Over the past few years, his injuries have been more of the nagging variety, as opposed to the strange string of freakish maladies that caused him to miss time in Miami.
Of course, everything about Stanton is a little freakish, considering he’s built like a tight end but came up patrolling the outfield and mashing dingers.
In recent weeks, the Yankees have held off on playing him while he nursed a quad issue, despite reportedly “being a player” for them multiple times before he hit the IL.
Giancarlo Stanton injury update: Quad strain could dissipate by Friday
While eligible to return on May 25, Stanton has remained on the IL for several more days, and will not be activated until May 27 at the absolute earliest for a rainout-created doubleheader. More likely, that activation will come Friday, May 28 in Detroit.
Stanton isn’t the only Bomber battling the injury bug lately (is he ever?!), and he’s been joined on the IL by both Luke Voit, who’s having a bummer of a campaign and now has been dealt a Grade 2 oblique strain, and Corey Kluber, who’s been shut down for four weeks (and will ramp up for four more weeks before returning).
What better time than the present, given a few more days without him in the lineup, to examine …
Giancarlo Stanton injury history
Giancarlo Stanton quad strain, May 2021
Right after Aaron Boone briefly mentioned Stanton could play the outfield with Aaron Hicks out for the year, the slugger was scratched from the lineup on Friday, May 14 against the Orioles. So it goes.
Giancarlo Stanton hamstring injury, Aug. 2020
In the midst of a shortened season nobody wanted, Stanton hit the IL with a hamstring strain, becoming the first player in MLB history to hit the injured list after playing in Tampa’s Tropicana Field.
Just kidding. It happens every day. That is not a baseball stadium.
Giancarlo Stanton series of injuries, 2019 season
I’ll let MLB’s Bryan Hoch tell the story here:
"Stanton played in only 18 regular-season contests [in 2019], limited by a left biceps strain, a left shoulder strain, a left calf strain, a strain of his right posterior cruciate ligament and a strain of his right quadriceps."
Whatever there was to hurt, Stanton hurt it in 2019.
Giancarlo Stanton Grade 3 groin strain, Aug. 2016
We … don’t even know how Stanton possibly strained his groin to this extent back in 2016, but this season-ending injury tossed the surprising Marlins’ playoff chase off-kilter.
At the time, Miami was tied for the second Wild Card spot. They ended 7.5 games back of the Mets and Giants.
Giancarlo Stanton broken hamate bone, June 2015
In 2015 with the Marlins, Stanton actually broke a bone in his wrist swinging too hard in a game against the Dodgers. This is a thing that happened, and wouldn’t have happened to most men with different bodies and skill sets.
Giancarlo Stanton facial fractures (thanks to HBP), Sept. 2014
The reason Stanton hated Mike Fiers long before he ever snitched on the Astros. The Brewers righty hit the slugger in the face with a fastball in Sept. 2014 in Milwaukee, forever altering the way he places himself in the box AND wears his headgear.
Giancarlo Stanton shoulder, thigh, ankle injuries, 2013
Is this good? Stanton missed 46 games with a series of nicks and bruises in his age-23 season.
Giancarlo Stanton knee injury/abdomen strain, 2012
The knee injury occurred right around the All-Star break, and we’re sure glad he got off his feet, allowing his abdomen to strain itself later in the campaign. All told, he played in just 123 games that year in his age-22 season.