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.

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Pete Alonso had a record-breaking rookie season with the Mets in 2019, while Yankees' budding young star Gleyber Torres took a huge leap forward as a franchise-altering player. 

On the latest edition of Loud Mouths: The Great Debate, SNY's Gary Apple and Jonas Schwartz debate which young superstar will take home an MVP award first ...

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Oct 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) hits a solo home run during the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins in game one of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) hits a solo home run during the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins in game one of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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With the 2020 MLB season still on pause, let's dip into the mailbag to answer some Yankees questions ...


@yy67045767 Do they re-sign Paxton, Tanaka, or LeMahieu after this season?

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In the latest edition of Out of Office Replies, SNY's John Jastremski knows who will have a better Yankees season between James Paxton and Masahiro Tanaka. Also, which old-time New York jersey is his favorite? 

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In case anyone out there was still wondering if Aroldis Chapman is staying in shape, please continue reading.

Chapman, the Yankees' closer known for pumping 100 mph-plus gas on a regular basis, posted a video of his sparring in what appears to be the driveway of his home. 

A shirtless Chapman throws some powerful left-handed blows in the video, showing off an impressive physique.

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Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton shared a message on his Instagram account on Wednesday, asking people to continue to stay home in the fight against coronavirus.

Wearing his Yankees cap, Stanton expressed his appreciation for coworkers and the conditions they've been put in. 

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During their playing days, Alex Rodriguez was considered by many as a villain, while Derek Jeter was proclaimed a hero.

On the latest edition of Loud Mouths: The Great Debate, SNY's Eamon McAnaney and Justine Ward debate which player's career turnaround has been more surprising  ...

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The Yankees signed Gerrit Cole to a nine-year, $324 million contract this offseason, in hopes that he will be the team's ace on the mound for the majority of the next decade.

But could a position change to catcher be in his future?

Probably not, but Cole and and his wife Amy posted a video of them having a catch, with Amy on the would-be mound while Gerrit is crouched down in a catcher's stance. 

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Oct 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Ottavino (0) pitches during the seventh inning in game three of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Ottavino (0) pitches during the seventh inning in game three of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The idea that the 2020 MLB season can be played solely in Arizona has gained some traction over the last 24 hours, with SNY's Andy Martino hearing from sources that "high-ranking members of the medical community" have backed the plan. 

So how do the players feel about it? 

There is sure to be mixed opinions on the matter, but Yankees RHP Adam Ottavino told the New York Post's Joel Sherman that he would be on board. 

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The classic BNNY segment "Eh or Ehhhh" is back, just this time from the living room. Doug Williams, Andy Martino and Anthony Recker answer some of the latest storylines facing the Yankees and Mets...

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As MLB continues to figure out if they can salvage a 2020 season, the players keep preparing for whenever that day comes, if at all. 

That's why Yankees hurlers Gerrit Cole and Adam Ottavino were putting in some work -- in the backyard. 

CHECK IT OUT BELOW

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Jacob deGrom has proven himself as the best pitcher in the National League, winning back-to-back Cy Young Awards in the process. Gerrit Cole is new in town, but there's no doubting that he's among the game's elite pitchers.

On this edition of Loud Mouths: The Great Debate, SNY's Gary Apple and Justine Ward give their takes on who the best pitcher in the Big Apple really is ...

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In the latest SNY Out of Office Replies, Eamon McAnaney would build a team with Gleyber Torres, says RJ Barrett isn't a superstar, and more!

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Aaron Judge/Gleyber Torres
Aaron Judge/Gleyber Torres

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Right now, the Yankees are simply worrying about whether or not they're going to have a season to play in 2020. But, with the hiatus, it's worth examining how this roster is set up at the moment, and more specifically, how it could change next season and in the short-term future. 

This season, the Yankees are primed to contend for a World Series title, and that was evident when GM Brian Cashman said you know what to the luxury tax threshold and paid Gerrit Cole $324 million over the next nine seasons to be his bonafide ace. That was added to the massive amount remaining on Giancarlo Stanton's contract. 

