The Yankees envisioned their regular starting outfield for the 2019 season as Aaron Judge in rightfield, Aaron Hicks in center and Giancarlo Stanton in left. Thus far, because of myriad injuries, they’ve used the alignment only twice — and that’s not changing anytime soon.
Stanton, who hasn’t played since June 25 because of a right knee sprain, still has not begun any baseball activities.
Asked to describe where he is in the process, manager Aaron Boone replied, “Better but still slow — no baseball activities yet — just continuing to try to work on stabilizing things, making sure the quad is built up and strong, doing some things within the weight room.”
Brett Gardner has absorbed a lot of the outfield workload as each of the three “regulars’’ has missed time with injuries, but he was scratched from Sunday’s lineup because of left knee discomfort and was sent for an MRI exam that indicated nothing is seriously wrong. He has felt occasional discomfort in the knee and said he aggravated it on a sliding catch in the ninth inning Saturday.
“Obviously, this morning it wasn’t feeling great,” said Gardner, who has started 84 games in the outfield. “I could have played. I’m available to play. Try to give me the day and maybe tomorrow and see if it gets better.”
Cameron Maybin will begin a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday and could be back from a left calf strain before the end of the week. Maybin, who hasn’t played since June 21, was a key contributor after being acquired in late April. He is hitting .314 with five home runs and 14 RBIs in 42 games . . . Gary Sanchez, who went 0-for-4, is 10-for-75 (.133) with one homer and six RBIs in his last 19 games. Boone said: “I don’t feel it’s far off. He’s expanded the strike zone a little more than usual but is missing his pitch. He’s getting his ‘A’ swing off a lot, but some of those he’s putting on the net behind him or he’s swinging through . . . where he normally hit them with authority.”