Over this past weekend, the Yankees received reinforcements in a big way. Beyond the acquisitions of Andrew McCutchen and Adeiny Hechavarria, the Yankees got back catcher Gary Sanchez. Sanchez isn’t the only guy whos making progress. So let’s get right to it.
Didi has been making significant progress with his heel contusion. And he should be reactivated when the team heads to Seattle to take on the Mariners. Didi has been a crucial piece for the Yanks all season long. And in his absence, the team’s defense has not been played to the same level. But with his impending return to the lineup and the field, the Yankees should begin returning to form for their stretch run.
Since the initial prognosis was given Yankee fans have been waiting for Judge to return. But as we know that timeline was absolutely overreaching and incorrect. Thus we have waited even longer for Aaron Judge to return. But today news broke of Judge taking swings off of a batting tee. With 25 dry swings and 25 swings off a tee, Judge is not taking real steps forward to getting back.
The only question for the Yankees now is whether or not they will get back their flamethrowing closer Aroldis Chapman. Chapman has struggled this season with tendinitis in his left knee. It has had him on the DL since August 22nd but has been a problem for a much longer amount of time. The Yankees have a depth in the bullpen that can within a loss of Chapman for the season. However, he (if healthy) adds a level of depth and dominance no other team has. The Yankees are hopeful to get Aroldis back before the season is over.
The Yankees have had their share of ups and downs. But as the season winds down and the intensity and importance of each game builds up the Yankees are getting themselves into a position where they can make a run. If they can get all of their pieces healthy and into place, this team has a chance to raise the Commissioner’s Trophy to conclude the World Series.