Yankees Injury Tracker: Juan Soto exits Thursday's game with forearm discomfort

Here’s an up-to-date tracker on the Yankees’ injuries…

June 6, 10:20 p.m.

Juan Soto exited Thursday night’s game against the Minnesota Twins at the start of the sixth inning due to left forearm discomfort, the Yankees announced.

Soto went hitless in his three times up with two walks and a run scored.

Rain paused the game after the final out of the bottom of the fifth. Play was halted for 56 minutes. When the delay was over, Alex Verdugo entered to play left field and moved Aaron Judge from left to right to take Soto’s place.

May 24, 5:47 p.m.

Ahead of the Yankees’ first game of a long 10-day, nine-game West Coast road trip starting on Friday night in San Diego, right-handed reliever Nick Burdi was placed on the 15-day injured list due to right hip inflammation.

In a corresponding move, righty Yoendrys Gomez was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

This is the second time Burdi has had to go on the IL with a right hip ailment this season. He was placed on the 15-day list on April 20 after making seven scoreless appearances to start the year.

In five outings since returning to the Yanks, the 31-year-old has allowed two runs on three hits over 3.1 innings with four walks (one hit batter) and four strikeouts. Overall, Burdi has pitched to a 1.86 ERA and 1.448 WHIP through his first 9.2 innings.

Gomez is looking to make his first appearance for the big league outfit in 2024 after working two innings in his lone outing a year ago. He had one hit, one hit batter and four strikeouts in his MLB debut late last Septemeber.

In eight starts at Triple-A this campaign, the 24-year-old has pitched to a 3.62 ERA and 1.427 WHIP over 27.1 innings with 18 walks and 33 strikeouts.

May 21, 12:40 p.m.

The Yankees announced that the rehab assignments for both DJ LeMahieu and Jasson Dominguez are on the move.

LeMahieu, who had played three games with the Somerset Patriots, will continue his rehab with the Hudson Valley Renegades on Tuesday in Brooklyn.

Dominguez, who had played four games with Tampa as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery, will have his assignment moved to the Double-A level as the Patriots play in New Hampshire.

LeMahieu, working his way back from a fractured bone in his right foot that he suffered in spring training, will be the Yankees’ everyday third baseman when he returns, per Aaron Boone.

May 18, 2:13 p.m.

Oswald Peraza, who hasn’t played in the big leagues this year due to a subscapular strain in his right shoulder, was transferred from Double-A Somerset to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre on Saturday as he nears his return to the majors.

Peraza began his rehab assignment earlier in May down with the Single-A Tampa Tarpons, recording two hits over two games before moving up to Double-A. The 23-year-old played five games with the Somerset Patriots and hit two home runs over five games, although, they were his only hits in 16 at-bats.

The infielder has appeared in 70 games for the Yankees over the past two seasons, slashing .216/.298/.306 with three home runs, 11 doubles, 16 RBI and 23 runs scored.

May 17, 4:34 p.m.

As expected, after going through a full workout with Double-A Somerset on Thursday and coming out of it feeling good, DJ LeMahieu will begin a rehab assignment with the Somerset Patriots on Friday.

This will be the second time the infielder has started a rehab assignment, with the first one ending after just one at-bat back in April due to soreness in his right foot.

Yankees skipper Aaron Boone said on Thursday that LeMahieu will need to “get some volume under his belt” after such a long time away from the field. Thus, there is no current timetable on the 35-year-old’s return to the big-league club.

May 8, 5:01 p.m.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters before Wednesday’s game against the Houston Astros that reliever Tommy Kahnle (shoulder) is down in Tampa getting set to begin a rehab assignment.

The right-hander will pitch at least twice while in Tampa, per Boone, before New York “probably” moves him to Somerset and/or Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. In total, Kahnle is looking at around five outings before being able to return to the big league club.

Another reliever on the mend, Nick Burdi (hip) threw again on Tuesday in Triple-A and “could potentially be in play by Friday,” Boone said, referring to when the right-hander might be activated from the IL.

After impressing in spring training, the 31-year-old who missed nearly three full seasons recovering from Tommy John surgery has been lights out for the Yankees through seven appearances, pitching to a 0.00 ERA in 6.1 innings.

April 21, 8:24 p.m.

DJ LeMahieu is set to begin a rehab assignment with the Somerset Patriots this week, the Yankees’ Double-A affiliate announced.

LeMahieu, whom the Yankees placed on the injured list March 28 (retroactive to March 25) with a right foot contusion, will join the Patriots April 23 for a 6:45 p.m. game at the Reading Fightin Phils.

LeMahieu said April 16 that he expects to play “less than five games” before being activated.

