Yankees 3B Josh Donaldson is headed for a rehab assignment

April 4, 2023;  Bronx, New York, USA;  New York Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson (28) throws the ball to first base during the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Yankee Stadium.

April 4, 2023; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson (28) throws the ball to first base during the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Yankee Stadium.
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New York Yankees Third baseman Josh Donaldson, who has been sidelined since early April with a right hamstring strain, will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Thursday.

Yankees Manager Aaron Boone said Wednesday that Donaldson is scheduled to play a half game for Triple-A Scranton/Wlkes-Barre Thursday at third base, fill in at designated hitter on Friday, rest Saturday and bat at third. Sunday

Donaldson could rejoin Yankees soon after. They open a three-game road series against the Seattle Mariners on Monday before visiting the Los Angeles Dodgers for three games starting June 2.

“Maybe in Seattle, probably later in the week, just because he’s been out for so long,” Boone said. “We’ll evaluate at the end of Sunday, assuming we get there and everything goes well, whether we want him to get one or two more (games) or not.”

Boone also said Wednesday that slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who has missed 36 games with a strained left hamstring, could come off the disabled list next weekend if he starts a minor league rehab assignment this weekend.

Donaldson missed 45 games. He made a rehab appearance with Double-A Somerset on April 18, but left after five innings and three hits (one hit) due to tightness. An MRI showed a “plus grade 1 strain” in his right hamstring, Boone said later.

Donaldson, 37, is hitting .125 (2-for-16) with one home run and one RBI through five games this season. The three-time All-Star and 2015 American League MVP has a career .264 batting average with 267 homers and 791 RBIs over 13 seasons with six teams.

— Field Level Media

Source: https://deadspin.com/yankees-3b-josh-donaldson-set-for-rehab-assignment-1850473109

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