New York Yankees Player News: All Positions

News: Torres went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and two runs in an 8-0 victory against the Angels on Tuesday.
Impact: The 22-year-old has displayed a ton of power all season long, but he already has five homers in September after hitting 13 in August. In fact, half of his home runs this season have come since July 24. Torres is batting .285 with 38 home runs, 90 RBI, 96 runs and five steals in 522 at-bats this season.
News: Severino pitched four shutout innings, allowing only two hits with two walks and four strikeouts during a no-decision against the Angels on Tuesday.
Impact: With Severino returning from the IL, he was on a short leash. That's too bad because he only needed three more outs to qualify for the win, but owners couldn't have asked for anything more during his 2019 debut. Severino owns career marks of 41-25, 3.51 ERA and 1.15 WHIP, and owners should feel confident he can achieve those marks in a couple starts down the stretch with the way he pitched Tuesday.
News: Maybin is still dealing with the wrist issue that has plagued him of late, Mike Mazzeo of Yahoo Sports reports.
Impact: He has not appeared in a game since Sept. 15 and has not started a game since Sept. 14. Right now it sounds like he is only available off the bench, if that. Clint Frazier should continue to see extra work, and Giancarlo Stanton (knee) is due back in a day or two.
News: Betances has a partial tear of his left Achilles tendon, Mike Mazzeo of Yahoo Sports reports.
Impact: He apparently landed awkwardly on the mound in his appearance Sunday and went through testing Tuesday. Surgery is not being recommended at this time but he is going for a second opinion, so surgery is not off the table either. Regardless, it's safe to say Betances' season is over. He had only just returned from a shoulder injury that wiped out almost his whole season. He is a free agent this offseason, so this injury couldn't have come at a worse time.
News: German could pitch in relief of CC Sabathia on Wednesday or could start later in the week, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
Impact: German had been shifted to a long-relief role to preserve his arm as the Yankees look to manage his workload heading into the playoffs. It's possible the Yankees are waiting to see how long Sabathia is able to last. J.A. Happ's status is also up in the air as he deals with biceps tendinitis.
News: Sanchez (groin) has a chance to return before the end of the regular season, though his timeline remains unclear, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Sanchez is working his way back from the groin strain which he suffered Thursday. The standard recovery timeline would have him returning right around the final few days of the regular season, though nothing's certain. The Yankees are primarily concerned with his readiness for the playoffs.
News: Encarnacion (oblique) is not expected to resume swinging this week, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Encarnacion expects to be back from his internal oblique strain before the end of the regular season, though time is running short. The Yankees are likely more concerned with his availability for the playoffs and won't have much reason to rush him back and risk further injury.
News: Hicks (elbow) has resumed a throwing program at the Yankees' spring training facility, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Hicks is battling a flexor strain and hasn't played since early August. Reports from last week suggested he'd be shut down for a few more weeks before being re-evaluated, but he's evidently resumed work ahead of that schedule. It remains unclear whether he'll be able to return to action at some point during the playoffs.
News: Stanton (knee) could be activated as soon as Wednesday, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Stanton should be back with the team no later than Thursday, though he may not play right away. Manager Aaron Boone said Monday that he doesn't expect Stanton to start his first game back, but he's eventually expected to be the team's regular left fielder heading into the playoffs.
News: Happ (biceps) is still hoping to start Thursday against the Angels, Mike Mazzeo of Yahoo Sports reports.
Impact: Happ has been dealing with biceps tendinitis in recent weeks and received a cortisone shot Friday, though it doesn't appear as though he'll wind up missing a start. If he's able to pitch Thursday, he'll simply be pitching on two extra days of rest, as his previous start came last Thursday against the Tigers.
News: Valera was designated for assignment by the Yankees on Tuesday.
Impact: Valera will make way on the 40-man roster for Luis Severino's return from a lat injury. He didn't do much in 37 plate appearances at the big-league level this season, hitting .219/.324/.313.
News: Severino (lat) was activated as expected ahead of his scheduled start Tuesday against the Angels.
Impact: Severino is finally ready to go after recovering from injuries that have held him back since spring training. He reached 64 pitches in his latest rehab start, so while he'll likely fall short of a normal starter's workload in his first outing of the season, he should be able to throw more than just a couple innings. The Yankees' primary concern for Severino down the stretch will likely be making sure he's able to contribute in the playoffs.
News: Frazier remains on the bench Tuesday against the Angels.
Impact: Frazier looked to be moving into a starting role in left field after Mike Tauchman suffered a season-ending calf injury last week, but he's now on the bench for the third straight game. Cameron Maybin starts in left field.
News: Tauchman (calf) indicated that he is improving but has not yet resumed baseball activities, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Impact: Though Tauchman's lack of participation in baseball activities further emphasizes the unlikelihood of a return in the regular season, his improvement bodes well for potential activation should the Yankees advance in the playoffs. The 28-year-old was slashing a productive .277/.361/.504 with 13 homers and 47 RBI in 296 plate appearances before going down with a strained left calf Sept. 8.