New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton hits a single to left field during the eighth inning against Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. (Catalina Fragoso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton hits a single to left field during the eighth inning against Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. (Catalina Fragoso/USA TODAY Sports)

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: Aaron Judge, Jonathan LoaisigaJames PaxtonGiancarlo Stanton, Troy TulowitzkiMiguel Andujar

60-day IL: Jacoby Ellsbury, Didi Gregorius, Luis SeverinoDellin BetancesGreg Bird, Jordan Montgomery


May 21, 4:30 PM: 

Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton could return to the team as soon as this weekend, Aaron Boone said Tuesday. He homered Monday during his first rehab game with High-A Tampa.  

Additional updates in the good news department included James Paxton tossing a bullpen in which he felt "next to nothing," according to YES Network's Meredith Marakovits. Meanwhile, Masahiro Tanaka also threw a bullpen session. Aaron Judge stood in the batter's box and tracked pitches for both. 

May 20, 8:18 PM:

Stanton homered in his first rehab game with High-A Tampa in his first rehab game on Monday.

Stanton went 1-for-3 and played six innings in right field as he looks to return from a shoulder injury and a biceps strain. Stanton's home run hit off the batter's eye in center field at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

After the game, he said his timing at the plate feels good and that he's "not far" away from returning.

May 20, 5:18 PM:

Outfielder Aaron Judge made some slight progress from a strained oblique that has kept him out since April, playing catch and running on the field before Monday's game, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. Despite the progress, manager Aaron Boone said Judge is not yet ready to swing a bat.

May 20, 2:57 PM:

Didi Gregorius played in his first extended spring training game on Monday, getting two hits in five plate appearances while playing shortstop. Gregorius will play again on Tuesday, when he serves as the DH, according to Erik Boland of Newsday

May 20. 10:16 AM:

As Aaron Boone noted on Saturday, Giancarlo Stanton will begin his rehab assignment with Single-A Tampa Tarpons on Monday. The Yankees' slugger was placed on the IL with a biceps strain and had a setback with a shoulder strain. 

May 19, 12:26 PM: 

James Paxton still felt some discomfort in his knee while throwing a bullpen session on Sunday. Because of that discomfort, he will throw another bullpen session on Tuesday instead of jumping back into the rotation, reports Randy Miller of NJAM.

May 19, 11:32 AM:

The Yankees are hopeful that Masahiro Tanaka, who left Saturday's game early after taking a line drive off his shin, will be able to make his next scheduled start, reports Pete Caldera of the Bergen Record.

May 19, 12:21 AM:

James Paxton is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday, and if all goes well he should be cleared to start at some point within the next week. Paxton said he still felt "something" in his left knee during his Friday bullpen, but it's been less and less each time he's thrown.

May 18, 11:27 AM:

Didi Gregorius is scheduled to play shortstop in an extended Spring Training game on Monday, according to Aaron Boone. "It puts a smile on my face," the Yankees manager said. He added that if things continue to progress as is, Gregorius could return to the Yankees sometime in June. 

Boone also provided an update on Giancarlo Stanton, who is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Class-A Tampa on Monday. 

May 17, 4:24 PM:

After being "pleasantly surprised" that there was no soreness in his injured knee when he woke up Wednesday, James Paxton threw his bullpen on Friday to the liking of manager Aaron Boone. During the session, he would pitch then sit like he would during a game. He did that a couple times, and took some pitching fielding practice, per ESPN's Coley Harvey

There is hope that if Paxton continues to feel good, he could rejoin the rotation at some point next week.

May 15, 12:43 PM:

James Paxton was "pleasantly surprised" to wake up Wednesday without any soreness or swelling in his injured left knee, and was set to throw a bullpen session on Friday, he told reporters. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Tuesday that Paxton won't necessarily need a rehab start before returning. 

May 14, 5:04 PM: 

Giancarlo Stanton's diagnosis has been called a left shoulder strain, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. The Yankees have been pretty vague about what exactly Stanton has been dealing with since his Grad 1 left biceps strain was healed. We did know it was the shoulder that was ailing him, but now we know exactly what it is. 

May 14, 11:45 AM: 

Giancarlo Stanton's progression from a Grade 1 left biceps strain reached the batter's box Monday. The slugger took live at-bats at extended spring training in Tampa, but there is still no timetable for his return. 

May 13, 5:47 PM:

The Yankees placed Miguel Andujar back on the injured list on Monday and are not ruling out surgery from a labrum tear in his right shoulder. 

While Andujar missed 28 games from April 1 to May 3, he was 3-for-34 upon his return. Manager Aaron Boone said he thought the injury "is a contributing factor to some of the struggles" in addition to his throwing motion. Surgery would end Andujar's 2019 season.

May 13, 3:57 PM:

James Paxton played catch in the concourse and threw off flat ground in the cage with no issues in his left knee, according to YES Network's Meredith Marakovits. The Yankees will have Paxton throw a bullpen session on Tuesday. 

