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May 23, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Zack Britton (53) throws a pitch in the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)
May 23, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Zack Britton (53) throws a pitch in the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)

The Yankees have been decimated by injuries this year, with more than a dozen key players going down. Check back here for the latest updates on the walking wounded.  


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Zack Britton jammed his right ankle on first base during Game 3 against the Twins while making a bang-bang play to record an out. And though he was limping off the mound and into the dugout, it doesn't look like he'll be missing any postseason time. 

According to MLB Network's Jon Morosi, Britton will be on the Yankees' ALCS roster when Aaron Boone puts it together before Saturday's start to the new series. That's great news to hear considering Britton is the Yanks' best lefty reliever, minus closer Aroldis Chapman, out in the pen. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, Thairo Estrada
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Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) at first base during game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) at first base during game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Fresh off a three-game sweep of the Twins in the ALDS, the Yankees could be getting even more help for the ALCS.

Center fielder Aaron Hicks told the Associated Press on Tuesday that he is "definitely ready to go out there and play."

Hicks hasn't suited up for the Yankees since Aug. 3 due to a right elbow flexor strain. He also suffered a setback during his recovery, making it unclear if he would play again in 2019.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Giancarlo Stanton, Jordan Montgomery, Miguel Andujar
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Sep 29, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Texas Rangers during the second inning in the final home game at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Sep 29, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Texas Rangers during the second inning in the final home game at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Job one for the Yankees on Sunday was to get out of the regular-season finale with no injuries, but with the way this IL-fest of a year has gone, forget that.

The Yankees lost to the Rangers, 6-1, in the last game ever at Globe Life Park, but the pinstriped headline was Gio Urshela leaving in the fourth inning with what the team is calling a mild left ankle sprain.

The Yankees told reporters in Texas that doctors examined Urshela at the ballpark and there were no further tests planned. The Yankees don't play again until Friday when they open the AL Division Series against the Twins at Yankee Stadium, so Urshela has time to heal.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chad Green, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Gio Urshela, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Tyler Wade, Anthony McCarron
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Mar 8, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 8, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees have been decimated by injuries this year, with roughly a dozen key players going down. Check back here for the latest updates on the walking wounded.  


10-day IL: Luke Voit, David Hale, CC Sabathia, Edwin Encarnacion, Aaron Hicks, Jonathan Holder, Stephen Tarpley

60-day IL: Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis SeverinoDellin BetancesGreg Bird, Jordan MontgomeryMiguel Andujar, Giancarlo Stanton

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar
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New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela hits an infield single against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela hits an infield single against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

As the rallying cry of the 2019 Yankees season, the 'next man up' rotation has produced in the absence of Miguel Andujar. The 27-year-old Gio Urshela hasn't just produced, he's excelled. In the span of a couple months, he has transformed from a forgotten third basemen to a true two-way talent. 

His performance has been such a surprise, thus raising the essential question - could Andujar's future in New York be in jeopardy?

It's a fascinating thought to ponder, and surely a decision that the Yankees will eventually have to make. Andujar is due back before the 2020 season, putting him in position to reclaim his starting role. But can we assume that he will be given the starting job right away? It seems unlikely. Recent history has shown that the Yankees prefer to let guys battle it out through spring training.

 

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Jul 14, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela (29) hits an RBI single against the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jul 14, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela (29) hits an RBI single against the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Depth in Major League Baseball is hardly a constant. One of the more unpredictable aspects of the sport, teams' depth shifts almost daily, while roster overhauls occur in the offseasons. Two things are difficult to achieve - consistent production from backups and helping other teams' castoffs realize their potential.

Enter, the 2019 Yankees, who have pulled off both despite injuries and an influx of new faces.

In the ever evolving analytics-driven game, New York has clearly been in the upper tier of searching for and acquiring depth options.

