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.
10-day IL: David Hale, Aaron Hicks, Jonathan Holder, Mike Tauchman
60-day IL: Jacoby Ellsbury, Greg Bird, Miguel Andujar
September 20, 5:17 P.M.:
Fresh off their 9-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels to hit the 100-win mark and take the AL East for the first time since 2012, the Yankees had positive injury updates Friday before they opened the weekend's three-game series at Yankee Stadium in New York against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Manager Aaron Boone started with DH/1B Edwin Encarnacion (oblique), who is expected to return at some point when the Yankees embark on next week's road trip Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Boone added that the Yankees "remain optimistic" about C Gary Sanchez (groin) to "be ready for the postseason" despite being further away from returning than Encarnacion.
September 20, 9:11 A.M.:
In the midst of the Yankees' three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels, which led to Thursday night's 9-1 win at Yankee Stadium where New York clinched the AL East for the first time since 2012, manager Aaron Boone provided an update Thursday afternoon on RHP Dellin Betances.
Betances, who partially tore his left Achilles in Sunday's 6-4 loss to the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, where he debuted for the first time on the 2019 season with two strikeouts (eight pitches, seven strikes) over 0.2 innings, will not need surgery after getting a second opinion from New York-based orthopedic surgeon Dr. Martin O'Malley.
"I believe he'll be in a walking boot for another four weeks and then they'll kind of reevaluate where he is," Boone said. "But the belief is he would not need surgery. I guess that could possible change, but they feel pretty confident this is something that will not need surgery."
After an offseason of recovery, the 31-year-old Betances, who was on a one-year deal for $7.25 million guaranteed with the Yankees in 2019, is likely to return in time for spring training.
Penn Medicine chair of Sports Medicine Dr. Brian Sennett told Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News what to expect as Betances begins the recovery process.
"Achilles tendon injuries require surgery when there is a complete rupture," said Sennett, who added that the Yankees' decision to shut Betances down for September into the postseason stems from the risk of fully tearing the Achilles. "The goal of surgery is to bring the ends of the tendon back together to optimize healing," Sennett said. "In a partial Achilles tendon injury, the tendon is partially injured but there is not a separation of the torn ends. As a result, the tendon is in a good position for healing."
September 17, 3:57 PM:
According to Aaron Boone, Giancarlo Stanton is on his way to New York to hopefully be available for activation on Wednesday. If not, Boone expects it to be on Thursday. Stanton has played in just nine games this season, but will return at the perfect time to prove to the Yankees he is worth a postseason roster spot.
Boone also talked about other Yankees, like Aaron Hicks who is in the midst of a throwing program down in Tampa -- another positive update. It's in the early stage, so the Yankees won't know for sure when or if he can return this regular season. Edwin Encarnacion and Gary Sanchez are also continuing to progress with their groin strains.
The news came before the Yankees' game against the Angels in which RHP Luis Severino made his first start of the season. Among others he was followed by out of the bullpen, LHP Stephen Tarpley made an appearance.
September 15, 11:14 AM:
The Yankees made it official ahead of Sunday's game with LHP Jordan Montgomery and RHP Dellin Betances returning to the club for the first time this season. Montgomery is going to get the start, while Betances will await his turn in the bullpen.
The corresponding moves to make room for these two were RHP Ryan Dull being DFA'd, and RHP Jonathan Holder going to the 60-day IL
September 14, 3:55 P.M.:
In addition to RHP Dellin Betances, the Yankees welcome back a pair of others from the injured list as the new week begins.
LHP Jordan Montgomery will officially start for the Yankees in Sunday's 1:07 p.m. series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays, manager Aaron Boone told reporters before Saturday's game.
"I probably will be (emotional)," Montgomery told Meredith Marakovits of YES Network. "The minor leagues was a lot of adrenaline, just because you're so excited to be back out there. So I'm just trying to stay cool and slow the game down and throw strikes.
"It was a roller coaster. You're feeling so good and then I hit that road block with my shoulder and you'll feel good, you'll feel sore. It's just up and down, up and down. I was lucky to have my family, my girlfriend, a bunch of coaches and teammates reach out for me and kind of just keep my sanity."
When the Yankees return to New York for Tuesday's 6:35 p.m. series opener against the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium, Boone said that OF/DH Giancarlo Stanton will be back as well.
"It may be a situation, too, where we build him up where he doesn't play the entire game … however many at-bats or innings in the outfield, then pull him and build him up that way," Boone said, according to Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News. "(Friday) was another day of kind of a sim game where he got lots of at-bats and a couple innings in the outfield. He went out and played defense and they worked him on defense. Again, he responded well and continues to build momentum and hopefully at some point on the homestand we get him back."
September 14, 1:57 P.M.:
RHP Dellin Betances is on his way back to the Yankees.
According to Erik Boland of Newsday, Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters before Saturday's 3:07 p.m. game against the Blue Jays that Betances, who has been out all season with a right shoulder injury, was set to return for Sunday's 1:07 p.m. series finale in Toronto.
