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Here’s an up-to-date tracker on the Yankees‘ injuries…

May 28, 4:40 p.m.

Yankees fans can take a deep breath of relief.

Aaron Boone told reporters that Anthony Rizzo is “good” after leaving Sunday’s game with what looked like a potential wrist or shoulder injury

“Just being cautious there,” Boone said. “He went through all the testing, was fine, and we’ll just keep an eye on him obviously tonight and tomorrow.

“He went through the whole battery of tests, and he’s fine.”

May 28, 3:28 p.m.

First baseman Anthony Rizzo exited Sunday’s game against the San Diego Padres after appearing to injure either his right wrist or right shoulder.

After a strikeout, Kyle Higashioka snapped a throw down to first base, and Fernando Tatis Jr. was picked off for the final out. But Rizzo and Tatis awkwardly collided, and Rizzo took the worst of it, throwing down his glove and going down to the ground.

Rizzo walked to the dugout and later walked down the tunnel to the clubhouse.

No updates on Rizzo’s status have been given.

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May 28, 12:20 p.m.

Aaron Boone provided a few updates prior to Sunday’s game against the San Diego Padres:

Giancarlo Stanton (hamstring) is “going through stuff” on Sunday, and it’s possible that he could be a rehab assignment on Tuesday if things continue to go well.

Jose Trevino (hamstring), assuming all goes well with his workouts on Sunday, will travel with the Yankees for their upcoming series in Seattle against the Mariners. Per Boone, Trevino will go through another set of workouts in Seattle and could be activated for Tuesday’s game.

Josh Donaldson (hamstring) is progressing well, but he could get one more rehab start, potentially on Tuesday, before a decision is made.

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May 25, 10:24 p.m.

With Giancarlo Stanton set to get imaging done Thursday, manager Aaron Boone had a small update on his slugger.

“He won’t do a rehab assignment this weekend,” Boone said. “It is healing almost, I don’t know how far, but healing how they kind of expected, but it won’t be this weekend. Hopefully early next week.”

Boone said earlier this week that there was a chance Stanton could go on assignment this weekend, but the outfielder isn’t quite ready yet. Stanton has been on the IL with a hamstring injury since mid-April. In 13 games (52 ABs), Stanton is slashing .269/.296/.558 with four home runs and 11 RBI.

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May 24, 6:25 p.m.

After hinting that Josh Donaldson’s rehab assignment is “imminent,” manager Aaron Boone said, prior to Wednesday’s game, that if all goes well the infielder will play with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday.

As for Giancarlo Stanton, Boone said that the outfielder will get imaging done Thursday and it’s possible that he can be sent for a rehab assignment sooner than next week.

“We’ll see where the progress is and see if it matches up with how he’s doing then something more imminent could be in play,” Boone said.

When asked if it was possible that Stanton could be playing in the minors this weekend, Boone said it was possible. The manager did confirm that they want to get Stanton at-bats in the minors before returning to the lineup.

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May 23, 4:25 p.m.

A rehab assignment for Josh Donaldson is “imminent” and could be done Thursday, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said ahead of Tuesday’s series opener against the Baltimore Orioles.

“We’ll see how today and tomorrow goes and make that call,” Boone said of the third baseman as he works his way back from a hamstring injury. And the manager added that the plan for Donaldson is to be “an everyday player” in the lineup when he is activated.

Nothing is set for Giancarlo Stanton (hamstring) as far as making a rehab assignment as the team wants to do “some further testing” on the outfielder.

“He’s been feeling really good, like ready to go for probably several days now,” Boone said. “But want to make sure that we’re in a position to push it so we’ll kinda work through the middle of this week and see where we are probably more towards the end of the week.”

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Catcher Jose Trevino (left hamstring strain) was doing some running at the ballpark Tuesday and will begin undergoing baseball activities later this week, but Boone is not sure if he would be ready to come off the IL on Sunday, his first day of eligibility to be activated. “He seems to be trending in a pretty good direction.”

Tommy Kahnle (bicep tendinitis) “looks ready, looks good,” the Yanks’ skipper said. But with the right-hander not “really having a spring training” the organization doesn’t want to rush him. He is scheduled to pitch Thursday for four outs, getting the last out of one inning and a full next inning, before making another rehab appearance.

Carlos Rodon, who is with the team in New York, threw at 120 feet on Tuesday and said the back discomfort he was feeling was gone. Boone classified the back issue as a “nuisance that wasn’t allowing him to be dynamic,” and after it was alleviated by the first cortisone shot they did not need a second round of injections.

Boone added that hopefully, the team can start to plan a bullpen session for the left-hander by the end of the week. But he did not want to get ahead of himself in setting up a timetable for a return as the process for Rondon will be several bullpens, then a live bullpen, leading to a rehab assignment, before he can get to the big league level for his Yankee debut.

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May 20, 3:50 p.m.

Carlos Rodon is flying to New York Saturday to continue his rehab with the Yankees, manager Aaron Boone said before the game in Cincinnati.

Rodon threw from 120 feet on Friday and “everything went well,” the manager added. The Yanks hope the left-hander can get to a point in the next few days when he will be ready to throw off a mound. Rodon had been stretched to 90 feet earlier this week.

The 30-year-old has yet to make his Yankee debut after signing a six-year, $162 million deal this offseason. Rodon landed on the Injured List on the eve of the season and has been dealing with a forearm/elbow issue. He has also been dealing with a back issue that elongated his absence. He received a cortisone injection to alleviate the symptoms of the back issue on May 9.

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May 18, 3:50 p.m.

Prior to Thursday night’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Yankees placed catcher Jose Trevino on the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring strain.

Trevino was in the lineup Wednesday night and went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Through 30 games this season, he’s hitting .219 with three homers and a .598 OPS.

In a corresponding roster move, New York has recalled Ben Rortvedt from Triple-A Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre.

Rortvedt was acquired from the Twins along with Josh Donaldson in a trade back in March of 2022. The 25-year-old is yet to make his Yankees debut after suffering a knee injury last season.

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Rortvedt has gotten off to a strong start in the minor leagues this season, hitting .327 with three homers and a 1.033 OPS through 14 games.

Additionally, Tommy Kahnle is starting a rehab assignment today down in Single-A. The right-hander is working his way back from biceps tendinitis.

Manager Aaron Boone said before Thursday’s game that RHP Ian Hamilton will miss about four weeks due to a groin strain, while Josh Donaldson (hamstring) had a minor setback after slicing his thumb at home. Donaldson is now on a similar timetable to return as Giancarlo Stanton (hamstring), who was expected to miss roughly six weeks after being placed on the IL back on April 18.

