Yankees injury update on Stanton, Burdi, Schmidt, Hamilton

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Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton has started his recovery process, engaging in light treadmill work on Friday as he deals with a hamstring strain.

But manager Aaron Boone tempered expectations, emphasizing that while Stanton was “moving around,” he was not engaging in rigorous activity. The 34-year-old Yankees designated hitter was placed on the 10-day injured list on June 23, with a projected four-week recovery period.

Before the injury, Stanton was having a strong season. Over 69 games, he recorded a .246/.302/.492 slash line with 18 home runs and 45 RBIs. His 19.4% barrel rate and 54.1% hard-hit rate were tops among qualified hitters. The four-time All-Star is expected to resume his role as the Yankees’ primary DH upon his return. In the meantime, J.D. Davis and Aaron Judge are expected to share duties in that position.

Giancarlo Stanton with Yankees teammates at Yankee Stadium on June 22, 2024.
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While Stanton’s treadmill session is a positive sign, the team remains cautious. The Yankees, currently struggling to remain in playoff contention, are eagerly awaiting the return of their power hitter to strengthen their lineup for the second half of the season.

Yankees hurler Nick Burdi nears return

The New York Yankees’ bullpen, currently ranked 12th in MLB with a 3.59 ERA, may soon receive a significant boost. Flame-throwing reliever Nick Burdi is set to throw a live bullpen session on Sunday, reports The Athletic’s Chris Kirschner.

Despite a strong start to the season, the Yankees’ relief corps has been hampered by a series of injuries, leading to a decline in performance. Early on, New York boasted one of the top bullpen ERAs in baseball when at full strength.

Burdi’s potential return could provide much-needed reinforcement for a unit striving to regain its dominant form. The Yankees hope this development will help stabilize their bullpen and improve their overall pitching performance as the season progresses.

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Before his injury, Burdi emerged as a key reliever for New York, posting an impressive 1.86 ERA across 12 appearances with a 12-to-9 strikeout-to-walk ratio. A successful live bullpen session could pave the way for a minor league rehab assignment, potentially leading to Burdi’s swift return to the major league roster.

The Yankees, currently struggling with bullpen performance, eagerly anticipate Burdi’s comeback to bolster their relief corps.

Ian Hamilton update

Yankees reliever Ian Hamilton is still recovering from a mid-grade lat strain that placed him on the 15-day injured list on June 18. Manager Aaron Boone reported on June 29 that while Hamilton is making progress in his rehabilitation, he has not yet resumed throwing.

Hamilton sustained the injury during his appearance against the Red Sox at Fenway Park on June 16, where he gave up two runs in just one-third of an inning. This injury follows a milder version earlier in the season.

Initially, Hamilton was expected to refrain from throwing for three to four weeks. The Yankees are closely monitoring his recovery, but there is no definitive timeline for his return to the bullpen.

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Clarke Schmidt’s injury update

Yankees right-hander Clarke Schmidt is progressing in his recovery from a right rotator cuff strain. On June 28, Schmidt threw from 60 feet at Yankee Stadium, building on the throwing program he resumed on June 24.

The injury emerged after Schmidt’s May 26 start in San Diego, leading to an MRI on May 29. Dr. Neal ElAttrache evaluated him in Los Angeles on May 30, with manager Aaron Boone indicating a four to six-week no-throw period.

Schmidt was placed on the 15-day injured list retroactive to May 27 and moved to the 60-day IL on June 18. The Yankees are cautiously optimistic about his recovery, though no specific return date has been set.

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One thought on “Yankees injury update on Stanton, Burdi, Schmidt, Hamilton

  1. None of these guys are close to returning. The majority of the Yankees offense comes from Judge and Soto. None of the infielders are hitting. Only Volpe has an OPS over .650. Starting pitching is shaky. Cole looked good today. Bullpen needs reinforcements.We have Tonkin and Weaver and that’s about it. We need a true closer and a good setup man.

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