Yankees put Giancarlo Stanton on Injured List with quad strain
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.
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 had batting .282.
The team made a point of limiting Stanton’s usage in the outfield 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, Aaron 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, Boone echoed the same, that the team was monitoring his improvement to see if or when he would be able to return.
“I know he moved around, I know he took some swings, moved around the weight room, we’ll see where he’s at and make an evaluation tomorrow,” Boone said after the Yankees’ 10-6 loss to the Birds in the series finale.
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.