So, as of now, the Yankees are at $239 million, which is well over the $208 million threshold. A World Series would definitely suffice with that kind of spending. But what about spending for the future? 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, DJ LeMahieu, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Jacoby Ellsbury, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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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)

Whether Yankees legend (and current Marlins part owner) Derek Jeter had a hand in Tom Brady fleeing the New England Patriots for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers remains in question.

But Brady and Jeter are now connected in a different way.

Brady has recently moved into what was once Jeter's 30,000 square foot mansion on Davis Islands in St. Petersburg, which he is renting, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

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Mar 8, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) tips his hat to the crowd as he is taken out during the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 8, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) tips his hat to the crowd as he is taken out during the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

With coronavirus continuing to spread in the United States, Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka decided it was best to fly to Japan with his family.

Tanaka tweeted out in Japanese his reasoning for returning home with his wife and 1-year-old , which NJ.com's Brendan Kuty had translated by a Japanese member of the media. 

"By entering Japan from the United States where the new coronavirus is expanding, even though we currently have no symptoms, would you still infect someone without knowing it?" Tanaka said. "Wouldn't my family get infected? There were various thoughts."

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Yankees manager Aaron Boone (David Butler II )
Yankees manager Aaron Boone (David Butler II )

There's still so much uncertainty about when the world of sports, or even the world in general, will get back to a state of normalcy.

But despite that uncertainty, Yankees manager Aaron Boone remains optimistic about playing a 2020 baseball season. 

Boone was a guest on the Big Time Baseball Podcast with Jon Heyman and Tony Gwynn Jr., speaking about a number of topics, from his own playing days to how his current coaching staff is keeping tabs on players.

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Feb 13, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees pitching coach Matt Blake (67) looks on during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 13, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees pitching coach Matt Blake (67) looks on during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Matt Blake's first year as pitching coach of the Yankees wasn't supposed to go this way. But, nevertheless, this is how things are with the league suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Blake's pitchers were starting to hit their stride, as they prepared for Opening Day that would've been this past Thursday. But now...well, Blake is working off an online spreadsheet to track their at-home workouts all over the country. 

"There's no playbook here," Blake told MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. "Nobody's ever gone through it, so there's no tried-and-true recipe to fall back on."

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Mar 1, 2020; Lakeland, Florida, USA; New York Yankees catcher Kyle Higashioka (66) heads to the dugout after scoring a run against the Detroit Tigers during the fifth inning at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)
Mar 1, 2020; Lakeland, Florida, USA; New York Yankees catcher Kyle Higashioka (66) heads to the dugout after scoring a run against the Detroit Tigers during the fifth inning at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)

Kyle Higashioka was very much looking forward to last Thursday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. He was primed to be Gary Sanchez' backup with Austin Romine moving on to Detroit. 

So that Opening Day would've been the first in his career. Instead, he was in Bend, Oregon doing workouts to prepare for whenever that Opening Day comes around -- if ever -- this year. 

"Thursday would have been my first major league Opening Day," Higashioka penned in the New York Post. "But, to be honest, I didn't really think about it during the day.

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In the latest edition of SNY's Out of Office Replies, Andy Martino reveals who the Yankees need to lock up, why he wants to see Francisco Lindor in New York, and more!

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Here is the Sports Squared crossword puzzle for Tuesday, March 31 called Yankees of the 1990s: Worst to First...

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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)

As the world was looking at the NBA and their first case of coronavirus among their players, the Yankees announced that they had a minor leaguer in their camp that contracted the virus, making it the first case in MLB. 

For minor leaguer Matt Minnick, that was the moment his eyes really opened to the coronavirus pandemic. 

"It was surreal," Minnick told the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert. "We know what was going on in the world, but suddenly we were on a conference call with doctors talking about it. I was concerned for the player and his family. For me, I wasn't scared, I felt fine. It was just surreal."

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

Major League Baseball remains on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic, with the earliest start date for the regular season May 10.

On Friday, MLB and the MLBPA signed off on a deal regarding how things will shake out if there is a shortened or canceled season.

MLBPA chief Tony Clark said shortly after the deal was struck that while players prefer to play in front of fans and not empty ballparks, they are open to doing whatever gets them back playing as soon as possible.

