Yankees injury update: Rodon rehab, Hicks’ MRI, Severino pitching, Stanton progress, Peraza update

A special baseball training session organized by the New York Yankees for young kids at Yankee Stadium.
Sara Molnick
Friday May 12, 2023

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Yankees set Carlos Rodon rehab plan

According to Boone, there is a chance that left-handed pitcher Carlos Rodon, who has been dealing with chronic back tightness, will start a throwing program on Saturday. Since last Thursday, Rodon has not thrown, and the decision was made on that day to administer a cortisone injection on the recommendation of three back specialists.

After receiving a cortisone injection on Tuesday, Rodon was advised not to throw for 48 hours, resulting in another day of rest on Thursday. However, the Yankees will extend his no-throw period by one more day, as Friday will be a workout day at the player development complex in Tampa.

The Yankees are optimistic that Rodon will make progress fairly quickly once he begins his throwing program, which will start with light tosses.

Carlos Rodon is training at Tampa, FL, during the Yankees spring training camp 2023.

Rodon had been on the injured list at the beginning of the season due to forearm tightness, which occurred in March. Although he has since recovered from that injury, the chronic back tightness has been a problem for over a month.

“I wouldn’t say (it’s starting from) scratch, Boone said. “For the most part, he’s kept his arm going. He’s been throwing these last couple of months through it all to varying degrees, whether it’s long toss, catch play, on the mound, or facing (hitters) in lives. So hopefully it’ll be a smaller ramp up than (reliever Jonathan) Loaisiga, who just had surgery, once he starts back.”

Aaron Hicks

On May 8, 2023, at Yankee Stadium against Oakland, Aaron Hicks of the Yankees hit his first home run of the season.
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Yankees manager Aaron Boone reported that Aaron Hicks had imaging on his hip on Thursday. Even though Hicks participated in batting practice on the field on Thursday after leaving a game two days earlier due to hip tightness, the Yankees are still waiting for the results of an MRI that Hicks had on Thursday morning before making a decision on whether or not to place him on the 10-day injured list.

Aaron Hicks, who has been out of the Yankees’ lineup for two consecutive games, is still recovering from left hip tightness that forced him to leave Tuesday night’s game against the Athletics. According to manager Aaron Boone, Hicks had imaging done on his hip on Thursday and will go through his regular pregame workout. The Yankees are awaiting the results of the imaging before making a decision on whether to place Hicks on the 10-day IL.

Giancarlo Stanton

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The Yankees are planning to assess Giancarlo Stanton‘s progress in ramping up baseball activities this week and next week before making a decision on when the outfielder/DH will begin his rehab assignment

“He’s doing well,” Boone said. “He’s out there running (Thursday), so we’re getting closer to that. But let’s just see how this week and next week go.”

Josh Donaldson

Josh Donaldson is training at Yankees spring training camp, Tampa.
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Josh Donaldson, who has been sidelined with a right hamstring strain, is nearing the point where he can begin playing in rehab games.

“I’m hoping it’s someday next week, but we’ll see,” Boone said. “He’s full bore going through his baseball stuff. It’ll be pretty intense all week and this weekend, and then we’ll see where we’re at.”

Tommy Kahnle

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Gary Phillips of the New York Daily News reported that Kahnle threw a bullpen session on Thursday without any problems.

According to Yankees manager Aaron Boone, Kahnle may have one more bullpen session before beginning a minor-league rehab assignment. As Kahnle is currently on the 60-day IL with right biceps tendinitis, the Yankees can afford to take their time with his recovery. He is eligible to be activated from the 60-day IL on May 26 and the team wants him to pitch in four-to-six minor-league games before being brought back to the majors.

Luis Severino good following rehab start

Luis Severino
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The Yankees’ starting rotation has been dealing with injuries, but they may get some help soon. However, it is unclear when this help will arrive.

Luis Severino, a right-handed pitcher for the Yankees, is expected to make his second rehab start on Tuesday. He may only need one more rehab start after that before potentially rejoining the team. Severino is recovering from a lat strain and had no problems during or after his first rehab start on Wednesday with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, where he pitched 49 in 3 1/3 innings and allowed one run on two hits and a walk.

“Hopefully next time he is 60-ish and then we’ll make that decision (on a third start),” Boone said. “As for now, he’s got at least one more.”

Luis Severino, who began the season on the injured list due to a right lat strain, arrived at the Stadium on Thursday feeling good after making his first rehab start with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and reported no health issues.

After feeling good a day after his first rehab start, Luis Severino will make another rehab start on Tuesday. He will likely pitch for Double-A Somerset since they have a home game that night, but Scranton is also a possible option since they will be playing at Charlotte. Severino had thrown 49 pitches over 3 1/3 innings in his previous rehab start with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

There is a possibility that the Yankees may decide to bring Severino back to their starting rotation after his next rehab start, which is scheduled for next Tuesday. However, given Severino’s injury history and limited recent game appearances, it is more likely that the Yankees will have him make a third or even fourth rehab start before returning to the majors. Severino signed a four-year, $40 million extension with the Yankees in February 2019, but he has only appeared in 26 games (22 starts) since then due to various injuries.

According to Boone, the decision on Severino’s return to the Yankees’ rotation will be made after his start on Tuesday, and as of now, he will have at least one more rehab start before that decision is made.

During his rehab starts on Wednesday, Luis Severino’s fastball velocity ranged from 95-97 mph and topped out at just over 98 mph. He gave up only one run, which was a home run, and allowed two hits and one walk during the outing.

Jonathan Loaisiga to the 60-day IL

Jonathan Loaisiga of the New York Yankees

Jonathan Loaisiga, a right-handed pitcher for the New York Yankees, was placed on the 60-day injured list on Thursday.

To replace the injured Jonathan Loaisiga, the New York Yankees signed Ryan Weber, a right-handed pitcher, to a major league contract.

On April 8 (with retroactive effect from April 6), 28-year-old Jonathan Loaisiga was placed on the 15-day injured list due to inflammation in his right elbow.

In three games this season, Loaisiga has pitched 3 1/3 innings out of the bullpen with a 2.70 earned run average. Overall, since his debut in 2018, he has a record of 18 wins and 9 losses with an ERA of 3.53 and 7 saves in 146 games, including 11 as a starter.

Oswald Peraza

Oswald Peraza at the Yankees' spring training camp and in pinstripes.

Peraza, who has been dealing with an ankle injury, participated in defensive exercises during practice in the Bronx on Thursday.

After going through defensive drills on Thursday in the Bronx, the next step for Peraza may involve a minor-league rehab assignment, which could start this weekend. He was put on the 10-day injured list on May 9, with the designation retroactive to May 6, mainly due to difficulties with lateral movement while playing defense. His sprained right ankle was deemed not serious from the outset and he is expected to come back to the Yankees on May 16, which is the first day he is eligible to return.

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