Tags: Austin Romine, Clint Frazier, Domingo German, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, Tyler Wade
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Aug 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela (29) and designated hitter Aaron Judge (99) react after Urshela hit a two run home run against the Boston Red Sox during the thired inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela (29) and designated hitter Aaron Judge (99) react after Urshela hit a two run home run against the Boston Red Sox during the thired inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

What injuries? 

Those two words could serve as the Yankees' mantra season thus far. 

The list goes on and on when you look at the key components featured in this powerhouse lineup that have hit the IL. Currently, players like Edwin Encarnacion, Aaron Hicks, CC Sabathia, Giancarlo Stanton, Luke Voit and Gary Sanchez sit on the 10-day IL, while the likes of Miguel Andujar, Greg Bird, Dellin Betances, and Luis Severino are on the 60-day list. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, Scott Thompson
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Mar 15, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone (17) talk prior to the game against the Boston Red Sox at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 15, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone (17) talk prior to the game against the Boston Red Sox at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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The last-minute Zack Greinke blockbuster aside, baseball's trade deadline was reminiscent of the winter meetings, as fans waited for the wheeling and dealing to begin in earnest. 

It's pretty clear that teams are more risk-averse than ever, the result of information overload throughout the sport and GMs who'd seemingly rather reveal family secrets than trade top prospects. 

The result was a yawner of a deadline, despite the supposed urgency that came with the rule change this year doing away with waiver trades, meaning that this was the one chance teams had to buy or sell. 

Tags: Clint Frazier, Dellin Betances, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar, John Harper
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New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela hits an infield single against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela hits an infield single against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

Sure, DJ LeMahieu may be considered the Yankees' MVP given his clutch hitting and the fact he leads the American League in hitting.

But third baseman Gio Urshela has been such a revelation that he, too, has garnered high praise.

"We wouldn't be in first place without him," outfielder Aaron Judge said, according to the New York Times' James Wagner, after the 27-year-old drove in two runs and scored the go-ahead run in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Didi Gregorius, Miguel Andujar, Toronto Blue Jays, Matt Eisenberg
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Jun 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) and New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) score in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) and New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) score in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

It seems hard to believe now, with the Yankees on a pace to win 105 games, that they lost series to the Orioles, Tigers, and White Sox in getting off to a 6-9 start amidst fears that injuries might wreck their season before Memorial Day.

Since then they've gone a mere 51-22 to establish themselves as the best team in the American League, getting unexpected contributions from the Urshelas, Tauchmans and Maybins of the baseball world that have made this more of a feel-good season than seemed possible with such huge expectations.

As such, any midterm review has to start with GM Brian Cashman, who created all this depth and versatility, as well as the most formidable bullpen in baseball, partly by spreading the Yankee money around on the likes of D.J. Lemahieu, Adam Ottavino, Zack Britton and others, rather than going all-in on Bryce Harper or Manny Machado.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, John Harper
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New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu is congratulated in the dugout as he scores a run during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu is congratulated in the dugout as he scores a run during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu ranks in the top 10 in the American League in batting average (.311). He is tied with Gary Sanchez for the team lead with a 2.0 WAR.

And he has been among the most clutch players in baseball.

Thrust into a starting role upon injuries to Didi GregoriusMiguel Andujar and Troy Tulowitzki, LeMahieu has taken full advantage by becoming one of the most reliable Yankees in the lineup.

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Miguel Andujar, Matt Eisenberg
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May 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela (29) celebrates after hitting a walk off single in the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela (29) celebrates after hitting a walk off single in the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

As everyone around baseball knows, the story of the New York Yankees season has been injuries. As of Wednesday, there are 14 players occupying the Injured List. Nevertheless, the team sits at 36-19 atop the AL East, and they've gotten to this point thanks to a handful of smart roster moves.