May 17, 5:28 p.m.

Lefty Carlos Rodon still hasn’t thrown off a mound, but he has stretched his throwing out to 90 feet, according to Aaron Boone. 

The next steps for Rodon, who received a cortisone shot last week, are not yet set in stone. The veteran has dealt with back issues after originally landing on the IL with a left forearm strain. 

May 17, 2:00 p.m.

Reliever Ian Hamilton is indeed heading to the Injured List.

Newsday’s Erik Boland reports that Hamilton will land on the IL due to the right groin injury he sustained on Tuesday night in Toronto. Hamilton was forced to exit the game with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Aaron Boone said afterward that Hamilton was being sent to New York for further evaluation and that he would likely be down for some time.

Boland reports that the Yankees are calling up lefty Nick Ramirez to take Hamilton’s spot in the bullpen.

May 16, 7:15 p.m.

Luis Severino made his second rehab start in the minors Tuesday for Double-A Somerset. In 3.1 innings (58 pitches, 39 strikes), Severino gave up six hits, two runs, one walk and struck out three.

It’s possible that Severino could make his next start for the Yankees on Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds. The Yankees will see how he feels after his latest start before making a decision on when to activate him.

In his first start, with Triple-A, Severino went 3.1 innings, giving up just two hits, one run and one walk while striking out three.

May 15, 6:00 p.m.

Manager Aaron Boone told reporters Monday prior to their game against the Toronto Blue Jays that Carlos Rodon (back) threw on Friday, Saturday and Monday.

Boone added that Rodon is scheduled for another cortisone shot this week, but it may or may not be needed. He noted that it’s easier for the team to cancel the injection than schedule one.

“So far everything has gone according to plan,” Boone said.

Rodon had his first shot last week on May 9 as he tries to work his way back to the mound.

Additionally, Tommy Kahnle (bicep tendinitis) is scheduled to begin his rehab assignment Thursday in Tampa, according to the New York Daily News’ Gary Phillips. He’ll likely pitch in Tampa again on Sunday before returning to New York and then move his assignment to Double-A Somerset or Triple-A Scranton. Kahnle will pitch in at least four rehab games, Phillips noted.

May 14, 10:50 a.m.

Prior to Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Yankees announced that Oswald Peraza will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The infielder was placed on the injured list earlier this week with a right ankle sprain.

Peraza hasn’t played since May 3, after rolling his ankle in a game against the Cleveland Guardians, though Yankees skipper Aaron Boone hasn’t sounded too concerned the injury would keep him out long-term.

The 23-year-old will likely need a handful of games before being ready to return to the Bronx. In 12 games at the big-league level this season, Peraza’s hitting just .188 with six strikeouts.

May 13, 12:10 p.m.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone gave a slew of updates on a number of injured players prior to Saturday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

First, he was asked about Carlos Rodon. The newly acquired pitcher received a cortisone shot on Tuesday, and while Boone said he didn’t have an update on his progress just yet, he did say that he was able to do a “little bit” on Thursday and Friday as far as physical activity. However, since those who receive the shot are sore in the days after it’s administered it’s difficult to tell how he’s taken to it.

Josh Donaldson was seen taken grounders on the field Saturday and Boone said that he’s doing well but they haven’t decided on when they’ll send him out on a rehab assignment. But he’s been increasing his workload running, fielding and even batting.

Boone was asked about Frankie Montas, but all he offered was that he was doing well and working towards a throwing program.

And finally, Giancarlo Stanton was moving well on the outfield Friday as he looks to return to the lineup, per Boone.

“He was moving like Giancarlo in the outfield, which is good to see” Boone said.

The Yankee manager did say that the plan is to use Stanton in the outfield when he returns because he believes it’s better, health-wise, for the slugger to stay off the IL.

May 11, 4:25 p.m.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Luis Severino came back feeling fine this morning after making his first rehab start on Wednesday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The right-hander is set to make his second rehab outing on Tuesday night.

Severino threw 49 pitches over 3.1 innings of work his first time out. Boone said the team is hoping he’ll be able to stretch out to around 60+ pitches this time around.

Following that, the team will re-evaluate a potential return to the big league rotation. Severino has been out since suffering a lat strain during the last week of spring training.

May 10, 11:54 p.m.

Luis Severino‘s rehab start for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre has come to a close, with the righty going 3.1 innings against the Omaha Storm Chasers, allowing one earned run on two hits (one home run) with three strikeouts and one walk. He threw 49 pitches (29 strikes) and hit 98 mph on the radar gun in the fourth inning.

Aaron Boone said earlier in the day that Severino, dealing with a lat strain, will pitch again next Tuesday before the Yankees reassess his situation.

May 10, 10:40 a.m.

Aaron Boone outlined the team’s plan for Luis Severino on Wednesday morning, saying the righty will make two rehab starts (one Wednesday and another next Tuesday) before the club reassesses whether or not he’s ready to be activated.

Severino (lat strain) will throw roughly 50 pitches or three-to-four innings on Wednesday with Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre.

May 9, 8:55 p.m.

Aaron Hicks exited the Yankees game against the Oakland A’s before the top of the 4th inning due to left hip tightness.

He appeared to grimace while scoring from second base on Anthony Rizzo’s RBI single in the previous inning.

Hicks was examined by team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad and will be reevaluated again Wednesday, the club announced.

May 9, 4:55 p.m.

Manager Aaron Boone said the Yankees decided to place Oswald Peraza on the Injured list with an ankle injury to give the shortstop more time to fully recover before playing him in the field.

“He’s actually been doing really well the last few days I think just getting over that final hump where that kinda side-to-side, going to make a play in the hole, there’s still that hesitancy, residual feeling of it,” Boone said prior to Tuesday night’s game against the Oakland A’s. “He’s been hitting, running great. He actually looks good taking ground balls and everything, but I think there’s… still he’s got that apprehension.”

The manager hopes a few extra days will knock the injury out and Peraza, who hasn’t played since May 3, could have a rehab assignment in the next few days before he is ready to come off the IL as soon as he is eligible.

Aaron Judge is “full boar” back into the lineup and may DH in the coming games, but Boone said there are no “restrictions” on the reigning MVP’s usage.

Third baseman Josh Donaldson, who was seen doing regular batting practice, still needs a week of “intense baseball activities” before he can take the next steps in his return to action, the Yanks’ skipper said. “He’s been doing well here the last week or ten days and now will kinda up that workload all week as far as full baseball activities and if that continues to go well we’ll talk about a rehab assignment.”

