The Bronx Bombers will be short one bat for a little while.
Just hours before the first pitch of Tuesday’s Subway Series opener at Citi Field, the Yankees announced that Giancarlo Stanton had been placed on the injured list with left Achilles tendonitis. The IL stint will be retroactive to July 24.
Outfielder Tim Locastro was called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to replace Stanton on the active roster.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone had anticipated Stanton being available for Tuesday’s game until he got a call on Monday from the team medical staff that the outfielder/DH had requested an MRI on his Achillies. Stanton had woken up sore and had been sore getting around, Boone said.
For now, Boone and the Bronx Bombers are viewing the ailment as a minor issue and he began treatment for it on Tuesday. Stanton is expected to take 2-3 weeks to recover, though Boone said that it could be shorter.
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“We’ll kind of know more as the week unfolds,” Boone said.
Stanton had not been in the Yankees lineup in their past two games after manager Aaron Boone had said that he felt the slugger had been exhausted going into the MLB All-Star break. He did not appear in Saturday’s loss in Baltimore or Sunday’s 6-0 shutout win over the Orioles.
He did play in the second game of Thursday’s doubleheader in Houston and the first game of the series with the Orioles. Stanton told reporters in Baltimore that he was “beat up, overall, but I’m fine.”
It’s unclear when exactly the issue began to flair up though it may have been before the break.
“It’s hard to say cause I haven’t seen G in person again,” Boone said. “In the communication that he and I had it was just kind of a little tired, a little beat up kind of the last couple of weeks and I’ve kind of sensed that. But I don’t think there was anything that to my knowledge that was specific to this. It was just kind of, he was just kind of beat up.
“After not playing the last couple of days and waking up the way he did kind of set off the alarm in his head of let’s get this checked out.”
Stanton appeared in last week’s MLB All-Star festivities, but the Yankees skipper didn’t second guess the decision for one of his best players to go to Hollywood. Boone told reporters at Citi Field that if this was a playoff situation that it would have been something that Stanton would have played through.
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Stanton is expected to be able to do some work before the end of the 10 days, but it will depend on how he is feeling at that point. The injury, however, is not going to change how Boone uses Stanton.
“I don’t look at it like that,” Boone said. “Not at this point anyway. If we get to that point where it becomes that then so be it. But I still maintain that I feel like him playing the outfield is something that serves him well too from a health standpoint. Maybe he’s avoided other things just because it keeps him more active and more athletic.”
The trip to the inner harbor had been a costly one for the Yankees, who had already lost reliever Michael King over the weekend and now will be without a key bat for a period of time. After the Yankees face the Mets for two games, they welcome in the Kansas City Royals for four games at Yankee Stadium and then the Seattle Mariners for three.