There has been no shortage of adversity at the start of the Yankees season, but that didn’t stop Aaron Boone’s team from beating up on its rivals from New England.
The Yankees beat the Red Sox 5-3 on Wednesday, and 8-0 on Tuesday, as they completed a two-game mini-sweep of the defending World Series champions. New York did this despite a lengthy injury list filled with key players.
On Thursday, Boone joined Mike Francesa to talk about the team’s recent games and about the various players trying to make their way back to health. The Yankees manager provided a few updates. First, he was asked when Giancarlo Stanton is expected to return to the field.
“(It’s) tough to say. I don’t think it’s far,” Boone said on WFAN. “He hit yesterday and the intensity was really ramped up and he responded really well, so that was encouraging. But I don’t really have a timetable for you yet. I don’t think it’s going to be real long.”
“He completed his ‘come back to play’ protocol where he’s been doing some defensive stuff the last couple days. He has had to pass these different run tests that would suggest he’s okay. So, we’ll check him tomorrow. If everything goes well there, there’s a chance he would then fly to Tampa, play in a game probably on Saturday and then possibly meet us … in Anaheim.”
Boone also had an update on Miguel Andujar, who, like Stanton, hasn’t played since that March 31 game at Yankee Stadium. Andujar has been out with a tear in his right labrum and could ultimately need surgery.
Francesa wondered if it was possible for Andujar to come back and take on a role that doesn’t involve throwing the ball: like DH or first base.
“I guess it’s possible. We’re not there to have those conversations yet, because we want to exhaust ‘alright, can he get back’ from a throwing standpoint and become a full-time player. And you have got to balance it too with the long-term interests of Miguel Andujar. So, we’re going to go through the rehab process … the throwing went a little bit better today. He’s scheduled to take ground balls and actually throw across the diamond tomorrow, so that will be another step along the way.”