Betances started the season on the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder impingement. The Yankees transferred him to the 60-day injured list May 9 before he started his rehab assignment Sept. 6 with the Double-A Trenton Thunder.
September 14 10:17 A.M.:
Prior to Friday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters at the Rogers Centre that LHP J.A. Happ had a cortisone shot as he deals with tendinitis in his left biceps, according to George A. King III of the New York Post.
Happ, who left Thursday's afternoon game against the Detroit Tigers after 4.2 innings, will avoid the IL. Boone said that the southpaw is set to start Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Angels, according to Pete Caldera of the Bergen Record/USA Today Network.
September 13, 9:07 PM:
RHP Dellin Betances continues to work his way back towards the Yankees' bullpen, but Friday night wasn't his strongest outing.
The Double-A Trenton Thunder had been pitching a no-hitter through five innings, but then called Betances into the game to pitch the sixth. He allowed a home run to Bowie's Cedric Mullens, the first hit of the game for the Bay Sox.
Overall, Betances allowed two hits, though he did feature his signature nasty breaking ball. He threw 15 pitches in the inning, nine of which went for strikes.
September 13, 5:13 PM:
Speaking to reporters prior to Friday's game in Toronto, Aaron Boone said he is "optimistic" that Gary Sanchez will be able to return to the lineup before the season ends. The Yankees' catcher suffered a groin strain in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader with the Tigers.
Meanwhile, Edwin Encarnacion has what Boone called a "mild" oblique strain, which he suffered in Thursday's first game.
September 12, 8:40 PM:
Gary Sanchez left the game in the fourth inning with left groin tightness. He was thrown out trying to steal second base to end the top of the third inning.
September 12, 5:15 PM:
After pitching 4.2 innings against the Tigers, J.A. Happ is actually heading back to New York early to assess what Aaron Boone called "bicep tendinitis," per The Athletic's Lindsey Adler. Boone added that this wasn't something new in his eyes, as Happ has been dealing with this.
Happ himself wasn't too worried about it, according to The Daily News' Kristie Ackert. He's dealt with it in the past, and he told the team he wanted to pitch through it.
September 12, 5:03 PM:
Edwin Encarnacion left Game 1 of the team's doubleheader against the Tigers in the seventh inning with a strained left oblique.
According to The Althetic's Lindsey Adler, he felt the injury early in the game.
September 11, 8:13 PM:
Luis Severino took another step closer towards his return to the Yankees on Wednesday night. Starting for Double-A Trenton, Severino pitched 2.1 innings, allowing four runs (just one earned) on five hits. He struck out four and recorded one wild pitch. His night came to an end after 64 pitches, 47 of which were strikes.
September 11, 12:28 PM:
After receiving a second opinion on his elbow injury, Aaron Hicks has been given a recommendation of a few more weeks of rest, followed by evaluation, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed.
Sherman adds that Hicks is not out of the woods when it comes to the potential of having to undergo Tommy John surgery, and that him returning even for the playoffs seems unlikely.
September 10, 8:43 P.M.:
RHP Dellin Betances and LHP Stephen Tarpley followed LHP Jordan Montgomery as relievers in Game 1 of Tuesday's Eastern League Championship Series with the Double-A Trenton Thunder.
After Montgomery's outing, Betances worked a scoreless fourth inning. He allowed one hit and recorded two strikeouts to one walk, throwing 11 strikes among his 20 pitches. According to Greg Johnson of The Trentonian, Betances sat at 92-93 mph with his fastball, but he touched 95 mph and recorded five swings and misses, highlighted by an 80 mph curveball for a strikeout.
Tarpley took over and fired a similar frame to Betances, getting through a scoreless fifth inning with one hit, two strikeouts to no walks and one hit batter. Ten of his 19 pitches went for strikes. According to Johnson, Tarpley's fastball sat at 92-93 mph and "looked like it had good movement."
September 10, 7:52 P.M.:
LHP Jordan Montgomery started Game 1 of Tuesday's Eastern League Championship Series with the Double-A Trenton Thunder, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits with a strikeout and walk in 3.0 innings. According to Greg Johnson of The Trentonian, he threw 50 pitches -- 30 strikes -- and retired his last nine batters. Montgomery's only hiccup came on an RBI double, a line drive to right field in the top of the first inning.
September 10, 4:20 P.M.:
Two days after he left Sunday's game against the Boston Red Sox early with left calf tighness, Mike Tauchman officially became the latest casualty for the Yankees' injuries Tuesday when New York announced it placed the OF on the 10-day IL with a left calf strain.
The Yankees reinstated RHP Ben Heller from the 60-day IL. He had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and did not pitch in 2018. Heller's return comes after he suffered a forearm strain while on rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, initially leaving his immediate availability in question for the three-game series starting Tuesday against the Detroit Tigers.
September 10, 12:21 PM:
As they continue their rehab assignments, Luis Severino and Dellin Betances are scheduled to pitch for Double-A Trenton in the Eastern League Championship Series that starts on Tuesday.
Betances is on the schedule to pitch in relief on Tuesday, while Severino is slated to start on Wednesday, according to Kyle Franko.
