hopefully in a little bit, we'll hear, 'Play ball!'"

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Francisco Lindor (Kirby Lee)
Francisco Lindor (Kirby Lee)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With the MLB season still paused, let's dip into the Yankees mailbag...


@muscigerard1: If Babe Ruth and Michael Jordan walked into a bar together who buys the first drink?

Ruth would buy the drink and then Jordan would commission a documentary about what a great drinking buddy he was. In that documentary, he would go out of his way to call the hardworking bartender short and ugly.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Deivi Garcia, Didi Gregorius, DJ LeMahieu, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, Andy Martino
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David Robertson/Mike Mussina/Bernie Williams
David Robertson/Mike Mussina/Bernie Williams

Throughout the 2000s, the Yankees have had numerous stars don the pinstripes. The likes of Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, CC Sabathia, Mariano Rivera and more brought championships and glory to the franchise. 

But among those stars were players who also produced at a great rate, though they might not have received the proper credit. 

Fear not, we're here to point those players out. You'll recognize these names from the last 20 years, but you may not know exactly how crucial they were to the Yankees success or remember what numbers they were putting up because they didn't make as many New York headlines. 

Tags: CC Sabathia, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Scott Thompson
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MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred

Major League Baseball has been paused since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, and while nothing is official yet, it sounds like the league is making plans for a best-case scenario in which spring training would resume in June and the regular season would begin in July. 

According to a report from Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the league is planning to present a proposal to the Players Association as early as this week regarding what it would look like if spring training were to resume in June. 

SNY's Andy Martino reported last week that MLB and the players could come to an agreement before the end of May regarding what the plan to restart looks like, and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported Wednesday that the league remains "confident" there will be a season in 2020.

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If there is in fact an MLB season, would 80 games really be enough to crown a World Series champion? 

That's the latest topic on Loud Mouths: The Great Debate, as Jonas Schwartz and Gary Apple break down why they believe it will be sufficient enough to have a title winner. And more importantly, how history proves it's more than alright...

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Yankees star Giancarlo Stanton took some time out on Cinco de Mayo to do karaoke. And Stanton didn't look like he usually looks. His dance moves and singing voice were also questionable.

"Cinco de Mayo Cardio karaoke with Giancarlito," Stanton wrote on Twitter. "Don't mind my teeth & eyebrows, Going for a more natural look lately since this is how they look without Veneers. Hope u all had plenty of tacos for me!!!"

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Tags: Giancarlo Stanton, Danny Abriano
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Feb 19, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (99) waits for a fly ball during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)
Feb 19, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (99) waits for a fly ball during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone is back to give the latest updates on his players who are continuing to work hard to get fully healthy before the season starts. 

Last time, everyone was still trending in the right direction, and that is the same news that Boone dropped on SiriusXM MLB Network Radio on Tuesday. 

In Aaron Judge's case, he continues to work on his rib injury, and Boone gave an update regarding his next test to see how his healing process is going. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, Scott Thompson
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Time Machine Tuesday goes back to January of 2015, when Pedro Martinez revealed why Jorge Posada was the Yankee he most liked to throw at.

Martinez also discusses how Posada's behavior helped lead to the infamous incident with Don Zimmer.

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Aug 13, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; Former New York Yankees Derek Jeter leaves the field following a ceremony for the reunion of the 1996 World Series Championship Team prior to a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports  (Adam Hunger)
Aug 13, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; Former New York Yankees Derek Jeter leaves the field following a ceremony for the reunion of the 1996 World Series Championship Team prior to a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

One of the parlor games that has come with the popularity of the ESPN/Netflix documentary The Last Dance is to speculate on the other teams and sports that are deserving of similar treatment.

It's easy to forget, but baseball already has its version of the Michael Jordan doc: the 2011 HBO film Derek Jeter 3K.

It's fitting that Derek Jeter's project preceded that of his longtime friend's. He and Jordan (at least the Jordan that we see on film) share a strikingly similar demeanor and many traits.

Tags: Alex Rodriguez, CC Sabathia, Andy Martino
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Aroldis Chapman (Aroldis Chapman)
Aroldis Chapman (Aroldis Chapman)

While baseball has been on hold, Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has been giving some pretty good access to his at-home workouts to keep himself in shape for when the game returns. 

In the latest video posted to his Instagram page, the "Cuban Missile" showed snippets of his bullpen session during another beautiful Florida day on Sunday. Looking in great shape, Chapman displayed his heater and nasty slider in a series of separate videos. 

Check it out: 

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Scott Thompson
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Here is the Sports Squared crossword puzzle for Sunday, May 3, called The 2009 Yankees: 27th Heaven...

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Mar 15, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; A general view of George M. Steinbrenner Field were the spring training game between the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees has been canceled do to the COVID-19 virus. Major League Baseball is also delaying the start of the regular season by at least two weeks.Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 15, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; A general view of George M. Steinbrenner Field were the spring training game between the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees has been canceled do to the COVID-19 virus. Major League Baseball is also delaying the start of the regular season by at least two weeks.Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

There still seems to be so much up in the air regarding when, how, and where Major League Baseball will get its 2020 season underway, though optimism does seem to be growing.

As SNY's Andy Martino reported earlier this week, there are as many as 15 different "plans" currently under discussion for play to resume, and nothing seems to be concrete just yet. 

But while MLB continues to come up with different contingencies, it sounds like the Yankees are expecting some of their players to return to Tampa, the team's spring training site, in the near future. 

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Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; A general view of George M. Steinbrenner Field where the New York Yankees hit batting practice during spring training. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; A general view of George M. Steinbrenner Field where the New York Yankees hit batting practice during spring training. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

During last year's international free agent signing period, the Yankees landed Jasson Dominguez, viewed as the top prospect on the market and a future star.

