Giancarlo Stanton has officially been added to the Injured List.
Stanton, who’s been dealing with what the team said was left quad tightness since Friday, was moved to the IL on Monday, retroactive to May 14, with a left quad strain. The Yankees recalled right-hander Albert Abreu from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as the corresponding move.
Stanton said he started feeling the discomfort between his second and third at bats of the Yankees last game against the Rays on Thursday, according to Aaron Boone.
The oft-injured slugger has played in 33 of the Bombers 40 games so far this season, including their last three-game series against the Orioles over the weekend. He’s managed 16 runs on 37 hits, including nine homers and 24 RBI in 131 at bats. Up until his IL trip, he was slashing .282/.347/.534, but his bat was heating up.
Stanton, in 20 games with 25 chances to convert with runners in scoring position, he’s batted in 11 runs. That’s included eight hits, one double, one homer and two walks. Overall he’s gone .320/.370/.480 with runners in scoring position so far this season.
“As well as he’s playing and as much as he wants to be out there I think he also realized that if it’s something that you push through, it could turn into a longer term situation so better to get out in front of this then,” the Yankees manager said Monday. “It’s hard to replicate his production, but that said, we also have a lot of expectation in the guys we do run out there.”
The team made a point of limiting Stanton’s usage this season by making him the permanent designated hitter and still giving him off days as a form of load management to further prevent injuries.
On Friday, Boone said Stanton’s injury would keep his availability on a day-to-day basis, after scratching him from the lineup one hour before the team’s first game against the Orioles. By Sunday, nothing much had changed. But after having a conversation with Stanton after the Yankees’ 10-6 loss to the Birds in the series finale, the skipper decided it was better to put him on the IL than wait a few more days.
Since being traded to the Yankees from the Marlins prior to the start of the 2018 season, Stanton has made a grand total of three lengthy stays on the IL — two in 2019 and one during the pandemic-shortened 60-game season of 2020.
To put into perspective, Stanton has played a combined 74 games between the 2019 season and this year. He hasn’t played more than 150 games since his inaugural year in Pinstripes, which was back in 2018 when he was still putting up MVP-esq numbers.
The Yankees have been lucky to get these 33 games from him to start this year, but are banking on a short IL trip this time.
“Hope that coming out of the off day he’ll be alright and hopefully just put this behind us entirely,” Boone said.
That off day will come on Monday between the Yankees’ Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays series at the Stadium.