BOSTON — Giancarlo Stanton has been on the injured list since July 24 with left Achilles tendinitis.
And while Aaron Boone said Friday the outfielder/DH continues to improve and spent the last week doing various baseball activities away from the team in workouts at Yankee Stadium, the vagueness of some of his responses made it fair to question just how soon fans should anticipate a return.
“I do not, other than he’s got a full baseball day today back at home (at the Stadium),” Boone said when asked if he had “more of an update” on Stanton and his exact on-field activities. “I’m sure he’s working off the velocity machine (hitting), I’m sure he’s moving around in the outfield doing his running progression, but I’ll have a better answer for you tomorrow.”
Boone said Stanton still feels the Achilles a little bit “in the morning when he gets up, but my understanding is once he gets moving around he’s been good.”
Not to the point, however, where Stanton has been cleared to run the bases. Indications are that could come early next week, and Boone said, regardless, Stanton “might” need some rehab games in the minors before being declared ready to return.
“It’s kind of progressed well, we feel like he’s doing well,” Boone said of Stanton’s rehab. “The biggest thing is kind of not wanting to put that day on it (publicly for a potential return). He’s moving in a pretty good direction. We feel like because we identified it (the injury), hopefully it’s something that in the grand scheme of things is a fairly minor situation that’s not going to impact him moving forward. So the progress maybe has been slow but I feel like it’s been steady.”
Boone said Luis Severino, out since July 14 with a low grad right lat strain, threw at 120 feet Thursday and is “scheduled” to throw the first bullpen session of his rehab on Monday. Severino, much to his irritation, was recently placed on the 60-day IL, meaning he’s not eligible to return until mid-September.