Carlos Rodon did receive the scheduled injection on Tuesday to deal with a back injury that has prevented the left-hander from making his Yankee debut.

“We’ll see now,” Boone said when asked if the injections went well. “It’s 48 hours of not feeling much at all and hopefully that third – so Friday – we’ll start exercising and hopefully throwing by the weekend.”

Boone added Luis Severino (lat) will have a rehab start at Triple-A on Wednesday and Giancarlo Stanton (hamstring) is running, but in terms of his timeline on a return is a week behind where Donaldson is at the moment.

May 9, 1:30 p.m.

As expected, the Yankees have activated Aaron Judge from the injured list ahead of Tuesday’s game against the Oakland Athletics.

While speaking with reporters pregame Tuesday, Aaron Boone said there will be no limitations on the star outfielder as he makes his return from a hip strain.

In a corresponding roster move, Oswald Peraza has been placed on the 10-day IL (retroactive to May 6) with a right ankle sprain. The infielder has been available off the bench, but hasn’t played since May 3.

Boone expects Peraza to be able to return to the team after missing the minimum amount of days on the IL.

Additionally, right-hander Greg Weissert has been recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

May 8, 4:06 p.m.

Aaron Judge is ready to go and will indeed be activated ahead of Tuesday’s game against the Oakland A’s.

Judge, dealing with a hip strain, told SNY MLB Insider Andy Martino that he will be ready to play on Tuesday, the first day he is eligible to come off the IL.

Aaron Boone said there will be no limitations on Judge as he makes his return.

May 7, 12:20 p.m.

Luis Severino told reporters that he thought it was “unnecessary” that the Yankees had him throw a simulated game on Friday, rather than a rehab start.

Aaron Boone was asked about Severino’s comments, but took them more as the right-hander itching to get back on the mound more than anything else.

“He wants to pitch. He wants to get back here and wants to get in the rotation,” Boone told reporters. “Feels good. So I just look at it as a competitor wanting to go.”

Severino is scheduled to make a rehab start on Wednesday.

May 6, 2:21 p.m.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone gave a slew of injury updates to a number of players including Carlos Rodon, Aaron Judge and Luis Severino.

Judge (hip) is progressing well and is scheduled to return Tuesday against the Oakland A’s.

Rodon is set to receive an injection in his back Tuesday, per Boone. The team nor Rodon have a timetable for a possible return, but how he reacts to the injection will determine what the next steps are.

Severino (lat) felt good after Friday’s simulated game and his next stop is to pitch a rehab game with the team’s Triple-A affiliate on Wednesday.

Harrison Bader will get the day off Saturday as the team eases him back into his everyday-role. He will be available off the bench. 

May 5, 5:50 p.m.

Carlos Rodon will get a cortisone injection next week, Yankees manager Aaron Boone told the media Friday. And Rodon said he has been told the back issue is “chronic.”

Rodon, who has not thrown for the last few days, has been dealing with a back ailment that has kept him from pitching this season and Boone said the medical consensus right now is the injection will help him get back on the mound.

For the left-hander, getting through the back issue has been frustrating, but he understands the organization’s cautiousness.

“It’s hard. I wanted to throw today, I wanted to throw yesterday,” he told reporters in St. Petersburg on Friday. “But that’s why we have the training staff we do have so I don’t do something stupid and make something worse.”

When asked if a July return date is realistic, Rodon told reporters, “I can’t put a timeline on anything. I’ll get this injection and I want to throw as soon as I can.”

Earlier this week, Boone said the plan was to “get more doctors’ eyes” on Rodon and formulate a treatment plan for the 30-year-old.

“We need to get our arms around why he can’t get over that final hump,” the manager said Tuesday. He’s not in any pain, it’s just getting to positions the way he needs to move. We gotta get him there.”

Additionally, the swelling on Oswald Peraza‘s ankle has gone down, but he remains day-to-day and will not play Friday after he stumbled into second base with a steal in Wednesday night’s game, Boone said. Harrison Bader was in the lineup for the Yanks’ series opener against the Rays.

Aaron Judge worked out at the team’s minor league complex in Tampa on Friday and the Yankees are targeting next Tuesday, May 9 for the slugger’s return from the Injured List.

May 4, 12:45 a.m.

Following Wednesday’s win over the Cleveland Guardians, manager Aaron Boone gave a minor update on Harrison Bader after his collision with Isiah Kiner-Falefa in the outfield.

“I think Harrison is going to be fine,” Boone said. “Make sure he’s going to be OK. I was just with him and he was in very good spirits. Not something we want to mess with and make sure he’ll be OK. He’ll run through all the testing.”

Boone said he wasn’t sure if it’s his head or neck that’s bothering him, but the team is checking his head.

As for Oswald Peraza, the infielder pulled up lame after stealing second base. Boone said that the rookie will receive an X-ray, but that he rolled his ankle on his steal attempt

May 3, 4:22 p.m.

Yankees skipper Aaron Boone provided a plethora of injury updates on Wednesday ahead of the team’s rubber match with the Cleveland Guardians:

  • Carlos Rodon is scheduled for some more testing on his back on Thursday. “Hopefully we’ll have a better idea in a couple days,” Boone said.

  • Luis Severino (strained lat) will begin a rehab assignment in Tampa on Thursday

  • Nestor Cortes is now going to pitch Monday against the Oakland Athletics. Cortes’ start is being pushed back a few days because he had strep throat a couple of days ago. Cortes is “fine,” per Boone, and he’ll now be able to pitch in next weekend’s series against the Tampa Bay Rays in the Bronx.

  • Giancarlo Stanton (hamstring) is “doing well, but nothing imminent.” The outfielder started some running work outside, and has been hitting “for a while.”

  • Tommy Kahnle (bicep tendinitis) will have another bullpen session, likely on Thursday, and then the team will map out the rest of the month to match up with him coming off the 60-day IL.

May 2, 4:40 p.m.

Left-hander Carlos Rodon still “kinda can’t get over the hump with his back,” and will need to see additional specialists, Yankees manager Aaron Boone announced Wednesday.

Boone said there was “not much” of an update on Rodon, adding the left-hander is not dealing with back pain but movement may be restricted and it could be affecting his mechanics. Overall, the 30-year-old does not appear to be close to making his Yankee debut.

“He’s continued to throw through all of this,” the manager said, “but just getting him to that place that we need to get him to, that hasn’t happened. So just trying to continue to get those answers.”

