Status of comebacks, how it affects the selection


TAMPA, Fla. – Every regular Yankees trip to the Tampa Bay area usually means a check-up on players recovering from injuries at their minor league complex.

Just as often, a 40-man roster player will be left behind as the team moves on, as was the case early this week with Gerrit Cole and DJ LeMahieu.

Both players continued to practice at the facility Monday as the Yankees flew to Minneapolis to begin a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday evening.

Here’s a look at the current progress of some key Yankees, estimates for their return date and what impact they could have once they return to the majors.

DJ LeMahieu

Status: On the injured list, recovering from a non-displaced fracture on the top of his right foot.

Activity: After ramping up baseball activity at Tropicana Field and the Yankees’ Tampa complex last weekend, including infield drills and live batting practice, LeMahieu is scheduled for another round of live BP on Tuesday in Tampa.

If that goes as planned, LeMahieu could resume a minor league rehab assignment midweek, perhaps starting with Class A Tampa and moving on to Class A Hudson Valley or Class AA Somerset.

Deadline: On this track, LeMahieu could be ready on or a little before May 24, when the Yankees begin a three-city road trip along the West Coast.

Players affected: LeMahieu’s return would force the Yankees to make a roster move.

Jahmai Jones is out of minor league options and could be lost if he claims waivers, so the team could opt to select Oswaldo Cabrera for Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, although Cabrera is a switch-hitter and more defensive more versatile than the right hand. Jones, primarily a second baseman, surrendered.

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Cabrera and Jon Berti have been at third base lately, which would become LeMahieu’s regular position upon his return.

LeMahieu can also give first baseman Anthony Rizzo a break at times, and LeMahieu can handle second base, providing a new lineup option with Gleyber Torres still trying to find his offensive stride.

Gerrit Kool

Status: On the IL, due to irritation of the nerves of the right elbow.

Activity: In Tampa, Cole was expected to throw his fourth bullpen session on Tuesday, following a 29-pitch bullpen Saturday at Tropicana Field in which he fielded 13 breaking pitches.

Deadline: There is no public target date yet for Cole to resume throwing to live hitters, although the next step of his rehabilitation is coming soon.

Considering he’s still in the early stages of a second spring training, and given the club’s caution with high-priced talent, Cole’s return to the rotation could come in early July.

Players affected: We are still a long way from July, and many things could affect the rotation before then.

Nestor Cortes’ performance is worth watching, as is Luis Gil’s workload.

Yes, the Yankees have not placed public innings restrictions on Gil, but he is essentially coming off two lost seasons due to rehab from Tommy John surgery, and he has never thrown more than 96 affiliated professional innings in a single year, which he did in 2019 .

Tommy Kahnle

Status: On the IL, due to right shoulder discomfort.

Activity: The right-hander’s third minor league rehab appearance is scheduled for Tuesday at Class AA Somerset.

Expiration date: Both Kahnle and the Yankees expected him to require five rehab outings, making his likely activation period during the May 20-22 home series against Seattle.

Players affected: Kahnle’s return to an otherwise healthy bullpen could mean the retirement of right-hander Michael Tonkin, who claimed waivers from the Mets on April 25.

In other recent bullpen updates, manager Aaron Boone mentioned that Lou Trivino had suffered a setback in his rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery and was in the second week of a three-to-four week shutdown, while fellow right-hander Scott Effross (TJ- rehab), back surgery) was close to throwing to live hitters.

Oswald Peraza

Status: On the IL, due to a strained right shoulder.

Activity: Peraza has played in four minor league rehab assignments through Sunday, alternating weekend games with Class AA Somerset as both shortstop and DH, going a combined 1-for-6 with a home run.

Deadline: Peraza’s 20-day rehabilitation period began on May 7, setting his readiness deadline at the end of this month.

Players affected: Barring an injury to one of the Yankees’ current infielders, Peraza could likely be optioned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, with the idea he needs additional, regular playing time to build back.

Jasson Dominguez

Status: On the IL, due to recovery from Tommy John surgery, right elbow.

Activity: The switch-hitting center fielder was scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment midweek.

Deadline: It’s early June based on his rehab clock, but the Yankees could opt to keep him at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre longer to shore up his rhythm and timing at the plate and strengthen his throwing arm. Dominguez will serve solely as a DH for the first two weeks.

Players affected: “We’ll cross that bridge when we get there,” Boone said, but if it’s a tough decision “that means good things are happening here.”

Instead of taking back center field from Aaron Judge, Dominguez could find more time in left field, breaking up Alex Verdugo’s at-bats and some of DH Giancarlo Stanton’s at-bats.