Signing DJ LeMahieu

Many thought that LeMahieu, a career .299 hitter, would see a dip in production in a full-time role away from the hitter-friendly Coors Field. He's quickly dispelled that notion en route to becoming one of the Yankees most important players.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Domingo German, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar
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May 25, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Clint Frazier (77) dives for the ball against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning in the second game of a double header at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports  (Jay Biggerstaff)
May 25, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Clint Frazier (77) dives for the ball against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning in the second game of a double header at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)

Stop me if you've heard this one before -- a young Yankees player with an electric offensive profile but leaves much to be desired in the field, causing fans concern and giving his manager no choice but to pull him from games late.

Ring a bell?

It sure sounds a lot like Miguel Andujar in 2018. Though he was a top hitter on the team, his defense cost the team some runs and led to him being pulled from games. History is repeating itself this year.

Tags: Clint Frazier, Miguel Andujar
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Yankees fans may have desperately wanted Manny Machado over the winter, but on Monday they let him know how they really feel.

Machado was welcomed to a loud chorus of boos in his first at-bat at Yankee Stadium since signing with the San Diego Padres in February. Fans had been hoping that Machado, who met with the Yankees in December, would sign with the Bombers as a free agent and bolster their already potent lineup. 

The Yankees, however, never made Machado an offer and he signed with the Padres on a 10-year, $300 million deal. 

Tags: Chad Green, Miguel Andujar
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New York Yankees right fielder Clint Frazier hits a three-run home run during the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Clint Frazier hits a three-run home run during the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees don't have Aaron JudgeGiancarlo StantonMiguel Andujar or Didi Gregorius, a group that combined for 119 home runs last year.

And still, they're finding ways to win ... win a lot.

"These guys, the focus each and every day is on the game and playing winning baseball, and everyone kind of pulling their weight, and the mantra of come in and do your job," manager Aaron Boone said, according to ESPN's Coley Harvey. "They've really taken to that, and a lot of them really well."

Tags: Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, troy-tulowitzki
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May 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela (29) celebrates after hitting a walk off single in the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela (29) celebrates after hitting a walk off single in the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The 2019 Yankees offense isn't your father's Yankees offense.

This year's squad ranks seventh league-wide in both runs and home runs - not bad, but not quite what the team was expecting coming into the year. After injuries to sluggers Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Didi Gregorius and Miguel Andujar, among others, it's understandable that the Yankees' offense would see a decline in the power department.

Has that stopped them? Not one bit.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar
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New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton hits a single to left field during the eighth inning against Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. (Catalina Fragoso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton hits a single to left field during the eighth inning against Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. (Catalina Fragoso/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees have been decimated by injuries this year, with roughly a dozen key players going down. Check back here for the latest updates on the walking wounded. 


10-day IL: Aaron Judge, James PaxtonGiancarlo Stanton, Troy TulowitzkiMiguel Andujar

60-day IL: Jacoby Ellsbury, Didi Gregorius, Luis SeverinoDellin BetancesGreg Bird, Jordan MontgomeryJonathan Loaisiga

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar
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Feb 23, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher David Hale (75) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 23, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher David Hale (75) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees are calling on an old friend to provide a fresh arm. 

New York selected the contract of right-hander David Hale from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and optioned Nestor Cortes Jr. following Monday's game. To make room for Hale on the 25-man roster, they transferred third baseman Miguel Andújar to the 60-day injured list. 

Hale was 3-1 with a 4.11 ERA in six starts for the RailRiders this season. He went at least five innings and allowed three earned runs or fewer in each outing but his last, when he surrendered five earned runs on eight hits over three innings against Indianapolis. 

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May 7, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar (41) goes to the dugout during game against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 7, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar (41) goes to the dugout during game against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees tried, but didn't succeed in having 3B Miguel Andujar avoid season-ending surgery on his torn labrum in his right shoulder.

After suffering another tear following his extensive rehab, Andujar just didn't seem right when he returned to the Yanks, and an MRI revealing another small labrum tear explained why. So Andujar opted for season-ending surgery that will be performed by Dr. Christopher Ahmad on Monday. 

