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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (shoulder, groin) is likely to be activated from the injured list in the next few days, according to Yankees manager Aaron Boone. The 27-year-old hasn't pitched in the majors since the 2019 ALCS. He underwent Tommy John surgery after the 2019 postseason and he has been working his way back ever since with multiple obstacles along the way, including a groin injury he suffered this year. The Yankees haven't made it clear how exactly Severino will be utilized upon joining the team. He will either be used as an opener or he'll pitch out of the bullpen. Either way, he isn't someone worth targeting in redraft leagues for the final weeks of the year as the team will certainly keep his pitch count down.
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez will get a rest for Sunday's matinee against Cleveland. Backup backstop Kyle Higashioka will take his place in the starting lineup, batting ninth. Sanchez has struggled of late, slashing .186/.259/.333 with four homers over his last 30 games and 102 at-bats. He has just four hits in his last nine games, so fantasy managers should not bemoan his absence too much.
New York Yankees outfielder Joey Gallo (neck) will not start Sunday's game against Cleveland. Gallo was removed from Saturday's game in the fifth inning with neck tightness, and Tyler Wade took his spot in the outfield. The Yankees will deploy an outfield of Brett Gardner, Aaron Judge, and Giancarlo Stanton across the grass with Luke Voit at designated hitter. Gallo has been on fire with six homers in his last seven games, so his absence is a big blow to fantasy managers, especially those who have playoff matchups coming down to the wire. His return is expected early in the week.
New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit went 1-for-2 with a two-run homer and a walk in Saturday's loss to the Indians. Voit swatted a homer in the eighth inning with the game already out of hand, registering a 105.5 MPH exit velocity on the 403-foot blast. The slugging first baseman has had a quiet September, but has now left the yard twice in the last three games, perhaps a sign of things to come. It's been a disappointing campaign for Voit, who led the majors in homers a year ago.
New York Yankees outfielder Joey Gallo (neck) left Saturday's game against the Indians early due to injury. Gallo is dealing with neck stiffness, which he received treatment for Friday night. Manager Aaron Boone said that the slugger could "potentially, hopefully," return to the lineup for Sunday's contest. That would be ideal for both the Yankees and fantasy managers, as Gallo has been red-hot at the dish lately, crushing six homers in the past week of play. Look for him to return to action either Sunday against Cleveland or Monday against his former team, the Rangers.