New York Yankees Player News: All Positions

News: Paxton (4-3) gave up two runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out seven through six innings, taking the win against the White Sox on Sunday.
Impact: Paxton gave up a solo home run in the first inning but settled down to secure his fourth win with a quality start. The 30-year-old continues to be dominant with 17 swinging strikes in this start and a 14 percent swinging-strike rate this season. Along with his impressive 11.6 K/9, Paxton lowered his ERA to 3.93 through 11 starts. Paxton will look to carry this momentum into his next start Friday against the Astros at Yankee Stadium.
News: Frazier was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre following Sunday's game against the White Sox, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports. He went 1-for-5 prior to the demotion.
Impact: Frazier is slashing .283/.330/.513 with 11 homers and 34 RBI over 53 games this season with the big-league club, but he'll head to the minors to make room for the acquisition of Edwin Encarnacion. He'll likely be one of the top options to return to the major leagues should an injury occur to a position player.
News: Hicks is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the White Sox, Coley Harvey of reports.
Impact: The Yankees are likely just giving Hicks a maintenance day after he started in each of the team's last nine games and hit only .188 over that stretch. Despite his lackluster production since returning from the injured list in mid-May, Hicks is the likeliest candidate among the Yankees' outfielders to retain a full-time role once Giancarlo Stanton (shoulder) and Aaron Judge (oblique) are back in action, thanks to his often elite defense. Stanton is on track to return from the IL on Tuesday, while Judge's reinstatement could come days later.
News: Gregorius is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the White Sox, Coley Harvey of reports.
Impact: The Yankees are still easing Gregorius along slowly following his return from Tommy John surgery earlier this month, so he'll sit for the third time in nine contests. With Gregorius taking a seat, Gleyber Torres will shift over to shortstop while Gio Urshela enters the starting nine at third base.
News: Sanchez is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the White Sox, Coley Harvey of reports.
Impact: Sanchez will receive a routine breather after starting the past six games, with five of those assignments coming at catcher. He'll give way to Austin Romine behind the plate in the series finale.
News: The Yankees intend to activate Stanton (shoulder) from the 10-day injured list Tuesday, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
Impact: One of the higher-profile players on the Yankees' roster who has spent extended time on the IL this season, Stanton finally looks to have moved past the biceps, calf and shoulder injuries that have kept him on the shelf since April 1. Stanton has put his huge power on display during his current minor-league rehab assignment, homering four times in four games between High-A Tampa and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Assuming he experiences no recurrence of the shoulder issue coming out of Sunday's appearance with the Triple-A club, Stanton should immediately reclaim an everyday role in left field. Stanton's arrival will likely leave Brett Gardner and Clint Frazier to vie for one spot in the Yankees' regular outfield.
News: Encarnacion (back) will join the Yankees in New York on Monday ahead of their series opener against the Rays, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports. Manager Aaron Boone said that Encarnacion would likely act as the Yankees' "primary DH."
Impact: The Yankees beefed up their lineup in a major way Saturday when they swung a deal with the Mariners to acquire Encarnacion, who had slugged 21 home runs through 289 plate appearances on the season. Though Giancarlo Stanton (shoulder) is on track to return from the 10-day injured list Tuesday and Aaron Judge (oblique) isn't far behind, Boone appears content to deploy the two as the Yankees' everyday corner outfielders, relegating Brett Gardner to a fourth-outfielder role as a result. Once New York has all its key hitters back to full health, Encarnacion may be forced to settle for a spot in the bottom half of the order, but the overall strength of the lineup from one through nine should translate to plenty of run-scoring and run-producing opportunities for the veteran slugger. Encarnacion had been managing a back issue prior to being traded, but it's believed to be only a day-to-day concern at this point.
News: Sanchez went 1-for-3 with two runs scored, three RBI, a double and two walks in Saturday's win over the White Sox.
Impact: Sanchez put the Yankees on the board in the fourth inning with a two-run double, and he also delivered an RBI groundout in the seventh. The 26-year-old was 0-for-6 in the first two games of the series but came through as a run producer Saturday.
News: Torres went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in an 8-4 win over the White Sox on Saturday.
Impact: Torres delivered a two-run homer for the Yankees in the fourth inning and brought home another run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth. The 22-year-old has reached base in 12 straight games and is hitting .333 in that stretch.
News: Cortes (1-0) earned the win Saturday versus the White Sox by allowing two runs on six hits over five innings. He struck out seven and walked none.
Impact: Cortes followed opener Chad Green and didn't allow an extra-base hit to the White Sox. The 24-year-old gave up three runs in both of his first two outings this season but has now fired 13 straight scoreless innings over his last four appearances.
News: Barrett (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Saturday, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Impact: Barrett landed on the 10-day IL on May 26 with elbow inflammation and apparently hasn't made much progress towards his return. The 27-year-old will be unable to be activated until late July.
News: Encarnacion (back) was acquired by the Yankees from the Mariners on Saturday, Jeff Passan of reports.
Impact: Encarnacion was out of the lineup the last two games as a precaution due to a minor back issue, and it now appears he's already played his last game with Seattle. The veteran slugger has a .241/.356/.531 slash line and his 21 home runs lead the American League. Aaron Judge (oblique) and Giancarlo Stanton (shoulder) are both nearing their returns from the injured list, so it should be interesting to see how playing time is divvied out between first base and designated hitter once they return, especially with Luke Voit also in the mix.