May 9: OF Aaron Hicks exits Tuesday’s game with left hip tightness
Hicks, who was starting in left field for the fourth consecutive day, was removed from Tuesday’s contest against the A’s after the third inning. Amid the Yankees’ five-run frame, Hicks reached base via a walk and may have slid awkwardly into second base after Aaron Judge reached on an error. After an examination by team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad at Yankee Stadium, New York announced that Hicks was dealing with left hip tightness. The club added that he would be re-evaluated on Wednesday.
May 9: INF Oswald Peraza (right ankle sprain) placed on 10-day IL; OF Aaron Judge activated
Judge was activated off the injured list Tuesday, as expected, but in a corresponding move, the Yankees placed Peraza on the 10-day IL (retroactive to May 6) with a right ankle sprain. The infielder sustained the injury on a caught stealing at second base on May 3 against the Guardians; he had been considered day to day since then.
Manager Aaron Boone said Peraza has been hitting and running without issue, but the Yanks have opted against playing him in a game due to mobility concerns around his fielding.
“He’s actually been doing really well the last few days. I think it’s just getting over that final hump,” Boone said. “That side to side [motion], going to make a play in the hole — there’s still that hesitancy and residual feeling of it. … So this just gives him that few extra days to try and really knock this out.”
May 9: RHP Greg Weissert recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre; LHP Nick Ramirez optioned to Triple-A
Weissert was recalled for the second time this season to give the Yankees another bullpen arm after they optioned Ramirez to Triple-A following Monday night’s 7-2 win over the A’s. Ramirez closed out that victory with two scoreless innings in a 35-pitch effort.
In Weissert’s first stint in April, he allowed one run on four hits and four walks in four appearances (4 1/3 innings). Since Ramirez was brought up to the big league club on April 25, he had posted a 2.84 ERA in three outings (6 1/3 innings).
10-day and 15-day IL
INF Oswald Peraza (right ankle sprain)
Expected return: Mid-May
Peraza injured his ankle on a caught stealing at second base in the ninth inning of the Yankees’ May 3 game against the Guardians and has not played since. He was placed on the injured list on May 9 (retroactive to May 6) to give him more time to recover, though he has been doing hitting, running and fielding drills in the interim. Manager Aaron Boone said on May 9 that Peraza could even start a rehab assignment “within the next several days,” and when asked if the infielder would be out beyond the duration of the IL stint, he added: “I wouldn’t think so, no.” (Last updated: May 9)
RHP Luis Severino (right lat strain)
Expected return: Late May/June
Severino will pitch on a Minor League rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on May 10, according to manager Aaron Boone. The righty most recently threw about 40 pitches over three innings of live batting practice on May 5 in Tampa, Fla.
“I feel good,” Severino said on May 5. “I feel good. I want to go build my pitch count so I feel comfortable and can come back sooner.”
Severino was clocked around 94 mph and up to 96 mph in the simulated game at George M. Steinbrenner Field. He will likely be built to the neighborhood of 70-80 pitches before being activated. Severino — who was placed on the 15-day IL on March 30, retroactive to March 27 — sustained a right lat strain while working out following a March 21 start. He was hit hard throughout the spring, allowing 15 runs in 15 innings for a 9.00 ERA. (Last updated: May 9)
3B Josh Donaldson (right hamstring strain)
Expected return: Late May
Donaldson began ramping up to full baseball activities on May 9, including taking batting practice at Yankee Stadium. Manager Aaron Boone expects that the infielder will spend about a week working out at that level, and if all goes according to plan, he’ll be able to start another Minor League rehab assignment at the end of that stretch.
“It’s going well,” Donaldson said on May 7. “I’d like to be back as early as possible, but at the end of the day, we’re trying to be smart about it.”
Donaldson was diagnosed with what Boone described as a “Grade 1-plus strain” of his right hamstring, ending his earlier rehab assignment. Donaldson took ground balls and batted on the field at Yankee Stadium on May 1. He went 1-for-3 in a Minor League rehab game on April 18 for Double-A Somerset but continued to experience tightness. Donaldson was placed on the 10-day IL, retroactive to April 6, after he exited an April 5 game. (Last updated: May 9)
LHP Carlos Rodón (left elbow strain, back stiffness)
Expected return: TBD
Rodón has been seen by three specialists to determine the cause of the discomfort in his back (thoracic), which he has been told is “chronic.” Rodón is scheduled to have a cortisone injection on May 9, which the club hopes can alleviate the stiffness and help him get back on the mound. Though Rodón has been tossing bullpen sessions with good velocity at the club’s complex in Tampa, Fla., and is not experiencing pain, he said that his control has been erratic.
