The Yankees have experienced their share of injuries this season. Perhaps this wave could not have come at a more inopportune time. New York is fighting to stay atop the Wild Card and is slowly creeping back into the division race with several key components sidelined; and some injured for an extended period of time. Although some are close to returning, others have made little progress.
Aaron Judge (fractured wrist)
Judge has been out for over a month after getting plunked in the wrist by a high and tight pitch from Jakob Junis. He will resume baseball activities once he is pain free in that wrist. The only thing is, he is still experiencing pain, as Brian Cashman’s timeline for return was a bit premature.
Although, the pain is getting better according to Judge. He will likely not get any time to rehab in the Minors, as their season ends this week. Judge could come back sometime near mid- to late September depending on how he progresses.
Still no swinging a bat for Aaron Judge. However, he said that he has no problem brushing his teeth. That’s something, I guess?
Aroldis Chapman (knee tendonitis)
Chapman has been nursing his knee for the majority of the season, as the pain was not so severe that it did not allow him to throw. However, he was officially placed on the DL about a week ago after throwing just six pitches in a save opportunity.
He will be re-evaluated in two weeks and received a PRP injection today that should help with some of the pain.
Aroldis Chapman had his second PRP injection in his knee. Boone said that was part of the original plan.
Gary Sanchez (strained groin)
Sanchez went yard on the first pitch he saw with Triple-A Scranton on his rehab assignment Monday. He finished the game going 2-for-4 with a single and a home run.
Gary Sanchez jumped all over this pitch. It’s his third home run of the season with the RailRiders. pic.twitter.com/tGQfwygsYH
He spent over a month on the DL when he originally injured his groin, and got activated July 20; only to last three games before the re-injury. The plan is to spend the rest of the week in the Minors with a return to the Yankees coming as soon as this weekend.
Didi Gregorius (bruised heel)
Gregorius is making great progress ever since being placed on the 10-day DL with a bruised heel. He’s seemed to move around fine and is participating in baseball activities in preparation for a return soon. It is believed that he could return in time for the west coast road trip next week, but could be back even sooner.
Didi Gregorius hit in the cage today and took grounders. He’ll do weight room work and could run on the field tomorrow. If that goes well, Aaron Boone said he could be on a faster track.