April 10, 4:48 p.m.

Prior to Wednesday night’s matchup with the Miami Marlins (in which the Yankees will go for the sweep), manager Aaron Boone offered the following injury updates:

  • Gerrit Cole is expected to play catch again on Thursday, and will likely throw about 25 times. He will stay in New York in lieu of traveling with the club this weekend

  • DJ LeMahieu will travel on the Bombers’ upcoming road trip to Cleveland and Toronto. He also took grounders at third base on Wednesday

  • Tommy Kahnle will throw a bullpen session on either Thursday or Friday

April 7, 11:49 a.m.

Gerrit Cole is still a ways away from getting back on the mound for the Yankees, but he’s taking steps in the right direction.

According to manager Aaron Boone, Cole will resume playing catch in “the next couple days. Maybe [Monday] or Tuesday, I’m not sure.”

Cole made just one spring training start before being shut down by the Yankees with what was eventually diagnosed as elbow inflammation.

The earliest Cole can come back from the 60-day IL is May 27, and he’s told reporters that he’s targeting a June 1 return.

April 1, 7:00 p.m.

Anthony Volpe is back in the Yankees lineup batting sixth and playing shortstop for Monday’s series opener with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Volpe missed Sunday’s series finale against the Houston Astros due to an upset stomach.

The 22-year-old has gotten off to a strong start during his sophomore campaign, hitting .400 with a homer and double across 10 plate appearances.

Jon Berti, who drove in a run and made a likely game-saving play at the hot corner, will slide back to the bench with Volpe returning.

March 31, 1:00 p.m.

Yankees shortstop Anthony Volpe was scratched from the lineup for Sunday’s series finale against the Astros due to an upset stomach.

In his place, Jon Berti will make his Yankee debut at third base and the scorching-hot Oswaldo Cabrera will slide over to shortstop.

Volpe has gotten off to a strong start thus far, hitting an even .400 with a homer and a double across his first 10 plate appearances this season.

March 30. 12:18 a.m.

Gleyber Torres left Friday’s win against the Astros after he was hit by a pitch on his right thumb. While the infielder tried to play through it, he pulled himself from the game after a half-inning.

The X-rays on Torres’ thumb came back negative, per Aaron Boone, and after the game, the Yankee second baseman said he hopes to play on Saturday despite some soreness.

Juan Soto was attended to a number of times during Friday’s game and it was unclear what his ailment was. According to the outfielder, he tweaked his ankle during the game but he doesn’t feel any pain now. He says he’s playing on Saturday.

March 25, 11:45 p.m.

Outfielder Oscar Gonzalez is in the hospital dealing with a right orbital fracture he suffered after fouling a ball off his face during Monday’s exhibition game in Mexico City.

Gonzalez will remain in the hospital with a Double-A trainer overnight and he will undergo further imaging on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old, who was reassigned to the minors earlier Monday, has been putting together a tremendous spring since being claimed off waivers from the Cleveland Guardians.

Gonzalez looks like a potential asset for the Yanks after recording six extra-base hits, six RBI, and a .945 OPS across 40 at-bats.

March 25, 12:08 p.m.

DJ LeMahieu‘s status for Opening Day seemed very much in doubt for the last few days, and now we know for sure that he will not play on Thursday.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told reporters on Monday that LeMahieu will indeed start the season on the IL as he deals with a bone bruise in his foot.

Aaron Boone said a few days ago that LeMahieu has “still got a ways to go to be at the point where he’s ready to play.”

LeMahieu fouled a ball off his foot and suffered a “pretty significant bone bruise,” but an MRI came back clean.

March 23, 6:40 p.m.

Manager Aaron Boone gave updates on the recovery of first baseman Anthony Rizzo and third baseman DJ LeMahieu after the Yankees’ split-squad games on Saturday afternoon.

Rizzo, who was dealing with lat tightness that forced him out of the lineup on Friday, had a good day of treatment and could be back in the lineup on Monday, Boone said.

The skipper doesn’t expect to be without Rizzo and LeMahieu for Opening Day, the two who play the majority of games at first base. Luis Torrens, who replaced Rizzo on Friday, has been spending some time at first.

Boone told reporters LeMahieu took some grounders and hit in the cage on Saturday and he is improving, but his availability for Opening Day remains up in the air.

“He’s still feeling it pretty good,” Boone said.

LeMahieu fouled a ball off his foot and suffered a “pretty significant bone bruise” on Monday, Mar. 18.

March 22, 1:07 p.m.

Anthony Rizzo, who was penciled in to bat cleanup and play first base, was scratched from the Yankees lineup for Friday afternoon’s game against the Mets.

