Injuries have been the story of the New York Yankees season so far.
Aaron Boone’s team has managed to stay afloat in the standings despite losing multiple key players in spring training and throughout the first month of the season. Each of those players has been recovering behind the scenes, and a few of them should be coming back into the lineup over the next couple weeks.
Boone spoke to the press before Friday’s game with the Minnesota Twins and had quite a few updates to share on the numerous injured Yankees.
Miguel Andujar went down with a slight tear in the labrum of his right shoulder in just the third game of the season. He was placed on the injured list the next day and hasn’t played since. But according to Boone, Andujar will be activated on Saturday.
In the initial aftermath of the injury, there were fears that Andujar might need season-ending surgery. The Yankees waited to see how his shoulder reacted, and then ultimately decided against the surgery. Boone added that Gio Urshela will continue to see a lot of time at third base, as Andujar probably isn’t ready to make all the throws across the diamond that come with playing that position.
The Yankees manager also provided an update on Didi Gregorius, saying the shortstop is “potentially a few weeks away from starting a rehab assignment.”
There are a lot of injured Yankees, so there are a lot of updates.
Boone says Clint Frazier will return from his ankle injury on Monday. He has played two rehab games with Double-A Trenton. The 24-year-old hasn’t played since he sprained his ankle on April 24.
DJ LeMahieu was one of the most recent Yankees to suffer an injury when he had to come out of Sunday’s win over the San Francisco Giants with a contusion in his right knee. Boone said he will be available off the bench on Friday night.
Boone did not have an update on Giancarlo Stanton as he hadn’t seen him yet on Friday. Stanton has been out with a bicep strain since that first series against the Orioles.
There was also no update on Aaron Judge, who is apparently still a ways away from returning from his oblique injury.
The Yankees and Twins play tonight as New York starts a homestand back in the Bronx following a West Coast road trip.