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Here is when all the injured Yanks are due back

August 18, 2019

When the Yankees' 2019 season is complete, a major theme will include how the team handled an unprecedented string of injuries that began in the spring and continued throughout the regular season, providing opportunities to numerous players who had not necessarily been envisioned as regulars. In all, the Yankees have

When the Yankees' 2019 season is complete, a major theme will include how the team handled an unprecedented string of injuries that began in the spring and continued throughout the regular season, providing opportunities to numerous players who had not necessarily been envisioned as regulars.

In all, the Yankees have had 28 players land on the injured list, serving 35 stints -- not exactly the "Chase for 28" that they had in mind this spring. Here's a rundown of the Yankees currently on the IL, in alphabetical order by last name, as well as estimated time frames for their returns.

Miguel Andújar, 3B
Expected return: 2020
Andujar underwent season-ending surgery on May 20 to repair a partially torn labrum in his right shoulder. He hopes to resume throwing at some point in September and will continue to increase activities throughout the winter, which would allow him to be ready for Spring Training. (Updated: Aug. 2)

Jake Barrett, RHP
Expected return:
Barrett felt discomfort in his right elbow while warming up during the second game of a May 25 doubleheader in Kansas City. He was diagnosed with a right flexor strain and has resumed throwing. Barrett was transferred to the 60-day injured list on June 15. (Updated: Aug. 2)

Dellin Betances, RHP
Expected return: Late August/September
Betances threw from a bullpen mound on Aug. 12, the first time that he has done so since sustaining a right lat strain in early June. He threw 20 pitches and said he felt "better than expected." Betances added that his biggest test will be seeing how his body bounces back once he's able to throw to hitters, which could happen shortly. He is traveling to Tampa, Fla., on Aug. 18. (Updated: Aug. 18)

Greg Bird, 1B
Expected return: TBD
Bird tore the plantar fascia in his left foot and was placed on the injured list April 16. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said on Aug. 11 that Bird has been in and out of a walking boot. Though Bird has not been able to fully resume baseball activities, Boone said he did not want to rule out a return this season. (Updated: Aug. 14)

Jacoby Ellsbury, OF
Expected return: Spring 2020
Ellsbury has not played in a Major League game since October 2017 due to a series of injuries, the most prominent of which was arthroscopic surgery to repair his left hip labrum last August. Boone said that Ellsbury is moving toward full workouts in the weight room and could resume baseball activities in September, though he is not expected to play this year. (Updated: Aug. 11)

Edwin Encarnacion, 1B/DH
Expected return: Possibly September
Encarnacion sustained a right wrist fracture when he was hit by an 87.1 mph slider from Red Sox reliever Josh A. Smith on Aug. 3. Encarnacion has been utilizing a hand bicycle and is not wearing a cast. Boone said that Encarnacion's range of motion has returned, and he is building up to get a bat in his hands. (Updated: Aug. 14)

Thairo Estrada, IF/OF
Expected return
: September
Estrada sustained a right hamstring strain while running out a grounder in New York's 6-5 win over the Indians on Aug. 17. Boone said that it looked like Estrada would miss at least a few days, so the club felt it needed to make the roster move to place him on the IL. Boone added that they are hopeful Estrada's injury is short term in nature. (Updated: Aug. 18)

David Hale, RHP
Expected return: TBD
Hale was diagnosed with a lumbar spine strain after a July 26 appearance against the Red Sox in Boston. His IL stint was back-dated to July 28, and Boone said he is hopeful that Hale's injury will be of the short-term variety. Hale threw 30 pitches in the bullpen on Aug. 8, but he experienced a setback and has been shut down from throwing again. (Updated: Aug. 18)

Ben Heller, RHP
Expected return: September
Heller is currently on a Minor League rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he pitched a scoreless inning in his return to action on Aug. 17, following a right forearm strain that halted his progress in early July. Heller had Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow last April. (Updated: Aug. 18)

Aaron Hicks, OF
Expected return: Possibly September
On the IL since Aug. 4 with a flexor strain in his right elbow, Hicks was re-evaluated by Yankees team physician Chris Ahmad on Aug. 12 and is said to be doing well, but was told that he will not be cleared to resume throwing until at least Aug. 26. Because the strain is close to Hicks' ulnar collateral ligament, Boone said that the club wants to be cautious. (Updated: Aug. 18)

Jonathan Holder, RHP
Expected return: Late August/September
Holder landed on the 10-day injured list on Aug. 10 with right shoulder inflammation, and Boone said that the right-hander is dealing with a shoulder impingement. Holder said that the injury did not occur in one specific game, but rather has been building over time and has not allowed him to bounce back as he normally would. (Updated: Aug. 10)

Jordan Montgomery, LHP
Expected return:
Montgomery has been throwing side sessions at the Yankees' Florida complex as he recovers from Tommy John surgery, most recently tossing two innings and throwing 35 pitches, as Boone said on Aug. 14. The club had spoken of Montgomery as a second-half option before he experienced a setback on June 18, cutting a batting practice session short due to what was described as inflammation in his pitching shoulder. Asked if Montgomery could still return this season, Boone said, "We'll see." (Updated: Aug. 14)

Luis Severino, RHP
Expected return: September
Severino has yet to pitch his first innings of the season due to right rotator cuff inflammation and a Grade 2 strain of his right latissimus muscle. Having thrown a 29-pitch bullpen session on Aug. 12, Severino threw from the bullpen mound on Aug. 15 and said he felt good facing hitters on Aug. 18. Severino will now travel to Tampa, Fla., where he will throw a simulated game. If that goes well, he could join Class A Advanced Tampa or Double-A Trenton on a Minor League rehab assignment. (Updated: Aug. 18)

Giancarlo Stanton, OF/DH
Expected return:
Stanton sprained his right posterior cruciate ligament sliding headfirst into third base on June 25. He has been throwing and hitting tee-and-toss, but has yet to run on the field, with Boone saying on Aug. 15 that Stanton is running at about 85 percent on an anti-gravity treadmill. Stanton is not expected to return before rosters expand on Sept. 1, and said he hopes to get about two weeks of at-bats before the postseason. (Updated: Aug. 16)

Luke Voit, 1B
Expected return: Aug. 30
Voit took ground balls and ran bases on Aug. 16, and he has reported optimism about avoiding or delaying surgery to address a sports hernia. Voit will join Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre when the Yankees leave for a road trip that begins on Aug. 20. He plans to work out with the farm team for a few days, then begin a rehab assignment on Aug. 23. (Updated: Aug. 18)

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and Facebook.