Rodon, who was put on the IL due to a forearm/elbow injury at the end of spring training and developed “some back tightness” in early April, threw a bullpen a couple of days ago and threw yesterday. Boone said, “We need to get our arms around why he can’t get over that final hump. He’s not in any pain, it’s just getting to positions the way he needs to move. We gotta get him there.”

The team plans to “get more doctors’ eyes on it,” and formulate a treatment plan of continuing to build and throw through it or give Rodon time off.

“I don’t really have much for you other than we’re trying to see what’s the best course of action to kinda get over that final hump,” Boone said. The lefty’s shoulder and elbow feel great, but “it’s that last hurdle that makes him Carlos Rodon.”

Right-hander Lou Trivino will undergo Tommy John surgery Wednesday in Los Angeles, Boone said. Trivino suffered a setback during his rehab from an elbow strain last week and went for a second opinion from orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

“We’re still gonna have a chance to have a really good bullpen, so right now in regards to Lou, it’s just feeling for the person hoping he gets through surgery well and I know he’s gonna work his tail [off] to get back at some point next year,” Boone said. Adding he thinks Trivino is “bummed,” but “a guy like him you know is gonna work real hard  to put himself in the best possible position through the rehab.”

Aaron Judge, who is eligible to come off the 10-day IL on Monday, May 8, is still hitting in the batting cage and the manager said the hope is the slugger can return as soon as he is eligible.

Jonathan Loaisiga underwent surgery earlier Tuesday on his right elbow to remove a bone spur and other “loose bodies,” Boone added. “I think it kinda went as expected.”

May 2, 10:40 a.m.

The Yankees reinstated outfielder Harrison Bader from the Injured List following Monday’s 3-2 defeat to the Cleveland Guardians, the team announced.

Bader has yet to be featured this season after he landed on the IL to start the year with a left oblique strain suffered in early March during spring training. Franchy Cordero, who was called up after Aaron Judge went on the 10-day IL before the game, was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Acquired in August of 2022 in a deal with St. Louis for left-hander Jordan Montgomery, Bader slashed .217/.245/.528 in 14 regular season games for New York. But Bader fared much better in the postseason, hitting three home runs in the ALDS against Cleveland in 15 at-bats and two more homers in the ALCS against Houston, a series in which he had six hits in 15 at-bats.

May 1, 5:55 p.m.

The Yankees placed Aaron Judge on the 10-day injured list with a right hip strain on Monday. The move is retroactive to Friday, April 28.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said the slugger is “feeling pretty good” and the Injury is “minor,” but said the club will play the long game with Judge’s health.

“We don’t want to put him in a position to where he goes out and compromises somewhere else and the injury becomes something else or worse. That’s the biggest thing,” Boone said before to the move was announced, via Gary Phillips. “I think Aaron’s also being realistic, too. He understands what’s at stake and that it’s important.”

The reigning AL MVP had been dealing with a sore hip since he was forced out of Thursday’s 4-2 win over the Texas Rangers. He missed New York’s last three games, all defeats.

In a corresponding move, Franchy Cordero was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wikes-Barre.

May 1, 4:20 p.m.

The Yankees may get outfielder Harrison Bader back from the Injured List this week, manager Aaron Boone told the media Monday.

The manager said Bader, who has been out with a left oblique strain since the last few days of spring training, could be activated for the Yanks’ series at the Tampa Bay Rays beginning Friday.

Boone also announced Jonathan Loaisiga will have surgery on Tuesday to remove a bone spur and he will be shut down from throwing for the next three to six weeks. Loaisiga, on the IL since April 8 with right elbow inflammation, experienced soreness last week while throwing during his rehab. Boone added an estimated return for the 28-year-old right-hander would be in August or September.

Luis Severino (right lat strain) could be back in two to three weeks with his first rehab start coming Wednesday in Florida and throw 45-50 pitches.

Right-hander Lou Trivino, whom the club transferred to the 60-day IL last week after suffering a setback during his rehab from an elbow strain, flew to Los Angeles to get a second opinion from orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

And RHP Frankie Montas (right shoulder surgery recovery) is getting closer to starting a throwing program, Boone said. Righties Scott Effross and Luis Gil have each begun throwing programs.

April 29, 5:10 p.m.

A day after Aaron Judge received an MRI on his sore hip, the Yankees have a minor update on their slugging captain.

According to manager Aaron Boone, Judge has a mild strain at the top of his hip. The team’s plan is to wait a couple of days to see if he continues to improve and avoid an IL stint.

The Yankees hope to make a decision by Monday.

Judge missed Friday’s game against the Rangers and is not in the lineup Saturday. This likely means Judge will miss Sunday’s series finale as well.

April 28, 10:57 p.m.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone provided an update on Aaron Judge (hip) following the team’s loss on Friday night.

“We’re still waiting on [team doctor Christopher] Ahmad to read what we have,” he said. “It doesn’t seem too serious but we still don’t have a clear picture of it yet.”

When asked if he expects an IL stint for the reigning AL MVP, Boone deferred to what the team doctor will say before the Yankees make any decisions.

“I don’t know yet. It seems like it could be day-to-day but it can also be a short stint,” he said. “We’ll have to see when Dr. Ahmad weighs in and we’ll see where we’re at tomorrow with it.”

Judge injured his hip on a slide in the team’s series finale against the Twins on Wednesday. The outfielder said he felt sore waking up Thursday but started the team’s contest against the Rangers before leaving after two at-bats.

April 28, 6:40 p.m.

Relief pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga will undergo testing on his elbow after he experienced soreness this week while throwing during his rehab, Yankee manager Aaron Boone said on Friday.

Loaisiga, who was placed on the Injured List on April 8, had resumed throwing on flat ground last week but was shut down earlier this week when he reported the discomfort. The right-hander appeared in three games this season, allowing one earned run in 3.1 innings before landing on the IL.

Right-hander Luis Severino, who has been on the IL since March 30 with a right lat strain, threw 40 pitches in a live session that went as planned. Left-hander Carlos Rodon (left forearm strain) threw a 22-pitch bullpen session on Friday as he works his way toward his Yankee debut.

Boone also said the team is still waiting on the MRI results on Aaron Judge after he experienced hip discomfort and was forced out of Thursday night’s win over the Texas Rangers.

Boone hoped to hear more about Judge later on Friday night and Jake Bauers was with the team in Texas in case the 2022 AL MVP was forced to the IL. Judge did tell his manager his hip was feeling better when he woke up Friday.

April 27, 9:46 p.m.