May 13, 3:21 PM:

Just as the Yankees get one player back, another goes down. While the Yankees had Aaron Hicks back in the lineup batting leadoff on Monday against the Orioles, Jonathan Loaisiga was placed on the IL retroactive to Friday with a sore right shoulder after originally being scheduled to start the game. The Yankees recalled right-hander Chance Adams from Triple-A to replace Loaisiga while Luis Cessa gets the start. 

Meanwhile, outfielder Mike Tauchman was optioned to Triple-A to make room for Hicks. 

May 12, 11:18 AM:

Aaron Hicks will be activated from the IL prior to Monday's game, Yankees manger Aaron Boone said on Sunday. 

Hicks got the first hit of his rehab assignment on Saturday by belting a solo home run from the right side in the first inning fo Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Hicks was 0-for-14 on his rehab assignment before the at-bat, but Scranton manager Jay Bell said the night before he could tell Hicks was "close."

May 11, 10:37 PM

Aaron Hicks' rehab stint continued to go poorly on Friday night. The center fielder went 0-for-3 with a walk for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and is now 0-for-14 overall in four rehab games. 

The Yankees expect Hicks to return as early as Monday and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre manager Jay Bell believes Hicks is "getting close."

"Certainly, timing wise, he's in the process of getting there," Bell told reporters after the game. "Just seeing balls off the batt and that kind of stuff. He's going to be fine."

May 10, 6:01 PM:

Didi Gregorius (Tommy John surgery) took grounders in Tampa on Friday, and Aaron Boone said the shortstop should begin playing in extended Spring Training games in about 10 days. 

May 9, 8:48 PM: 

Despite hope that he'd be ready to return for this weekend's series against the Rays in Tampa, Aaron Hicks (back) will play in three more rehab games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this weekend and is scheduled to be activated on Monday, when the Yankees begin a three-game series against the Orioles in the Bronx.

Meanwhile, Aaron Judge (oblique) has yet to take part in baseball activities, but Aaron Boone says he's improving. There are no timetables for Judge or Giancarlo Stanton (shoulder.) 

May 8, 3:54 PM: 

Aaron Boone gave some good injury update news on Wednesday, as he said the team believes Aaron Hicks could return at some point this weekend. There has been no definitive date set, but there is hope he will be back in the outfield. 

Hicks did very well in his extended Spring Training, and though he hasn't gotten a hit in two games with Class A Tampa, the Yankees seem confident he is reaching his benchmarks to come back.

May 6, 10:04 PM:

Giancarlo Stanton, who has been dealing with a shoulder injury ever since he went on the IL with a biceps strain, said he will swing in the batting cage on Tuesday but still doesn't know when he will return.

May 6, 9:36 PM:

Aaron Hicks, who has been out since spring training with a back injury, went 0-for-4 in his first rehab game with High-A Tampa on Monday.

Hicks, who could be activated over the weekend, flew out twice, grounded out once and struck out once. He played eight innings in center field.

May 6, 3:47 PM:

Dellin Betances began a throwing program on Monday -- making 25 throws from 60 feet -- but said afterwards that he isn't close to returning.

Though he's making progress, Betances told reporters there's "no way" he'll be ready before June.

May 6, 10:46 AM:

The Yankees officially activated Clint Frazier off the 10-day IL on Monday. 

The outfielder will rejoin the Yankees after missing two weeks with a left ankle sprain. He was hitting .324/.342/.632 with six home runs and 17 RBI before landing on the IL. 

May 5, 8:21 PM:

Outfielder Clint Frazier will return from a two-week stint on the injured list for Monday's game against the Mariners, manager Aaron Boone said after Sunday's rain-shortened win.

May 5, 12:21 PM:

GM Brian Cashman gave a slew of injury updates on Sunday afternoon during an appearance on SiriusXM Radio:

  • James Paxton will "probably" be out a maximum of three weeks.
  • Aaron Hicks could be activated from the IL next weekend.
  • Giancarlo Stanton will take batting practice this week.
  • Didi Gregorius will complete his throwing program this week.

Cashman also confirmed what was already pretty much known: Luis Severino will not return until after the All-Star break. 

Additionally, manager Aaron Boone said Dellin Betances is beginning a throwing program Monday. The expectation is that he can rejoin the team sometime in June.

May 4, 11:07 PM:

The Yankees are still awaiting the results of James Paxton's MRI on his sore left knee, which caused him to leave Friday's game after the third inning. Boone said it is possible they skip his next start. 

Greg Bird was in the Yankees clubhouse on Saturday and was no longer wearing a walking boot. Bird, who is on the IL with a left plantar fascia tear, told reporters he has been walking on a treadmill but still no timetable on a possible return. He added that the injury occurred when he felt a pop in his left foot while running. 

May 3, 4:30 PM:

Aaron Boone provided some good news on Friday when he revealed Miguel Andujar would be back with the Yankees on Saturday. 

