It’s not a secret that the New York Yankees have been hit hard by injuries this season.
They have lost several players on offense and also on the pitching side, and some of them for the entire campaign.
But they have also welcomed back some players, and are about to do that with two stars.
A lot of MLB accomplishments in this pic
— Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) May 30, 2023
In case you don’t recognize them in the tweet above, that’s Giancarlo Stanton and Josh Donaldson.
As the tweet states, there are a lot of offensive accolades between the two: Silver Sluggers, Hank Aaron awards, Comeback Player Of the Year, All-Star Games, playoff appearances; and the most important one: MVPs.
Donaldson was the AL MVP in 2015, and Stanton won the award in 2017 in the National League, when he was with the Marlins.
Both sluggers suffered hamstring strains several weeks ago and worked their way back to their current minor league rehab assignments.
Donaldson has several games under his belt already; whereas Stanton will make his debut on Tuesday with the Double-A Somerset Patriots.
Both of them are expected to be available for activation by the weekend.
They will give the Yankees a much-needed injection of talent and depth.
Donaldson will be handed an everyday role at third base upon returning, but it will depend on his bat whether he can keep it or not.
He was mediocre with the stick last year and got off to a poor start in 2023 as well.
Stanton is much more likely to produce, as he has in the past whenever he has been healthy enough to play.
The expectation is that he gets most of his playing time from the designated hitter spot, at least in the first few weeks upon returning.NEXT: Yankees Insider Offers Update On Injured Outfielder