Yankees reveal promising prognosis for Juan Soto after injury scare

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 02: Juan Soto #22 of the. New York Yankees rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the game between the New York Yankees and the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on Sunday, June 2, 2024 in San Francisco, California.
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The New York Yankees received promising news on the injury front, as key players Juan Soto, Giancarlo Stanton, and Clarke Schmidt are all making progress in their recoveries.

Juan Soto update

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Juan Soto, who injured his hand sliding into home plate during Friday night’s 16-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays, is showing positive signs of recovery. Despite initial concerns, X-rays revealed no fractures. Manager Aaron Boone confirmed Juan Soto’s status before Tuesday night’s series opener against the Cincinnati Reds.

“I think we’re good,” Boone stated. “It was a swelling and pain tolerance issue, but we feel like we’re in a good spot moving forward.”

Giancarlo Stanton’s progress

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Designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton, currently on the injured list due to a hamstring injury, is progressing according to his four-week recovery timeline. Stanton has been hitting, throwing, and engaging in light running.

“I think it’s possible,” Boone said regarding Stanton’s return within the estimated timeframe. “He’s encouraged and it’s gone as expected so far, which is a good sign.”

Clarke Schmidt on the mend

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 21: Clarke Schmidt #36 of the New York Yankees looks on against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium on May 21, 2024 in New York City, New York.
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Pitcher Clarke Schmidt, sidelined since May 27 with a right rotator cuff strain, has been throwing for about a week. Boone expressed optimism about Schmidt’s recovery, though he noted that Schmidt still has several hurdles to clear before returning to the mound.

“That’s going according to plan,” Boone said. “He’s still a ways off from being fully built up again, but it’s moving in the right direction.”

Updates on Scott Effross and JT Brubaker

Right-handers Scott Effross and JT Brubaker, both recovering from Tommy John surgery, are also nearing their returns. Boone mentioned that both pitchers might make their season debuts around mid-July, though additional time might be needed.

“For both guys, we want to ensure they get enough reps and are fully built up,” Boone said. Brubaker, who has been performing well in minor league rehab assignments, may return as a starter or reliever.

Effross, who is currently with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, aims to make his first MLB appearance since October 2022. Despite a recent rough outing, Boone is confident in Effross’s potential return to form.

“We hope to see the same pitcher we had before,” Boone remarked. “He’s looking pretty good out there.”

As the Yankees continue their season, these positive updates on their injured players provide a boost of optimism for the team and its fans.

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