By next week, the New York Yankees could be looking a lot different than their current version.
Not one, not two, but three stars are scheduled to play rehab games on Tuesday for the Double-A Somerset Patriots.
The three of them happen to be regulars when everybody is healthy: third baseman Josh Donaldson, outfielder/designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton, and reliever Tommy Kahnle.
— Somerset Patriots (@SOMPatriots) May 30, 2023
The two hitters, Donaldson and Stanton, are rehabbing from hamstring strains.
Donaldson suffered it in early April, while Stanton went down in mid-April, on the 16th.
Both of them are seasoned veterans with a lot of mileage on their legs so the organization decided to take things easy with them.
Donaldson had been rehabbing in Scranton (Triple-A) but will join the Patriots for Tuesday’s game.
It will be the first live game action Stanton will see in about a month-and-a-half.
Unlike Donaldson, he was having a great season at the moment of his injury.
He had hit four home runs and had a .854 OPS.
Regardless, both will be welcomed additions to a Yankees lineup that has been inconsistent on occasion.
Having Aaron Judge healthy and performing well usually covers up some of the offensive issues from other players.
Getting both Stanton and Donaldson back (probably before the end of the week in both cases) will go a long way in giving the lineup more length and power.
Kahnle opened the season on the injured list with tendinitis in his right biceps.
He already has a rehab outing in Scranton under his belt and is expected to rejoin the team over the weekend.
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