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Urshela nears return, and an update on Andujar

September 4, 2019

NEW YORK -- The past week has already featured the returns of sluggers Luke Voit and Edwin Encarnacion, and if all goes according to plan, another Yankees starter will soon be back in the fold. Third baseman Gio Urshela is expected to suit up during New York’s four-game series vs.

NEW YORK -- The past week has already featured the returns of sluggers Luke Voit and Edwin Encarnacion, and if all goes according to plan, another Yankees starter will soon be back in the fold.

Third baseman Gio Urshela is expected to suit up during New York’s four-game series vs. the Red Sox at Fenway Park this weekend, according to manager Aaron Boone. Urshela was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left groin injury retroactive to Aug. 29.

“Gio’s good,” Boone said. “He did some baserunning stuff today, so I would expect him -- I think Sunday he’s eligible [to be activated off the IL] -- my hope is that he’s playing for us that day.”

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Urshela wasn’t the only Yankees third baseman with encouraging news. Miguel Andújar, who underwent season-ending surgery in May to correct a partially torn labrum in his right shoulder, stopped by the clubhouse before the series finale vs. the Rangers and provided a positive update about his rehab.

Andujar said he will finally return to baseball activities on Monday, starting with throwing.

“[It’s] much better, stronger now,” Andujar said of his shoulder through a translator. “It just definitely feels better than it felt before, and [I’m] very happy to show that progression. It’s been difficult, but at the same time, you’ve got to keep a positive mind. You gotta keep the discipline of the rehab work to the T, make sure you don’t forget to do anything. It’s one step at a time.”

Andujar expressed his excitement to take the next step in his recovery process, as he expects to be 100 percent by Spring Training next year. His manager echoed that sentiment.

“It’s always good to see Miggy,” Boone said. “He was here when I got here today and it just kinda brightens your day a little bit knowing that he’s doing well, that the rehab process is going according to plan and that he seems to be in really good spirits. … He’s kept himself in really good shape, so [I’m] excited that he continues to progress the way he is.”

In the meantime, Andujar has been following along as his teammates have found success this year, particularly his replacement, Urshela, who is slashing .331/.370/.555 with 18 homers and 67 RBIs.

“Honestly, amazing job by Gio,” Andujar said through a translator. “To come in here and produce the way he has been, it’s amazing.

“Seeing the team win games, seeing how the team goes out there and battles every night, every day -- it’s fun for me to watch. We find ourselves in a great spot to compete.”

Stanton’s status

After facing off against reliever Dellin Betances in a sim game at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, Giancarlo Stanton (right knee PCL strain) headed to the Yankees’ facility in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday to take live at-bats more consistently while New York goes on a 10-game road trip.

“[He’ll] start getting live at-bats this weekend,” Boone said. “I feel like he’s really starting to build some momentum and doing pretty well, so I’m looking forward to that. … He’ll start to get regular at-bats this weekend, and hopefully [we’ll] really start to ramp him up.”

While it’s possible that Stanton can achieve his rehab goals in Florida, the Yankees might entertain the possibility of a Minor League rehab game depending on how far Triple-A Scranton and Double-A Trenton go in their respective playoffs.

“If a team were to advance and he’s ready to go, maybe we have that conversation,” Boone said. “But I know as of right now, we’re lining him up to get a lot of at-bats through the weekend.”

Road to recovery

Boone also said that both Betances and pitcher Luis Severino will make appearances in a Minor League rehab game Friday for Trenton. Though there was a chance they might have taken the mound for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Boone opted against it given the possibility of inclement weather during their games against the Rays’ Triple-A affiliate, Durham.

“Because Scranton’s down in Durham, and with some possible hurricane stuff there Thursday that could push some games back, we feel like Trenton’s the more certain situation,” he said.

This date in Yankees history

Sept. 4, 1993: Jim Abbott becomes just the third Yankees left-hander to throw a no-hitter, beating the Indians, 4-0, at Yankee Stadium. It was only the fourth no-hitter in Yankee Stadium history and was the club’s seventh overall.