Yankees’ Star Slugger Juan Soto is Dealing With Elbow Inflammation, Will Avoid IL

Juan Soto with the Washington Nationals in 2019
Juan Soto with the Washington Nationals in 2019. Photo by Austin Mcafee/CSM/Shutterstock (10412728l)

The New York Yankees’ star slugger Juan Soto will be sidelined for several days as he’s dealing with elbow inflammation. But the good news for the Yankees and Soto is that the injury isn’t considered serious enough to warrant a stint on the Injured List.

Soto first experienced issues with his forearm during Thursday’s 9-5 win over the Minnesota Twins. He then underwent a series of tests on his elbow on Friday, which revealed that there was no structural damage.

“It was what I was looking for,” Soto told reporters. “Just trying to see what was really going on in my elbow, and we were having a little bit of thinking of what it was going to be like and how it was going to come out. And thank God it came out our way.”

According to Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone, Soto will treat the elbow inflammation with medicine and won’t require injections. It is yet to be determined whether Soto will decide to make a swift return and play through discomfort or wait until the issue is completely resolved.

Soto has been having a great season in 2024, with his performances being big part of the reason why the Yankees currently sit in first place in the AL East with a 45-20 record. In 64 games played before the injury, Soto was batting .318 with 17 home runs and 53 RBIs.

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