This is not what the Yankees wanted to see from their young third baseman, who was the AL Rookie of the Year runner-up a season ago. GM Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone praised the development of Andujar being key for the Yankees' future all offseason, and he was a main reason why the team was "lukewarm" on Manny Machado in free agency. 

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Boone talks win and Andujar 00:01:00
After the Yankees swept the Orioles in a double header, Aaron Boone addressed Andujar's season-ending surgery.

The Yankees beat the Orioles, 5-3, in the first game of today's doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Six Takeaways from Wednesday's game...

1 ) Domingo German held the Orioles to one run in seven innings of work, his longest outing of the season. German scattered six hits, walked one batter and struck out eight. He is now 8-1 (MLB-best eight wins) with a 2.50 ERA, as he continues to be the best starter in the Yankees rotation.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Domingo German, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar
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New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar throws out a runner against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar throws out a runner against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

It was the scenario the Yankees didn't want to see occur, but it finally became the only option. 

The team announced on Wednesday night that Miguel Andujar will undergo surgery to repair the torn labrum in his right shoulder. It will be on Monday with Dr. Christopher Ahmad performing the surgery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. 

Andujar initially saw the injury arise at the beginning of the season, where he only played in three games before hitting the Injured List. While and MRI revealed a torn labrum, the Yankees believed he could rehab it cautiously so they could avoid surgery. 

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Oct 9, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) reacts during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox in game four of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 9, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) reacts during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox in game four of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Aaron Boone struggled during a Tuesday afternoon news conference to describe Giancarlo Stanton's shoulder injury, but the Yankees remain unconcerned about Stanton's health, and consider him to be progressing.

According to people familiar with the situation, Stanton's shoulder discomfort -- which the team called a shoulder strain shortly after Boone was unable to name the injury -- is not serious enough to prevent him from facing live pitching in Tampa.

If he continues in this vein with no setbacks, he should be in extended spring training games in a week or so, then would begin a rehab assignment.

Tags: Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Andujar, Andy Martino
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May 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Oakland Athletics first baseman Kendrys Morales (12) hits an RBI triple against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
May 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Oakland Athletics first baseman Kendrys Morales (12) hits an RBI triple against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The short-term future looks bleak for Yankees slugger Miguel Andujar, who faces potential season-ending surgery, but the Bombers have found themselves another bat. 

The Yankees acquired switch-hitting first baseman/DH Kendrys Morales from the Oakland A's in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. 

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Yankees transferred Jonathan Loaisiga to the 60-day IL. 

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New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar throws out a runner against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar throws out a runner against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees placed Miguel Andujar back on the injured list with his lingering shoulder issue Monday, and Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Tuesday an MRI once again revealed a small labrum tear. 

The third baseman will make a decision in the next day or so whether he will undergo surgery or attempt to rehab the injury once again without landing on the operating table.

Andujar's first labrum tear didn't quite heal as everyone hoped after he missed 28 games from April 1 to May 3, and the 24-year-old struggled mightily following his return.

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May 9, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Mike Tauchman (39) and center fielder Brett Gardner (11) and right fielder Cameron Maybin (38) shake hands after defeating the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 9, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Mike Tauchman (39) and center fielder Brett Gardner (11) and right fielder Cameron Maybin (38) shake hands after defeating the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yanks hit the road for a big series against the first-place Rays with the three-game set starting Friday at 7:10 p.m.

Yankees notes

New York enters the series trailing the Rays by 1.5 games in the AL East. ... Gio Urshela returns to the lineup after not starting Thursday because of a knee issue. He still found a way to make a huge impact, driving in two runs as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning of the Yankees' 3-1 win. Urshela starts at third while Miguel Andújar serves as the DH. ... Luke Voit is back at first base after getting a day off on Thursday. ... The Yankees have won six of their last seven series.

