Yankees: Giancarlo Stanton injury update is as baffling as you’d expect


Yankees manager Aaron Boone provided an injury update on Giancarlo Stanton.

We hate to overshadow the good news, but the New York Yankees‘ latest update on Giancarlo Stanton couldn’t have been more discouraging.

You want the positive stuff? Fans could see Gleyber Torres this weekend in Baltimore against the Orioles. While that’s awesome, Gleyber hasn’t been a driving force for the Yankees this year. At all. But it’s great he won’t be out six weeks! New York needs him to get back on track.

As for Stanton, who was placed on the injured list back on Aug. 8 after suffering a hamstring strain, the same optimism is not there. Why? We don’t know. We were told he’d miss about a month of action when the injury first occurred. We’re now five days away from Stanton being out a full month and …

… he’s “ways away” from returning to the Yankees. Fans weren’t exactly expecting him to return for the Orioles series, but maybe an update for early next week against the Blue Jays? Nope.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone added that Stanton had an “encouraging” day on Wednesday, but we really have no clue what that means. Four days ago it was revealed the slugger was “running about 75-80%” and that he wasn’t “all the way out of the woods yet,” so Thursday’s update feels like it’s a step back, doesn’t it?

It’s all the more concerning that Boone said a “reasonable” timetable for return would be three to four weeks when Stanton initially suffered the Grade 1 hamstring strain. The Yankees’ manager is simply the messenger and shouldn’t have the finger pointed at him, so, once again, the training staff is thrust into the spotlight.

This is hardly an isolated incident. Aaron Judge strained his calf, came back after 10 days on the IL, and then immediately returned to the shelf. He’s now expected to miss three weeks of action. It all feels just like last year when fans were dragged along only to be told shortly before the first timetable revelation that it’s “going to be a little longer.”

While Stanton and Judge are a little bit different given their body types, we thought last year was a good learning experiencing for diagnosing them and tempering expectations. It seems the organization is thrown off yet again and the frustration continues to grow among the fanbase.