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Yankees see signs that Josh Donaldson will reverse his career's worst production

Cleveland — Josh Donaldson's home runs after May 19 show his lack of strength, probably due to a shoulder injury. And it seems. A cortisone shot after he was on the COVID injured list. 

However, while Donaldson had only .556 OPS and 30 strikeouts in the last 104 at-bats, hitting coach Dillon Lawson soon made third baseman productive again. He said he had a reason to believe it might be. 

"He still has a great bat speed, we know it," Lawson told Progressive Field on Friday. .. "He still has power. It's just not getting results. It's the most encouraging because he knows he can go to the other side. It's not a loss of power. Appropriate With the kind of ball flying, you need to maximize the speed of the bat and the speed of the exit. Sometimes he puts it on the ground or pops it up, so he works on the bat pass and swing plane. 

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Meanwhile, Donaldson There is a career-.386 has a low slugging percentage, but as Lawson points out, according to the baseball savant, his expected slugging percentage is .460. 

His exit speed dropped from 94.1mph a year ago to 91.5mph this season, but that number is for the rest of his career. It matches. 

But Donaldson is also swinging more pitches outside the strike zone than ever before. 

"He came out of those periods before," Lawson said. "That's why he has the deal he has and the number of his careers." 

The Yankees trade Gary Sanchez in exchange for Isiah Kinerfarefa and catcher Ben Rortvedt. And after exchanging Gio Urshela for Minnesota, he wants to recover his investment. The last two years of his contract remained. 

"Many of his numbers are very consistent with normal locations," Lawson said. "It's not even an all-star break, and winning relieves a lot of worries." 

But for now, Donaldson is heading for his worst full season in majors. I'm increasing the pace. 

Relief Miguel Castro was put on his father's list on Friday, opening a roster spot for Aroldis Chapman to be activated from IL. Coach Aaron Boone said he hopes the Yankees will rejoin the Pittsburgh team, which will open the series on Tuesday. 

Jonathan Roaishiga (inflammation of the right shoulder) will practice live batting in Tampa on Saturday. He will play the batter for the first time since he entered IL on May 25th. 

Domingo German (right shoulder impingement) will be rehabilitating for the third time on Sunday with a Double A Somerset. The right-handed player has made two starts so far, throwing 6¹ / ₃ scoreless innings together and throwing up to 43 pitches on his last expedition.