Yankees’ Jasson Dominguez swings back: Hitting drills signal positive step in Tommy John recovery

Almost five months post-Tommy John surgery, Yankees center fielder Jasson Dominguez resumed throwing this week and he's scheduled to start hitting on Feb. 28

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Thirty-three days ahead of the season opener, the Yankees community received a glimmer of hope from manager Aaron Boone regarding the progress of Oswaldo Cabrera and Jasson Dominguez.

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Jasson Dominguez, the Yankees outfielder, is poised to commence hitting sessions this coming Monday, marking a significant milestone in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. Boone announced on Friday that Dominguez would begin hitting off a tee, progressing further in his rehabilitation journey.

Having arrived at Yankees’ spring training well in advance, the 21-year-old has been diligently working on his recovery. Already engaged in throwing sessions from 60 feet, Dominguez expressed his intention to start swinging a bat next week, as he informed reporters earlier on Tuesday. Boone’s confirmation now solidifies Dominguez’s next phase of recovery.

Dominguez, exercising caution, refrains from setting a definite return date, prioritizing a gradual and careful approach to his rehabilitation. While pitchers usually require longer recovery periods from TJS, notable cases like Bryce Harper’s swift return offer optimism. Harper’s remarkable recovery saw him back in action merely 160 days post-surgery.

Boone expressed confidence in Dominguez’s return, anticipating his comeback in the summer. Before his injury last season, Dominguez showcased promising stats with a .258/.303/.677 slash line, including four home runs and seven RBI in eight games. Despite his projected role in the outfield this season, his elbow injury is likely to sideline him, leaving questions about his positional flexibility.

What’s going to happen with Oswaldo Cabrera?

New York Yankees’ Oswaldo Cabrera celebrates as he crosses home plate on a solo home run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Thomas Hatch during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
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As for Oswaldo Cabrera, Boone disclosed plans for the switch-hitter to face left-handed pitchers from the left side this season.

The Yankees will strategize with Cabrera before each series to determine the matchups where he’ll bat lefty, optimizing his performance against specific pitchers.

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