BALTIMORE — The biceps is connected to the shoulder. The shoulder is connected to the……left calf? In the case of Giancarlo Stanton, those body parts are all connecting him to the injured list. The Yankees slugger has had yet another setback and is now back on the IL with a left calf strain, the team announced Wednesday afternoon.
“He’s just having some calf stuff going on. He’s got a mild strain of the calf. He kind of thinks it’s still resulting from that pitch he got hit from,” Aaron Boone said before Wednesday night’s game against the Orioles at Camden Yards. “Obviously he got through the game the other day but there’s a little bit of soreness in there. Just being cautious with it yesterday. He does have a strain in there so we will shut him down for probably a week to 10 days. Hopefully from there he can ramp back up.”
Boone had noted that Stanton was hit by a pitch during a live batting practice session last week. Tuesday night, after Stanton had been suddenly scratched from his scheduled minor league rehab start, Boone explained that the area where he had been hit, which he called a knee-calfish area, had tightened up.
Stanton told Boone he thinks this all stems from being hit with a pitch, but it isn’t very clear how that could have happened.
“It’s hard to pin down exactly when it happened. In talking to G, he feels like it’s a result of that because of where he got hit on the knee/calf,” Boone said. “Not sure exactly but that’s kind of his feeling on when it happened.”
This all began with a biceps strain, which initially put Stanton on the IL back on April 1. During that time the Yankees and Stanton apparently decided it was time to deal with what they said was a pre-existing shoulder issue. Two weeks after he saw a specialist in Southern California, the Yankees finally revealed he had been diagnosed with a shoulder strain.
Now he has the calf issue, which they hope is a seven to 10 day issue.
“The good news is, at least it seems like it’s somewhat minor in the grand scheme of things. Obviously we want G back. I know he wants to be back yesterday,” Boone said. “It’s a bump in the road but hopefully it’s not something that keeps him down very long and he gets ramped back up. Once he is cleared again, it should go pretty quickly.”
Meanwhile, without Stanton, who hit 38 homers and drove in 100 runs last season, and Aaron Judge, who has been out since April 21 with a strained left oblique, the Yankees went into Wednesday night’s game with a two-game lead on the Rays in the American League East. They had the fourth best record in baseball and third best in the AL.
Even without Stanton, Judge (27 homers last season), Miguel Andujar (27 homers last season), and Didi Gregorius (27 homers last season), the Yankees are continuing to live up to their Bombers’ nickname. They have hit 73 home runs heading into Wednesday night’s game, the seventh most in the majors.
“We’ve got good players in that room. Again, guys have stepped up over and over again,” Boone said. “They’ve stepped up because they’re capable and because they’re good players. We’ve seen that show itself over and over again in a number of different players.”
They have gotten 14 from Gary Sanchez, who had 18 in 89 games last season, 11 from Luke Voit and 10 from Gleyber Torres. They will have to continue to have those guys step up, because there is no timeline for Stanton or Judge to return.
Judge was out early Wednesday doing light baseball activities. He stood in to track pitches during J.A. Happ’s bullpen session.