Boone On WFAN: Aaron Judge And Giancarlo Stanton Both Close To Returning To Yankees

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June 13, 2019 - 6:21 pm
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The Yankees have been without their two main sluggers for most of this season.

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Aaron Judge hasn’t played since April because of an oblique injury, while Giancarlo Stanton has been out since the last days of March due to a multitude of ailments. Overall, the Yankees have dealt well with two of their biggest hitters out of the lineup. Now, they could receive a significant boost as both players could soon be returning to action.

Aaron Boone joined WFAN’s Mike Francesa on Thursday evening. Boone had an encouraging update on the status of both player’s recoveries. The Yankees' boss thinks that both Judge and Stanton, who are currently undergoing rehab assignments in the minors, are close to being able to come back to the big leagues.

“I talked to Giancarlo actually about 15 minutes ago," said Boone. "I think they’re in Durham this weekend with the Triple-A team … He’s feeling really good. He’ll start with the Triple-A team this Friday. He’ll play three games there and then we’ll kind of evaluate that situation. There’s a chance Aaron Judge is also going to go to Durham and start playing DH this weekend. So, he’s doing really well. We’re close to getting both those guys back we feel.”

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The Yankees have a slim advantage over the Tampa Bay Rays at the top of the AL East despite the absences of Judge and Stanton. Still, the team has faltered a bit recently. New York has gone 4-6 over its last ten games after an impressive run in May. It would undoubtedly be a massive help to the lineup to have both these All-Star caliber players returning around the same time.

In the 20 games he played before his injury, Judge was batting .288 with five home runs and 11 RBIs. Stanton barely had any time to make an impact this season, as he was injured in the opening series against the Orioles.

Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton
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Neither player's injuries have been considered major, so Boone will be hoping both sluggers are able to quickly regain their form. 

Boone also spoke about Didi Gregorius, who has only recently made his own return to the lineup following a lengthy injury layoff. Gregorius has made a couple errors in the field, but has looked solid at the plate.

“He made the error in Cleveland which is very uncharacteristic. I think it’s just one of those weird plays that happens. I actually feel like he’s moving well in the field … the at-bats have been strong. Just now it’s about building him up. I hope to play him three in a row here (in Chicago) and probably give him Sunday off. But he has been bouncing back pretty well.”

The Yankees and White Sox begin a four-game series on Thursday night on the South Side of Chicago.

Click the audio player above to listen to Mike Francesa's full interview with Aaron Boone.

WFAN is the flagship station of the Yankees. Tune in to 660 AM or 101.9 FM this season to hear all the action.