Aaron Judge left Thursday night’s game against the Texas Rangers in the fourth inning after experiencing right hip discomfort. 

The outfielder was 0-for-2 with two strikeouts before exiting the contest. It was initially thought Judge aggravated his hand on a swing after he appeared to grimace after his last strikeout.

April 26, 12:10 p.m.

Reliever Tommy Kahnle threw a 15-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday, Aaron Boone told reporters.

The Yankees’ plan for Kahnle, who is dealing with bicep tendinitis, is to hopefully have him back by the end of May.

Kahnle, 33, has pitched just 13.2 total innings since the start of the 2020 season, missing significant time while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

After suffering a setback during spring training, Kahnle is yet to pitch this season after signing a two-year contract with the team in December.

April 24, 6:19 p.m.

RHP Lou Trivino (right elbow strain) suffered a setback while rehabbing in Tampa and has been sent back to New York for an evaluation, according to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch.

The 31-year-old felt some discomfort in his throwing elbow, Hoch reports. He began the season on the 15-day IL and had been throwing since April 2.

Trivino was acquired by the Yanks at the trade deadline last season from the Oakland A’s, and went on to pitch in 25 games for New York. He owned a 1-2 record with a 1.66 ERA and 22 strikeouts over 21.2 IP with the Yankees.

Additionally, Aaron Boone said that Harrison Bader (left oblique strain) won’t be joining the team on their current road trip. Bader began rehabbing with Double-A Somerset over the weekend and Boone said they want him to play back-to-back nine-inning games and get more at-bats before joining the Yanks, according to Hoch. It’s possible that Bader could be ready to make his season debut on May 5 on the road against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Boone also said that Tommy Kahnle (right bicep tendonitis), who was transferred to the 60-day IL earlier this month and then was seen throwing at Yankee Stadium on April 20, is traveling with the team. The manager added that he’s doing well and is scheduled to throw from a bullpen mound while the team plays a four-game series with the Texas Rangers beginning on Thursday.

April 21, 4:25 p.m.

Manager Aaron Boone said Friday prior to the team’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays that it’ll likely “be a couple of weeks” for Harrison Bader (left oblique strain) to return.

The Yankees said Friday that Bader will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Somerset as he’s still yet to play this season in the big leagues.

Boone also announced that Josh Donaldson was diagnosed with a Grade 1 hamstring strain and it will likely “be a couple of weeks” before he will return too.

Donaldson underwent an MRI on Wednesday after he experienced some tightness in the hamstring during his rehab start with Double-A Somerset on Tuesday. He told reporters at the time that he’s being shut down for an undetermined amount of time. Donaldson hasn’t played since April 5 when he injured his hamstring while jogging to first base on a flyout against the Philadelphia Phillies.

April 21, 10:25 a.m.

The Yankees announced on Friday that outfielder Harrison Bader will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Somerset.

Catcher Ben Rortvedt will begin a rehab assignment in Single-A Tampa. 

Bader strained his left oblique in spring training and is yet to make his regular season debut after hitting five postseason home runs for New York last season.

April 20, 1:24 p.m.

Carlos Rodon, who has been on the IL with a forearm/elbow injury and is also slowed by a back issue, is going to stop throwing for a few days, manager Aaron Boone said.

Boone referred to Rodon’s back as a “nagging” thing.

In addition to not throwing for a bit, Rodon will get a CT scan for his back.

Rodon threw his side session as scheduled on Monday, but was still dealing with the back issue at that time.

His rehab has been delayed a few times due to his back, and there is currently no timetable for his return.

April 20, 11:55 a.m.

Tommy Kahnle, who was transferred to the 60-day IL earlier this month, was throwing in the outfield at Yankees Stadium on Thursday.

The reliever has had some stops and starts as he works his way back from biceps tendinitis.

He is eligible to be activated from the IL near the end of May.

The 33-year-old has pitched just 13.2 innings since the end of the 2019 season.

April 19, 3:46 p.m.

Josh Donaldson’s rehab start with Double-A Somerset didn’t exactly go to plan, and now the third baseman is being shut down.

Donaldson went 1-for-3 with Somerset on Tuesday, but he experienced some tightness in his injured hamstring. He told reporters on Wednesday afternoon that he’s now being shut down for an undetermined amount of time.

Donaldson underwent an MRI on Wednesday, saying that he’s “bummed out” by his return being delayed. The veteran third baseman hasn’t played since April 5 when he injured his hamstring while jogging to first base on a flyout against the Philadelphia Phillies.

April 18, 4:15 p.m.

While speaking with reports pregame on Tuesday, Aaron Boone provided injury updates on a number of players:

– The Yankees are hoping that Giancarlo Stanton, who was recently placed on the IL with a Grade 2 hamstring strain, will be able to return to the team in six weeks. The usual best-case scenario is a four-to-six week recovery period. The slugger homered four times in 13 games prior to the injury.

– While losing Stanton is a big blow to the outfield and lineup, they could be receiving a boost soon. Harrison Bader is scheduled to take live BP on Thursday. If all goes well there, he could begin a rehab assignment on Friday. Bader suffered an oblique injury late in spring training and has been working his way back. He was tremendous for the Yankees last postseason, homering five times.

Josh Donaldson (hamstring) has joined Double-A Somerset to begin a rehab assignment of his own. There’s a chance he could get back into the lineup as soon as later this week.

– Lastly, Jonathan Loaisiga is expected to resume throwing later this week. The right-hander was placed on the IL last week due to right elbow inflammation. He’s allowed one run across three appearances this season.

April 16, 12:28 p.m.

Josh Donaldson will likely make his return to the Yankees lineup by the middle of this week.

Aaron Boone said on Sunday that Donaldson will likely play in a rehab game with Double-A Somerset on Tuesday, with the potential to be activated on Wednesday.

Donaldson has been out of action since April 5 due to a hamstring issue.

April 14, 4:55 p.m.

Manager Aaron Boone gave a handful of injury updates prior to Friday’s game against the Minnesota Twins, including positive news on pitchers Carlos Rodon (forearm/elbow) and Luis Severino (lat).

On Rodon: “He threw again today, he’s doing really well actually and now I feel like he’s ready to take off a little bit. He threw and did a little touch and feel on the slope today also. He is scheduled for a two-up bullpen Sunday or Monday I believe, and then hopefully into lives from that point, whatever two or three days after that.”

On Severino: “He threw his bullpen yesterday, went well. I believe his next one is a two-up bullpen.”

