There is no hiding the Yankees are banged up, given two of their sluggers -- Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge -- are both out due to injury. Judge said earlier Friday that he still hasn't been able to pick up a bat, and there is going to be discomfort in his fractured right hand for awhile.
As for Sanchez, though, manager Aaron Boone gave some promising news before the Yankees' matchup with the Rangers. He has been in Tampa rehabbing a right groin strain.
"I think he'll probably be on the ground running there this weekend and he'll fly here Sunday night to join us starting Monday," Boone told the YES Network before the game. "And I would say Monday we'll really ramp up as far as the hitting, starting to do catching things, and then the normal conditioning as well. But he's progressing well, feeling good."
Boone also touched on Jonathan Loaisiga and Domingo German -- both starters that filled in for Jordan Montgomery, who is out for the season.
For Loaisiga, Boone noted that he has thrown a couple of bullpens, and he believes he threw a simulated game as well. German is further back on his rehab progression, as he just finished a 10-day program of not throwing. He should be playing catch soon.