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Joey Gallo returns to lineup Wednesday vs. Blue Jays

The Yankees outfielder had missed the past three games due to a groin injury.

Joey Gallo #13 of the New York Yankees in action against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on April 27, 2022 in New York City. New York Yankees defeated the Baltimore Orioles 5-2. Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

Update, May 4 — Gallo is back in the lineup after missing three games due to a groin injury. He’ll be batting seventh and is back in left field for the series finale against the Blue Jays. The Yankees have taken the first two games of the series and are looking for a sweep, along with their 12th straight victory.

Update, May 3 — Gallo will remain out of the lineup for Tuesday night’s game vs. the Blue Jays. The Yankees pulled off a 3-2 win on Monday night to take the first game of the series. Gallo sat out that game and the Yanks will sit LaMahieu in Game 2 of the series in favor of Marwin Gonzalez, who will play LF and bat 7th in the order. Donaldson moves back to 3B after DHing on Monday while Stanton will DH after playing RF last night.

New York Yankees OF Joey Gallo remains out of the lineup on Monday night vs. the Toronto Blue Jays due to a groin injury. More to come. Here’s a look at the lineup to start the series against the Jays in Toronto.

As a result of the Gallo injury, the Yanks are opting to put Giancarlo Stanton in right field with Aaron Judge shifting to center and Aaron Hicks in left. Josh Donaldson isn’t playing third base and will get a night off from fielding as the DH. DJ LeMahieu shifts over to third while Isiah Kiner-Falefa will play short with Gleyber Torres at second. It’s a strong shift for the Yankees. Stanton is an underrated outfielder and having Judge and Hicks cover most of the ground is ideal. The infield gets a bit of a boost with Donaldson not out there as well.

The Yankees having Gallo out of the lineup against Toronto is probably a plus. IKF is hitting above .300. Stanton is starting to find his groove and the rest of the lineup has been pretty solid. Gallo leads the team in strikeouts with 29 in 61 ABs, K’ing on nearly half of his times up at bat. We could see Gallo just land on the injured list due to the groin issue. Not that we ever want anyone to get hurt, but this should be a net-positive for the Yankees lineup overall.