Juan Soto Injury Status Revealed As Yankees Fans On Pins & Needles

Juan Soto had an MRI on Friday at noon after complaining of left forearm soreness and being pulled from their game on Thursday night. New York Yankees fans have been holding their breath ever since. The first reports on a diagnosis are starting to trickle in, and fans can breathe a little easier... maybe. 

Jon Heyman says the initial diagnosis is inflammation, which is certainly a lot better than any structural damage. He is not in the lineup for Friday's game.

"It's just been something that's been bothering him for about the last week or so," manager Aaron Boone said. “In the grand scheme of things, we got some good news.”

"I actually just woke up one day and felt the tightness and discomfort in my forearm," Soto added.

What really had fans scared and thinking the worst Thursday night is that shortly after the Soto injury was announced, outfield uber prospect Jasson Dominguez was pulled from center field in his Triple-A start with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Were those two moves related? Could Dominguez be o his way up to replace Soto? Apparently not, as they have been treating Dominguez with kid gloves in his outfield starts so far all the way through his rehab assignment. 

Soto has been replaceable so far this season in his first year in Pinstripes, helping (along with Aaron Judge) to lead the Yankees to a 45-19 mark, best in the majors. Soto is hitting .319, with 17 home runs and 53 RBIs, a major league leading .424 on-base, and a robust 1.027 OPS. Needless to say, the Yankees can ill-afford to be without him for any length of time.

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