A Report from Aaron Boone on the Yankees’ Injured Ace: “He’s Moving in That Direction”

According to Aaron Boone, the Yankees’ injured star is making progress in that direction.
At this point in the 2024 season, the Yankees are behaving like, well, the Yankees. Out of those seven games so far this year, they have won six.

Juan Soto is acting as if he is in his contract year. Following an off-kilter start, Aaron Judge is back to his usual self. By the way, when it comes to batting, Anthony Volpe has matured.starting the year with 529. The bullpen is, without fail, performing at a high level.

New York is merely missing ace Gerrit Cole, who’s been sidelined with nerve irritation and edema since March 16.

Before their game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on April 4, club manager Aaron Boone spoke with reporters and gave a brief, upbeat update on the 2023 CY Young winner.

“I know he’s moving in that direction,” Boone told the New York Post. “Everything seems to be going well so far.”

Cole’s original rehab plan for a return had him on pace for the start of July. So far, so good.

Cole on Rehab: ‘A Lot of Good Days in a Row’
New York’s ace chatted with YES Network broadcasters during the second inning of their April 4 win. He stated all the things Yankees fans like to hear, and termed the nature of his rehab “encouraging.”

“We’ve had a lot of good days in a row,” Cole told YES Network. “Everything’s been going nicely, coming along pretty smoothly. So it’s optimistic for sure.”

While he hasn’t begun on a throwing regimen, Cole has been getting the strength back up in his throwing arm. When asked how, he went above and above, sparing next to no detail.

“You build it from all the different vulnerable positions,” Cole told YES Network. “And you kinda build it up in each position specifically. As you’re at specific places of your arm path and what not, you train that positions eccentrically and concentrically. And then you train them from a strength perspective, and then a dynamic perspective and then you kind of put it all together with single-arm [plyometrics] and then eventually throwing the baseball.”

Gerrit Cole won 15 of 19 starts last season, pitching for a 2.63 ERA in 33 games played, and ultimately capturing the Cy Young award.

To add that kind of player to this New York Yankees squad would command World Series expectations. They look primed to deliver.

Aaron Judge Hits First Home Run of the Season
There’s no place like home. And the New York Yankees are headed back to the Big Apple following a season-opening road trip that saw them play seven games to start the year.

They’re blazing on all cylinders coming home, with Aaron Judge’s first home run of the season the lone missing link going into their April 4 game in Arizona. He delivered in the fourth inning to put the Yankees ahead two runs to one.


But to punch their ticket home, they had to battle the Diamondbacks into extra innings. Closing pitcher Caleb Ferguson left three stranded on loaded bases in the bottom of the 11th inning to get the win.

New York’s 6-1 record to open the season is tied for the second-best in franchise history.

They’ll attempt to retain their momentum, as they take their home ground for the first time on April 5. They’ll host the Toronto Blue Jays for a three-game series to begin the homestand.

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