There’s not much to complain about right now, Yankees fans. Life is good. New York is currently riding a five-game winning streak. The pitching staff looks great. The offense is coming through in big spots.
But there are injuries. Many of which are holding the team back from its true potential. That’ll eventually change, though it doesn’t help that the organization still can’t handle updates/timelines for their injured players. It’s become commonplace … for years now.
On Sunday, we had more of the same in regards to Giancarlo Stanton, who’s been dealing with a quad injury that landed him on the injured list last week.
First, the injury was said to have not been a big deal. Stanton was considered day-to-day. Then we were told Stanton could be in the lineup vs the Rangers. Nope! Then came the IL stint.
OK. Give the man the rest he needs. We definitely don’t need this turning into a long-term issue. But then don’t set a target date.
The Yankees previously told us Stanton, after going on the IL, would be set to return on May 25 against the Blue Jays. Now? “We’ll see.”
Stanton is eligible to be activated on Tuesday, but the Yankees are still unclear whether he’ll be ready for action. The Bombers will have off tomorrow before welcoming the Jays to the Bronx for a three-game set.
It’s obviously prudent for the Yankees to bide their time with their star slugger, but it’s never not going to be frustrating when fans are constantly jerked around with such injury information. Initially, Stanton wasn’t supposed to go on the IL. Now there’s a possibility we’re looking at a second stint?
It was encouraging to see him take some batting practice at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, during which he sent a number of pitches into the right field seats. Perhaps that’s what the team needed to feel comfortable bringing him back into action.
However, while some might ignore it because the Yankees are humming along right now, we can’t overlook the fact that this would be viewed much more unfavorably if this update came in mid-April. When will we be gifted with a clear-cut, definitive injury update that accompanies a concrete timeline?