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Yankees News: Latest Injury Updates on Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistSeptember 8, 2020

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge, left, celebrates with Giancarlo Stanton, right, after hitting a solo home run off Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Zack Godley in the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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If it wasn't clear before how much the New York Yankees need Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge back in the lineup, it was after the weekend series against the Baltimore Orioles.

New York lost three of four against the fourth-place team in the American League East and scored just one run in each of the final two. That the series came after the Bronx Bombers lost three of four in a stretch against the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Mets made it all the more concerning.

With that in mind, it is notable Bryan Hoch of MLB.com provided injury updates on both sluggers.

Stanton ran the bases, hit off a machine and threw during a Monday practice session as he looks to recover from a left hamstring strain he suffered Aug. 8. New York initially estimated he would be out three to four weeks following the setback.

"It's just making sure that this thing is completely healed and he's ... hopefully not in a position to reinjure it," manager Aaron Boone said. "When we're talking about soft tissue, you've got to be all the way healed. So maybe it's been a little bit slow, but we do feel like he's making really good progress right now. The last few days have been pretty encouraging."

As for Judge, Hoch noted he is considered to be behind Stanton on his timeline.

Judge, who suffered a right calf strain, ran at Yankee Stadium on Monday but, much like Stanton, does not have a set date for his return yet.

"I know [Judge is] feeling well and everything went well in his first running on the field, so that was good news," Boone said.

The Yankees are in a battle with the Toronto Blue Jays for second place in the AL East. They play each other nine more times in the season's final month, and the head-to-head results will go a long way toward determining whether New York will even make the expanded playoff field.

While Stanton and Judge surely won't be back for games against the Blue Jays on Tuesday and Wednesday, their potential returns for the later games would provide a significant boost.

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