Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres and catcher Gary Sanchez are optimistic about returning from the disabled list shortly after the All-Star break.
Torres, who was named to the American League All-Star team as a rookie but will not play in Tuesday's game, said he feels good after suffering a hip strain on July 4 and could be on track to return Monday when the Yankees begin a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays.
"I think I'm ready right now," Torres said, according to Newsday's Erik Boland. "I'm just waiting for more (rehab) games. If everything is all right, I'm back to play."
In 63 games, Torres has a .294/.350/.555 batting line with 15 home runs and 42 RBIs. The Yankees are 45-18 when he appears in a game but are 17-15 without him. He will fly to Tampa on Wednesday morning and begin a rehab assignment over the weekend.
Sanchez, who homered in a rehab game with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday, is on track to return from a right groin strain for this weekend's series against the Mets.
The 25-year-old Sanchez, who hasn't played since he left the 10th inning of the Yankees' 7-6 loss to the Rays after grounding into a double play, has a .190/.291/.433 batting line with 14 home runs and 41 RBIs in 63 games this season.