The Yankees announced this afternoon they’ve reinstated designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton from the injured list. Outfielder Estevan Florial was optioned back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last night in a corresponding move.
Stanton went on the IL on May 17 with a quad strain but he’s back after a short-term absence. His return is a welcome development for a Yankee lineup that has since lost Luke Voit, as Stanton’s putting up customary strong production to start the year. The 31-year-old is hitting .282/.347/.534 with nine homers over 144 plate appearances.
Florial started the second game of yesterday’s doubleheader with Toronto, going 1-3 with a double. The 23-year-old is one of the more promising prospects in the Yankees system, but he’s only taken 81 career high minors plate appearances and could stand to pick up more developmental time, as MLBTR’s Steve Adams explored yesterday. With presumptive starting center fielder Aaron Hicks likely done for the season due to wrist surgery, Florial should have an opportunity to earn more extended MLB run if he shows well in the minors. For now, struggling veteran Brett Gardner looks like the favorite to assume the bulk of the playing time in center field.
Fever Pitch Guy
Glad he’s back, hope he can stay healthy because he is fun to watch. And we could use another video with Lexy Panterra.
Florial that was one fast cup of coffee
Stanton is activated…somewhere, James Paxton laughs, rubbing a crystal ball
Florial goes 1 for 3 a double that was almost a HR with good D goes down.
Yea lets keep running out Gardner
It’s the contract. They have to pay him and he as experience. However, I agree. Why not? He’s a lefty bat and they need those. The best outcome is Gardner goes on the IL.
Florial needs everyday at bats. Sending him up and down is the smart move at this stage of the season.
Exactly, and it’s not as if he was raking in the minors. He was only called up out of desperation. And this constant desire to wish Gardner gone or injured is laughable. Guy is true veteran in every sense, can walk, steal bases, bunt, and provide all-star caliber defense even when he’s not hitting great. Florial is good potential, but with a game on the line, I’d rather have Gardner out there right now. You people make it sound like Florial is Trout or Harper when they first came up.
Baseball fans are so f***ing stupid. Get a grip.
Fever Pitch Guy
All Star caliber defense? Dude won the GG just once, 5 years ago.
Gardner also only stolen 29 bases since 2018 and no one is comparing Florial to Harper or Trout.
ok by my understanding you want to cut Gardner (because you cant stash him in the minors) pay him the rest of his salary for the chance that Florial doesnt go back to what he has been for the last couple of years IN THE MINORS. Ok fine maybe he keeps up this pace of one game for a while (slight chance), but what if he doesnt and he becomes what he has been or maybe even becomes Cameron Maybin the rest of the way? After 20 games you will be screaming to send this kid down and praying for Gardner/Tauschman to come back. Only thing is another team will own his baseball rights or he will retire because there is not a chance a team will not claim him with all the OF injuries going around. Hell he might not make it out of the city with the way the Mets OFs are dropping.
People are so jumpy at one little shiny coin. Maybe this will be a confidence booster for the kid and he will show something in the minors and can play everyday. If he puts together a string of a few good games in the minors then yo bring him up and try to figure out if there is someone that can be cut because i think right now everyone is stay or dfa with no options left.
I never said to “cut Gardner”.
There are other moves where you can have both.
Gardner as everyday CF is unacceptable IMO
Name the move @Mustang.
Who are you cutting? Odor? Frazier? Andujar? Higa? Your only back up that can play anywhere in Wade? I believe all of them are out of options at this point except maybe Higa but then you rely on Sanchez as your everyday catcher and no backup. Also is Florial your EVERYDAY CF like he would be in the minors or will he be splitting time which is pretty much a guarantee and getting maybe 2 or 3 starts a week if that or maybe a pinch hitter role stunting said growth.
Yes Gardner should not be the everyday CF. But neither should Florial. Gardner’s out there because players were injured and it’s too early to be making deals for an everyday player.
