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Aaron Judge (neck) took batting practice on Tuesday but is being held out of the Yankees' intrasquad game. (Source: Erik Boland on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Judge also got in some outfield work on Tuesday. The 28-year-old has dealt with neck stiffness the past four days but is at least trending in the right direction.

Category: Injury Updates


Masahiro Tanaka (concussion) did a lower-body workout at Yankee Stadium on Monday. (Source: Bryan Hoch on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Tanaka was diagnosed with a concussion after getting hit in the head by a line drive over fourth of July weekend. However, he continues to trend in the right direction and should be ready to join the Yankees rotation early on in the regular season.

Category: Injury Updates


Gerrit Cole did not give up any runs on four hits and one walk while striking out nine in 5 2/3 innings in Sunday's intrasquad game, James Smyth of YES Network reports.

Fantasy Impact: Cole was able to go 84 pitches which puts him on track to be able to go a full start with no restrictions on Opening Day against the Nationals. The veteran starter should be one of the top starters in fantasy baseball this season.

Category: Game Recaps


Zack Britton was listed by managed Aaron Boone on Saturday as the natural candidate to step into the closer role should Aroldis Chapman (illness) remain unavailable early in the year, Marly Rivera of ESPN reports. (Source: Marly Rivera on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Chapman tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday and may not be ready for Opening Day and will lose valuable time in camp. If Britton does start the year as the Yankees closer he should be picked up in all fantasy leagues.

Category: Injury Updates


Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has tested positive for COVID-19. (Source: Bryan Hoch on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Yankees manager Aaron Boone adds that Chapman is displaying mild symptoms and will be away from the team for the foreseeable future. Additionally, Boone mentioned Zach Britton as a “natural guy” to fill in as the team’s closer. Fantasy players need to get used to situations like this continuing to pop up.

Category: Injury Updates


Mike King is a candidate to open the campaign in the starting rotation if Masahiro Tanaka (concussion) is not ready at the start of the season, Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media reports. (Source: NJ.com)

Fantasy Impact: King along with Jonathan Losiaga and Clarke Schmidt are candidates to start in place of Tanaka if the veteran isn't ready to go. If King does not make the rotation he could find a spot on the team as a long reliever.


If DJ LeMahieu isn't ready for Opening Day, Tyler Wade is ready to step in for the Yankees at second base according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. (Source: Bryan Hoch on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Wade definitely has a chance to make the final roster of the Yankees with his ability to play second base and shortstop. The utility infielder may get an opportunity to start if LeMahieu isn't ready to go after testing positive for COVID-19. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on the situation.


Gary Sanchez caught five innings in an intrasquad game Tuesday and expects to be ready to catch a full game by Opening Day, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports. (Source: Lindsey Adler on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sanchez was dealing with back issues back in Spring Training in March but looks to be healthy now and should be ready to go. The veteran catcher hit 34 home runs with 77 RBIs last season and should be one of the top catchers in fantasy.


Manager Aaron Boone revealed Wednesday that Clint Frazier (foot) has been dealing with plantar fasciitis, James Wagner of The New York Times reports. (Source: James Wagner on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Boone said Tuesday that Frazier had been dealing with a foot issue over the last few months, but that issue was revealed to be plantar fasciitis Wednesday. The Yankees have been bringing the 25-year-old along slowly during camp as a precautionary measure. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on updates concerning Frazier.

Category: Injury Updates


Miguel Andujar took ground balls at first base Wednesday and will continue to get some reps there, though the Yankees will prioritize his work at third base and in the outfield, Chris Iseman of NorthJersey.com reports.

Fantasy Impact: Andujar who usually plays at third base has been picking up new positions so the team can get his bat in the lineup and is learning the outfield as well as first base. The versatility could help fantasy owners and Andujar could be a sleeper pick up by fantasy owners if he is available.