He also rattled off updates on the following players:

Clint Frazier: Will play two rehab games with Double-A Trenton this weekend and is expected to be activated off the IL and rejoin the team on Monday. 

Aaron Hicks: Taking at-bats. Still needs more at-bats before beginning rehab games. Timetable on Hicks returning to team is about a week to 10 days. 

Troy Tulowitzki: Has been shut down for another week after sustaining a mild calf strain. Boone is unsure if it is the same injury getting worse or if this is a new injury. 

Giancarlo Stanton: He was at Yankee Stadium for Friday's game but Boone did not have any update to provide. 

Aaron Judge: Still no baseball activities but improving in weight room and with range of motion. Boone still not comfortable setting timetable yet. 

Didi Gregorius: A few weeks away from beginning any sort of rehab assignment. Boone categorized his progress as "best case scenario" so far. 

May 2, 12:35 PM:

Outfielder Aaron Hicks has three hits, including a double and a home run, in an extended spring training game on Thursday, a day after he went 1-for-3 with two walks. Hicks also had an outfield assist as he looks to return from a back injury that has kept him out since spring training.

May 2, 10:18 AM:

Infielder DJ LeMahieu, who left Sunday's game and missed the Yankees' past two games with right knee inflammation, believes he is "really close" to returning and could come back as soon as Friday, according to Newsday's Erik Boland. He was running on the field before Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks.

May 1, 7:28 PM:

Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was removed from his rehab game with Class A Tampa Tarpons on Wednesday night after experiencing "tightness" in his left calf, per Boland. Though it was said to be just a "precaution," manager Aaron Boone noted he was hit in the leg by a pitch last night, but finished the game. 

Tulowitzki was already down rehabbing a calf strain, so hopefully this isn't a setback on that initial ailment.

May 1, 2:15 PM:

Outfielder Clint Frazier was going through defensive work in left field before Wednesday's game in Phoenix, according to the Daily News. Frazier is recovering from a left ankle sprain.

April 30, 8:52 PM:

Yankees 3B Miguel Andujar is close to returning to the team, but his rehab start with the Tampa Tarpons didn't go that well. He was 0-for-4 with two popouts, a groundout, and fly out over seven innings. He also committed two errors in the field at third base. 

That's not what New York wants to see from Andujar, who is working back from a partially torn labrum. 

April 29, 6:02 p.m.  

Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu is day-to-day after an MRI revealed right knee inflammation. LeMahieu, who suffered a bruised knee on Friday after fouling a ball off his right leg, left Sunday's game in the third inning.

X-rays came back negative on Sunday, and Monday's MRI revealed inflammation. Neither he nor manager Aaron Boone were concerned about LeMahieu joining the crowded injured list, and LeMahieu was hopeful he would play Tuesday against the Diamondbacks.

April 26, 5:25 p.m.

The Yankees received some encouraging news regarding Andujar on Friday. The third baseman played five innings in an extended Spring Training game and went 2-for-3 with a walk and home run. 

It was his first rehab game since he sustained a partially torn labrum on April 1.

April 25, 4:30 p.m.

It was revelaed that Stanton's strained biceps had healed. But that good news was canceled out by the bad news that Stanton was dealing with a new shoulder injury.

According to SNY's Andy Martino, the new shoulder injury is only expected to cost Stanton an additional week. 

Stanton, who received a cortisone shot in his shoulder and is resting for a few days, said on Wednesday that his return would be delayed due to feeling some "residual stuff" in his left shoulder, according to the New York Times' James Wagner

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar
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When the Yankees were set to face the Orioles last season, everyone knew to simply watch Gleyber Torres' at-bats. 

There was a very big chance the ball was going to go over the wall. 

Torres just raked against Baltimore last season, owning an insane triple slash of .394/.467/1.045 with 13 dingers, 20 RBI and four doubles in 66 at-bats...

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The 2020 MLB Draft is getting close, which means the Yankees will be working hard to be fully prepared for selecting 28th overall on June 10. 

While we've already looked at potential infielders and pitchers for the Yanks, outfielders are very important to this franchise, so that could be the mindset heading into this draft. Of the team's top 30 prospects, eight outfielders make the list with the top overall prospect in 17-year-old Jasson Dominguez leading the way. 

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When you look at the Yankees' Top 30 prospects list, you won't find a single corner infield prospect on it. 

Loaded with power arms on the mound, outfielders and middle infielders, the Yankees could certainly use this 2020 MLB Draft to secure a top corner infield prospect who could crack that list. 

And it would make sense when you look at the current roster for the Yankees. Luke Voit is the presumptive starting first baseman with Mike Ford behind him. But neither player should be leaned on to produce on a consistent basis, though Voit has been solid since being acquired via trade from the Cardinals. 

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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 come 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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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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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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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 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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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? 

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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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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

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.

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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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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

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.

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Tags: CC Sabathia, Danny Abriano
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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?

Tags: Jordan Montgomery, Scott Thompson
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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.

Tags: Giancarlo Stanton, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar
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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!!!"

Click below to see...

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. 

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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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