If a successful rehab stint is any indication, Oswald Peraza may be back in The Bronx soon.
Peraza, who went on the 10-day injured list with a sprained right ankle dating back to May 3 when the Yankees activated Aaron Judge, went 1-for-4 in Sunday’s rehab game with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday, hitting . home run and played six innings shortstop before being lifted.
Yankees coach Aaron Boone said before his team lost to the Rays, 8-7, on Sunday. “So, I wanted to get him into a game and get that started. It’s good that he’s going to go play today and bat and start playing.”
The Yankees face a series of roster decisions once they’re healthy, though that’s still a while with Josh Donaldson (right hamstring) and Giancarlo Stanton (left hamstring) not expecting to return so soon.
However, the machinations of the final roster could see Peraza at Triple-A, or affect Aaron Hicks, who has dealt with a hip problem over the past few days.
For now, though, Boone seemed open to bringing Peraza back to The Bronx once the player is eligible, saying he needs to look at the situation.
Louis Severino (London Dynasty) could return Sunday in Cincinnati if his rehab scheduled for Tuesday goes according to plan.
“I think it plays a role,” Boone said. “And I think all of those things can be considered. How does he do, what does he look like, how does he feel and then we’ll do that call.”
Boone said Carlos Rodon (tight back) started throwing Saturday from 60 to 75 feet, after getting a cortisone shot on Tuesday.
Boone said Hicks (hip) is healthy enough to be in the lineup, though the outfielder sat out Sunday. Jake Bauers pitched against the Rays with Gleyber Torres benched, though Torres eventually came into the game as a batter for Powers.
Pitching coach Matt Blake was ejected from Sunday’s game in the fifth inning after intercepting a 3-2 pitch to Josh Lowe.
“I think it was only a couple of calls that got the blood boiling a little bit,” Boone said. “And I think Lowe — the tailgate breaking the ball to Lowe — got everyone going. That was it.”
Clark Schmidt brought up the same call during his post-game session with reporters, saying, “I thought, obviously, they missed a putt there. But it could go either way.”