The injury news keeps coming for the Yankees. According to multiple reports, Giancarlo Stanton suffered a Grade 1 right calf strain. He reportedly felt it during yesterday’s workout, and an MRI confirmed the diagnosis. Aaron Boone indicated that it’s questionable that the outfielder will return in time for Opening Day.
Stanton, 30, appeared in just 18 games last year after a barrage of injuries. Throughout the whole 2019 season, he suffered from a torn biceps, a shoulder strain, a PCL sprain, and a balky quad. The injuries persisted from April 1 through the ALCS. In his limited time, the slugger managed a .288/.403/.492 batting line with three home runs. He’s just two years removed from a 2018 season where he carried the Yankees’ offensively, hitting to a 129 wRC+. He also won the 2017 NL MVP award after slugging a league-leading 59 home runs.
With Aaron Hicks expected to miss the first half of the season, many believed Stanton would spend a good deal of time in left field. Perhaps this opens the door for Clint Frazier to make the team, or for Miguel Andujar to take up home in the outfield.
The Yankees appear to have fallen back into the 2019 injury rabbit hole. I, for one, did not ask for this sequel. We’ll have more on this as it develops.