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:
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.)"
"In the meantime, we're thankful for what (Mike) Tauchman and (Clint) Frazier have done," Cashman added.
Out with a left calf strain, the catcher is the closest of the injured Yankees to a return. He's set to play a rehab game on Monday and could be activated from the injured list as soon as Wednesday. "If all goes well, we can pop him on a plane as early as tomorrow," Cashman said.
Stanton has not played in April because of a biceps strain. After Sanchez, Stanton might be the closest to a return. Asked if he's at least 10 days away, Cashman said, "Maybe. He's swinging the bat, he's having great batting practice sessions. ... He is responding well and feeling stronger." Cashman indicated that if Stanton continues to progress during the Yankees' West Coast trip, Stanton could go to Florida to continue rehabbing as a prelude to a rehab assignment.
The center fielder didn't go through much of a Spring Training because of a back strain. He's graduated from hitting soft toss and off the tee to hitting in the field, but he's more or less starting from scratch. "He's got to build up both offensively and defensively," Cashman said. "He's gonna be longer than Stanton."
The shortstop is in Tampa working on coming back from a left calf strain. He has not played since April 3. "The calf is clearly improving," Cashman said. Tulowitzki's return would allow Gleyber Torres to shift back to second base.
While surgery hasn't been completely ruled out, Cashman indicated that if surgery would be needed at some point, they'd have it taken care of as soon as possible and not wait. Andújar is rehabbing with the idea of returning to third base. On the possibility of Andújar DHing or playing first base in an effort to put less strain on the labrum, Cashman said, "That would be an option out of an array of choices. That's not an option I'd prefer."
Now dealing with a lat strain after being initially shut down with rotator cuff inflammation, it'd be a surprise if Severino were pitching in the majors before the All-Star break. "In my mind sometime in July you're dealing with, at the earliest," Cashman said of Severino, who is two weeks into his latest shutdown mode.
The shortstop continues to recover from offseason Tommy John surgery. "He's a tough cookie," Cashman said of Gregorius. "He's doing good. So far his rehab has gone off without a hitch." The GM said he still doesn't have a timeframe "of June, July or August" for Gregorius' return.
The first baseman is about a week into being in a boot after suffering a plantar fascia tear in his left foot. "He's in the boot for two weeks and then we're gonna reassess." Bird was just 6-for-35 before getting injured.