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Apr 20, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Apr 20, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

After a tough night on Wednesday, the Yankees look to win their four-game series against the Mariners Thursday at 6:35 p.m.

Yankees notes

D.J. LeMahieu starts at first base, his first start there since 2011 when he was with the Cubs. It's just his sixth career appearance at first and his second of the season. Luke Voit is out of the starting lineup. ... Gio Urshela is not in the lineup with a left knee issue, but should be available off the bench. Miguel Andújar starts at third with Thairo Estrada starting at second. ... Gary Sánchez is batting second for the first time since 2017.

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New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela throws out Seattle Mariners shortstop Tim Beckham on a ground ball during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela throws out Seattle Mariners shortstop Tim Beckham on a ground ball during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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A shoulder injury in the third game of the season sidelined 2018 Rookie of the Year runner-up Miguel Andujar for 28 games. The Yankees incumbent third baseman avoided surgery, but is it possible he's losing his grip on his stature as a consequence?

Despite suffering a bruised knee Wednesday that might keep him out a couple of days, Gio Urshela is likely to man third base on a regular basis. Yankees manager Aaron Boone suggested that his lineup strategy, based on his active 25-man roster, would have Urshela primarily playing third base and Andujar at designated hitter.

Long term, if Urshela maintains his upward trend and Andujar continues to struggle, the Yankees might have a decision to make before long. That could include what to do with the latter's tenure with the Yankees.

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Yankees hit with another injury 00:01:21
New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar reveals he feels good enough to play the field if Gio Urshela has to miss time with injury

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV  Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees lost to the Mariners, 10-1, at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Six takeaways from Wednesday's game…

1) Are the Yankees asking too much of Jonathan Loaisiga? In four innings, the 24-year-old right-hander coughed up four runs on six hits (including a home run) and two walks, while striking out three batters. Here's the thing: Loaisiga has more innings in the big leagues than he does at any professional level besides his one season in the Dominican Summer League back in 2013. Loaisiga is a talented pitcher, but he's far from polished and asking him to do that in the majors might not be fair.

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Mar 6, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) smiles as he works out prior to the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 6, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) smiles as he works out prior to the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees open a four-game home series vs. the Seattle Mariners on Monday at 6:35 p.m. as Clint Frazier returns to the lineup after a two-week stint on the IL. 

Yankees notes

Gary Sanchez enters Monday on a seven-game hitting streak with five home runs and 10 RBI and a slash line of .360/.448/1.000 in that span. ... DJ LeMahieu also enters the game on a seven-game hitting streak in which he has had a slash line of .444/.467/.556 with three doubles, six runs scored and seven RBI. ... Miguel Andujar is batting cleanup as the DH. He is 2-for-8 with a walk and two strikeouts since returning from the IL on Saturday. ... Frazier is batting fifth in his first game back from the IL. He is hitting .324/.342/.632 with six home runs and 17 RBI.

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New York Yankees center fielder Mike Tauchman celebrates with third baseman Gio Urshela after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees center fielder Mike Tauchman celebrates with third baseman Gio Urshela after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees beat the Twins, 4-1, in a rain-shortened affair at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game

1) After coughing up four runs in his last start, Domingo German coasted to a one-run performance across 6 2/3 innings. German threw 108 pitches on his way to scattering four hits and three walks, while striking out seven batters. German has been fantastic filling in for Luis Severino, to the point that it's hard to suggest the club would have received better from its injured ace.

2) Mike Tauchman is by no means lighting the world on fire with his bat, but he has had some success at Yankee Stadium where seven of his eight hits have gone for extra bases, including today's two-run home run.

Tags: Dellin Betances, Domingo German, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar, Minnesota Twins, Tommy Kahnle, Chris Carelli
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Apr 13, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Domingo German (55) pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 13, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Domingo German (55) pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees seek a series victory over the Twins on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. in the Bronx. 

