Boone Joins 'Mike's On' To Provide Some Injury Updates

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With the 2019 MLB season past the midway point, the Yankees are currently in a great position.

New York finds itself with a 60-33 record and a six-game lead over Tampa Bay in the American League East.

The Yankees have been playing extremely well, despite the fact that they are still not quite fully healthy.

While many of the team's contributors have already returned to the team, there are several players still stuck on the injured list.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone joined "Mike's On" Wednesday to provide some injury updates, including some good news on outfielder Cameron Maybin.

"Maybin will probably start running bases this weekend," Boone told Mike Francesa. "And when we leave to go out on the road, he'll probably head to Scranton with the idea that maybe by the middle of next week, he's playing in rehab games. And then obviously it would be close after that. But he's doing well.

While Boone shared some good news on Maybin, the same cannot be said for another one of New York's outfielders.

It's been a rough season for slugger Giancarlo Stanton.

The 29-year-old has appeared in just nine games this year, hitting .290 with one home run and seven RBIs in only 31 at-bats.

The Yankees may have to get used to playing without the former NL MVP, as Boone indicated that Stanton is nowhere close to a return to the team.

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"Stanton is still just in the rehab phase and trying to get quad-strengthening going on," the Yankees manager said. "But no baseball activities yet. It's kind of moved a little bit slow, although he feels like over the last probably 48-72 hours, he started to get some improvement and get some strength back in that quad.

"He's starting to move in the right direction, but still (the rehab is going) slow."

While the lineup has been playing well without Stanton's bat, the Yankees could use the return of a few of their key pitchers.

Ace Luis Severino and set-up man Dellin Betances have both been out for the entire 2019 campaign due to shoulder injuries that turned into lat strains.

Although neither one has thrown a single pitch in the regular season, Boone told Mike that both are beginning to make good progress towards a return to the mound.

"Sevy and Betances both threw again today. Today was their second day of throwing," Boone said about two of the team's most talented pitchers. "Tomorrow will be their first day of back-to-back. So far so good, but very much in the early stages.

"If everything continues to go well, hopefully in the next couple of weeks they'll be getting close to getting on the mound."

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