Jordan Montgomery is slated to start Tuesday's game, while Stephen Tarpley is expected to pitch in relief along with Betances.
September 9, 6:21 P.M.:
Aaron Boone told reporters prior to Monday's game against the Red Sox that Giancarlo Stanton could return to the Yankee lineup during the Yankees' next homestand, which begins on Aug. 17 against the Angels.
Stanton is currently on the 60-day DL and has appeared in just nine games this season, the last coming on June 25.
September 7, 2:34 P.M.:
Before Saturday's game at 4:05 p.m. against the Boston Red Sox, manager Aaron Boone made an abundance of injury updates during a pregame media availability with reporters.
3B Gio Urshela (left groin tightness) is "likely" to be activated off the 10-day injured list Sunday, according to Lindsey Adler of The Athletic. Urshela went on the injured list with left groin tightness.
CF Aaron Hicks -- Boone said, according to Newsday's Erik Boland and MLB.com's Bryan Hoch -- had his rehab "slowed down" because he's "not feeling quite right," putting his season in jeopardy. WFAN's Sweeney Murti added that Hicks had another MRI, which showed that his elbow ligament "was sound" and the flexor strain "was healed." Hicks has been on the 10-day injured list with a right flexor strain and was expected to be away from the field until a mid-September return.
RHP Luis Severino's status -- whether he will undergo another rehab game or make his next appearance with the Yankees -- is expected to be determined later Saturday, according to Randy Miller of NJ Advance Media. Double-A Trenton is a possibility for Severino, according to Adler.
RHP Dellin Betances is expected to throw again Monday -- Boone said, according to Adler.
OF Cameron Maybin's undisclosed left wrist injury is something Boone said that the Yankees will have to manage the rest of the year, according to Hoch. Maybin's injury might linger into the offseason, said Boone, who added that the left wrist is "as good as it's going to be." Maybin has not played since last Saturday's 4-3 win over the Oakland Athletics, entering off the bench for the ninth and 10th innings.
OF Giancarlo Stanton does not have a timeline for a return to the Yankees, but Boone said that Stanton is very "close" to ramping up the progression, according to Adler.
LHP CC Sabathia threw a "normal bullpen" -- 20 pitches -- Friday before the Yankees' 6-1 loss to the Red Sox, according to Dan Martin of the New York Post. Boone said that Sabathia could be used out of the bullpen if he returns during his final season.
September 7, 10:44 A.M.:
After Luis Severino's 50-pitch start Friday for Double-A Trenton, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said on YES Network after the team's 6-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox that the ace RHP's next outing could be with New York.
"Obviously, another big, positive step from the first time, which felt like a first spring training outing," Boone said of Severino's performance. "But it's something now that we'll talk about it with if whether we think he needs one more, if that would be beneficial, or if it's better now to just come with us and build up that way.
"Those will be conversations, now, that we have over the next 24, 48 hours."
Severino threw 37 strikes and yielded one run on five hits while striking out five and walking none in 3.0 innings of the Thunder's 12-2 win over the Reading Fightin' Phils.
"Overall, it was pretty successful," Boone said.
According to Matt Kardos of Pinstriped Prospects, Severino said he felt "way better" than his first rehab game with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre -- Sunday's inning-plus start of two runs allowed on three hits (one home run) and two strikeouts in the RailRiders' 15-12 win over the Buffalo Bisons.
"I feel good, way better than the first time," Severino told Kardos. "I think that my presence and my momentum on the mound -- I felt like myself and everything was good.
"I think in the first outing I was trying to do too much. All of the things that have been talked about like the tipping or commanding my fastball -- I tried to put everything into that outing and it was too much. Today I went out there and focused on one thing at a time."
September 6, 10:08 P.M.:
Two potential playoff arms for the Yankees made positive progress on the rehab front on Friday.
Luis Severino and Dellin Betances both appeared in Trenton's game against the Reading Fightin Phils.
Starting for the Thunder, Severino threw 50 pitches over three innings. He allowed one run on five hits, but he also struck out five.
According to a Major League scout, the right-hander featured "stuff that was Major League (caliber)."
His fastball was clocked between 94-97 MPH, with a slider in the mid-80s as well.
Betances, meanwhile, pitched the fifth inning for the Thunder. His appearance was a bit more up and down, as he walked a batter and also committed a balk, but it ended up being a scoreless inning with one strikeout for the reliever. Eleven of his 19 pitches were strikes.
September 6, 7:18 P.M:
Giancarlo Stanton played in a simulated game on Friday in Tampa, according to the Associated Press. Stanton had five at-bats in the game and is scheduled to play in another simulated game on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the AP has also reported that outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who has not played for the Yankees since 2017, worked out indoors today.
September 6, 1:17 P.M.:
The Trenton Thunder, the Double-A affiliate of the Yankees, announced Friday afternoon that three major-league players would make rehab stints with the minor-league team in its game later that night.
INF Thairo Estrada joins RHPs Luis Severino and Dellin Betances for the Thunder's 7 p.m. game Friday at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, New Jersey, against the Reading Fightin' Phils of the Philadelphia Phillies.