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Former Yankee Alex Rodriguez took some time out of his day on Sunday to talk with Mets superstar 1B Pete Alonso about anything from baseball to what the reigning NL Rookie of the Year likes to cook. 

But, when A-Rod's Q&A was over, he asked Alonso if he had anything to ask and the youngster asked a very good question that had an even better answer. 

Alonso wanted to know how Rodriguez dealt with the pressure of hearing boos, specifically when he was going through his appeal process after being suspended 211 games for PED use. The Yankees were playing the Red Sox in August -- right after the suspension was slapped on him -- and the Fenway Park faithful were definitely letting Rodriguez hear it. 

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Aroldis Chapman
Aroldis Chapman

Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman stands at 6-foot-4, 212 pounds and has one of the most dominant fastballs in the game of baseball. And after his latest post on Instagram, we know why that's the case. 

Chapman is staying self-isolated in his home during this coronavirus pandemic, and took a picture while playing a friendly game of dominoes. But look at that left arm...

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 (Mark J. Rebilas)
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President Donald Trump reportedly reached out to former Yankee Alex Rodriguez in his continued outreach across the country regarding the coronavirus pandemic. 

Per John Santucci of ABC News, Trump called Rodriguez from the Oval Office earlier this week.

Santucci noted that Rodriguez's call with the President was "pleasant," and that Trump, while asking the former Yankees slugger about the coronavirus response, did not discuss having A-Rod or his fiance, Jennifer Lopez, take on any official effort. 

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Mar 5, 2020; Lakeland, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 5, 2020; Lakeland, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Bovada recently released their updated odds for who will be crowned 2020 AL East champion, and despite MLB looking at a shortened season, the Yankees are still the heavy favorite.

According to Bovada, the Bombers are -450 to win the division, giving them significantly better odds than the rest of the AL East teams.

The Rays are next at the list at +375, the Red Sox (now without Mookie Betts and Chris Sale) are +1000, the Blue Jays are +3300, and the Orioles round out the list at +25000.

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Jul 28, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German (55) pitches during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Jul 28, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German (55) pitches during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

MLB and the Players Association agreed to a deal regarding how a shortened 2020 season would be handled, and part of the deal impacts players currently facing suspensions under the joint domestic violence policy.

SNY's Andy Martino confirmed that under the new agreement, a player like Domingo German (who has 63 games remaining on a suspension that began last season) will still have to serve the current time left on his suspension in 2020. But if the season is significantly shortened or even canceled, the suspension will not carry over to the 2021 season. 

German was originally handed an 81-game suspension on Jan. 2, retroactive to Sept.19, which is when the right-hander was first placed on administrative leave by MLB. 

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Mar 6, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Deivi Garcia (83) throws a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 6, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Deivi Garcia (83) throws a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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A series of Yankees roster moves Thursday brought one surprise, when the team sent top pitching prospect Deivi Garcia all the way down to Double-A Trenton.

Garcia struggled in spring training, going 0-2 with a 7.46 ERA. But it turns out that the demotion had nothing to do with his performance -- "zero," according to a source -- and does not preclude Garcia from starting the season in New York, which is still in play.

As a source explained the move, rosters were frozen and the Yankees only had three spots at Triple-A Scranton. Those went to players with major league service time -- pitchers Michael King and Ben Heller, and infielder Thairo Estrada. With Scranton full, Garcia went to Trenton. But that was only because of the service-time seniority issue.

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Mar 11, 2020; Jupiter, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Deivi Garcia (83) delivers a pitch in the first inning of the spring training game against the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 11, 2020; Jupiter, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Deivi Garcia (83) delivers a pitch in the first inning of the spring training game against the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Yankees announced a series of roster moves on Thursday evening, including two notable pitching prospects being sent down. 

Right-handers Michael King and Ben Heller, along with infielder Thairo Estrada were optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, while right-hander Deivi Garcia was optioned to Double-A Trenton. 

With the baseball world on pause amid the cornoavirus outbreak, MLB teams are still able to make transactions. 

