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Juan Soto likely to miss a few games, but Aaron Boone still not expecting IL stint



With Juan Soto out of the Yankees‘ lineup again on Saturday, Aaron Boone said the slugger may miss the next few games as he treats inflammation in his left forearm.

“We’re leaning towards giving it a couple days,” the manger said before the Yankees played the Dodgers Saturday. “So we’ll see how it goes today moving around, but it’s probably gonna be at least a couple days.”

Soto received more treatment on Saturday. While Boone didn’t rule out a possible stint on the injured list, he reiterated that that is not the expectation.

Boone wasn’t sure if Soto planned to swing a bat on Saturday.

Soto, who appeared in 162 games with the Padres last season, takes pride in playing everyday. Boone noted it’s probably “killing him” to miss highly-anticipated games against Los Angeles.

“We will see for the next couple of days how I’m gonna feel,” Soto said Friday. “We’re gonna go day by day and see how I’ve been feeling.

“It’s tough to see the game from the bench, and I don’t like that.”

However, Boone also said the 25-year-old Soto, an impending free agent, “sees the big picture” and understands it’s best to heal after dealing with this issue for the last week and a half or so.

“I don’t think when he goes out there he’s putting himself at risk or anything,” Boone said. “It’s not that kind of situation, but wanna try and get [the inflammation] out of there. So we’ll continue to kind of see how he’s improving.

“When he’s ready, he’s ready.”

COLE’S SUNDAY PLANS

Boone expected Gerrit Cole (elbow inflammation) to throw about 55-60ish pitches for Double-A Somerset on Sunday, but he didn’t have a precise count for the ace’s second rehab start.

Boone also didn’t rule out Cole finishing his build up at the major league level whenever he comes back. Boone added that Cole would be part of that decision.

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