Jasson Dominguez plays outfield for first time in Yankees’ rehab assignment

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Jason Dominguez accomplished another goal Wednesday as he continued his return from Tommy John surgery.

The 21-year-old Yankees was limited to designated hitter during the first two weeks of his rehab assignment, but played five innings in center field for Double-A Somerset and made his first appearance as an outfielder.

Dominguez, a switch-hitter, is batting .286 with an .810 OPS in 11 rehab games and is now shouldering defensive responsibilities as well.

Jason Dominguez Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

“He’s in good shape,” manager Aaron Boone said before the Yankees’ 2-1 win over the Angels on Wednesday night. “His rehab has gone really well, he’s not been rushed, he’s been getting fit, so he’s in pretty good shape.”

Dominguez’s 20-day rehabilitation period ends June 2, after which the Yankees must choose whether to add him to the major league roster or demote him to the minor leagues.

The latter scenario is still possible, barring any injuries to the major league team, but even in that case, Dominguez will likely need some more time in Triple-A to fully ramp up his workload, with only a handful of games played in the outfield before his rehab assignment ends.

If fully recovered physically, Dominguez could serve as insurance in case any of Aaron Judge, Juan Soto, Alex Verdugo or Giancarlo Stanton suffer injuries.

Soto hit his 15th home run of the season on Tuesday night, becoming just the seventh Yankees in franchise history to have two teammates hit 15 or more homers each through the first 56 games of a season, joining Judge (17).

The last people to accomplish this were Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira in 2011.

Before them were Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle in 1961, Mantle and Yogi Berra in 1956, and Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in 1927, 1928 and 1930.

Soto had a lengthy conversation with two umpires during Tuesday’s game, but Boone said Wednesday it was about the pitch clock being in view in center field at Angel Stadium.

Boone added that it was his understanding that the clock’s location was within regulations.

Infielder Kevin Smith was removed from the roster Tuesday to make room for DJ LeMahieu, but changed course Wednesday and accepted an assignment to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre instead of becoming a free agent.