Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton expected to return this week

The Yankees expect to have Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton back in the lineup this week, manager Aaron Boone said Monday on MLB Network Radio.

Stanton hasn’t played since Aug. 8 due to a left hamstring strain. Judge strained his right calf on Aug. 11 and aggravated the injury on Aug. 26, his first game after coming off the IL.

“We expect them back this week,” Boone said. “We’ll ease them in. If we bring them back quickly, we’ll probably see them play, then [give them] a day off, then play. We’ll build them up, hopefully, by that last week [of the regular season] where they’re going three, four days in a row.”

New York also has been playing without third baseman Gio Urshela (bone spur in right elbow) and right-hander Jonathan Loaisiga (undisclosed non-COVID illness), both of whom are expected back for Tuesday’s game against the Blue Jays.