Injury Notes: Didi, Judge, Betances, Sevy, CC

Remember when it seemed like someone was sustaining some sort of injury every night, and we could slowly and painfully feel our souls leaving our bodies as a result? Well, those days are over. With the activation of James Paxton this morning, the Yankees are slowly getting healthier. There has also been good news released about numerous other injured Yankees as well, so let’s dive right in.
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Quite possibly the most exciting news regards Didi Gregorius. Didi joined the Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders on a rehab assignment on May 28, and RailRiders manager Jay Bell had some incredibly encouraging words about Didi. Check the tweet below:

Judging by this, it sounds like we could see Didi’s return to the Bronx as early as next week, specifically on Tuesday, June 4 against the Blue Jays. As long as everything goes smoothly, it won’t be long before Sir Didi is bat flipping his way back into the hearts of Yankees fans.

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Aaron Judge’s recovery also received a very promising update, as the slugger was able to hit off a tee for the first time since suffering an oblique strain on April 20. According to Aaron Boone, Judge has not been having any issues with his oblique, and has also been able to throw and run, as many fans already know. Boone later said that he feels that Judge is “at a pretty good place right now as he really starts to ramp up baseball activities.”

Boone also reported that Yankees ace Luis Severino will start throwing very soon, possibly as early as this week. Severino has missed the entire season to date with a Grade 2 lat strain and rotator cuff inflammation, neither of which are easy to recover from. Sevy reported that he has not felt any pain in his shoulder in about three weeks and should be able to begin to ramp up his recovery as a result. No timeline has been officially discussed on when Severino will return, but he said that he is optimistic that he will be able to take the mound for the Yankees in the second half of the season.

Dellin Betances’s rehab has begun to intensify as well, as the Yankees’ bullpen ace began a throwing program from a mound a few days ago. Specifically, he threw 25 fastballs prior to the Yankees’ win over the Padres on Memorial Day. Boone reported that everything went well, and that as long as Betances continues to progress, he should be able to return at some point in June.

Lastly, Aaron Boone expects CC Sabathia to be available to pitch this coming Sunday against the Red Sox. CC has been sidelined since May 23 with right knee inflammation, but the injury was not serious and CC only will miss one start as a result. Barring any other updates, activating Sabathia from the Injured List this coming Sunday is “the plan right now,” according to Boone.

As for other injured Yankees, there haven’t been too many updates. Troy Tulowitzki has been working out at second and third base, but does not have a timetable or a scheduled rehab assignment. Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, and Jacoby Ellsbury have also not received any updates either. However, Jordan Montgomery still hopes to be able to return to the Yankees rotation at some point in August.

Article by: Alex Weir


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