Yankees Juan Soto still has some right hand discomfort

ST.PETERSBURG, Fla.

— Juan Soto took a big whiff at strike three in the third inning Tuesday night and immediately grimaced in a concerning look.The Yankees star remained in the game and was back in the lineup Wednesday, going 2-for-4 in a much-needed 2-1 win over the Rays.But manager Aaron Boone acknowledged that uncomfortable-looking swing was due to the right hand discomfort that Soto has still been feeling at times after banging it on the ground against the Blue Jays on June 28.“Every now and then, he’ll take a swing where it bothers him a little bit or a swing-and-miss where it bothers him,” Boone said Wednesday at Tropicana Field.“But overall, he’s doing pretty well with it.

It’s obviously not affecting his ability to impact the ball much.”Soto homered a few innings after initially sustaining the bruised hand and was scratched from the lineup the next day because he was having difficulty swinging the bat.He was a late addition to the lineup the following day after it had improved enough and has not missed a game since, though he entered Wednesday batting 5-for-29 (.172) with eight walks, one home run and a .662 OPS in eight games since the injury.“He’s definitely been grinding through some things, but not something that I think any of us are too worried about,” Boone said.Giancarlo Stanton, who did “quite a bit of running” on Tuesday according to Boone, could be in a position to play in games when the Yankees return from the All-Star break next Friday.

The team is still debating whether Stanton, coming back from a hamstring strain that he suffered on June 22, will need a rehab assignment before coming back.Stanton missed six weeks with a hamstring strain last year but only played in one rehab game before returning to the Yankees.He homered and doubled in his first two games back but then fell into a slump.“We’ll consider all that,” Boone said.

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