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Yankees’ Jasson Dominguez staying in minors after rehab clock runs out

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The inevitable became official on Wednesday: With Jasson Dominguez’s rehabilitation period over, the Yankees have opted to keep the young outfielder in the minor leagues.

Dominguez spent the longest period on a rehab assignment (20 days, plus an extra 10 days), beating out the minor league pitchers he’ll continue to watch.

The Yankees have officially activated Dominguez from his rehab assignment and optioned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.


Jasson Dominguez, who worked out during spring training, is expected to remain in the minor leagues with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after completing his rehabilitation period. Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

At 21 years old, there is nowhere for him to play at the major league level.

Aaron Judge, Juan Soto and Alex Verdugo are arguably the best outfield in baseball, Giancarlo Stanton serves as the designated hitter and Trent Grisham provides solid defense as the fourth outfielder.

The Yankees don’t want to replace Grisham with Dominguez, so they’re not going to play their top prospect much.

That means “The Martian” will continue trying to prove himself at the minor league level.

Dominguez entered Wednesday’s game batting .368 with six home runs and a 1.073 OPS in 20 games with High-A Tampa, Double-A Somerset and SWB.

“Keep doing what you’re doing,” manager Aaron Boone said of his message to Dominguez. “We think highly of him as a person and as a player, and we know he’ll play a big role on this team, but we also realize it’s still very early in his career. He still has a lot to gain and a lot to learn. He’s going to get experience by facing pitchers every day and playing in games.”

The Yankees’ No. 1 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, made his debut last September and got a hit in eight games (.980 OPS) before undergoing Tommy John surgery.

“He’s got a great mind,” Boone said before the Warriors’ 11-5 win over the Royals at Kauffman Stadium. “I think he knows he’s destined to do great things in this game.”


Gerrit Cole will make his third minor league start on Friday, this time with SWB. In his last start, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner threw 57 pitches over 4 2/3 innings.

Boone said “we’ll see” whether his third rehab appearance will be his last.


The Yankees placed infielder Jon Berti (left calf strain) on the 60-day disabled list.

Boone said it will likely be “a few more weeks” before Berti is able to resume baseball activities.


Friday’s Yankees-Red Sox game in Boston has been moved from 7:10 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. out of consideration for Boston fans. Game 4 of the NBA Finals between the Celtics and Mavericks is scheduled to start at 8:30 p.m.


Gleyber Torres (1-for-4, 1 walk, 3-run home run) extended his season-high streak of consecutive on-base streaks, dating back to May 23, to 19, the third-longest streak of his career.

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