‼️TRIPLE REHAB ALERT‼️- Trenton Thunder (@TrentonThunder) September 6, 2019
Thunder Expected To Host First Triple Rehab In Franchise History Tonight!
Luis Severino, Dellin Betances, and Thairo Estrada of the @Yankees are expected to rehab for the Thunder vs @ReadingFightins tonight at 7pm!
According to Greg Johnson of The Trentonian, Thunder manager Patrick Osborn said Thursday that Severino and Betances would pitch for Double-A Trenton in Friday's game, but the exact order was not yet determined.
While Severino (right shoulder rotator cuff inflammation and Grade 2 lat strain) began his rehab assignment Sunday with the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, throwing 33 pitches, Betances and Estrada begin theirs.
The game with Double-A Trenton is Betances' first all season and Estrada's first since he landed on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain Aug. 18. Betances is working back from a right shoulder impingement, which has held him out all season.
September 4, 4:52 P.M.:
Manager Aaron Boone gave a few updates on some injured Yanks, including great news about Gio Urshela. Per The Athletic's Lindsey Adler, Urshela should be coming off the IL on Sunday. She noted him hitting "absolute bombs" during BP on Tuesday, while he was seen running on Wednesday. All great signs for Gio.
Also, Luis Severino and Dellin Betances will continue their rehab in Double-A Trenton, as Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre begins their playoffs.
And here's a name we haven't heard in a while. Miguel Andujar returned to baseball activities on Monday, per Newsday's Laura Albanese. He should be all set for Spring Training next season.
September 2, 3:49 P.M.:
Before the Yankees hosted the Texas Rangers in a rain-delayed series opener for 3:55 p.m. Monday at Yankee Stadium, several injury updates with regards to the starting rotation surfaced.
DH/1B Edwin Encarnacion is on his way back to the Yankees, he told Conor Foley of The Times-Tribune in Scranton. Encarnacion spent Monday with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and completed his rehab assignment, according to Foley, after he went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts. The two-game stint for the RailRiders included Sunday's game in which Encarnacion went 1 for 4 with an RBI single and two runs.
According to Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media, RHP Luis Severino will make his second rehab start Friday with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after he pitched Sunday for the RailRiders. Severino threw 33 pitches in his first rehab start of the 2019 season, throwing 33 pitches over an inning and working into the second frame.
He allowed two runs on three hits -- including a solo home run, double and single before a sacrifice fly -- but struck two out. According to Brian Fonseca of NJ Advance Media, Severino's fastball sat between 94-96 mph while he mixed in his breaking pitches.
Among recent injuries, LHP CC Sabathia said he has gotten treatment on his knee, including drainage and injections. According to Kuty, Sabathia considered it too soon to tell when he could make his return.
September 1, 11:17 AM:
Dellin Betances has been progressing well as he tries to make his way back to the Bronx, and his latest session down in Tampa continued that trend.
The big right-hander threw 22 pitches to hitters yesterday, per multiple reports, and he said it felt better than his first session. Next on his list will be returning to Yankee Stadium to throw to hitters again on Tuesday.
August 31, 12:36 PM:
Edwin Encarnacion was taking batting practice on Saturday morning prior to the Yankees game against the A's. Prior to first pitch, Aaron Boone said Encarnacion could begin a rehab stint in Triple-A Scranton as early as Sunday and then he could return early next week.
On the flip, Gio Urshela (groin) and LHP CC Sabathia was placed on the 10-day IL on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Boone sounded more optimistic about Urshela, while Sabathia's injury is the same knee injury he's battled.
August 30, 11:23 PM:
After the Yankees' 8-2 loss to the A's, outfielder Aaron Hicks confirmed that he will begin a throwing program shortly, believing it will start on Monday.
"All I know is that today I was cleared to throw, so I should start throwing here pretty soon."
Hicks said that he is "really confident" that he will return at some point this season. The outfielder has missed the Yankees' last 26 games.
August 30, 12:48 PM:
The Yankees have placed Gio Urshela on the 10-day IL (retroactive to Aug. 29) due to a left groin strain.
To take Urshela's place on the 25-man roster, Luke Voit was activated from the 10-day IL.
After leaving Wednesday's game, Urshela said that he had hoped to play on Friday. Instead, he will be out until at least Septmber 8.
August 28, 7:11 PM:
While the Yankees have been getting mostly good news on the injury front, they're now hoping to avoid yet another player landing on the IL.
Gio Urshela left Wednesday afternoon's game in Seattle, replaced in the lineup by Didi Gregorius in the bottom of the fifth inning. Later, the Yankees announced that Urshela was pulled from the game due to left groin tightness. Urshela went 1-for-2 at the plate before leaving the game, raising his batting average to .331.
After the game, Urshela told reporters that he began to feel tightness around the third inning, but hopes to be able to play on Friday when the Yankees host the Athletics.
August 28, 5:44 PM:
Before Wednedsay afternoon's start against the Mariners, manager Aaron Boone gave positive updates on Didi Gregorius and Giancarlo Stanton, both of which came from MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.