Additionally, Boone said that DJ LeMahieu (quad) is continuing to improve and is hopeful that the veteran will be in the lineup on Saturday. LeMahieu, who took grounders at third during batting practice, will be available off the bench for the second straight game Friday.

“No, he’s doing better, improvements off of yesterday,” Boone said. “It seems like he’s out there going through work now. I would expect him available off the bench. I kind of made that call last night that I wasn’t going to have him in the lineup today, but does seem like he continues to make improvements.”

Boone added that Josh Donaldson (hamstring) is “doing really well, looks good, moving well, BP looks good,” and the team will “see where we are over the next couple of days.”

April 13, 4:21 p.m.

Before their game against the Minnesota Twins on Thursday, Yankees manager Aaron Boone gave injury updates on a number of players.

Harrison Bader (oblique), who also spoke on Thursday, went through a full day of baseball activities and he and Boone are optimistic the outfielder can potentially start a rehab assignment some time next week. “He’s doing great,” Boone said. However, while he’s unsure how long the rehab assignment will take, Boone mentioned “it’s not just going to be a few days down there.”

Carlos Rodon (forearm/elbow) threw a bullpen session on Wednesday at “less intensity” and his back is feeling much better after experiencing back tightness earlier in the week. After playing catch on Thursday, Rodon will throw another bullpen session on either Sunday or Monday. Boone said hopefully after that session, Rodon will progress to start throwing to live batters.

As for Josh Donaldson (hamstring), Boone was noncommittal about him needing a rehab assignment. “We’ll see,” he said, but mentioned he thought Donaldson “looked really good moving around” third base taking grounders on Thursday.

Luis Severino (lat) threw a bullpen session on Thursday with Boone calling it “all good.” His next scheduled throwing session will be split between a bullpen session and throwing to live batters.

Finally, DJ LeMahieu (quad) is “doing better” and although he’s not in the starting lineup, he is an option off the bench against the Twins.

April 12, 11:00 a.m.

Infielder Gleyber Torres is out of the lineup for the first time this season on Wednesday and is day-to-day with hip/groin tightness. Infielder DJ LeMahieu was also held out of the lineup and is day-to-day with quad tightness.

Torres, who was lifted for the bottom half of the ninth in the Yankees’ 11-2 win at Cleveland on Tuesday, felt tightness in his hip/groin area earlier in the game and felt it tighten up again while running the bases after a ninth-inning single, manager Aaron Boone said.

“I don’t think it’s anything that big [of a problem],” Boone said of Torres, “…it’s just something grabbing him there.”

Boone did not think additional testing would be needed for Torres, but he was not in the lineup for Wednesday’s matinee against the Guardians.

April 11, 1:06 p.m.

Carlos Rodon, who is on the IL due to a forearm/elbow injury, is dealing with “some back tightness” that has delayed his next live batting practice session, manager Aaron Boone said during an appearance on the Talkin’ Yanks podcast.

Boone said the live BP had originally been set for Monday or Tuesday, and added that elbow-wise, Rodon is “doing great.”

Meanwhile, Luis Severino had a bullpen session on Monday where he threw about 25 pitches. Severino plans to throw another bullpen session on Thursday before advancing to facing hitters, per Meredith Marakovits of YES.

In another promising injury update, Harrison Bader took “full machine BP” and “feels great.”

Boone noted that Bader could possibly begin a rehab assignment next week.

April 8, 9:30 p.m.

Prior to Saturday’s game against the Orioles, Yankees manager Aaron Boone informed the media that prospect Oswald Peraza is dealing with hamstring tightness.

While Peraza is starting the season in the minors, the infielder has not played for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre since Thursday and has been out of the lineup for the past two days. That does explain why when Josh Donaldson was officially placed on the IL, Peraza was not an option for a callup.

In six games in Triple-A, Peraza is 7-for-24 (.292) with two RBI and five stole bases.

April 8, 12:07 p.m.

Prior to Saturday night’s game against the Baltimore Orioles, the Yankees made a number of roster moves.

Josh Donaldson (right hamstring strain) was placed on the 10-day IL, retroactive to April 6, while RHP Jonathan Loaisiga (right elbow inflammation) was placed on the 15-day IL, also retroactive to April 6.

The team also transferred RHP Tommy Kahnle (right bicep tendonitis) to the 60-day IL.

Additionally, the Yankees recalled RHP Jhony Brito from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and signed OF Willie Calhoun to a major league contract and selected him to the active roster.

April 7, 12:58 p.m.

After leaving Wednesday’s game with a hamstring injury, Josh Donaldson is likely headed to the IL, said manager Aaron Boone.

In five games this season, Donaldson is slashing .125/.176/.313 with one home run and has six strikeouts.

April 5, 1:58 p.m.

Josh Donaldson left Wednesday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies before the third inning after pulling up lame while running down the first base line in the bottom of the second.

Donaldson appeared to be in pain as he neared first base on a fly out, and was later diagnosed with hamstring tightness.

He will be reevaluated on Thursday.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa replaced Donaldson at third base.

April 4, 7:23 p.m.

Harrison Bader expects to begin progressing towards a return to the Yankees this week.

Speaking with ESPN’s Marly Rivera prior to Tuesday’s game against the Phillies, Bader says he has “felt good for some time now” and that it’s just a matter of starting his hitting progression, which should begin this week.

Bader, who was diagnosed with an oblique strain on March 10, was placed on the IL to start the season retroactive to March 27.

April 3, 4:25 p.m.

Outfielder Harrison Bader (left oblique strain) is progressing towards his return, as manager Aaron Boone said Monday that he took about 25 swings and “felt great.”

“He swung today, so he continues to do really well,” Boone said. “I don’t know how exactly the progression will lay out, but even talking to him afterwards, I think he took like 25, 26 dry swings. He said the last half dozen or so he was letting it rip and felt great. I don’t know what the progression will be there. He sprinted I think yesterday and that went really well.

“We’ll see how the progression goes to where the point he’s able to get into rehab games. But today was another good step for him.”

Bader was placed on the 10-day IL on March 30, retroactive to March 27.

Additionally, the Yankees transferred RHP Frankie Montas (right shoulder surgery recovery) to the 60-day IL.

April 2, 12:37 p.m.

Starter Carlos Rodon continues to move in the right direction.

Manager Aaron Boone told reporters on Sunday that the lefty will throw a two-inning simulated game as the next step in his recovery, with the possibility of having batters stand in the box.

Rodon has started his Yankees tenure on the IL due to a forearm strain, but was encouraged by his latest bullpen session.