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Aaron Judge/Aaron Boone (Adam Hunger)
Aaron Judge/Aaron Boone (Adam Hunger)

No Opening Day baseball is a tough pill to swallow, as the coronavirus pandemic has pushed back the season indefinitely. But for Aaron Judge and manager Aaron Boone, remaining optimistic is the best thing to do in these hard times. 

Thursday was supposed to be the day the Yankees kicked off their 2020 campaign against the Orioles down in Baltimore, so it makes sense these two took the time to tweet out their disappointment about the season not starting on time. 

But that doesn't mean there won't be a season at all, with MLB commissioner Rob Manfred saying on SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt on Wednesday that he hopes things can ramp up in May.

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Yankees hitting coach Rachel Balkovec (Photo Courtesy of the Yankees)
Yankees hitting coach Rachel Balkovec (Photo Courtesy of the Yankees)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Earlier this month, when two players in the Yankees organization tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, the team recommended that players and staff working at the minor league complex self-isolate.

That left hitting instructor Rachel Balkovec with plenty of time to consider how she could help those in worse situations than hers. Motivated by her social conscience, she quickly hatched a plan.

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Old Yankee Stadium (Picasa 2.0)
Old Yankee Stadium (Picasa 2.0)

The Yankees were supposed to hand the ball to new ace Gerrit Cole to face the Orioles on the road Thursday, kicking off the 2020 season on Opening Day. But Cole is going to have to wait for that start now due to the coronavirus pandemic.

How long? Well there's no telling for sure. 

However, as SNY's Andy Martino pointed out earlier this week, MLB's current thinking is to salvage some sort of season this year. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred also appeared on SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt on Wednesday, where he said he wants to start ramping things up in May if he can...

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Feb 16, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) and manager Aaron Boone (17) talk works out during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 16, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) and manager Aaron Boone (17) talk works out during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Many Yankees staff members (including manager Aaron Boone) and players have left Tampa for home to wait out the coronavirus pause, but some players (including DJ LeMahieu and Giancarlo Stanton) remain.

On Wednesday, Boone -- who said he has been checking in regularly with GM Brian Cashman -- spoke to Yankees beat reporters to provide updates on what's been going on in Tampa and elsewhere...

An update on Aaron Judge

Judge, who is recovering from multiple related injuries, is still in "the healing phase" when it comes to his cracked rib and will be re-evaluated in a few weeks.

Like Giancarlo Stanton, the expectation is that Judge will be ready to go when the regular season starts no earlier than May 10.

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Apr 22, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees outfielders Giancarlo Stanton (27), Aaron Hicks (31) and Aaron Judge (99) at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Apr 22, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees outfielders Giancarlo Stanton (27), Aaron Hicks (31) and Aaron Judge (99) at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

This Thursday was supposed to be Opening Day, but of course, there are far more important things to worry about right now than baseball. 

Still, as SNY's Andy Martino pointed out in his latest article, "MLB is determined to salvage some sort of baseball in 2020." If that is a case, an extremely shortened season is most likely what will occur. 

And with that, some Yankees players actually might not mind the delay. But there are others who most likely feel the opposite way. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Deivi Garcia, Domingo German, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Feb 18, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) walks out to batting practice as he works out during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 18, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) walks out to batting practice as he works out during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Yankees outfielder/designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton, who was slowed by a calf injury during spring training, has progressed to the point where he'd likely be able to return to games if spring training was still going on.

"If we were to start spring training games up tomorrow, he'd probably be ready to go," manager Aaron Boone told the YES Network on Monday.

Stanton, who has continued to prepare for the season at the club's spring training facility in Tampa (though things could change for him and other players soon), was among a group of Yankees who were hitting last week under the watchful eye of hitting coach Marcus Thames.

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Aaron Judge/Blake Snell
Aaron Judge/Blake Snell

Rays ace Blake Snell is a Cy Young winner and one of the best pitchers in the American League. His stuff on the mound is dangerous when it's on, and the Yankees have to see him more than other teams being in the AL East. 

