New York Yankees injury return timetable

Aaron Judge among the many injured Yankees early in 2019.|Art or Photo Credit: USA Today

Entering play Tuesday, the Yanks have 13 players on the injured list, many of whom boast All-Star resumes, MVP Awards and gobs of production sorely missing from the Bomber lineup.
In spite of this brutal injury luck, the Yankees have been one of the hottest teams in baseball thanks to their 'Next Man Up' mentality, the quality of their minor league depth, as well as the consistency of a few key players.
While some players like Mike Tauchman, Thairo Estrada and Mike Ford may eventually see their playing time diminish with the returns of the previous starting bunch, it's been an invaluable opportunity for many to get an extended chance to face MLB competition.
Still, most Yankees fans will be glad to see the returns of players like Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Andujar, Luis Severino among many others, so let's take a look at when each of the 13 injured men can expect to be back.
YANKEES INJURY RETURN TIMETABLE - Position Players
3B Miguel Andujar - Partially torn right labrum
Last year's American League Rookie of the Year runner-up suffered the shoulder injury when sliding back to third base in a March 31 game against Baltimore, but is slated to play in a rehab game with the Tampa Tarpons on Tuesday. He could be back within the week.
1B Greg Bird - Torn left plantar fascia
Following a 6-for-35 start at the plate, Bird's left foot injury has sidelined him since April 16 while the incumbent Luke Voit has battered the opposition, even claiming AL Player of the Week honors on Monday. Bird should return in the next two months depending on his progress.
OF Jacoby Ellsbury - Shoulder, hip
The oft-injured veteran outfielder has not played for the Yankees since 2017, and continues to battle "a number of little things that continue to pop up," per manager Aaron Boone. Ellsbury doesn't appear ready to return anytime soon, Boone said Saturday. "Certainly not in the short term."
OF Clint Frazier - Sprained left ankle 
The fiery spark plug was off to a torrid start, batting .324 with six homers in his first 18 games until a firm slide back into second base led to a partial tear in his left ankle. Frazier insisted on staying off of the injured list, but Boone and the Yankees wanted to be cautious. Luckily for Frazier, he is on track to return to the lineup within the next two weeks.
SS Didi Gregorius - Tommy John surgery
One of the most prominent leaders in the Yankees clubhouse, Sir Didi has yet to suit up for the Bombers after undergoing TJ surgery this offseason, but Boone has maintained that his shortstop's recovery is going very smoothly, saying, "We continue to believe that we'll get him for a good chunk of the season." If that remains the case, Gregorius could potentially return at some point around the All-Star break.
OF Aaron Hicks - Chronic back pain
Shortly after inking a new seven-year extension to stay in New York, the versatile centerfielder Hicks was limited by back stiffness and later diagnosed with chronic back pain. He faced live pitching this past weekend, and could be on track to return later in May.
OF Aaron Judge - Left oblique strain
Tabbed an 'irreplaceable' player by teammate Brett Gardner, Judge could face a lengthy recovery timeline as he works his way back from a left oblique strain described by Aaron Boone as "pretty significant." The 2017 Rookie of the Year has no specified timetable for return as of yet, but he'll likely be reevaluated later this week.
OF Giancarlo Stanton - Left bicep strain, shoulder cortisone injection
The good news for 2017's NL MVP is that his bicep strain has healed, however during that process he was forced to receive a cortisone shot in his left shoulder, which is now in recovery. Stanton should resume swinging a bat before the Yankees return home to the Bronx following a two-game stint in Arizona. 
SS Troy Tulowitzki - Left calf strain
The veteran shortstop with a history of injury troubles fell on the IL with a strained left calf, but will join Andujar for a rehab assignment in Tampa on Tuesday. In five games this year, the 34-year-old infielder has doubled and homered while posting a slash line of .182/.308/.545.

YANKEES INJURY RETURN TIMETABLE - Pitchers
RHP Dellin Betances - Right shoulder impingement
Betances' velocity concerns in spring training led to his arrival on the injured list, but the hulking 6-foot-8 reliever could begin throwing again as early as Friday as the Yankees bullpen looks to return to its typically dominant form.
RHP Ben Heller - Tommy John surgery
The middle reliever has been sidelined after TJ surgery since last April, but has been on the mend and could face live batters in a rehab scenario soon. He's throwing his full arsenal of pitches and is working to build up his velocity on the mound.
LHP Jordan Montgomery - Tommy John surgery
The young lefty has been steadily recovering from his TJ surgery from last June, although he has not yet faced live hitters. Boone and the Yankees are hopeful he can return by the second half of 2019, at which point he'll likely be a long-relief option out of the bullpen until he's built back up.
RHP Luis Severino - Strained right lat muscle
Another critical blow to one of the best players on the roster was felt earlier this spring, when Severino was abruptly removed from making a spring start after feeling a tweak in his right shoulder. Rotator cuff inflammation was the initial diagnosis, and then a subsequent MRI revealed a Grade 2 lat strain. Sevy will likely remain out until at least July, and won't resume throwing until late-May.