April 1, 1:50 p.m.

The Yankees seem to be getting some positive news on the injury front. Aaron Boone provided an update on some of the teams ailing stars prior to Saturday afternoon’s game.

Harrison Bader, who landed on the injured list with a left oblique strain, went for another MRI a few days ago. That imagining showed a ton of improvement, which obviously is good news.

“He’s doing really well. He was swimming in the pool yesterday, he’ll continue to do that this weekend,” Boone said. “If that continues to progress he could start to get a bat in his hand as early as next week or as early as early in the week and start introducing some throwing and things like that.”

Things certainly seem to have gone really well for the outfielder, who has been shutdown for a few weeks now, and he’s trending in the right direction.

On the pitching front, Luis Severino (right lat strain) has begun his build up process, as he threw yesterday and again this morning.

Boone noted that it’s encouraging the right-hander was able to get out there on back-to-back days and feel fine.

“It was good that he came back in today after throwing yesterday,” he said. “It was light-throwing yesterday but came back in asymptomatic today, which is good news, so hopefully onward and upward.”

He also had some good news to share on the bullpen front, as Lou Trivino has also begun throwing and is doing really well.

Though, Boone did add that it could be a bit of a longer and slower process with the nature of his injury. The right-hander, who is dealing with a right elbow strain, was fantastic in relief for the Yankees last season.

Additionally Boone is hopeful that Tommy Kahnle, who recently received a cortisone shot to address his right biceps tendinitis, will also be able to start throwing early next week.

March 30, 10:58 a.m.

Prior to the Yankees’ Opening Day game against the San Francisco Giants, the team made a number of roster moves for those starting the season on the injured list.

LHP Carlos Rodon (left forearm strain) will begin the season on the 15-day IL, retroactive to March 27. The lefty said Monday he is “very encouraged by how he feels” after tossing a 30-pitch bullpen session.

Right-handers Luis Severino (right lat strain), Tommy Kahnle (right bicep tendonitis), Lou Trivino (right elbow strain) and Frankie Montas (right shoulder surgery recovery) were all placed on the 15-day IL as well, retroactive to March 27.

OF Harrison Bader (left oblique strain) was placed on the 10-day IL, retroactive to March 27, as was catcher Ben Rortvedt (left shoulder aneurysm surgery recovery).

RHPs Luis Gil and Scott Effross were both placed on the 60-day IL due to right elbow surgery recovery.

Additionally, the team recalled RHP Jhony Brito from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and he is expected to start on Sunday, per MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch.

March 27, 12:37 p.m.

Carlos Rodon threw a 30-pitch bullpen session on Monday, coming out of it “very encouraged by how he feels,” per MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch.

Dealing with a mild strain in his forearm, Rodon will begin the season on the Injured List and will not travel with the Yankees when they head to New York for Thursday’s Opening Day matchup with the San Francisco Giants, per Hoch.

Rodon made just one start this spring, allowing five earned runs on six hits in just 2.0 innings against the Atlanta Braves on March 5.

March 25, 11:00 a.m.

Luis Severino has a low-grade right lat strain and is expected to begin the season on the injured list, Aaron Boone said during a news conference Saturday in Clearwater, Fla., before the Yankees’ 1:05 p.m. spring training game at the Philadelphia Phillies, per MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch.

Clarke Schmidt is in line to start New York’s second game of the season, next Saturday’s 4:05 p.m. matchup with the San Francisco Giants, Boone added.

Severino will not throw for five-to-seven days, Boone said.

The Yankees are weighing their options for the fifth starter, which could wind up being Jhony Brito, Boone added.

Severino, 29, has allowed 15 runs (all earned) on 15 hits (six home runs) while striking out 23 and walking six in 15 innings pitched this spring.

Entering Saturday, the Yankees have four spring training games left before Opening Day next Thursday against the Giants, a three-game series at Yankee Stadium.

March 23, 1:23 p.m.

Carlos Rodon, who is working his way back from a mild strain in his left forearm, threw a 15-pitch bullpen session (all fastballs) on Thursday.

Rodon told reporters that he will likely play catch at 90 feet on Friday before throwing another bullpen session — where he plans to mix in his non-fastball arsenal.

The left-hander will begin the season on the IL.

“I could go out there and perform,” Rodon told reporters shortly after suffering his injury. “But am I performing at my best and how long am I going to last throughout the season if I continue down this road? I’m not here to pitch until the All-Star break. I’m here to pitch well into October. If this was down the stretch, yeah, I would be going for sure. If it’s October 5 or the ALDS, I’m taking the ball.”

March 22. 1:26 p.m.

Reliever Tommy Kahnle hasn’t yet made his spring debut for the Yankees, and Aaron Boone explained on Wednesday that it will be a little longer until they see him on the mound.

According to Greg Joyce of the New York Post, Kahnle received a cortisone injection on Tuesday as he continues to deal with biceps tendinitis, and it will be “a few more days” before the Yankees hope to begin ramping him back up.

Kahnle, poised to begin his second stint in a Yankees uniform, underwent Tommy John surgery in 2020 and hasn’t been fully healthy since, pitching just one game with the Dodgers last season. He recently suffered a setback on his road back to the mound, experiencing arm soreness after a throwing session.

March 14, 9:23 p.m.

Aaron Boone told reporters after Tuesday night’s 10-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays that Jose Trevino hasn’t played since March 9 because he’s been dealing with a right wrist sprain.

The skipper said that he expects his catcher to resume play later this week, although an injection remains a possibility. Nevertheless, Boone believes Trevino will be ready for Opening Day.

March 13, 2:30 p.m.

Yankees slugger Anthony Rizzo took batting practice on Monday and is feeling fine after missing time with a “cranky” back, according to the New York Post’s Jon Heyman.

Rizzo received treatment for the back issue while he took time off, Heyman noted.

He was scratched from the lineup on Sunday and manager Aaron Boone said that he expected Rizzo to return on Tuesday when the Yankees face the Toronto Blue Jays.

Over five spring training games, Rizzo is hitting .417 (5-for-12) with a double and three strikeouts.

March 12, 12:04 p.m.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said prior to Sunday’s spring training game on the road against the Boston Red Sox that Anthony Rizzo was scratched because of a “cranky” back, per MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch.

Boone expects that Rizzo will play on Tuesday when the team returns from Fort Myers to play the Toronto Blue Jays at home. The manager added that it’s “something we wanted to stay ahead of.”