This year, they are reportedly the favorites to sign Jesus Galiz, a top 10 international prospect and the best catching prospect available, according to MLB.com.

Galiz, 16, grew up dreaming of becoming the next Gleyber Torres, according to MLB.com's writeup on him, but his middle infield dream turned into one that landed him behind the plate as a true two-way threat. 

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May 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins chief executive officer Derek Jeter walks onto the field prior to the game between the Miami Marlins and the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
May 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins chief executive officer Derek Jeter walks onto the field prior to the game between the Miami Marlins and the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

In an expected move, the National Baseball Hall of Fame postponed its 2020 induction ceremony. And its featured inductee, Yankees legend Derek Jeter, couldn't agree more with that decision. 

"Being inducted into the Hall of Fame will be an incredible honor, but the health and safety of everyone involved are paramount," Jeter said in a statement to the Miami Herald. "I respect and support the decision to postpone this year's enshrinement and am looking forward to joining current Hall of Famers, fans, staff and my family and friends in Cooperstown in 2021."

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Board of Directors was worried about all the people converging on Cooperstown in late July. The large gathering would be too much of a risk for everyone involved. So they made the official call on Wednesday. 

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Jun 20, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) between innings against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 20, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) between innings against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

While Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton continues to work in preparation for a salvaged 2020 season, he is also working to help those on the front lines fighting the coronavirus pandemic. 

According to the New York Post's Ken Davidoff, Stanton has found a partner in Voodoo Manufacturing thanks to help from his agents at Wasserman to donate 15,000 total face shields to medical professionals.

The first 12,000 masks will be split down the middle to facilities in New York and Southern California, where he spent his childhood. Then, 3,000 more masks will be distributed down the road. 

Tags: Giancarlo Stanton, Scott Thompson
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Jan. 30, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; President Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union address from the House chamber of the United States Capitol. Mandatory Credit: Jack Gruber-USA TODAY (Jack Gruber)
Jan. 30, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; President Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union address from the House chamber of the United States Capitol. Mandatory Credit: Jack Gruber-USA TODAY (Jack Gruber)

President Donald Trump is skeptical of the reported MLB proposal that would have the 2020 season start without fans in attendance and potentially in one, two, or three "hubs" across the country instead of home ballparks due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

"I saw baseball is doing something very unusual, I don't know if I agree with it," Trump said Wednesday. "I'd like to see the Yankees play at Yankee Stadium."

"I see they have some ideas for baseball which are very different," Trump said about the scenarios that would not include immediately starting in each team's home ballpark. "I guess I'm a traditionalist. ... I think they'd be able to play in Yankee Stadium with obviously smaller crowds and then the crowds would start to build as things get to be a little bit better. I think you're going to see some big things happen. And again, this is going away," he said about the coronavirus.

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Former Yankees slugger Jason Giambi joined the Baseball Night in New York crew on Wednesday to talk about his baseball journey, and what he's been up to since retiring from the game. 

Giambi, who has been home like the rest of us with his family, came over to New York during the 2001 offseason on a seven-year, $120 million deal after eight seasons with the Athletics. So former Met Anthony Recker had to ask him about that transition from Oakland to New York -- the same one he did during his career with a pit stop in Chicago. 

Here's what Giambi said while calling the Yankees an equivalent to "a traveling rock band."

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Aaron Boone (Sam Navarro)
Aaron Boone (Sam Navarro)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone recently discussed how he's been staying in touch with his team amid the coronavirus pandemic and what his thoughts are regarding the various scenarios under consideration for the resumption of the season.

"Kind of like the winter. Text messages, have even FaceTimed with a couple of guys," Boone said Tuesday night during an interview with ESPN's Scott Van Pelt. "We did a Zoom call. That's big these days, obviously, the Zoom call. We had a team Zoom call. We were doing organizational things where we were going through player objectives, so that kept us busy for a few weeks. 

"It's been good. I feel like guys are in a good spot, and hopefully when we do get that call to go, I feel like our guys are in a pretty good spot to be ready to hit the ground running."

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Jan 22, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New Hall of Fame 2020 inductees Larry Walker, left, and Derek Jeter pose for photos at St. Regis Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Jan 22, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New Hall of Fame 2020 inductees Larry Walker, left, and Derek Jeter pose for photos at St. Regis Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)

For all those baseball fans looking forward to the National Baseball Hall of Fame ceremony in late July to see Derek Jeter inducted, they'll have to wait until next year. 

Due to the coronavirus, Hall of Fame board members pushed back the ceremony until July 25, 2021 instead of keeping it on the intended July 24-26 dates of this year. 

"Induction Weekend is a celebration of our National Pastime and its greatest legends, and while we are disappointed to cancel this incredibly special event, the Board of Directors' overriding concern is the health and well-being of our new inductees, our Hall of Fame members, our wonderful fans and the hundreds of staff it takes to present the weekend's events in all of its many facets," Jane Forbes Clark, chairman of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, said in a statement on Wednesday. "We care deeply about every single person who visits Cooperstown."

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With Major League Baseball on pause due to the coronavirus pandemic, players are working out on their own as they prepare for what they hope will be the shortened 2020 regular season.

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez, who missed some time before spring training was suspended due to tightness in his back, was hitting rockets in an Instagram video that was posted Tuesday.

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General view of the exterior of Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes-USA Today Sports)
General view of the exterior of Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes-USA Today Sports)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

@re2pectjeta: When will baseball resume?

They still don't know. But we can tell you that agents and clubs all seem optimistic that there will be a season. 

Keeping in mind that the coronavirus -- and not humans -- will decide this, one way forward could involve an agreement between the league and players in May, a few weeks of spring training in June, and regular season games in July.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Tommy Kahnle, Andy Martino
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