- New York Yankees currently sit on top of the AL East
- James Paxton, Didi Gregorius, and Dellin Betances are all likely to return to the Yankees line up soon, according to the team’s manager.
New York – After a slow start to the 2019 MLB season, the New York Yankees now find themselves on top of the AL East and poised to make some noise later in the season. This will be especially true when some of their key players return to the lineup.
Yankees manager, Aaron Boone recently gave updates on behalf of Dellin Betances, James Paxton, and Didi Gregorius, two of which have been out all season with an injury.
Earlier this week, Betances was able to throw 25 fastballs from the mound in bullpen session prior to the Yankees 5-2 victory over the Padres.
“I actually saw when he was doing his exercise out of the training room and I think he was really encouraged by how he felt,” said Boone.
Betances has been out all season due to inflammation in his right shoulder and was previously shut down by the team. But, the recent session has encouraged the team to believe he could possibly make a return in June.
When it comes to Paxton, it seems that his timeline for return could come sooner. The left-handed pitcher was able to throw 55 pitches in a simulated game last Friday in the team’s Tampa training complex.
Paxton, who has been out since May 4, 2019, due to inflammation around his MCL, will wear a knee brace once he returns to New York this week. “Hoping that he’s in line now to join the rotation,” said Boone.
Gregarious seems to be getting back into the rhythm as well after missing all season from Tommy John surgery. He is expected to join Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre early this week and stay for only a week before he makes his return.
International betting site Bovada, likes the Yankees chances to go far even without these players return.
The Yankees, who started the season as one of the favorites to win the 2019 World series, are currently set at (+500) betting odds to do just that. The Yankees are also favored to win the American League East at (-160) betting odds.
The team currently has the third highest winning percentage in the entire MLB and SportsBettingNewYork.com thinks the return of key players should only help to maintain that elite status in the league if not bolster the teams betting lines.