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Yankees’ Juan Soto gives update on how his forearm is feeling

BOSTON — Juan Soto may not be completely out of the woods just yet, but he and his forearm are feeling better than they were a week ago.

Soto missed last weekend’s series against the Dodgers with inflammation in his left forearm but made his sixth straight appearance in the Yankees’ 8-4 loss to the Red Sox on Saturday night.

Five of those games have been as a position player, and Soto is pleased with how his arm is responding.

After Juan Soto hit a solo home run in the seventh inning of the Yankees’ 8-4 loss, he celebrated with third-base coach Luis Rojas as he rounded the bases. Getty Images

“I’m feeling pretty good,” Soto said. “I threw a couple of times today and it felt pretty good. I’m feeling pretty relaxed. I feel like I wake up in the morning. I don’t have to push myself too hard. I’m still working, but I’m getting closer to 100 percent.”

Soto, who played left field at Fenway Park with Alex Verdugo playing in wider right field for his former team, made a wild throw to second base in the top of the first inning on Saturday.

But before the inning was over, he delivered another powerful throw home.

Earlier this week, manager Aaron Boone suggested he might use Giancarlo Stanton in left field at Fenway to give Soto the designated hitter role.

But by Saturday afternoon, that seemed less likely, which was a good sign that Soto was feeling healthy.

Meanwhile, Soto continues to show his true potential at the plate.

Juan Soto looks up to the sky after hitting a solo home run in the seventh inning of a Yankees loss.
Juan Soto looks up to the sky after hitting a solo home run in the seventh inning of a Yankees loss. Getty Images

He hit a home run and drew two walks Saturday, reaching base multiple times in a career-high 11th consecutive game.

Tommy Kahnle is back in the Yankees’ relief corps, but his velocity hasn’t returned.

Kahnle missed the first two months of the season with a shoulder injury and his fastball velocity has been slow to fully recover, averaging 93.7 mph from 95.3 mph last season.

Kahnle’s control was lacking again Friday night, as he walked two batters and got just two outs in the sixth inning of an 8-1 win over the Red Sox.

“I think we saw some faster velocity early on,” Boone said. “The last few innings, it wasn’t as fast and the consistency of the velocity was an issue. It’s something we continue to work on and hopefully we can get some improvement.”

“But he can still pitch at this level. [velocity]For him, the last few innings are about getting a little better at throwing strikes and getting a little better command.

That way, whether or not his velocity goes up a lot, he can still go out there and be really successful.”

Anthony Rizzo was 0-for-2 on Saturday but walked two and continues to make increments toward his normal form.

He recorded two hits and one walk in Friday’s series opener, recording his first multi-hit game this month.

“He’s making progress,” Boone said. “It’s definitely something to build on, but it’s been a good couple of days for him.”

Before the game, Dan Hurley and the University of Connecticut men’s basketball team were honored and Alex Caraban threw the ceremonial first pitch.