Injuries to cornerstone players have defined the season for the Yankees, who probably see the right fielder Aaron Judge hit the next IL. But there is better news regarding the hit catcher Gary Sanchez and third base Miguel andujar, who, like Judge, is among the offensive linchpins of New York. Sanchez, in the IL with a variety of left calf from April 11, will play a minor league rehab game on Monday and then return to the Yankees lineup on Wednesday, David Lennon of Newsday. Meanwhile, the Yankees "He's still optimistic" that Andujar will return this season, according to the manager Aaron Boone (through Lennon). Andujar has not played since March 31 due to a labral tear in his right shoulder (throwing), a problem that the team feared might require surgery at the end of the season. However, most of Andujar's recent updates have been positive, and that's much more encouraging for the Yankees given their state devastated by injuries.
Here's more from the American League East …
- Tiles right handed Matt Shoemaker He suffered a sprain in his left knee on Saturday and will undergo an MRI on Sunday, Ben Nicholson-Smith from Sportsnet reports. A period on the disabled list seems a legitimate possibility for Shoemaker, who was frequently in the IL during his tenure in Los Angeles. The freshman Blue Jay, who they signed for $ 3.5MM in free agency, looked like a quality pickup for the club before his last injury. Shoemaker threw three scoreless innings against Oakland before leaving on Saturday, leaving him with a 1.57 ERA / 3.80 ERA, 7.53 K / 9, 2.83 BB / 9 and a 51.4 percent ground ball in 28 2/3 frames this year. .
- The rays second base Joey Wendle the activation of the IL is approaching, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times tweets A strain on the left hamstring has kept Wendle away since March 31 and has given him the key to Brandon Lowe, who is enjoying an exceptional season so far. Wendle was effective in his own right in 2018, when he hit .300 / .354 / .435 (116 wRC +) with 3.7 fWAR in 545 PA.
- Second base Jonathan schoop He has spent almost his entire career as a member of the Orioles, although they cut ties with him last July when they exchanged him with the Brewers. Schoop then became a twin in free agency last season, but he tells Steve Melewski of MASNsports.com that he was open for a meeting with Baltimore. "Honestly, there were many teams that spoke to me" Schoop said of his trip to the open market. "I was thinking about it if I had a chance to come back in. This was the team that gave me the opportunity, so I was thinking about it, but they never came close, so I'm going forward and the Minnesota Twins came out the most. So I immediately signed with them. " Immediately after a drop in 2018, Schoop joined the Twins in a one-year contract and $ 7.5MM in December. Although we only had a few weeks in the season, Schoop has recovered to some extent at the beginning, having reached .241 / .317 / .407 (97 wRC +) in 60 appearances on the plate.