Injuries & Moves: Stanton to start rehab assignment

August 19th, 2022

Keep track of the Yankees’ recent transactions and injury updates throughout the season.

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Aug. 19: OF/DH  set for rehab assignment
Stanton is expected to play in Minor League rehab games on Saturday and Sunday for Double-A Somerset, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said on Friday. Boone said that Stanton is expected to DH in both games for Somerset, which is on the road at Bowie. Stanton would then face right-hander Luis Severino in a live batting practice session on Tuesday, which could make him an option to be activated during the Yanks’ upcoming West Coast trip.

Aug. 18: INF DJ LeMahieu returns to lineup
LeMahieu returned to the lineup for Thursday’s series opener against the Blue Jays after missing four games with soreness in his right big toe, though he did come off the bench to provide a key pinch hit in Wednesday's comeback win. LeMahieu, who required a cortisone injection during the All-Star break for the issue, said earlier this week that he planned to return to the starting lineup Thursday. He batted leadoff and started at second base.

“I have very high confidence with being good to go the rest of the way,” LeMahieu said.

INJURY UPDATES

10-day and 15-day IL

OF/DH (left Achilles tendinitis)
Expected return: Possibly Aug. 25
Stanton is expected to begin a Minor League rehab assignment on Aug. 20 with Double-A Somerset, where he will DH in two games over the weekend during the Patriots’ series at Bowie. Boone said that Stanton could then face right-hander Luis Severino in a live batting practice session, scheduled to take place on Aug. 23, which could make Stanton an option to be activated for the upcoming West Coast trip. The Yankees expect that Stanton will return as a designated hitter, then he will slowly increase his outfield reps with pregame work. Stanton has not played since July 24 at Baltimore. (Last updated: Aug. 19)

DH Matt Carpenter (left foot fracture)
Expected return: Late September/early October
Carpenter fractured his left foot after he fouled a pitch off his foot on Aug. 8 while facing the Mariners in Seattle. He saw a foot specialist for the Seattle Seahawks on Aug. 10, and learned that his fracture was a clean break and will likely not require surgery. Carpenter was later examined in New York. He is expected to have 1-2 weeks of no weight bearing on the foot, then will undergo a new set of X-rays sometime after Sept. 1. Carpenter was with the club on Aug. 19, though he is still not able to do any work. (Last updated: Aug. 19)

RHP Clay Holmes (left lower back spasms)
Expected return: Late August
Holmes was placed on the 15-day injured list on Aug. 17 (retroactive to Aug. 14) with left lower back spasms. Manager Aaron Boone said he is “not real concerned” about the injury, which he hopes will leave Holmes on the IL for the minimum 15 days.

“Hopefully it’s just a couple more days where he's down and we ramp him right back up,” Boone said. (Last updated: Aug. 17)

CF (right foot plantar fasciitis)
Expected return: September
Bader, who was acquired from the Cardinals on Aug. 2, has been out since June 27 and was put in a protective walking boot after attempting to make a rehab appearance with their Triple-A affiliate on July 22. Bader has been in and out of the boot, which allows him to perform some weight room exercises, but he is not yet able to begin baseball activities. Bader said that he is “very confident” that he will be able to play for the Yankees in September. (Last updated: Aug. 12)

60-day IL

RHP Luis Severino (right lat strain)
Expected return: September
Severino is scheduled to toss a live batting practice session on Aug. 23 at Yankee Stadium, during which he could face a hitting group that includes Giancarlo Stanton. Severino reported no issues after tossing a 25-pitch bullpen session on Aug. 15. GM Brian Cashman has said that the club’s timetable is for Severino to make five regular-season starts in September leading into the postseason. Severino cut short his third-inning warmups after just two pitches on July 13, saying that he had been unable to get loose. (Last updated: Aug. 19)

RHP Miguel Castro (right shoulder strain)
Expected return: September
Castro has resumed throwing up from 90 feet, manager Aaron Boone said on Aug. 18, and the righty is expected to pitch in the big leagues this September. Castro was transferred to the 60-day injured list on Aug. 1. He was placed on the 15-day injured list on July 16, retroactive to July 13, after an MRI exam revealed a strain in his right shoulder. Castro last pitched on July 10 at Boston. (Last updated: Aug. 18)

RHP Stephen Ridings (right shoulder impingement)
Expected return: Possibly September

The Yankees have optimism that Ridings may be able to pitch in the big leagues this season, pitching coach Matt Blake told NJ Advance Media. On the 60-day injured list since April 5, Ridings has been tossing bullpen sessions at Cressey Sports Performance in Jupiter, Fla. and could soon return to the Yanks' complex in Tampa, Fla. Blake said that, for a period, the Yankees feared Ridings might need thoracic outlet surgery. Instead, he is again throwing without discomfort, sitting between 92-95 mph with his fastball. (Last updated: Aug. 13)

LHP (left ulnar collateral ligament repair)
Expected return: Possibly September
Britton threw 19 pitches in a live batting practice session on Aug. 10, according to manager Aaron Boone, who said Britton will now enter another "de-load" phase where he continues to throw on flat ground and from a bullpen mound. Britton is scheduled to face live hitters a few times before beginning a Minor League rehab assignment. The club has said that it is realistic to envision having Britton as an active big leaguer in September. (Last updated: Aug. 12)

RHP Michael King (right elbow fracture)
Expected return: 2023
King had surgery on July 27 to repair the fractured right elbow that he sustained on July 22, an injury that is expected to be season-ending. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said that because of differing opinions on his right ulnar collateral ligament, King will be re-evaluated in eight to 10 weeks to determine if Tommy John surgery is necessary. If King does not need Tommy John, he could be ready to pitch during Spring Training 2023. (Last updated: July 27)

RHP Chad Green (right forearm strain)
Expected return:
2023-24
Green underwent right elbow UCL reconstruction and flexor repair surgery on June 3; the procedure went as expected and was performed by Dr. Keith Meister in Arlington. Green sustained the injury during a May 19 appearance at Baltimore, then was placed on the 15-day injured list on May 21. He was transferred to the 60-day IL on May 27. The expected recovery time from Tommy John surgery is typically 12 to 18 months for pitchers. (Last updated: June 3)