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Yankees Notes: Stanton, Judge injury updates

owsmrqt6c1chhwygnaa1Giancarlo Stanton was scratched from what would have been his second Minor League rehabilitation game with Class A Advanced Tampa on Tuesday due to tightness in his left knee.

Stanton went 1-for-3 with a home run on Monday in his first contest with the Tarpons. Speaking after the club’s 11-4 victory over the Orioles in Baltimore, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said that Stanton was hit by a pitch during a live batting-practice session last Friday.

Judge does more on-field activity

Aaron Judge once again has a bat in his hands, as the slugger’s on-field activity is continuing to increase, a most welcome development for a first-place Yankees club that is attempting to build on its advantage in the American League East.

Judge stood in the batter’s box to track pitches during Tanaka’s bullpen session on Tuesday at Camden Yards, then played catch and ran prior to the Yankees’ game against the Orioles. Though Judge is still not ready to swing the bat, Boone said Judge seems to be heading in that direction.

Tanaka cleared to return

Masahiro Tanaka has been cleared to return to the mound on Thursday, taking his regular place in the rotation for the series finale against the Orioles. The right-hander’s availability was in question after he sustained a right shin contusion that forced him to exit his last start, having been smoked by a 111.3 mph grounder off the bat of the Rays’ Yandy Diaz.

Didi misses extended Spring game

Didi Gregorius did not play in his scheduled game at extended spring training on Tuesday. Boone said Gregorius had been slated to DH but showed signs of dehydration after playing five innings on Monday.

Paxton, Betances, Tulowitzki

James Paxton (left knee inflammation) is scheduled to throw about 60 pitches in a three-inning simulated game on Friday in Tampa, Fla. If that goes well, Paxton is expected to return to the rotation without requiring a Minor League rehab assignment.

Dellin Betances (right shoulder impingement) increased his throwing program to 120 feet on Tuesday, including some breaking balls on flat ground.

Troy Tulowitzki (left calf strain) ran sprints, hit on the field and took batting practice Tuesday at the Yankees’ complex in Tampa.

MLB.com contributed to this report

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