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New York Yankees Face Injury Setbacks During Successful Season

Despite injuries to key players, the Yankees are still performing well and hoping to continue their recent success.

Key Points

Yankees face injuries but still have winning record.
Aaron Judge names four legendary Yankees players.
Rookie shortstop Anthony Volpe shows resilience despite struggles.

The New York Yankees have been facing setbacks in their bid to get back to full strength, with players getting injured during their recent West Coast road trip. The team lost Harrison Bader and Greg Allen to the injured list due to hamstring strains, while Anthony Rizzo missed the Mariners series due to a stiff neck. Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated off the injured list, but Nestor Cortes and Aaron Judge could be joining the injured list soon due to shoulder and toe issues, respectively.

Despite these setbacks, the Yankees are still 11 games above .500, and manager Aaron Boone praised the team for doing things that help them win games. The team's resilience may be tested in the coming weeks depending on the results of Judge and Cortes' tests.

Yankees Battle Through Injuries in Bold Graffiti Style

Aaron Judge, the New York Yankees outfielder, recently named the four legends of the franchise he considers to be on the "Mount Rushmore" of team greats, namely Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, and Derek Jeter. He acknowledged that Berra was a ten-time World Series champion with the Yankees, Mantle won seven titles and three MVP awards as the Yankees' everyday center fielder and leading slugger, Ruth became one of the greatest home-run hitters in baseball history after being a prolific pitcher, and Jeter set the standard for the success of the modern Yankees during his 20-year career in New York.

He also spoke about being named the Yankees' first team captain since Jeter, shortly after agreeing to remain in the Bronx last offseason on a nine-year, $360 million contract after testing free agency. He said that he was initially stunned when Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner revealed his plans to give Judge the captaincy on the same late-night call during which they finally hammered out Judge's new deal.

Anthony Volpe, the rookie shortstop for the New York Yankees, has faced both highs and lows in his first 61 games of the season. Despite recent struggles at the plate, the Yankees have shown faith in him and he responded with a two-hit game and a clutch two-run home run in the ninth inning against the Dodgers on Sunday. Volpe has a slash line of .193/.268/.363, nine home runs, 72 strikeouts, 21 walks, and 13 steals in 61 games, along with some impressive defense and a team-high seven errors.

Manager Aaron Boone has been impressed with how Volpe has responded to the growing pains and bounced back from his struggles. The Yankees are committed to letting him handle the shortstop position and believe he is equipped to handle the adversity that comes with being a rookie in the majors.

Injuries are a part of any baseball season, and the Yankees are no exception. However, their recent success and resilience in the face of injury setbacks show that they are still a team to be reckoned with. With Aaron Judge and other key players potentially returning soon, the Yankees will be looking to continue their winning ways and make a strong push for the playoffs.

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