June 27: Stanton it unlikely to return in the month of July, general manager Brian Cashman told reporters Thursday (Twitter links via Joel Sherman of the New York Post and Bryan Hoch of MLB.com). Cashman projects an August return for Stanton.
June 26: The Yankees will place right fielder/designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton on the 10-day injured list due to a strained posterior collateral ligament in his right knee, manager Aaron Boone announced to reporters (Twitter link via The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler). He won’t travel with the team to London for the upcoming series against the Red Sox. Mike Tauchman is on his way up to replace Stanton on the active roster.
Stanton, of course, had only just returned from the IL last week after missing more than two months due to a biceps strain. He went 7-for-23 (.304) with a homer, a double and seven runs knocked in during his brief return to the Bronx, but he’ll now be sidelined for at least another 10 days in what has become an increasingly frustrating campaign for the four-time All-Star and 2017 National League MVP. The latest injury occurred on the basepaths in yesterday’s game; Stanton exited prior to the fourth inning of said contest.
With Stanton once again headed to the shelf for a yet-unspecified period of time, the Yankees will likely lean on Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks and Aaron Judge as the primary outfielders with newly acquired Edwin Encarnacion lining up as the primary designated hitter. Even a Stanton-less New York lineup is quite formidable now that Judge, Hicks and Didi Gregorius are all healthy at the same time, but the drop in offensive output from Stanton to Gardner is nevertheless notable.
The Yankees have not only weathered but thrived in the face of an exceptional number of injuries thus far in 2019. Despite their substantial injury woes, they’ve opened up a comfortable 6.5-game lead over the second-place Rays, whom they swept at Yankee Stadium last week.