SEATTLE — The Yankees could pull off a perfect three-game winning streak when they open the series at Dodger Stadium on Friday.
Josh Donaldson and Tommy Carnley were known to be off the disabled list around the day, and Giancarlo Stanton could join them despite only playing one rehab game. rice field.
“There’s a chance, we’ll see how it goes,” manager Aaron Boone said Wednesday before the Yankees wrapped up the series against the Mariners at T-Mobile Park. “It definitely works. But let’s get through today and we’ll see.”
Stanton, Donaldson and Carnley all played at Double-A Somerset on Tuesday and had a full training session at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday.
However, the three were scheduled to fly together to Los Angeles to meet the Yankees, who would make the final decision as to whether the team was ready before revitalizing it.
“Most of the time they feel ready,” Boone said.
Donaldson has been out since April 6 with a torn right hamstring and has played four rehab games over the past week.
Carnley, who has been sidelined since spring training with right biceps tendonitis, has pitched in five games over the past two weeks.
Stanton, meanwhile, played on Tuesday for the first time since coming out against IL on April 16 with a torn left hamstring.
But the Yankees believe the veteran slugger is working hard enough behind the scenes and ready to return to MLB action on Friday.
“There are a lot of tools now that allow you to recreate things like at-bats better than ever before,” Boone said. “In the case of Giancarlo, he’s done a lot of physical things, like outfield work and running buildups. But it’s grown by leaps and bounds, so no, I’m not too worried about that.”
If Stanton returns, Boone said he will only play DH for the “first few weeks” as the Yankees strengthen him for occasional outfield starts.
Harrison Bader did some light agility training in the outfield on Wednesday, a day after he landed at IL with a torn right hamstring. His frustration with the injury was clear, but he never disputed with the team about going to IL.
“I can’t play at the speed I know I can help this team,” Vader said. “I had to go to IL to recover and come back when I was ready.”
Boone said Vader had “mild” symptoms and could be out for several weeks. The center fielder was injured Monday night when he was hit by an infield hit.
“I think I just got a little bit of an impact as soon as I got to base,” Vader said. “It passes, but it’s frustrating.”
Anthony Rizzo has been sidelined for three games in a row with a strained neck, but he will have early batting and fielding practice and will be back on Friday against the Dodgers.
“He’s a lot better today,” Boone said.