Updating 17 Yankees on injured list plus Chris Gittens | Progress for Luke Voit

Yankees manager Aaron Boone is bewildered. He can’t make sense of what’s going with his team yet again.

The shocker wasn’t the Yankees’ injured list swelling to 17 players on Tuesday when outfielder Trey Amburgey was added. The rookie exited his second big-league game last Sunday with a hamstring issue, so this bad news was half expected.

What flustered Boone was DJ LeMahieu being scratched a few minutes before the first pitch of Tuesday night’s game with the Phillies and having to scramble to find a first baseman because rookie Chris Gittens showed up to the ballpark with a sore Achilles that had him available only in an emergency.

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Boone’s thoughts at the time?

“What else can you throw at us?”

Boone considered starting catcher Gary Sanchez at first before opting instead for his new backup receiver. Rob Brantly had never played a big-league game at first, but he made three Triple-A starts there this season.

It worked. Brantly contributed a double for his first big-league hit since 2017 (and 90th overall), he handled first base fine other than not making a scoop on a bad throw by Gleyber Torres that was scored an infield hit and the Yankees wound up 6-4 winners.

Afterward, Boone said that he was optimistic about LeMahieu being available for Wednesday night’s game while being unsure about Gittens, whose “Achilles was really bothering him.”

Here is the latest on the 17 Yankees who are on the IL:

LUKE VOIT, 1B

Injuries: Left knee inflammation/bone bruise.

Missed games: 4.

Status: 10-day injured list since July 16 (backdated to 13).

The latest: Voit has been making a speedy recovery and may be cleared to resume baseball activities by Friday.

Projected return: Late July.

Update from Boone: “He’s doing well … significantly better (Monday and Tuesday).”

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DARREN O’DAY, RHP

Injury: Left hamstring strain.

Missed games: 10.

Status: 10-day injured list since July 6.

The latest: O’Day will undergo season-ending surgery Wednesday in New York and be facing a six-month recovery. The Yankees’ oldest player at 38, O’Day plans to take the next couple of months to decide if he wants to play next season or retire. He has until after the World Series to make up his mind because that’s when he has to exercise his $1.4 million player option for 2022 or let the Yankees decide between a $3.15 million club option and $700,000 buyout.

Projected return: 2022.

Update from O’Day: “That (retirement) decision has to be made soon after the World Series, so that would put me midway through my rehab. It’s kind of a family decision. I have three kids and my wife. I don’t think we’re going to put it to a vote because I think the dogs would vote for me to come home, and then they would sway the vote. But we’ll figure that out when the time comes, Some days I wake up and I say, ‘I’m done playing,’ and other days I wake up and (think) coming here (to the ballpark) and just being around the guys is part of my favorite aspects of playing the game.”

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JONATHAN LOAISIGA, RHP

Injury: COVID.

Missed games: 6.

Status: COVID injured list since July 10.

The latest: Loaisiga rejoined the Yankees on Tuesday as a rehab player and long-tossed. Of the six Yankees’ currently on the IL, he was the first one on by four days and probably will be the first one off unless Nestor Cortes beats him back.

Projected return: This weekend/early next week.

Update from Boone: “I think the plan is for him to throw a bullpen (Wednesday), then possibly do another bullpen or a live (BP), and then hopefully be in play for us at some point over the weekend.”

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NESTOR CORTES, LHP

Injury: COVID.

Missed games: 4.

Status: COVID IL as of July 15.

The latest: Cortes must be testing negative because the Yankees aren’t ruling him out coming off the IL and pitching in relief at Fenway Park this weekend.

Projected return: This weekend or early next week.

Update from Boone: “Nestor is in line to potentially join us in Boston at some point.”

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AARON JUDGE, RF

Injury: COVID.

Missed games: 4.

Status: COVID injured list since July 16.

Projected return: Next week.

The latest: Boone expected all along that Judge and most of the Yankees’ COVID-stricken players to be on the IL for 10 days, and that’s still the case except perhaps for Cortes.

Update from Boone: “Other than (Loaisiga and Cortes), I don’t think anyone (returning from the COVID IL) is imminent.”

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KYLE HIGASHIOKA, C

Injury: COVID.

Missed games: 4.

Status: COVID injured list since July 16.

Projected return: Next week.

