Aroldis Chapman stepped off the COVID-19 injured list and joined the Yankees on Monday night when they looked to sweep a four-game series against the rancid Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.
Aaron Judge, out with a right calf problem, expects to bounce off the IL on Saturday, the first day he is eligible.
That is the upbeat update on the Yankees’ injured players.
Here is the flip side for the 15-6 Yankees, who led the AL East by two games over the Rays and were on a five-game win streak entering Monday night’s action.
DJ LeMahieu’s sprained left thumb will keep him sidelined for two to three weeks, according to manager Aaron Boone, and Giancarlo Stanton’s left hamstring pull, suffered on Aug. 8 running the bases, hasn’t been able to start baseball activities yet.
Considering injuries to his arm and knee limited him to 18 regular-season games last year, and a calf problem suffered in spring training 1.0 wasn’t going to let him be available for the original Opening Day on March 26, Stanton is down about the most recent ailment.
“Words really can’t describe the disappointment over this, but I can’t dwell on it. I have to see what is…