Yankees top prospect Jasson Dominguez begins rehab assignment

Esteban Quiñones
Tuesday May 14, 2024

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Jasson Dominguez, the promising center fielder for the New York Yankees, has taken a significant step in his recovery journey following Tommy John surgery last September 20th. Now 21 years old, Dominguez has begun his rehab assignment with Class A Tampa, marking his return to game action in 2024.

What happened?

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Debuting amidst much anticipation late in the previous season, Jasson Dominguez showcased his potential in a brief stint, amassing 33 plate appearances before succumbing to the elbow injury. In those limited opportunities, he demonstrated his prowess at the plate, boasting a notable slash line of .258/.303/.677 with four home runs, a double, and seven RBIs, including a memorable homer against Justin Verlander in his inaugural at-bat.

Despite initial plans for Jasson Dominguez to exclusively serve as a designated hitter upon his return, Yankees manager Aaron Boone indicated that the young outfielder is progressing well and could soon resume defensive duties as well. Boone expressed satisfaction with Domínguez’s smooth rehabilitation process, noting a lack of setbacks along the way.

“It seems like there’s been very few hiccups along the way. It’s been smooth, he hasn’t been rushed.” Boone said over the weekend, according to the New York Post.

Typically, rehab assignments for position players span up to 20 days. However, with Domínguez still retaining three minor-league options, the Yankees have the flexibility to send him to Triple-A for regular playing time once his assignment concludes.

Presently, the Yankees face a pleasant predicament with a surplus of outfield talent. Aaron Judge, Juan Soto, and Alex Verdugo occupy the outfield spots, while Giancarlo Stanton assumes the designated hitter role. Trent Grisham provides additional depth as a fourth outfielder, leaving little room for Domínguez on the active roster.

Nevertheless, injuries or performance fluctuations could create opportunities for Jasson Dominguez to carve out a permanent role in the lineup. Boone acknowledges the potential complexity of future lineup decisions, emphasizing the team’s positive momentum and the need for flexibility.

As the Yankees boast a strong 27-15 record, positioning them at the forefront of the AL East and the American League, the imminent return of Jasson Dominguez adds further intrigue to an already formidable roster.

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