The Yankees officially placed LeMahieu on the 10-day IL following his COVID-19 diagnosis on Saturday. (Source: Transactions on MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: This is simply a matter of making the move official. LeMahieu will have his work cut out to get back and prepared in time to be ready for Opening Day. If he misses any regular season time, the Yankees will struggle to fill the shoes of one of their star players.

Category: Transactions


Luis Cess (illness) is now asymptomatic and "feels really good," but he must produce two negative COVID-19 test results before reporting to camp, Marly Rivera of ESPN.com reports. (Source: Marly Rivera on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cessa tested positive for COVID-19 last week and was showing mild symptoms, but he appears to be trending toward full clearance. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on updates concerning the 28-year-old to see if he will be ready for Opening Day on July 23.

Category: Injury Updates


Manager Aaron Boone said Kyle Higashioka sat out Tuesday's intrasquad game due to "some slight neck soreness," Erik Boland of Newsday reports. (Source: Eric Boland on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Higashioka apparently picked up the injury while catching during Monday's intrasquad action. The injury does not sound serious and expect the veteran catcher to be back behind the plate in a couple of days. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on updates.

Category: Injury Updates


Aaron Hicks started in centerfield and hit leadoff in an intrasquad game Monday. (Source: Yankees on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hicks had Tommy John surgery eight months ago, but appears to be on track to be the everyday centerfielder for the Yankees. If his spot in the order for this intrasquad game is any indication, look for Hicks to be a high-end source for runs, provided he can stay healthy in the shortened season. While his 2019 season was cut short, Hicks had a career year in 2018, sporting a 129 wRC+ over 137 games.

Category: Injury Updates


Giancarlo Stanton, who started at designated hitter and batted cleanup in Monday's intrasquad game, said his calf feels 100 percent healthy, Marly Rivera of ESPN reports. (Source: Marly Rivera on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Stanton is expected to start the season as the DH for the Yankees which will help him from breaking down which has happened in the past. The veteran slugger played just 18 games last season with three home runs and 13 RBI.

Category: Injury Updates


Clarke Schmidt surrendered one hit and one walk while striking out three across two scoreless innings during the Yankees' intrasquad game Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Schmidt is a highly touted Yankee prospect who could end up pitching in the majors at some point this season. Schmidt faced a stacked Yankees lineup during Monday's intrasquad game, striking out both Giancarlo Stanton and Gio Urshela to conclude the first two innings. The 24-year-old looked sharp when spring training halted in March and continues to push for an opportunity.

Category: Game Recaps


Luke Voit lost 13 pounds during the shutdown of play, Meredith Marakovits of YES Network reports. (Source: Meredith Marakovits on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Voit feels lighter and quicker, which could help him improve his defense at first base. The 29-year-old slugger finished 2019 with a .263 average with 21 home runs and 62 RBI and should have an everyday role in 2020.


Jonathan Loaisiga has arrived in New York City from his native country, Nicaragua. (Source: James Wagner on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Loaisiga now has to wait for results of his intake testing prior to reporting to Yankees camp. This is good news, however, because if he's able to report, he will have enough time to prepare for Opening Day. It's also quite possible a spot in the Yankees rotation may be up for grabs come regular season.


James Paxton (back) threw a simulated game Sunday at Yankee Stadium according to Lindsey Adler of The Athletic. (Source: Lindsey Adler on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Adler notes that Paxton did so behind an L-screen after teammate Masahiro Tanaka was hit in the head by a line drive on Saturday. After a delay to the start of the season, Paxton is now expected to be a member of the Yankees' season-opening starting rotation after requiring a microscopic lumbar discectomy in February.


Mike Tauchman figures to be in the outfield/DH mix at the start of the campaign as the Yankees are likely to take a careful approach with players returning from injury, Randy Miller of NJ Advance Media reports.

Fantasy Impact: Tauchman was slated to take on a near-everyday role to begin the season before play was suspended, but those plans have changed with Aaron Hicks (elbow), Aaron Judge (rib) and Giancarlo Stanton (calf) all expected to be ready to go by the new Opening Day. Look for Tauchman to make the final roster in a reserve role.