Yankees notes

Gary Sanchez is off to an electric start in May. He's 5-for-10 in three games with three homers, including three in the last two days, with two walks. Even with an early-season stint on the injured list, Sanchez is batting .271/.354/.771 with 11 homers and 21 RBI. ... After returning Saturday and playing third base, Miguel Andújar will take over DH duties, while Sanchez moves behind the plate. ... Gleyber Torres extended his hit streak to 10 games Saurday. He's batting .333/.349/.500 with five extra-base hits and seven RBI during that stretch. 

Tags: Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Michael Pineda, Miguel Andujar, Minnesota Twins
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Aug 7, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Miguel Andujar (41) celebrates his RBI single during the thirteenth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Aug 7, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Miguel Andujar (41) celebrates his RBI single during the thirteenth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

The Yankees aim for another win over the Twins as Miguel Andujar returns to the lineup for Saturday's 1:05 p.m. game at Yankee Stadium. 

Yankees notes

Andujar is back in the lineup for the first time since being placed on the IL on April 1 with a partially torn labrum in his right shoulder. The 2018 runner-up for AL Rookie of the Year is batting cleanup and will play third base. ... Gary Sanchez enters Saturday's game with a five-game hitting streak following a 3-for-4 night at the plate Friday in which he blasted two solo home runs, giving him 10 on the season. ... Gleyber Torres extended his hitting streak to nine games on Friday and is batting behind Andujar for Saturday's game. ... DJ LeMahieu is also back after missing the last three games with a sore knee. 

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, Minnesota Twins
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Mar 23, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar (41) prior to the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 23, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar (41) prior to the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

It looks like the Yankees have a reinforcement coming off the IL, as Miguel Andujar told SNY's Andy Martino that he will "probably" come off the list Saturday. 

Andujar has been out since the opening series with the Orioles due to a partially torn labrum in his right shoulder. He has been rehabbing it in hopes that he wouldn't have to undergo surgery, which would keep him out longer. His throwing and hitting programs were responding well, and he was able to play in a couple rehab games without experiencing any setbacks. 

However, that doesn't mean surgery is entirely off the table. He told Martino that he's not sure if it's been ruled out, but manager Aaron Boone said he is "optimistic" the tear won't need it. Andujar's tests have all been positive. 

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The Yankees return to the Bronx after a successful nine-game road trip. They may not like the result of their short two-game stint in Arizona that led to two straight losses, but they ultimately come back to Yankee Stadium winning six of their nine games. 

But the challenge has only begun for the pinstripes. 

It was an easy schedule throughout April, as the Yankees played teams like the Orioles, Tigers, and White Sox who are not expected to compete for a playoff spot in September. But New York will now have to face three formidable teams over their next 10 games. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, Miguel Andujar, Scott Thompson
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Aug 25, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar (41) hits a three run homer against the Baltimore Orioles during the third inning at Camden Yard. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Aug 25, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar (41) hits a three run homer against the Baltimore Orioles during the third inning at Camden Yard. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Yankees received some encouraging news regarding Miguel Andujar on Friday. 

The third baseman played five innings in an extended Spring Training game and went 2-for-3 with a walk and home run. 

It was his first rehab game since he sustained a partially torn labrum on April 1 and has been on the IL since. 

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Mar 23, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar (41) prior to the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 23, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar (41) prior to the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Manager Aaron Boone delivered some good news about Miguel Andujar on Thursday before the series finale against the Angels. 

Boone said the young third baseman will be playing in 4-5 innings at third base in an extended Spring Training game, per MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. And if he isn't bothered by his performance, Boone is optimistic he can return to the club in "about a week," 

The Yankees have been putting Andujar throwing and hitting program with the hope that he didn't need to undergo surgery on his partially torn labrum. He has been responding well to both programs, which is a good sign. 

