Tauchman is expected to begin the season in an everyday role in the outfield after general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday that Aaron Judge (pectoral) and Giancarlo Stanton (ankle) are both likely to be sidelined for Opening Day, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. Cashman didn't offer a definitive timeline for when either injured slugger might be ready to make his season debut, but their absences will at least temporarily spare Tauchman from having to compete with the likes of Miguel Andujar and Clint Frazier for regular at-bats in the outfield. Tauchman probably already had a leg up in any job battle after posting an .865 OPS in 2019 while providing value in the field (7.1 UZR) and on the bases (6-for-6 on steal attempts). So long as he's able to avoid an early-season slump, Tauchman should be in good position to maintain a near-everyday role once the Yankees get healthier, though the eventual returns of Stanton and Judge figure to push him further down the batting order.
Tauchman (calf) has a chance to start in the outfield on Opening Day, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. Tauchman, who finished the 2019 season on the injured list with a calf strain, is healthy again and will get reps at all three outfield spots during spring training. His role for the start of the upcoming campaign will likely be dependent partly on whether Giancarlo Stanton begins the season in the field or at designated hitter. The Yankees are also trying out Miguel Andujar in the outfield, per Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record, so Tauchman will likely begin some games on the bench despite a solid 2019 campaign during which he drove in 47 runs in 296 plate appearances.
General manager Brian Cashman confirmed last week that Tauchman (calf) is fully healthy and viewed as a roster option for the World Series, should the Yankees advance, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. Tauchman has been on the shelf since Sept. 9 with a left calf strain, but Cashman said the organization is comfortable with where he stands on the health front after the outfielder was able to complete full baseball activities at the Yankees' spring training facility in Tampa. With Giancarlo Stanton (quadriceps) nursing an injury that inhibits him on the bases and in the field, the Yankees could view Tauchman as a more viable reserve outfield option during the Fall Classic.
Tauchman (calf) played catch Wednesday, Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports. A calf strain has sidelined Tauchman since early September. He's not expected to have a chance to return this year unless the Yankees make the World Series, and even then, he'd only have a small chance to do so.
Tauchman (calf) has a "small chance" of returning to action if the Yankees make the World Series, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. Tauchman has not played since Sept. 8 and has yet to resume baseball activities, though he has reported improvement in his strained left calf. He had a productive season at the plate, batting .277 with 13 homers and 47 RBI in 87 games, so he would be an enticing option should New York advance to the World Series. However, with limited time left to rehab and no clear recovery timeline established, the odds of Tauchman playing again this season are clearly long.