Gregorius, who was hit by a pitch in the shoulder on Sunday against the Dodgers, hasn't hit the IL but has been out of the lineup. However, he is expected to be back in action Friday when the Yanks return home to face the A's.
Stanton is still working his way back from a PCL strain, but Boone said he is "pretty close" to facing live pitching.
August 27, 9:00 PM:
Aaron Boone updated the status of a number injured Yankees prior to Tuesday's game against the Mariners:
- Edwin Encarnacion has been hitting in the batting cage and performing fielding drills away from the team in New York. Boone believes Encarcion could be an option for the Yankees in the near future.
- Aaron Hicks' right flexor strain will be re-examined on Friday.
- Giancarlo Stanton will take live BP with the Bombers in Seattle on Tuesday night.
- Dellin Bettances threw a 20-pitch BP session last weekend and is scheduled to face live hitters on Wednesday.
- The Yankees will likely get Luke Voit back in the lineup before this weekend. The first baseman is continuing his rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as he recovers from his sports hernia.
August 27, 6:51 PM:
After saying on Monday that Luis Severino could begin his rehab on Sunday, Yankees manager Aaron Boone reiterated that fact on Tuesday.
Boone told reporters that Severino could start for Double-A Trenton on Sunday, saying the right-hander would be limited to around two innings and 35 pitches.
August 26, 8:00 PM:
Before the Yankees' 10:10 p.m. series opener Monday night against the Mariners in Seattle, manager Aaron Boone provided an abundance of updates on New York's injured players during a pregame media availability with reporters, according to the Bergen Record's Pete Caldera:
- Luis Severino: The RHP could begin his rehab assignment Sunday. He has been throwing off a mound for nearly two weeks now.
- Dellin Betances: The RHP's weekend mound session "went well." He and Severino have been on pace for mid-September returns.
Bryan Hoch of MLB.com added that Severino is slated for a 35-pitch simulated game Tuesday in Tampa, Florida. If he gets through the simulate game without any issues, it should clear the way for his rehab assignment Sunday. As for Betances, Hoch said that the reliever is set to face hitters again Wednesday. He could also begin his rehab assignment if that goes well, according to Hoch.
- Didi Gregorious: The SS is not in Monday night's lineup, but his shoulder is "improving" after he got hit by a first-inning pitch the previous day.
- Giancarlo Stanton: The OF could hit on a field Tuesday. He has been slowly working his way back. Four days ago, Boone said that Stanton was running on the field and doing defensive workouts, with the hitting coming from indoor cages. Stanton, who has been traveling with the team, could head to Tampa and begin taking at-bats when New York begin its six-game homestand Friday night at Yankee Stadium against the Oakland Athletics, according to Hoch.
Also, according to Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media, Boone did not rule out Jordan Montgomery "being an option" for the Yankees down the stretch into September and October. Montgomery threw two perfect innings for the High-A Tampa Tarpons on Sunday, striking out two and tossing 19 pitches. Boone "seemed to indicate" that Montgomery's situation is more so about ensuring the LHP is fully recovered and strong to finish the season as he continues his recovery from Tommy John surgery last June. Hoch added that Montgomery is expected to join the Double-A Trenton Thunder at an unspecified date in the near future with the hope that he could make his return to the big leagues "at some point in September."
August 25, 10:15 PM:
Didi Gregorius was hit on the right shoulder by a Clayton Kershaw fastball in the first inning of Sunday's game against the Dodgers. Though he initially remained in the game, he was removed for a pinch-hitter in the third inning.
After the game, Aaron Boone told reporters that X-rays were negative and that the shortstop is considered day-to-day.
August 25, 6:23 PM:
Jordan Montgomery took his first step in a return to the Yankee Stadium mound with a rehab start with High-A Tampa. He tossed two perfect innings with a pair of strikeouts and needed just 19 pitches to get the six outs.
Montgomery has not pitched for the Yankees since undergoing Tommy John surgery in June 2018.
August 25, 10:04 AM:
Edwin Encarnacion has been progressing well in rehabbing his fractured wrist. Manager Aaron Boone said Saturday that from his understanding Encarnacion's drills of ground balls, hitting off a tee and playing catch all went well.
Now Encarnacion isn't close to returning just yet, but Boone his hopeful he'll be back to the team at some point before the regular season ends.
"No, but certainly expect him back," he told The Post's George A. King III. "Hopefully he is not too far off."
August 24, 10:05 a.m.:
Before the Yankees' 10-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, manager Aaron Boone said of 1B/DH Luke Voit, "there is a chance he could join us that Friday when we start the homestand," according to George A. King of the New York Post. Voit spent Friday with the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, logging six innings at first base and batting out of the leadoff spot. He went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run in his first game since arriving to the IL on July 31. Voit could rejoin the Yankees for the start of next Friday's three-game home series against the Oakland Athletics, which begins a six-game homestand through Sept. 4.