The positive development is that Rodón’s elbow is healthy. Rodón was diagnosed with a mild strain of the brachioradialis muscle in his left elbow after experiencing discomfort on March 5; he said he pitched through a similar issue last May with the Giants. Rodón began his throwing program on March 17. He was placed on the 15-day IL on March 30, retroactive to March 27. (Last updated: May 6)
RHP Jonathan Loáisiga (bone spur in right elbow)
Expected return: August/September
Loáisiga underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur and loose bodies from his pitching elbow on May 2 in New York, a procedure that was performed by Dr. Christopher Ahmad. Surgery went as expected, manager Aaron Boone said. Loáisiga will not be able to throw for approximately three to six weeks. He experienced soreness in his right elbow before an April 7 game at Baltimore and was unable to resume throwing without discomfort. (Last updated: May 2)
C Ben Rortvedt (shoulder aneurysm)
Expected return: May/June
Rortvedt had his Minor League rehab assignment transferred to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on May 2. He underwent a procedure on Feb. 22 to address an aneurysm of the posterior artery near his left shoulder, which was expected to keep him out of baseball activities for at least a month. Rortvedt suggested that he could need two or three months off before returning. He was experiencing discoloration on the fingers of his left hand, which prompted the examinations. (Last updated: May 2)
OF/DH Giancarlo Stanton (left hamstring)
Expected return: Late May/June
Stanton was diagnosed with a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring, and manager Aaron Boone said on April 18 that the club is hopeful to have Stanton back “in six weeks,” which would be the week of May 28. Stanton felt his left hamstring grab as he pulled into second base with a double in the Yankees’ 6-1 win over the Twins on April 15. He gestured toward the bench, calling for a pinch-runner, and glumly told Boone that he wouldn’t be playing for a while. Stanton was placed on the 10-day injured list on April 16.
“This shouldn’t be happening,” Stanton said on April 20. “I prepare my whole life; this is everything I put in for. It’s very disappointing and frustrating. It’s unbelievable.” (Last updated: April 20)
RHP Tommy Kahnle (right biceps tendinitis)
Expected return: Late May/June
Kahnle is scheduled to throw from a bullpen mound on May 7 or 8, then will begin facing hitters, moving him closer to a Minor League rehab assignment. Kahnle experienced right biceps tendinitis early in Spring Training, prompting a March 21 cortisone injection. He said that he dealt with a similar issue in 2018. Kahnle will need four to six rehab appearances before he’s ready to return, per manager Aaron Boone. “Basically he’s going through Spring Training because he didn’t have any,” Boone said. (Last updated: May 5)
RHP Lou Trivino (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return: 2024
Trivino will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery on May 3 in Los Angeles, with Dr. Neal ElAttrache performing the procedure. Trivino experienced discomfort near his right elbow after an April live batting practice session, which shut him down from throwing. He saw team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad in New York on April 26 and traveled to Los Angeles for a second opinion on May 1. (Last updated: May 2)
RHP Frankie Montas (right shoulder inflammation)
Expected return: Possibly second half
Montas underwent arthroscopic surgery on Feb. 21 in Los Angeles, a procedure performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who cleaned up the hurler’s labrum. Montas said that he “for sure” expects to pitch in the big leagues this season, and he could begin playing catch as soon as the week of May 7. Aaron Boone said on May 1 that Montas was “getting close to starting a throwing program.” Recurring inflammation in the shoulder affected Montas last season with the Athletics and Yankees, and he said that he “wasn’t fully 100 percent” when New York acquired him in a six-player trade on Aug. 1. He was transferred to the 60-day injured list on April 3. (Last updated: May 1)
RHP Scott Effross (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return: 2024
Effross underwent Tommy John surgery in October 2022 and began a throwing program on March 6. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said on May 1 that Effross’ recovery is going well. Given the typical timeline of 12-18 months, Effross is expected to miss the entire 2023 season. He remained behind in Tampa, Fla., when the team headed north. Effross was placed on the 60-day injured list on March 30. (Last updated: May 1)
RHP Luis Gil (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return: Second half of 2023
Gil underwent Tommy John surgery in May 2022, and he’s expected to return to the mound sometime during the second half of the ‘23 season. Gil’s recovery was said to be going well as of May 1. Gil resumed playing catch on Oct. 4 at the Yankees’ player development complex in Tampa, Fla., and he will continue his rehab. He was placed on the 60-day injured list on March 30. (Last updated: May 1)