The Yanks announced just before the 1:05 p.m. scheduled first pitch that Rizzo was dealing with a tight lat.

Manager Aaron Boone said Rizzo “didn’t seem too concerned” with the injury.

“He said it’s something he has every now and then in the season, but just wanted to be certain,” the skipper said. “He came to me about 20 minutes before and just said he thinks it would be best if he pulls himself out of this one.”

Boone added that Rizzo believes he will be able to be in the lineup on Saturday, but they will “have to wait and see.”

Luis Torrens took his place at first base.

March 18, 4:15 p.m.

Aaron Boone provided some additional details on DJ LeMahieu‘s foot injury following the Yankees’ 4-3 win over the Phillies.

Per Boone, LeMahieu has a “pretty significant bone bruise” in his foot, and the skipper is unsure if LeMahieu will be ready for Opening Day.

LeMahieu is penciled in as the Yanks’ starting third baseman this year, and with Oswald Peraza also banged up, it could be Oswaldo Cabrera starting at third on March 28.

March 18, 2:38 p.m.

The bumps and bruises of spring training continue to plague a couple of Yankees starters, with infielder DJ LeMahieu the latest victim.

Manager Aaron Boone said on Monday’s YES broadcast that LeMahieu’s foot bruise is “going to cost him some days here,” with the manager noting that LeMahieu is “pretty sore.”

YES Network’s Jack Curry adds that LeMahieu has been seen by a foot specialist, and “all tests have shown no fracture.”

March 9, 11:40 a.m.

Manager Aaron Boone told reporters Saturday that infielder Oswald Peraza will be shut down for 6-8 weeks with a subscapularis strain in his right shoulder.

Peraza had been experiencing discomfort in the shoulder and reported the pain he was dealing with on Thursday.

Over three spring training games, the 23-year-old was 0-for-7 at the plate with a stolen base.

He played 52 games for the Yanks during the 2023 season, but struggled with a .191 batting average and 50 strikeouts. Overall, Peraza recorded 33 hits in 173 at-bats last year with eight doubles, two home runs, 13 walks, four stolen bases, and 14 RBI.

March 8, 11:25 a.m.

Yankees infielder Oswald Peraza is having additional testing done on his shoulder after he again experienced discomfort.

The testing Peraza is undergoing will include dye contrast, manager Aaron Boone told reporters.

Peraza was able to return to the Yankee lineup for the past two games, but when he arrived at the facility Thursday morning he told the skipper the shoulder pain had resurfaced. 

Peraza is hitless through seven spring at-bats as he looks to compete for a bench spot on the Opening Day roster.

March 6, 11:49 a.m.

Yankees right-hander Tommy Kahnle said on Wednesday that it’s unlikely he’ll be ready for Opening Day due to offseason shoulder inflammation that has him a bit delayed.

He threw a bullpen session and did not feel any pain on Wednesday, he told Jack Curry of YES.

However, Kahnle has yet to throw live batting practice or pitch in a Grapefruit League game.

Kahnle was one of New York’s top bullpen arms last season, with a 2.66 ERA and 1.10 WHIP across 42 appearances before being shut down due to injury.

Feb. 29, 4:30 p.m

Oswald Peraza will remain out of the Yankees’ lineup as he deals with shoulder tightness, but manager Aaron Boone says that there’s a chance he can be back in action for Friday’s spring game against the Blue Jays.

Peraza was scratched from Tuesday’s lineup after he experienced the soreness in his right shoulder, but the hope was that he would only miss a few days.

The Yanks will wait and see how the 23-year-old feels on Friday, but it appears he’s ready to get back in the competition for a spot on the opening day roster.

Feb. 27, 3:51 p.m.

The Yankees scratched Oswald Peraza from Tuesday’s spring training game against the Tampa Bay Rays due to “some tightness” he experienced in his right shoulder on Monday, manager Aaron Boone said.

The club hopes the injury is just a day-to-day situation for the utility infielder who is on the fringes of earning a spot on the 26-man Opening Day roster. “Today he seemed better,” Boone added.

There was no indication Peraza was being sent for any testing, and he could return on Thursday or Friday.

Feb. 14, 1:08 p.m.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone updated the health of a couple of players on Wednesday. First, RHP Scott Effross had back surgery in December, a setback as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery.

Effross did start a throwing program last week, but it’ll be slow ramp-up. The team isn’t expecting the righty back until the summer.

As for catcher Jose Trevino, the backstop will miss the start of spring training games after suffering a calf strain a few weeks ago.

Boone said he expects Trevino to be ready for Opening Day.

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