Stanton poised to start out rehab project on Sat.

NEW YORK — The Yankees are one step nearer to getting certainly one of their largest sluggers again within the lineup.

Giancarlo Stanton will work out earlier than Friday’s recreation in opposition to the Toronto Blue Jays and if all goes effectively, the previous MVP will go on a rehab project with the Somerset Patriots on Saturday and Sunday, supervisor Aaron Boone advised reporters Friday.

“We’ll finally get to that time (of getting him within the outfield),” Boone mentioned. “However first issues first, wish to get him within the DH spot, simply get him again in, after which we’ll … form of like we did final 12 months, the place we constructed on the run — the outfield reps, we’ll hopefully make that a half sooner or later, however not instantly.”

If all the pieces goes effectively for Stanton, he’ll face Luis Severino in a stay batting apply on Tuesday.

Severino is inching nearer to a return after struggling a low grade lat pressure on July 14, earlier than being transferred over to the 60-day injured listing, which designates him for a mid-September return. Previous to his damage, Severino was having a robust season, posting a three.45 ERA and 1.07 WHIP throughout 86 innings in 16 video games in 2022.

The Yankees righty mentioned he was able to face stay batters.

“I do not really feel like I am coming from any main damage,” Severino mentioned. “I really feel fairly good. Arm feels fairly good.”

Boone additionally didn’t decide to Aaron Hicks receiving constant enjoying time shifting ahead. When requested if he noticed Hick as a starter, Boone saved his reply obscure.

“Not at this time, however he and I’ve talked about how baseball has a approach of adjusting issues in a heartbeat,” Boone mentioned. “One large play, one large alternative you are taking benefit and abruptly you are in there and you’ve got run with issues.”

Whereas Hicks has struggled all season lengthy, hitting .217/.338/.304 with six homers in 103 video games throughout 309 at-bats, his August has been notably brutal, hitting .116/.208/.116 with 5 hits in 43 at-bats and 15 strikeouts.

“They will get in there once more sooner or later, proper now off the bench,” Boone mentioned. “We’re attempting to do all we are able to to win ball video games and he must discover a technique to be part of that too.”

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