August 22, 7:12 PM:
There are updates to the status of six sidelined Yankees via skipper Aaron Boone, who spoke to WFAN on Thursday:
- Luis Severino: The righty tossed a simulation game in Tampa Bay on Thursday, which lasted two innings and went smoothly. Boone said the outing was 25 pitches. Severino will continue to progress on a normal five-day pitching routine. His next one will jump to 35 pitches and then he could begin a rehab assignment, with a first start that could last between 45 and 55 pitches.
- Dellin Betances: Like Severino, Betances threw two innings worth of work on Thursday, with Boone calling it an "extended side." That work lasted between 30 and 35 pitches. The righty will face live hitters "soon." On both Severino and Betances, Boone said he is "optimistic we'll get them back in plenty of time."
- Luke Voit: As of Thursday, Voit is only going through normal pre-game routines, including BP and fielding, with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. On Friday, he'll start playing rehab games and Boone anticipates Voit joining the Yankees again once the team's West Coast trip is complete on Aug. 28 in Seattle.
- Aaron Hicks: Within the next week, Hicks will begin throwing and Boone expects him to progress "pretty quickly once he starts doing that."
- Edwin Encarnacion: Encarnacion started throwing again on Wednesday and will begin hitting off a tee on Friday at the latest. Like Hicks, Boone thinks Encarnacion will progress "pretty aggressively" from there.
- Giancarlo Stanton: While not active, Stanton is currently traveling with the team. He's started hitting in the batting cages and running on the field, and is doing defensive work on the field. However, there's still no timetable for his return.
August 20, 9:34 PM:
According to Lindsey Adler of The Athletic, RHP Dellin Betances is scheduled to throw a long side session tomorrow, and RHP Luis Severino threw today and is scheduled to face hitters on Thursday.
OF/DH Giancarlo Stanton ran on flat ground for the first time since his PCL strain.
According to Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media, manager Aaron Boone said 1B/DH Luke Voit will remain at the Triple-A level for Friday's rehab game, setting up a possible return for Aug. 30 -- the Yankees' next home game -- against the Oakland Athletics.
August 18, 10:56 AM:
Just as Sabathia comes off the IL, another Yankee takes his place.
Thairo Estrada has hit the 10-day IL with a right hamstring strain, the team announced before Sunday's game. Tyler Wade will be coming up from Triple-A to take his spot on the roster.
August 18, 10:00 AM:
It was an expected move, but CC Sabathia has officially been taken off the IL entering his start on Sunday, the Yankees announced.
Hopefully the veteran lefty can remain healthy down this last stretch before the postseason, where they are going to need his experience on the mound.
August 15, 4:23 PM:
Luis Severino threw a bullpen session on Thursday at Yankee Stadium and told reporters after the session that the next step would be a simulated game on Sunday. Severino added that the plan is to head to Tampa for a rehab assignment after the sim game.
Speaking shortly after Severino threw, GM Brian Cashman said the expectation is that Severino will return to the majors being able to throw 60-to-70 pitches per game.
August 15, 2:58 PM:
Dellin Betances and Luis Severino continue to progress well in their rehab, as they both threw off the mound again in the Bronx on Thursday. For Severino specifically, YES Network's Jack Curry reported the young starter "was letting it go."
MLB.com's Bryan Hoch followed it up by saying Severino will face hitters on Sunday to take the next step. After that, a rehab assignment could be in the cards. And that goes for Betances as well, if he continues to progress alongside Severino.
August 14, 9:55 AM:
After last night's win over the Orioles, Aaron Boone told reporters that Giancarlo Stanton is continuing to make good progress from his knee sprain, per The Post's Dan Martin. The slugger is running "75-80 percent" on an anti-gravity treadmill, and once he hits 90 percent, he can begin to run outside.
It's slow but steady for Stanton, as the Yanks hope he can return in time for the postseason.
Also, Luke Voit hit in the cage while taking ground balls as well, per MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. There's a chance that if Voit continues to progress positively, he could head to either Tampa or Scranton/Wilkes-Barre next week to further his workouts.
August 12, 1:40 PM:
After going through a workout before today's doubleheader, Luke Voit was very encouraged by the results he saw. Dealing with a sports hernia, he doesn't believe that he'll need surgery during the season. According to NorthJersey.com's Pete Caldera, if surgery is necessary it looks to be during the offseason.
Until then, Voit is aiming to get back as soon as possible, and he thinks that could be soon.
"Hopefully in a couple weeks I'll be back playing," he said.
Voit did sprints in the outfield today, something that has brought about the most pain for his injury.
August 12, 11:00 AM:
Aaron Hicks is going to be re-evaluated by the Yankees' team doctor on Monday, and the hope is that he will be cleared to throw. Hicks told reporters that his pain is stemming from his elbow, and that is the reason he's been held back from baseball activities.
Also, Dellin Betances threw 20 pitches off the mound before today's doubleheader. YES Network's Meredith Marakovits tweeted out saying he was all smiles when he said the ball felt good coming off his hand.
August 10: 7:22 PM:
After reinstating Gary Sanchez earlier in the day, the Yankees could be getting even more reinforcements for Sunday's finale against the Blue Jays.
