BALTIMORE — It’s not a common injury caused by a hit-by-pitch, but then again it’s been an uncommon season for the Yankees when it comes to injuries.
The Yankees pulled the plug on Giancarlo Stanton’s rehab assignment Wednesday, announcing the outfielder was dealing with “left calf tightness.” He’ll be shut down 7-10 days.
“He has a minor strain in the calf,” Aaron Boone said. “He kind of thinks it’s still a result of that pitch he got hit [by]. He obviously got through the game the other day, but there’s a little bit of soreness in there.”
Stanton, on the IL since April 1 with a left biceps strain and a mysterious shoulder issue that required a cortisone injection in late April, was hit a pitch during a simulated game on Friday. He went 1-for-3 with a homer Monday in his first rehab assignment game with High-A Tampa but did not play Tuesday as scheduled because of soreness in the calf.
“It’s hard to pin down exactly when it happened,” Boone said. “Talking to G, he feels like it’s a result of that because of where he got hit on the knee/calf [area]. Not sure exactly but that’s his feeling on what happened.”
Didi Gregorius, scratched from his scheduled extended spring training start at DH Tuesday because of an illness, DH’d Wednesday afternoon in extended spring and went 1-for-3 with a walk. The single was a line drive to left.
"What happened Monday? Dehydrated. Just got headaches," Gregorius told The Associated Press afterward . "Nothing too crazy. Today was really good. Everything is 100 percent good."
Gregorius expects to play again Thursday.
Troy Tulowitzki, who has been taking grounders at short and third while rehabbing at the club’s minor-league complex in Tampa, added second base to his repertoire on Wednesday. He is expected to start taking live BP soon…Top outfield prospect Estevan Florial, who suffered a broken wrist during spring training, was added to the active extended spring training roster Wednesday.