Yankee Stadium’s playing field was a busy place Friday afternoon with injured players and infielders working out.
Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge continued to work back from injuries that have them on the disabled list. Sanchez threw to bases and Judge played catch with bullpen coach Mike Harkey. Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Ronald Torreyes and Didi Gregorius fielded ground balls and the pitchers threw in the outfield.
For the first time since being shelved, Sanchez threw to bases out of a crouch in order to test his right groin, which has been injured twice this season and has limited him to 66 games.
“Gary had a really good day, upped his running and he was throwing to bases. [He] looked really good, he’s on track,’’ Aaron Boone said before the Yankees played the Blue Jays in The Bronx on Friday night. “[An] MRI showed healing up properly. I think [he is] going back to Tampa Sunday and continue to ramp up and a rehab [assignment] shortly thereafter.’’
Sanchez went on the DL with a strained right groin for the second time on July 24. Judge followed three days later with a fractured right wrist. Based on Sanchez being a catcher, Boone said he likely would return after Judge based on neither having a setback.
“Gary will probably be a little bit longer just because we have to make sure he is running and catching a lot,’’ Boone said. Sanchez will likely play in Gulf Coast League games next week before being transferred to another minor league affiliate. “He may actually play in more games. We will just have to see where we are and how long [Judge] winds up being out.’’
According to Boone, Masahiro Tanaka and Lance Lynn will start Tuesday and Wednesday at Miami. After that, the rotation for the four-game series in Baltimore is a little cloudy.
Boone said CC Sabathia, currently on the DL with an inflamed right knee, will probably come off the shelf and start Friday night, but he also didn’t rule out the veteran lefty starting one of the two games on Saturday.
“We haven’t lined it up exactly, but I would expect CC would return then. He’s on track whether its Friday or Saturday, especially with the doubleheader in there,’’ Boone said. “Severino, if we want to give him an extra day or two, just map it out, who’s making the second doubleheader start. Get through this weekend and make that determination.’’
If Severino starts Friday against the Orioles, he will be working on six days’ rest; seven if he pitches Saturday.
Dellin Betances has worked more than one inning three times this season, but Boone hinted he might use the right-handed reliever for more than three outs down the stretch.
“We’ll consider it. [There is a] chance a number of guys, Dellin included, we want him to feel comfortable doing that if hopefully we do get to a playoff situation,’’ Boone said.
Torres’ single in the ninth inning of Thursday’s 3-1 loss to the Rays off right-hander Sergio Romo gave Boone hope the All-Star second baseman is ready to break out of a 2-for-25 (.080) slide.
“I think so, thought really good at-bat,’’ Boone said. “Sometimes you get lucky with hits. That’s not lucky. [Romo] is kind of treacherous on right-handers with that slider and to hang in there and get hits like that because [you] keep the bat in zone because of adjustability. Hopefully can be something [that] jump-starts him.”
Jonathan Loaisiga returned from the seven-day DL (right shoulder) Friday night and was transferred from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to Double-A Trenton and started Friday night’s game against New Hampshire. He reportedly had been slated to pitch up to three innings, but came out after throwing 41 pitches in 1 ¹/₃ innings, allowing one run on one hit with two walks and two strikeouts.
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