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Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman went on Mike Francesa's WFAN show Monday afternoon and gave updates on the team's laundry list of injuries. Here's a look at the latest on the injured Yankees stars:

Aaron Judge

The Yankees' injury woes got worse when Judge suffered an oblique strain over the weekend. Cashman said the strain is "significant" and it doesn't seem as if he'll be back anytime soon. "We're just gonna have to repackage and plug and play with what we've got," Cashman said. "Our job is to find a way regardless of what circumstances (are.)"

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar
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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez hits a two-run home run in the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez hits a two-run home run in the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees may be getting one of their big bats back very soon. 

Gary Sanchez caught a bullpen session with J.A. Happ on Friday, a step forward in his way back from a left calf strain that put him on the 10-day IL. 

He also took batting practice, ran and played catch for the second straight day and told reporters he hopes to play in rehab games soon and that he is just waiting on doctor's orders for that. 

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New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar throws to first base in the fourth inning against Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Brad Rempel/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar throws to first base in the fourth inning against Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Brad Rempel/USA TODAY Sports)

Miguel Andujar appears to be making some progress in his way back from a small tear in his right labrum. 

During batting practice on Friday, the infielder was throwing from third base for the first time since going on the IL on April 1. 

Andujar, who was also taking batting practice for the second straight day at Yankee Stadium, told YES Network reporter Meredith Marakovits that he was throwing to first base at about 50 perent and had no issues with his shoulder. 

 

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New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks at bat at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks at bat at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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An All-Star collection of Yankees sit on the club's injured list, which has been one of the main culprits to their 8-10 start to the season. There are six regulars that have already missed significant time in 2019, but who is missed the most?

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Jonathan Holder, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar, Chris Carelli
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Miguel Andujar (41) Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Miguel Andujar (41) Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Yankees INF Miguel Andujar continues to work his way back toward the team, with the hope he doesn't need surgery to repair the small tear in his labrum. If surgery isn't needed, manager Aaron Boone noted Thursday that the team is considering how to deploy him so he doesn't suffer a setback. 

It was a week ago that SNY's Andy Martino suggested the Yankees use Andujar as primarily a DH, and even at first base in certain situations. Well, that's exactly what the Yankees are discussing right now, according to Boone.

Hitting hasn't been as much an issue as throwing for Andujar during this rehab process, which is why DH would make the most sense. The Yankees, though, have multiple hitters that can fill that role -- some of which are on the IL with Andujar. Giancarlo Stanton is one player that comes to mind, and he's reportedly close to coming back from his biceps strain as well. 

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar, troy-tulowitzki
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New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar throws to first base in the fourth inning against Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Brad Rempel/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar throws to first base in the fourth inning against Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Brad Rempel/USA TODAY Sports)

While Greg Bird became the latest member to join the Yankees' already crowded Injured List on Tuesday, manager Aaron Boone addressed the other players and their progress ahead of tonight's contest with the Red Sox. 

Among the 12 members (including Bird), Miguel Andujar's status (shoulder) is still in question. Boone told reporters that he continues his program, which saw an increase in throwing as well as his normal hitting. While Andujar seems to be responding well to the treatment -- he hasn't had a setback -- it is still too early to make the determination for surgery to repair the shoulder tear or not. 

Other than Andujar, Aaron Hicks and Troy Tulowitzki appear to be progressing nicely. Hicks hit off a tee and soft toss as well as throwing and running before the game. He should be taking part in batting practice on Wednesday or Thursday. 

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Mar 31, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) reacts after being called out on strikes during the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Mar 31, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) reacts after being called out on strikes during the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The injury bug has bitten the Yankees once again. 

The team placed Greg Bird on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with a left plantar fascia tear. The Yankees called up Mike Ford from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take Bird's roster spot. 

Bird, who broke camp with the team after a strong Spring Training, had not been making the most of his opportunity in the big leagues. Following a solo homer on Opening Day, which accounted for his lone RBI through 10 games and 35 at-bats, Bird managed five more hits -- all singles. 

