ARLINGTON, Texas — Over the weekend, Aaron Boone said the Yankees were "hopeful" that Giancarlo Stanton, scratched from Friday night’s game in Baltimore with quadriceps tightness, would be able to play at some point during the current four-game series against the Rangers.
On Monday, the designated hitter instead landed on the injured list with a left quadriceps strain.
"Again, I don’t think it’s something too bad, but it’s also something he alerted us to as something that he definitely wanted to make sure that he stayed out in front of because he has been feeling a little something," Aaron Boone said Monday. "Just being cautious here, and hopefully these few days will give him a chance to not rush anything and, ultimately, really tweak something."
Stanton, of course, has been down this road before, and it didn’t start this past weekend when he missed the three games in Baltimore.
After he appeared in 158 games in his first season as a Yankee in 2018, a series of injuries — including a left biceps strain, left calf tightness and a right knee sprain — limited Stanton to 18 games in 2019. He appeared in 23 of 60 games last year, missing a little more than a month with a left hamstring strain.
Boone said there wasn’t any one thing he or the Yankees saw over the weekend that led to the decision to put Stanton, who made the trip here with the club, on the IL, a stint the club still believes will be a relatively short one.
Though Stanton has not played the outfield yet this season, with Aaron Hicks also going to the IL over the weekend with a tendon sheath tear in his left wrist, the Yankees suddenly found themselves short of outfielders. Ryan LeMarre was called up Sunday.
"I think part of it was Giancarlo being resigned to it and OK with it," Boone said. "And obviously with us getting into a little bit of a roster situation and being a little bit short yesterday [Sunday], for example . . . And then any time we’re talking about these soft tissue things, and certainly Giancarlo’s had his share of soft tissue issues and where we are on the calendar in the season . . . I think to take the conservative route sometimes is the best way to go."
The Yankees backdated Stanton’s stint to Friday, and Boone’s assumption is that he’ll be able to return at the end of the 10-day stint.
"These are things [soft tissue injuries] that, obviously, if you push through, especially in G’s case where he has some history of this, you end up costing yourself a month on the back end because you tried to push through something," Boone said. "So I think everyone just kind of conferring and getting together, with him not being at a point where he’s ready to play today or tomorrow, just thought this was the best thing to do."
Stanton has been among the few productive offensive performers for the Yankees this season. After starting the season in a horrible slump, he caught fire. Though slumping a bit again before he got hurt, Stanton nonetheless is hitting .282 with nine homers and an .882 OPS in 33 games (out of 41, counting Monday night’s).
"It’s hard to replicate his production," Boone said. "But that said, we also have a lot of expectations of the guys we do run out there and guys in certain situations we will run out there in his place, and we’ll need them to step up and expect them to."
To take Stanton's place on the roster, the Yankees recalled righthander Albert Abreu from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.