The Yankees will take a giant step forward in getting back two of their key injured players on Tuesday. Both Eric Chavez and Rafael Soriano are expected to begin their minor league rehabs that day, according to Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger and Chad Jennings of the Journal News.
Soriano went through a line of live batting practice with no problems on Saturday and has been cleared. He will probably be ready after he appears in back-to-back games or five or six days.
Chavez only recently began baseball activities and it is a little surprising to see him get into a game so quickly. It will likely take him a full week or even two before the Yankees consider calling him up.
If both players were to come back quickly, healthy, and strong the Yankees would have two spots filled that they wouldn’t otherwise have to make trades to fill.