March 11, 4:20 p.m.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters after the team’s loss to the Phillies on Saturday that outfielder Harrison Bader will likely need six weeks before he returns to the club.

Bader left Wednesday’s game with an oblique strain, and after undergoing tests the team has determined he’ll need more than a month to recover. That would make Bader’s target date for a return to be around April 20.

March 10, 11:30 a.m.

On Friday, Aaron Boone announced that Harrison Bader will miss time with a strained left oblique. Bader underwent tests on his oblique after feeling discomfort following a swing in Wednesday’s game against the Cardinals.

Boone said there is no timetable for Bader’s return.

March 9, 4:15 p.m.

The Yankees have more potentially bad news on the injury-front this afternoon.

Following Thursday’s spring training game against the Boston Red Sox, New York skipper Aaron Boone said that outfielder Harrison Bader will undergo testing on his left oblique.

Bader felt something while swinging during yesterday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals. He played five innings and finished the day 0-for-2.

Bader has dealt with his fair-share of injuries throughout his six-year big league career. Having him miss significant time would be a big blow for the Yankees on both sides of the ball.

New York has already lost Carlos Rodon, Tommy Kahnle, and Lou Trivino to injuries earlier today.

March 9, 11:36 a.m.

Carlos Rodon has a mild strain in his left forearm and will begin the regular season on the IL, GM Brian Cashman told reporters.

Rodon will not throw for seven-to-10 days.

He made his first spring training start on March 5, allowing five runs on six hits in 2.0 innings.

“I could go out there and perform,” Rodon told reporters. “But am I performing at my best and how long am I going to last throughout the season if I continue down this road? I’m not here to pitch until the All-Star break. I’m here to pitch well into October,” Rodon said, via MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch. “If this was down the stretch, yeah, I would be going for sure. If it’s October 5 or the ALDS, I’m taking the ball.”

Once Rodon is cleared to throw, he will have to advance from flat ground to the mound and then participate in rehab games.

Cashman noted that “in a perfect world,” Rodon would be able to return at some point in April.

In addition to Rodon, relievers Lou Trivino (elbow strain) and Tommy Kahnle (biceps tendinitis) will also begin the regular season on the IL.

March 8, 9:54 a.m.

Right-handed pitcher Frankie Montas, who had surgery on his right labrum late last month, told reporters that he “for sure” expects to pitch again this season.

Montas said the he will begin playing catch in about nine or 10 weeks.

Once the 29-year-old is cleared to throw, he will have to advance to throwing on the mound before beginning his full ramp-up.

In the event Montas starts playing catch near the end of May, he would likely not be ready to pitch in games until August.

March 5, 5:10 p.m.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters on Sunday that reliever Tommy Kahnle is currently not throwing due to right bicep tendonitis. The right-hander is still seven days from throwing after being put on a 10-day pause.

Boone added that time remains for the 33-year-old to return before the start of the regular season.

Kahnle returned to the Yankees this offseason after pitching to a 2.84 ERA in 13 appearances with the Dodgers last season.

March 1, 11 a.m.

Catching prospect Austin Wells told reporters Wednesday he fractured his 12th rib and the team is developing a treatment plan.

Wells, who underwent an MRI on Tuesday, believes he will have 7-10 days of no baseball activity before there is a plan in place. This type of injury usually takes 6-8 weeks to heal.

Feb. 22, 2:30 p.m.

Ben Rortvedt has been shut down for a month after he had surgery to address an aneurysm in an artery near his left shoulder.

Feb. 19, 10:45 a.m.

Nestor Cortes won’t pitch in the World Baseball Classic due to a hamstring injury, but will he be ready to go come the the start of the regular season?

The lefty was asked just that on Sunday morning, saying it’s a “possibility” that he’ll be ready for his first start.

“Yeah, I think it’s a possibility,” Cortes said. “The hamstring can be a little tricky sometimes, but I think we’ve done a good job of taking care of it and being on top of it every single day to be as ready as possible.”

Cortes threw off the mound on Friday, which was an earlier return to action than anticipated.

Feb. 17, 11:30 a.m.

Yankees starting pitcher Nestor Cortes returned to the mound in Tampa on Friday morning.

Aaron Boone and pitching coach Matt Blake looked on during the bullpen session.

As reported by SNY’s Andy Martino, the left-hander was originally scheduled to miss a few weeks of throwing off of a mound with a right hamstring tweak that kept him out of the World Baseball Classic.

Feb. 15, 1:10 p.m.

Aaron Boone announced that right-hander Frankie Montas will undergo shoulder surgery on Feb. 21, with the best-case scenario being that he returns “late in the season.”

“It’s been a couple different shutdowns where he was getting built up, and then he went out and saw [Dr. Neal ElAttrache] who cleared him to go again, he was building back up, and still wasn’t quite right, so went back and now we’ve gotten to the point where they’re going to go in,” Boone said. “They’ll scope it and then we’ll have a better idea of the timeframe once that happens on the 21st, and then hopefully he’s here a few days later.

“Best case is he would be back late in the season, but we’re really going to know a lot after the 21st.”

Montas, 29, was acquired in a midseason trade with the Oakland A’s last year, pitching to a 6.35 ERA in eight regular season starts for New York.

In brighter news, Boone said that he expects that Nestor Cortes will be ready for Opening Day. The lefty is dealing with a hamstring issue that will keep him out of the World Baseball Classic.

Boone also expects DJ LeMahieu to be ready for the season. The utility man dealt with a fractured toe for a good part of the 2022 season, but he did not end up having surgery.

Feb. 15, 12:20 p.m.

Yankees right-handed pitcher Frankie Montas, who was already expected to miss the first month or so of the season due to a shoulder injury, might need surgery to correct the issue.

Montas is still undergoing testing on the shoulder, pitching coach Matt Blake told reporters on Wednesday, indicating that Montas is going through the process with doctors.

If Montas requires surgery, it is unclear what type of surgery it would be and how long he might be out.

Feb. 13, 1:25 p.m.

Yankees starting pitcher Nestor Cortes will miss the upcoming World Baseball Classic after tweaking his right hamstring.

The left-hander said he has a grade 2 hamstring strain and will not throw off a mound for a few weeks (though he is still throwing on flat ground).

As far as a timetable for his return, Cortes is not ruling out the possibility of being ready for the first week of the regular season.

“It’s definitely doable to start the season off healthy and in the rotation,” he told reporters.

Cortes dealt with a groin injury in late August of last season, landing him on the IL, and then exited Game 4 of the ALCS against the Houston Astros due to a groin injury.

Source: Yahoo Sports

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