After Saturday's 5-4 loss, Aaron Boone indicated to reporters that Gleyber Torres will be back in the lineup on Sunday, saying he would "probably" be an option for the Bombers in the series finale. The infielder went through a full workout on the field before the game, including batting practice and fielding work. Torres has been out of the lineup since Tuesday, when he was pulled from the lineup with core pain.
August 10, 10:15 AM:
The Yankees reinstated Gary Sanchez from the 10-day IL before Saturday's game and optioned Kyle Higashioka back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. They also recalled LHP Stephen Tarpley from Scranton and placed RHP Jonathan Holder on the 10-day IL with right shoulder inflammation.
Sanchez rejoins the team after being placed on the IL on July 24 with a groin strain. He struggled mightily the weeks leading up to his IL stint and was just 4-for-36 (.111) with no home runs since the All-Star break. He is hitting .229/.299/.508 with 24 home runs and 58 RBIs on the season.
August 9, 4:43 PM:
Luis Severino threw 23 pitches off the mound in a bullpen session on Friday and told reporters it was "perfect. Better than I expected." The right-hander threw mostly fastballs but mixed in a couple of sliders and changeups. Severino said he expects to return as a starter this season and will have three or four more bullpen sessions before facing hitters. He expects to be back in a month to a month-and-a-half.
August 9, 9:30 AM:
Luis Severino is set to throw a bullpen session on Saturday. The 25-year-old has yet to appear in a game this year after making the All-Star Game each of the past two seasons.
Aaron Boone also said he was hopeful that Gleyber Torres could return sometime this weekend, while Luke Voit is running, but not yet participating in baseball activities.
August 7, 5:11 PM:
There are updates to the status of five injured Yankees players prior to their meeting with the Orioles on Wednesday:
- Gary Sanchez: According to Sweeny Murti from WFAN and SNY, Sanchez is participating in a rehab assignment at Triple-A Scranton on Wednesday and Thursday. Sanchez has been out since July 24 with a groin strain and is expected to be back with the Yankees on Friday for their weekend series on the road in Toronto against the Blue Jays.
- Gleyber Torres: Manager Aaron Boone said during his pre-game press conference that tests were negative and Torres does not have a sports hernia or strain. He's listed as day-to-day and will travel with the team to Toronto. Thairo Estrada was brought up for in case he was needed, but will be heading back down to Scranton.
- CC Sabathia: After an issue with his knee once again, the lefty will throw a bullpen session this weekend, per Boone.
- Giancarlo Stanton: Stanton has resumed some baseball activities. He has started to throw and hit off of a tee, according to Boone. Stanton has missed action since late June with a PCL strain in his right knee.
- Dellin Betances: The righty has started to throw, but not yet off a mound. He threw off of flat ground on Wednesday, all fastballs. Betances and Luis Severino were spotted playing catch on the field prior to Tuesday's Yanks-O's game. Both Betances and Severino are dealing with shoulder/ lat issues and haven't played yet this season.
August 6, 11:54 PM:
Gleyber Torres was pulled from the Yankees' game against the Orioles on Tuesday night in the third inning.
Torres went down swinging for the second out in the top of the third inning, and was then pulled when the Yankees took the field on defense.
Torres was pulled from Sunday's game against Boston in the top of the eighth inning with what Aaron Boone later called 'a core issue.' He then served as the Yankees designated hitter during Monday's game in Baltimore.
The Yankees later called Torres' injury 'core pain.' After the game, Boone didn't give much of an update, but he did tell reporters that Torres would be going back to New York for more tests and that the pain was similar to what Torres felt on Sunday.
August 5, 9:07 PM:
Gary Sanchez (groin) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday. He will catch Wednesday and Thursday's games and if there are no issues, he is expected to rejoin the team over the weekend in Toronto.
August 5, 10:00 AM:
Gleyber Torres looked to be another victim of the Yankees injury bug after leaving the game with what Aaron Boone called a "core issue." But Torres' father, Eusebio, went on Twitter to give an update on his son.
Having the tweet translated, this is what it read: "After the scare tonight, GT is leaving the hospital and everything is fine, the bus waits for him and they go straight to Baltimore."
That's great news to hear as the team has been dropping like flies recently.
August 4, 11:50 PM:
Gleyber Torres was removed from Sunday's game in the top of the eighth inning, and Aaron Boone said after the game that the infielder has a "core issue." He appeared to be in some discomfort when he grounded out to lead off the bottom of the first.
Boone said Torres was headed to the hospital for further testing.
Gio Urshela managed to foul pitches off of both his legs in a single at-bat in the sixth, but Boone said x-rays on the third baseman were negative. Urshela came out of the game in the top of the ninth.
August 3, 11:20 PM:
According to manager Aaron Boone, Aaron Hicks was pulled from Saturday's game in the eighth inning due to an elbow injury. Boone said he believed that Hicks hurt his elbow on a throw from center field in the sixth inning, trying to keep a runner at second base.
Boone said Hicks will go for an MRI on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Boone explained that Edwin Encarnacion has a "hairline fracture" in his right wrist, and the Yankees will have a better idea of his timeline in the next 7-10 days. Encarnacion then said after the second game that he hopes to be back in three weeks, and was told his recovery time could be three-five weeks.