But, during a live stream on SportsCenter's Instagram, Snell began talking about hitters he actually hates to face. And one of them is Aaron Judge

Snell explained to former NBA star Richard Jefferson why he hates facing Judge, and his answer isn't just because the 6-foot-7 slugger can hit a mistake pitch from him a country mile. 

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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)

With new directives potentially coming from the state of Florida in their efforts to combat the spread of coronavirus, the situation at the Yankees' spring training facility in Tampa could be up in the air.

It's possible that fitness centers will be closed soon in the state, with there also potentially being a shelter-in-place order from Hillsborough County, according to Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News, who reports that some of the players still working out at the facility are concerned about it shutting down.

"I don't know. That's something I am going to have to think about. Maybe Arizona," Tyler Wade told Ackert about where he might go if the facility closes. "I think a lot of guys are going out there. Hopefully, maybe since our numbers are small, I mean there's three of us, four of us in there not counting the rehab guys. They are doing their thing in the training room... so we're never this close to each other. So hopefully it's beneficial to us."

Tags: Aaron Judge, DJ LeMahieu, Tyler Wade, Danny Abriano
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Giancarlo Stanton/Aaron Judge
Giancarlo Stanton/Aaron Judge

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

There has been no update from MLB since they released their latest mandate of banning organized workouts at spring camps, as social distancing and even self-quarantining has been the norm for not just players but everyone in the country. 

But when things do return to normal and MLB is allowed to kick off their 2020 season -- whatever that may look like -- the Yankees will have a few roster decisions to make before baseball resumes. 

So while his players are working in any way they can during these tough times, manager Aaron Boone will have to think about issues with his roster and lineup such as...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chad Green, Deivi Garcia, Giancarlo Stanton, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Scott Thompson
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Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees former pitcher Mariano Rivera throws out the ceremonial first pitch before a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees former pitcher Mariano Rivera throws out the ceremonial first pitch before a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

While we don't know when baseball will be back -- or how long the season will be when it returns -- one Yankees legend doesn't think a team winning a World Series title during a super abbreviated season should carry much weight.

"I don't think you can play a 60-game season and you call yourself a champion," Mariano Rivera said while appearing on ESPN New York's The Michael Kay Show on Friday.

The five-time World Series champion added: "Anything can happen in 60 games. I don't think it's enough. People don't play on all cylinders, the whole teams are different. I don't know. It's a great question, because I don't know what's going to happen if the season is starting in June or July."

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Gleyber Torres/Giancarlo Stanton/Gary Sanchez
Gleyber Torres/Giancarlo Stanton/Gary Sanchez

As I write this, there was supposed to be just six days until Opening Day. However, the coronavirus pandemic has suspended the season indefinitely. 

MLB is doing what the rest of us are (hopefully) doing in taking the right precautions to counteract the spread of the virus. The league's latest guildelines allows players to remain at their spring facilities if they'd like, but only use of the gym and training facilites are allowed. No more organizated workouts can take place. 

Players like Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and others are in still there to stay active and prepare for the season, while manager Aaron Boone is among those that drove home. It's a very sensitive and surreal situation, but it's what we all have to deal with at the moment. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gio Urshela, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Tyler Wade, Zack Britton, Scott Thompson
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While giving an update on his injury status, Yankees OF Aaron Judge surprised reporters with yet another ailment he was dealing with. 

Judge's condition initially began as a "minor right shoulder problem," but turned into a stress fracture in his rib as well as shoulder pain. Now he told multiple reporters on Friday that he had, what MLB.com's Bryan Hoch called, pneumothorax. That's better known as a collapsed lung. 

It was undisclosed, but it doesn't matter now because it is "completely gone," said the All-Star. He is now allowed to fly if he so chooses. 

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Mar 8, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Tyler Wade (14) throws the ball to first base for an out during the second inning against the Atlanta Braves at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 8, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Tyler Wade (14) throws the ball to first base for an out during the second inning against the Atlanta Braves at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Though MLB players and coaches are allowed to return to their home cities if they so choose, many have found it easier to stay at their spring training facilities, including a few Yankees. 

Tyler Wade is one of those who has stayed in Tampa to participate in the very limited activities teams are allowed to do under MLB's guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus. And he spoke to reporters on Friday about how that adjustment has been going.

