The New York Yankees might be starting to string some victories together, but these wins have come at the cost of some of their health.
Players like Aaron Hicks, Rougned Odor, and Giancarlo Stanton are starting to see their bodies get in the way of helping the Yankees pile up some Ws.
Stanton’s quad is the latest ailment that is afflicting the gargantuan oft-injured slugger, as he hasn’t suited up for the last few games against a Baltimore Orioles squad that could’ve given him plenty of chances to inflate his statistics.
Stanton and Hicks are both out, as the center fielder has been shelved due to a wrist ailment.
Aaron Boone thought that a few days off against Baltimore might help Stanton get back to normal in what has been a very chaotic time for the Yankees given their COVID-19 situation. Unfortunately, based on his comments, Stanton might not be a lock to return to the Yankees in their next series against the Texas Rangers.
Boone said that the Yankees are “hopeful” that Stanton will be available during the Texas series. However, knowing how this franchise seems to downplay minor injuries, being “hopeful” makes it sound like it is far from a definitive fact that he plays.
The Yankees need Giancarlo Stanton back.
Stanton has not only been launching hard-hit balls at an absurd rate, as he has the highest exit velocity in the league by a wide margin, but those missiles are coming within the context of winning games. It was Stanton who got the crowd back into their legendary jeer festival against the Houston Astros with a two-run home run.
Stanton is hitting .282 with nine home runs this season, and it will be difficult for the Yankees to replace that production. With Clint Frazier, Brett Gardner, and Miguel Andujar all struggling to hit water if they fell out of a boat, the Yankees can’t risk losing him for an extended period of time.
Stanton could be replaced at the DH spot by Gary Sanchez, who could get his at-bats in the lineup while allowing Kyle Higashioka to remain in the mix as a catcher. If Andujar manages to come around with the bat, he might be able to fill in for a brief period.
New York did get Luke Voit back, but because this squad has been cursed to never be fully healthy by some voodoo priestess, they have lost Stanton, Hicks, and Odor to injuries. Hopefully, Stanton’s stint on the mend is as minor as Boone and the Yankees are hinting it is.