Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton not in the lineup for Game 2 of the ALCS
New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is not in the lineup for Game 2 of the ALCS after suffering a quad strain running out an infield single in Game 1:
Giancarlo Stanton injured his quad running down the line on his infield hit but was okay enough to play further into the game, per Aaron Boone. He received an MRI and a strain was revealed. Boone hopes Stanton will return this series.
— James Wagner (@ByJamesWagner) October 13, 2019
Cameron Maybin will get the start in left field for the Yankees.
Despite suffering the injury in his first at-bat, Stanton remained in the game. He would later hit a solo home run off of Astros starter Zack Greinke to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead in the top of the sixth inning before being replaced by Maybin. The Yankees would go on to dominate en route to a 7-0 victory.
The Yankees have tried to be cautious with respect to Stanton’s health throughout the postseason. The former NL MVP played just 18 games during the regular season, and he was frequently replaced by Maybin–albeit mostly for defensive purposes–during New York’s series victory over the Minnesota Twins in the ALDS.
However, the injury bug continues to plague Stanton in 2019. He has previously dealt with torn biceps and a knee sprain during the regular season.
Yankees skipper Aaron Boone did mention that Stanton would be available to hit on Sunday night, but that he did not feel healthy enough to start. He hopes that the off day on Monday will give Stanton time to heal up and return for the remainder of the series.
Maybin was a crucial depth piece for the Yankees this season, slashing .285/.364/.494 with 11 homers in 82 games.
He has also been a difference-maker in limited action during the postseason, notching a pair of hits (including a home run) against the Twins along with two stolen bases.