Paxton still has knee problems; Gregorius to start the 20-day clock

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The only New York Yankees in action on Friday were those on the wounded list.

While the club of the big league rained in Kansas City, the Yankees pitcher James Paxton and the interbase Didi Gregorius continued to prove their injuries in late spring's approval on Friday – with mixed results.

Paxton still has a discomfort in his sick left knee, while Gregorius plans to begin an injury rehabilitation assignment in the minor league on Saturday, which will make him back into the big league team by mid-June.

Paxton conceded a shot in four innings and eliminated seven against Detroit. It has not launched for the Yankees since May 3rd.

"I felt it a little bit, but I was still able to take my steps, which is what I wanted to see," Paxton said.

Paxton had a cortisone stroke on May 4th.

"If by today with more pain than I walked today, we will have to do something," Paxton added. "But, if I come tomorrow and it seems as if it arrived today, it is just what I will have for now."

Paxton launched 42 of the 55 strikes for strikes.

"Tomorrow is a great day, because things and execution, all the things we wanted to see today, I think we saw. So, how does it bounce back?", Said the manager of the Yankees Aaron Boone. "I hope you will arrive tomorrow and feel strong and we can start moving forward."

The 30-year-old left-handed, 3-2 with an ERA 3.11 in seven starts, is among the five Yanks who start pitchers on the injured list, joined by the ace Luis Severino (inflammation in the right shoulder), CC Sabathia (inflammation of the right knee), Jonathan Loaisiga (right shoulder) and Jordan Montgomery (Tommy John surgery).

Gregorius, who returned from Tommy John's surgery last October 17, was the designated batter on Friday in his fourth spring training game. It is planned to begin a rehabilitation course on Saturday night with the A Tampa class. Position players can spend up to 20 days in a rehabilitation assignment.

"My time has not yet come," Gregorius said of his coup. "But defensively I'm good. Arm and all is well."

Boone is anxious to get his shortstop back.

"Obviously the kind of player who is, what he means for our team, between the lines and in the club house and know everything he has been through," said Boone. "But from the intervention, it went as we hoped in every step and this is another indication."

Troystop Troy Tulowitzki has made nine appearances in the pot in his first simulated game since he unleashed his left calf. He hasn't played the Yankees since April 3rd.

Tulowitzki could start a rehabilitation next week. He continued to take the basics in the third and second interchange, where he worked to shoot double games.

SATURDAY TWINBILL

The Yankees and the Royals will play a daytime doubleheader on Saturday, after a bad prediction postponed to Friday night's game.

"There is nothing you can do," said Royal Ned Yost manager. "You can't fight time."

The first game is scheduled for 13:15. and Game 2 is set for 7:15 pm Thunderstorms are also forecasting for the rest of the weekend.

This is the third postponement in the four weeks and the second in four days for the Royals. The Kansas City game on Tuesday in St. Louis was postponed and recovered the following day as a doubleheader. The Royals had also postponed a game on April 30th against Tampa Bay. That game was also invented the following day.

The Yankees have postponed the first two games of their series with Baltimore on 13 and 14 May. A match was completed on May 15th and the other was scheduled for August 12th.

PROBABLE FROM SATURDAY

RHP Jakob Junis (3-5), which was due to start Friday night for Kansas City, will begin the first doubleheader game. RHP Jorge Lopez (0-5) will start the glass. LHP Danny Duffy (3-1) was originally scheduled to start Saturday's game, but instead will begin the final series on Sunday.

RHP Chad Green (0-2) was scheduled to be the debut of New York Friday night and LHP J.A. Happ (3-3) was scheduled to launch on Saturday for the Yankees, but no official announcement was made by the team.

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Mark Didtler contributed to this report.

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