Yankees have help on the way: Donaldson, Stanton near injury rehab assignments

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New York Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson will begin a minor league injury rehab assignment on Thursday, and shortstop Giancarlo Stanton could begin one as soon as this weekend.

New York manager Aaron Boone said Donaldson, who has been sidelined since April 5 with a strained right hamstring, will pitch at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre on Thursday. His first rehab assignment was cut short after a game with Double-A Somerset on April 18.

The Yankees entered Wednesday having won five straight and eight of their last 10.

Boone said Donaldson will likely play the field Thursday, be a designated hitter Friday, be free Saturday and play Sunday.

New York opens a three-game series at Seattle on Monday and then plays at the Los Angeles Dodgers starting June 2.

“Possibly in Seattle, probably later in the week, just because he’s been down for so long,” Boone said of Donaldson’s return, speaking before Wednesday’s game against Baltimore. “We’ll evaluate a little bit at the end of Sunday, assuming we get there and everything goes well, whether we want him to play one or two (games) or not.”

Stanton has been sidelined since April 15 with a left hamstring strain.

“We’ll get him a picture tomorrow,” Boone said, adding that he may be able to hit the minors this weekend.

Report from The Associated Press.

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