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Feb 18, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) throws to first base during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Feb 18, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) throws to first base during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

Injured Yankees reliever Dellin Betances (shoulder impingement) isn't expected to return to the team until at least six or seven weeks from now, but he felt relieved on Saturday after receiving a cortisone shot. 

"There's relief just because there's nothing structurally wrong," Betances said, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. "I know with this shot that in three weeks, with rest, I know everything will be right and I'm excited to help the team out and finish this season."

Seven weeks from this point brings us to the early part of June, when the Yankees hope to have many of their other walking wounded back, including Aaron Hicks, Giancarlo Stanton, Gary Sanchez, and Troy Tulowitzki. Miguel Andujar could also be back before then if he is able to avoid season-ending surgery

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New York Yankees' Miguel Andujar hits a fielder's choice ground ball in the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles. (AP)
New York Yankees' Miguel Andujar hits a fielder's choice ground ball in the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles. (AP)

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Miguel Andujar swung a bat on Friday for the first time since doctors diagnosed him with a torn labrum earlier this month, and declared himself a fully healthy hitter. The problem with his injured shoulder is that it prevents him from making the throw from third to first base.

Here's a suggestion for the terribly depleted Yankees: Throw a band-aid on this makeshift lineup, and use Andujar as a DH or first baseman in the short term in order to get his bat back.

Tags: Giancarlo Stanton, Jacoby Ellsbury, Miguel Andujar, troy-tulowitzki, Andy Martino
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Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) works out at batting practice during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) works out at batting practice during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

With news that Gary Sanchez was placed on the 10-day injured list on Friday, the Yankees now have a major-league leading 12 players on the IL. 

The list consists of seven position players and five pitchers, although CC Sabathia will return to the team on Saturday, but it is still half the roster that is sidelined. 

Just how significant are the players missing time with injury?

Tags: Aaron Hicks, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Andujar
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Apr 10, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) watches the game from the dugout against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports  (Erik Williams)
Apr 10, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) watches the game from the dugout against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)

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If any Yankee fans were looking for Aaron Boone to call out his team or turn over a food table after the Houston Astros completed their sweep on Wednesday, they were once again disappointed by the even-tempered manager.

And as unsatisfying as it might be for a bloodthirsty public, Boone was exactly right, both in style and substance, when he said the following:

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Trainers examine New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez after he was injured playing against the Houston Astros in the seventh inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA TODAY Sports)
Trainers examine New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez after he was injured playing against the Houston Astros in the seventh inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees are giving catcher Gary Sanchez as much rest as he needs so he avoids a significant trip to the injured list like last season.

Sanchez, who was a designated hitter on Tuesday and pinch hit Wednesday, has been dealing with tightness in his legs for the past few days. This injury is not related to him taking a foul tip in the groin in Monday's game, however manager Aaron Boone said he would rather play it safe, especially with the Yankees off Thursday.

"With the off day [Thursday] and having a lot of guys down it is probably best to try and grab a couple of days here while we can," Boone said, according to the New York Post's George A. King III. "Just trying to be proactive. I want to make sure we are being smart about this and do all we can to keep him healthy. Making sure this doesn't become an issue."

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Mar 23, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar (41) prior to the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 23, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar (41) prior to the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Miguel Andujar is going to test out his shoulder on Wednesday. 

The Yankees third baseman told reporters before Tuesday's game against the Astros that he plans to throw for the first time since being placed on the 10-day injured list with a small shoulder tear. 

Andujar said he has been feeling better and is excited to test it out and see where things stand.  

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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez hits a two-run home run in the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez hits a two-run home run in the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez needed 92 at-bats in 21 games last season to hit six home runs.

He needed 60 fewer at-bats this season.

Sanchez hit three home runs in Sunday's 15-3 win over the Orioles to move into a tie with the Dodgers' Cody Bellinger for the MLB lead and take sole possession of the American League lead.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Austin Romine, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Andujar, Baltimore Orioles
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