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WANDY PERALTA, LHP

Injury: COVID.

Missed games: 4.

Status: COVID IL as of July 15.

Projected return: Next week.

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GIO URSHELA, 3B

Injury: COVID.

Missed games: 4.

Status: COVID injured list since July 16.

Projected return: Next week.

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MIGUEL ANDUJAR, LF

Injuries: Left wrist strain

Missed games: 9.

Status: 10-day injured list since July 10 (retro to July 7).

The latest: Andujar started hitting again on Monday after being shut down for three days because he got a cortisone shot last Friday due to continued soreness.

Projected return: Late July.

Update from Boone: “I don’t think he’ll be back in the next couple days. We’ll see as he ramps up baseball activities how he responds.”

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CLINT FRAZIER, OF

Injury: Eye issues.

Missed games: 13.

Status: 10-day injured list since July 2 (backdated to July 1).

The latest: Frazier continues to go through vision tests as doctors search for a cure for his dizziness.

Projected return: Unknown.

Update from Boone: “We’re really focusing on some vision stuff with how his eyes move and how that affects his vision. I know they’re playing around with contacts, in and out of those. I think they found some things with how his eyes move and how that affects how he processes different things, but some of the larger, more serious things (such as vertigo) have been ruled out.”

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MICHAEL KING, RHP

Injury: Right middle finger contusion.

Missed games: 10.

Status: 10-day injured list since July 7 (retro to July 5).

The latest: King may be cleared later this week to resume throwing after being shut down for more than a week.

Projected return: August.

Update from Boone: “He is still in a no-throw situation because there (was) still a little bit of discomfort when he goes to throw (as of last Sunday), so it’ll be a little bit (of time before he returns) because he’ll have to go through getting built back up.”

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COREY KLUBER, RHP

Injury: Right shoulder strain.

Missed games: 45.

Status: 60-day injury list. Eligible to be activated on July 25.

The latest: Kluber may be on the verge of making a big step with Boone recently stating that a return to the mound could be on tap “Friday-ish.”

Projected return: September.

Update from Boone: “Obviously (throwing off the mound) will be a big step and we’ll see how that goes. I know he’s feeling good and feeling good about the direction that he’s moving in. He’s been out to 120 feet (long tossing) and has been responding to that really well. I’m at least encouraged. Even though it’s been a long process, and by design, this throwing program I would say is going pretty well.”

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LUIS SEVERINO, RHP

Injuries: Tommy John surgery on Feb. 27, 2020; Grade 2 left groin strain on June 13, 2021.

Missed games: 93.

Status: 60-day injury list since Feb. 23.

The latest: Severino threw a 30-pitch simulated game last Sunday at Yankee Stadium. He’ll throw another sim game this weekend, perhaps upping his pitches by a few, then likely head to the minors to throw the first of what figures to be two or three rehab starts.

Projected return: Late August or early September.

Update from Boone: “I thought he threw the ball really well (on Sunday). Looks strong, healthy, which I think syncs up with everything. He’s in really good physical shape, which shows. He was really crisp with all his pitches. A good step for him.”

TREY AMBURGEY, OF

Injuries: Right hamstring strain.

Missed games: 1.

Status: 10-day injured list since July 20 (retro to July 19).

The latest: The Yankees haven’t yet indicated how severe the strain is.

Projected return: August.

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TIM LOCASTRO, OF

Injuries: Right ACL tear.

Missed games: 2.

Status: 10-day injured list since July 18.

The latest: Locastro will undergo season-ending surgery on Wednesday in New York after blowing out his knee during the first inning of last Saturday’s game against Boston while making a nice leaping grab near the left field stands.

Projected return: 2022.

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CLARKE SCHMIDT, RHP

Injury: Common extensor strain in right elbow.

Missed games: 93.

Status: 60-day injured list since March 27.

The latest: Schmidt has been throwing live BP to hitters for a few weeks and may be cleared to start pitching in rehab games within the next week or two.

Projected return: Minor leagues in August, Yankees in 2022.

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AARON HICKS, CF

Injury: Torn sheath that holds left wrist tendon in place.

Missed games: 57.

Status: 10-day injured list (retro to May 13).

The latest: Hicks had season-ending surgery in late May. He’ll likely be cleared to resume baseball activities in September or October.

Projected return: 2022 spring training.

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