Jasson Dominguez update: Yankees happy with recovery, expect early return

Yankees' Aaron Judge, Jasson Dominguez, and Giancarlo Stanton at Minute Maid Park on September 2, 2023.
Michael Bennington
Friday December 22, 2023

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The New York Yankees’ highly touted prospect, Jasson Dominguez, earned his inaugural promotion to the major leagues in 2023. Unfortunately, his debut with the Yankees was abruptly curtailed when the standout outfielder suffered a torn UCL, necessitating Tommy John surgery.

Despite the absence of a specific timeline for his comeback, manager Aaron Boone remains positive about Jasson Dominguez’s recovery. Boone mentioned that the outfielder is progressing well and is expected to resemble a “regular player” during spring training, as reported by Gary Phillips of The New York Daily News. Additionally, Boone expresses hope for Dominguez’s return to the field sooner rather than later.

Boone updated on Jasson Dominguez’s return

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During his brief stint of eight MLB games, Jasson Dominguez showcased a .258 batting average, hitting four home runs, recording seven RBIs, and stealing a base. Prior to his major league call-up, the Martian spent the year split between AA and AAA, tallying a .265 batting average with 15 home runs, 76 RBIs, and 40 stolen bases in 118 games.

Despite currently being in the majors, Jasson Dominguez is ranked as the second-best prospect in the New York Yankees’ organization, according to MLB Pipeline. The outfielder’s well-being is deemed essential for the Yankees’ prospects of success in both the upcoming 2024 season and beyond. While the journey to spring training may still be distant, manager Aaron Boone is optimistic, believing that Jasson Dominguez’s trajectory is on an upward path.

Yankees Jasson Dominguez is at MetLife Stadium for an NFL game on Oct 2, 2023.

Since Jasson Dominguez last played, the New York Yankees have undergone significant changes, acquiring Juan Soto and Alex Verdugo. The outfield dynamics have become more crowded, presenting a challenge for Dominguez to secure playing time.

But, the soon-to-be 21-year-old has demonstrated the talent to potentially become a star in MLB. The initial hurdle is his complete recovery from the debilitating UCL injury.

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