The New York Yankees may soon see Giancarlo Stanton make a return to action.
Ahead of the Yankees’ three-game series against the Detroit Tigers, manager Aaron Boone noted that Stanton could be activated off of the injured list as soon as this weekend.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Giancarlo Stanton could be back as soon as this weekend.
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Stanton has been sidelined since the Yankees’ dramatic 7-6 extra innings victory over the Baltimore Orioles on May 24 due to right ankle inflammation. The veteran slugger called for a pinch-hitter ahead of his third at-bat of the contest, which came after he took indoor batting practice reps.
While the Yankees initially announced that Stanton came away from the game dealing with a right calf strain injury, an MRI conducted the next day instead revealed that he sustained a right ankle ailment. In the end, the team opted to place him on the 10-day injured list. He is eligible to be activated off of the IL as soon as this Saturday.
Stanton has since progressed well from his nagging injury. For one, he took part in pre-game batting practice ahead of the Yankees’ home series opener against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday. More so, Boone noted earlier this week that the four-time All-Star will patrol the outfield when he receives the green light to play.
In Stanton’s absence, Boone has both featured Joey Gallo out at right field and provided the likes of Aaron Judge and Matt Carpenter with starts as the team’s designated hitter.
Overall, Stanton orchestrated a keen month of May, as he hit .301 and recorded 21 RBI in 20 such games played.