BALTIMORE — The Yankees are confident Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Hicks’ injuries aren’t serious, so they both avoided the injured list as of Saturday evening.
Both Stanton, who sat again with left quad tightness, and Hicks, also out of the lineup with a torn sheath in his left wrist, showed signs of improvement.
While that would be good news long-term, it meant the Yankees were potentially playing while short two players — important ones, at that — since they didn’t add anyone to the roster.
“These things pop up over the course of the season,’’ Aaron Boone said before the Yankees faced the Orioles at Camden Yards. “You’ve got to adapt.”
They also continue to be without Gleyber Torres, who now looks like he could well be out for the entirety of the 10-day COVID-19 IL after the Yankees had expressed some optimism Friday that it might be a shorter stay.
“He’s positive and in quarantine,’’ Boone said of Torres, so far the only Yankees player to test positive for COVID-19 during the outbreak, which has also affected pitching coach Matt Blake, first base coach Reggie Willits and third base coach Phil Nevin, as well as four unnamed members of the support staff.
With Hicks and Stanton out, Miguel Andujar moved to left field and Aaron Judge served as DH, while Tyler Wade was at shortstop.
Boone said they wanted to give Stanton and Hicks “another day or two” to see if they could return without an IL stint, rather than losing them for 10 days.
Hicks, who has not had a cortisone shot and is treating the injury with anti-inflammatory medicine, was scheduled to take swings in the cage on Saturday after resting the previous two days. And Boone called Stanton’s situation day-to-day.
“We’ll see where we are [Sunday],’’ Boone said. “We’ll have to make a call one way or the other on both guys.”
Rougned Odor, still out with a sprained left knee, had a “really good day’’ Friday, according to Boone and took batting practice on the field Saturday, with the manager still not ruling out the possibility of Odor returning for the upcoming series at the Rangers, which begins Monday.