Jon Berti’s comeback trail possibly leads to weekend return for Yankees

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An hour before the game between the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers, manager Aaron Boone provided updates in an interview with Chris Keichner of The Athletics. Boone mentioned that Jon Berti, a player for the New York Yankees, could possibly rejoin the lineup this upcoming Saturday

The start of the weekend might bring a smile to the Yankees’ nation as the team secured a hard-fought victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night. Looking ahead, the Pinstripes eagerly anticipated the next game scheduled for Saturday. Jon Berti, who had not played since April 10th, could make his return from a left groin strain on that date.

According to the NY Post, Jon Berti completed his rehab assignment with Double-A Somerset on Thursday, and worked out at the Stadium on Friday.

Jon Berti also told the press that he was prepared to perform his best when he stepped back to the plate. “I got some at-bats and my timing back, so hopefully that translates here.”

What’s the role designated to Jon Berti during his comeback?

Jon Berti, player of the new york yankees

Some uncertainty surrounds Jon Berti‘s position. People assume he may play somewhere other than third base. However, Boone dropped a bombshell, stating his plans include using Jon Berti not just at third base, but potentially as a fill-in at shortstop or in the outfield. Interestingly, through midday, Jon Berti played all six of his games as the Yankees’ third baseman, which could affect how he performs on the field.

“He’s coming off a really strong year,” Boone said of Jon Berti.

Last March, the Yankees acquired Jon Berti from the Marlins as part of a three-team trade with Tampa Bay. On that occasion, the Bronx Bombers had sent Ben Rortvedt to the Rays and minor leaguer outfielder John Cruz to Miami.

Since this time, Jon Berti played occasionally with the Yankees‘ shirt, and there were expectations surrounding his comeback. His style of play is something that can make a huge difference according to Boone’s words.

“[Jon Berti] brings some speed to the game and a real defensive versatility that’s always welcome,” Boone said. “He’ll play.”

In the absence of Jon Berti, Oswaldo Cabrera has taken up the position of regular third baseman. Despite a strong start to the season, he, like several other Yankees players, has hit a rough patch. DJ LeMahieu, who has been dealing with a foot injury, participated in some baseball activities at the Stadium on Friday.

Nick Burdi set to rejoin the bullpen

However, Boone mentioned that he hasn’t started hitting yet due to a setback in his recovery. Since LeMahieu has been sidelined for the entire season except for a brief rehab appearance nearly two weeks ago, Boone stated that it’s uncertain how many rehab games he’ll require before returning to the lineup. Meanwhile, two right-handed pitchers are on track to rejoin the bullpen.

Nick Burdi, recovering from a hip issue, is scheduled to pitch in a rehab game for Somerset on Sunday; while Tommy Kahnle, dealing with shoulder inflammation, is expected to face live hitters over the weekend, paving the way for a rehab stint to commence as early as next week.

Beyond it, Boone also confirmed that Gerrit Cole is expected to throw off the mound tomorrow. With a lot of good news surrounding the Yankees, the injury phantom that has reared its ugly head for a long time in New York may have run its course.

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