Wade told The Post's George A. King III that he believes Tampa is "the safest place to be." The Yankees still have access to the gym and training facilities, but they're not allowed to have any organized group workouts, whether it is formal or informal. 

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SNY contributor John Jastremski channels his inner Frank Costanza as he fields some Yankees questions and more in the latest edition of "Out of Office Replies."

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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)

Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu was at the team's complex at Steinbrenner field again on Thursday -- a day after hitting at the facility along with Giancarlo Stanton, Clint Frazier, and Tyler Wade.

And LeMahieu said Thursday that his plan is to stay in Tampa for the foreseeable future.

According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, LeMahieu said being able to work out at Steinbrenner Field is keeping him "sane" admist the coronavirus shutdown, adding that the gyms are closed in Michigan (where he lives) and the weather is better in Florida.

Tags: Clint Frazier, DJ LeMahieu, Giancarlo Stanton, Tyler Wade, Danny Abriano
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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)

While Yankees manager Aaron Boone, much of his staff, and a bunch of players left spring training in Tampa on Tuesday to head home, there are still coaches and players who continue to prepare for the season at Steinbrenner Field.

The four players who were there hitting on Wednesday were Giancarlo Stanton, DJ LeMahieu, Clint Frazier, and Tyler Wade, according to hitting coach Marcus Thames.

Stanton, who had resumed baseball activities on March 7 as he worked his way back from a calf strain, will almost certainly be ready for Opening Day now that the season has been pushed back to the second week of May at the earliest.

Tags: Clint Frazier, DJ LeMahieu, Giancarlo Stanton, Tyler Wade, Danny Abriano
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Aaron Boone/Brian Cashman/Aaron Judge
Aaron Boone/Brian Cashman/Aaron Judge

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The United States continues to feel the impact of coronavirus, even moreso than a week ago when MLB and the rest of the major sports leagues shut down. 

As of Wednesday afternoon, there were 6,519 known coronavirus cases in the U.S., with New York (1,717 confirmed cases) having the most in the country. Some cities, including San Francisco, have ordered residents to shelter in place. And New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that the peak of the coronavirus pandemic in the city could be in early-May. 

Earlier this week, in accordance with CDC guidelines recommending for people to practice social distancing, MLB pushed back the start of the regular season even further than the April 9 start date. The second week of May is now the earliest the season will start, and the wait could be much longer.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Deivi Garcia, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, Jonathan Loaisiga, Kyle Higashioka, Luis Cessa, Scott Thompson
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Masahiro Tanaka/DJ LeMahieu/Gerrit Cole
Masahiro Tanaka/DJ LeMahieu/Gerrit Cole

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

We don't know for certain when the 2020 MLB season will get underway, as everyone's main priority is stopping the coronavirus spread throughout the country. 

But when it eventually does, the Yankees have a few players who need to step up big time. Or it could be a lost season. 

And it isn't as dramatic as it sounds. A lost season for the Yankees means not reaching the World Series because, well, that's what this stacked roster is more than capable of achieving. These catalysts, x-factors, pivot players -- whatever you want to call them -- are present on the Yankees depsite so much talent on the roster. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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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)

While nothing is officially set in stone, all indications are that Jets' long-time enemy Tom Brady is heading to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, officially ending one of the most successful two-decade runs in the history of professional sports.

And it sounds like maybe Jets fans should be thanking... Derek Jeter?

With Tampa expected to land Brady on a deal reportedly worth roughly $30 million a year, it sounds as if the former Yankees captain may have been part of Brady's decision-making. 

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Feb 16, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) and manager Aaron Boone (17) talk works out during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 16, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) and manager Aaron Boone (17) talk works out during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Amidst the MLB shutdown due to coronavirus, Yankees manager Aaron Boone, part of his coaching staff, and several players departed the team's spring training complex in Tampa on Tuesday to head home.

Saying "stay safe, y'all" as he pulled away, Boone had said Monday that he was preparing to depart spring training to head back north.

According to Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News, the majority of the Yankees' coaching staff was leaving to head home on Tuesday in addition to Boone.

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