August 3, 6:04 PM:
The Yankees just can't seem to stay healthy.
Edwin Encarnacion was hit by a Josh Smith pitch in the eighth inning of Saturday's first game against Boston. After having his wrist looked at, he stayed in the game. After the game, Aaron Boone said that x-rays were negative, but it was later announced that Encarnacion was headed to the 10-day IL.
Mike Ford was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
August 3, 9:42 AM:
Speaking with reporters after Friday's win over the Red Sox, Aaron Boone said that Gary Sanchez is "close to being an option." Though he won't be activated for Saturday's doubleheader-- the first day he'd be eligible to return from the injured list, the catcher is taking part in drills and said through an interpreter that he "feels good."
August 2, 10:57 PM:
After Friday's win over the Red Sox, Aaron Boone said that Luke Voit had received a cortisone shot for his sports hernia.
Voit also spoke to reporters as well, saying that while he feel's good after the shot, surgery could still be on the table.
"Honestly, I feel really good, so I'm pretty optimistic," Voit said. "Obviously, we'll see how this week goes. I haven't run yet. I rode the bike today and did some other core activation stuff. Hopefully it feels good, but if not, I could always opt for surgery too, but as of right now everything's feeling good, and I guess we'll see how it is after a week of doing stuff.
"I would say (having surgery is) uncertain, but it's a six-week timetable, so that would be right around (the playoffs) … Maybe I could do it in the offseason too."
August 2, 4:23 PM:
The good news for the Yankees came earlier in the day, with Brett Gardner coming off of the IL, but now another name could be replacing him on the list of banged-up Yankees right away.
Aaron Boone told reporters on Friday that Didi Gregorius has a strain between two of his fingers on his left hand. The Yankees will wait to see if Gregorius needs to head to the IL.
August 2, 2:17 PM:
Brett Gardner has been activated from the IL, with the Yankees sending Tyler Wade to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to make room on the 25-man roster.
July 31, 11:11 AM:
After Luke Voit hit the IL, the Yankees injury woes continue as CC Sabathia is expected to miss a few weeks after receiving a lubricant shot in his right knee, according to manager Aaron Boone.
Sabathia's right knee inflammation has been a common injury for him in the past few seasons, but it hasn't been this serious to where he needs to miss significant time. With the Yanks' rotation currently trying to find its way in the second half, this is just another piece of bad news.
July 25, 4:45 PM:
The Yankees officially placed Brett Gardner on the 10-day IL with left knee inflammation. The IL designation is retroactive to July 22.
Aaron Boone had said on Sunday that Gardner was "day-to-day" and that an MRI had revealed the inflammation but no structural damage. Gardner told reporters that he "maybe banged it up a little bit and kind of aggravated it," but also said that he didn't think his injury was "too serious."
Gardner did not play in the Yankees' series against the Twins. The Yankees have called up LHP Stephen Tarpley to take Gardner's spot on the 25-man roster.
July 16, 5:12 PM:
Aaron Boone said before Tuesday's game that Giancarlo Stanton's progress has been "a little bit slow" as he recovers from a PCL strain in his right knee. Stanton has been on the IL since June 26, but Boone also said he thinks Stanton has made some "breakthroughs" in the last 24-48 hours.
"As far as rehab, it's building the strength and trying to get that strength going in the quad," Boone said. "I know the last couple of days, and even talking to Giancarlo yesterday, he felt good about some of the breakthroughs he's starting to have the last 24-48 hours. Nothing that he's doing [is] baseball related, more just rehab stuff right now. For something that was moving slow the first couple weeks, I think, in his eyes, he's making a little more progress the past couple of days."
July 14, 9:35 PM:
Yankees LHP Jordan Montgomery threw batting practice earlier this week for the first time since being shut down since an MRI revealed shoulder inflammation on June 20, and manager Aaron Boone said the Yankees are still holding out hope that Montgomery could return by the end of the season, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.
The 26-year-old Montgomery, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, is 11-7 with a 3.84 ERA in 35 career starts since debuting in 2017.
July 14, 11:06 AM:
Boone said on Sunday that both Luis Severino (shoulder/lat) and Dellin Betances (shoulder/lat) have both been cleared by doctors to begin a throwing program on Monday.
July 13, 11:16 AM:
Cameron Maybin (calf strain) ran, threw and took batting practice on Saturday. It was his first time running at 100 percent since his injury, but he has not yet run the bases. He told reporters he hopes to begin a minor-league rehab assignment in about a week.
July 12, 4:52 PM:
Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters on Friday that Luke Voit will be activated off the 10-day IL. Boone said on Thursday that Voit would return by Monday at the latest.
July 12, 12:40 PM:
Luis Severino will be examined again on Saturday with the hope that he will be able to resume his throwing program after, GM Brian Cashman said Friday on MLB Network radio.
According to Cashman, Severino will need "six or more" weeks to get ready once he's cleared. That timetable could put Severino's return around early-September if all goes well.