Giancarlo Stanton of the Yankees strikes out to end the eighth...

Giancarlo Stanton of the Yankees strikes out to end the eighth inning against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on July 15. Credit: Jim McIsaac

The Giancarlo Stanton update is . . . well, there will be more updates to come.

Stanton has increased his baseball activities during the past week and took part in a full on-field workout before the Yankees’ Monday night game against the Rays at the Stadium. He hit in the batting cage and did some running during workouts on the field.

But that doesn’t mean Stanton is ready for a rehab assignment quite yet. The 32-year-old slugger, who has been on the injured list since July 24 with left Achilles tendinitis, said he’s feeling good but still needs “one or two” workouts before feeling ready to take the next step toward his return to the Yankees.

“I’m still getting my feet under me,” he said, “so that’s why I need a few more days to make sure I’m good to go for a full game.”

One thing Stanton definitely doesn’t want to do is rush his return and find himself back on the injured list. He still won’t say his Achilles is free of pain.

“Definitely got to keep an eye on it,” he said. “I don’t want to rush it back and have to worry about it every night postgame, but definitely going to have to keep an eye on it.”

Stanton doesn’t think he’ll need a long rehab assignment, but there’s no definite date yet as to when he will begin that assignment.

Entering Monday, the Yankees had gone 7-12 since Stanton went on the IL, losing nine of their last 11 contests. The team’s lack of success has made the missed time more difficult on the outfielder/designated hitter.

“It’s very annoying,” Stanton said. “It’s annoying not playing in general, but you’ve got to be smart also.”

Manager Aaron Boone said before Monday’s game that whether Stanton returns as a designated hitter or an outfielder doesn’t necessarily change up his timeline much. At this point, it’s more about Stanton raising his workload to feel comfortable playing full games on a consistent basis.

“He’s been bouncing back really well over the last week,” Boone said. “But now it’s like, ‘Let’s get to a level of volume of work and see how he responds to that,’ and hopefully we are getting close to being in a good spot there.”

Stanton has 24 home runs and 61 RBIs in 80 games with a slash line of .228/.309/.498. Despite the time he has missed, his home runs and RBI totals rank third on the Yankees.

Stanton has played only four games since being named All-Star Game MVP after hitting a two-run home run in the July 19 game. Stanton went 0-for-10 with seven strikeouts in those four contests before requesting an MRI from the Yankees. That MRI found Achilles tendinitis.

Boone admitted thinking at the time that the injury would be minor because neither he nor Stanton seemed to be able to pinpoint exactly when the injury occurred or the pain began. But the recovery has been slower than expected.

“I think we thought it was minor enough in nature, but it was just a matter of everyone heals a little bit different,” Boone said. “Every injury heals a little bit different, and at what rate is he going to be able to build back up is the biggest thing.”

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