Yankees injury update: Donaldson on 10-Day IL, Peraza recalled, Judge’s latest status, Montas setback

A collection of Aaron Judge memorabilia by a Yankees fan. Judge is on the injured list.
Sara Molnick
Sunday July 16, 2023

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The Yankees have put Josh Donaldson on a 10-day injured list and have called Oswald Peraza to take his place. During the Yankees’ 6-3 victory over the Rockies at Coors Field on Saturday night, the Yankees’ third baseman hurt his right calf while running out a ground ball in the seventh inning. 

Donaldson stopped running as he approached first base on his ground ball. He was seen hobbling halfway down the line after he injured his calf, and then he walked off the field carefully. The 37-year-old Yankees player had previously been unable to play between April 5 and June 2 due to a strained right hamstring.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone mentioned that the injury was in a different area, but it had been bothering the player on and off throughout the year. Boone said they will have to wait and see what the test results say, but he admitted that the situation wasn’t looking very positive.

Donaldson had a previous hamstring injury that kept him out of play for almost two months this season. The Yankees manager explained that he also sustained a calf injury over the weekend while playing against the Cubs, but it was in a different location.

Boone mentioned that it had been kind of off and on all year. When asked if the Yankees would call up a player from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday in case Donaldson has to go on the IL, Boone responded with a “maybe.”

'Yankees Josh Donaldson suffered a calf injury in seventh innings on July 15, 2023, against the Rockies at Coors Field."

Aaron Judge continues batting practice

Aaron Judge had his second consecutive day of batting practice on the field, showing continued improvement in his rehab from a torn ligament in his right big toe. The Yankees manager informed that Judge did more activities today, such as moving around and running, and they went well.

Judge, who has been dealing with a right toe sprain and hasn’t played since June 4, had his second consecutive day of batting practice at Coors Field on Saturday. He also did some light running. After the batting practice on Friday, Judge mentioned that he didn’t feel limited by the injury. However, there is still no specific date set for his return to the team.

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Jonathan Loaisiga ready to face hitters

Boone said that Jonathan Loaisiga, who had elbow surgery, is getting closer to facing live hitters. If everything goes as expected, the right-handed pitcher might be back in the bullpen sometime in August.

Yankees may suffer Frankie Montas setback

The Yankees were hoping that Frankie Montas, who had shoulder surgery, would join them during their next series against the Angels in Anaheim. However, that plan had to change. Montas started a throwing program on May 29, but even after 6 ½ weeks, he’s still only able to play catch. Initially, after the surgery, the Yankees were worried that there might be a rotator cuff problem that could have ended his season. Thankfully, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

There’s a possibility that this season might be Montas’ last chance to make an impact with the Yankees. After this season, he’ll become a free agent, and it’s unlikely that the Yankees will sign him again.

The rehabbing right-hander has an appointment with Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who is in Los Angeles and was the one who performed Montas’ arthroscopic surgery on February 21.

Nestor Cortes to start live throws


According to MLB.com, Cortes will have another session with live hitters on Monday and is expected to start a minor-league rehab assignment shortly after that.

Last Sunday, Cortes had a simulated game where he threw 20 pitches, and he said he felt “totally pain-free” afterward. Then on Thursday, he had another live batting practice session without any issues. It seems like he is almost fully recovered from the shoulder strain that has kept him from playing since May 30.

If everything goes well during the rest of his rehab, he will probably return to the Yankees’ rotation in the first week of August. He is on a 60-day IL.

Greg Allen continues rehab

Greg Allen, who had a hip flexor strain, started his rehab assignment on Friday with Low-A Tampa. He played center field for five innings and had a good performance, going 2-for-3.

Greg Allen has been on the injured list since June 3, but now he’s taking steps toward recovering and getting back to playing.

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