Get a clue…lord, it’s like you’ve never seen baseball before. This is why I hate being a Yankee fan. I’m an adult trapped in kindercare with a bunch of toddlers making messes in their pants.
Cut no one.
Sent down Ford
How do you know Florial shouldn’t be
The starting CF since they haven’t try it yet.
I have been watching baseball since 1978.
But insulting people instead of actually having a opinion is definitely the way to go.
The kid needs more seasoning in AAA. One game’s results in the big leagues means nothing.
YBC: I think we are all excited to see Yankees baby bombers come into the Bigs and do well. But your point is oft understated; they need the time to properly develop and the requisite at-bats at the lower levels. Doing well against one or two ML pitchers does not a hitter make.
And this hatred of Gardner is absolutely mind boggling. He’ll one day be remembered as one of this era’s greatest Yankees, for his grit, toughness, and longevity, and people trash him because injuries TO OTHER, LESSER PLAYERS are forcing him onto the field every day.
Wiffle Ball: You are directly on point. I thought he should’ve retired last year, but thankfully he didn’t. I really like Gardy; he’s one of my favorite players because of his attitude, his adept defense (still above average), and as you’ve noted, his grit. Dude is a grinder and very under appreciated, and in my opinion, underrated.
You’ve also astutely noted he will be looked upon as one of this eras best Yankees because of the attributes you delineated. Plus, he’s reliable. Say what you want about him, but other teams run out LF and CFers that arguably are not as good as Gardy. I’m glad he’s there and hope he stays because they need him, obviously.
Overall good points, sir.
Damn would have loved to see more of florial, he crushed a ball in yesterday’s game.
Florial looked good yesterday but I really wish he would shorten his swing. I think it could help him with his strikeout problem. If he didn’t need to start his swing so early, he would have more time to recognize the pitch.
SEE!!! I knew it, they do take turns on the DL. Judge is up next.
This is a DUMB comment. It boarders on being mutable.
Brett Gardner does not look old. He’s still playing aggressive defense. He’s struggling at the plate but so is half MLB batters. You know NYY will change the roster by the trading deadline. Their biggest concern like every team is pitching.
The Yankees aren’t going over the CBT this year, so their trade deadline changes are going to be small/cheap ones. Ian Kennedy to NY seems like a slam dunk.
They need OF and SP depth. Why would they spend assets on RP? RP is what they have in trading depth.
Fever Pitch Guy
Dottie is right, Yanks need to get under CBT this year because they’ve got some big payroll commitments for 2022-2024. Judge will probably earn $20-$25M in his final arbitration before he’s signed to a $30M/yr extension. Torres, Urshela and Voight will hit arbitration for the first time. Realistically you’re looking at $270M payroll for 2022 and $320M for 2023.
Personally I’d love to see them get Scherzer. I usually don’t ask for big deals like that because i’m more of a realist but this one would make sense from a baseball perspective.
It would be a tight squeeze payroll-wise (would have to offload someone, maybe make it a three way deal and move Gary Sanchez and his $6M) but it would fit Cashman’s deadline MO: an aging but ageless and effective veteran on an expiring contract, and a player with a history of performing in big spots.
Think Raul Mondesi, Al Leiter, Bobby Abreu, Ivan Rodriguez, Ichiro, Lance Lynn, JA Happ, and the more direct comparison, when they tried to pry Johnson away from Arizona the year before he signed as a free agent.
Send Ford down and let the kid play ! it’s time !
Send Ford down and bring up Gittens
Yankee fans playing armchair GM are hilarious.
I’m not sure why Ford is still around with Gittens doing well at AAA. Gittens was solid at AA in ’19 and hitting better so far in AAA. He’s decent with the glove and at 27 is mature. Seems like a low risk option considering DFA’ing Ford will unlikely lead to him being claimed.
Yeah, Ford is nothing more than the latest version of Tyler Austin. I wouldn’t be any great loss to lose him. If nothing else, they could trade him for some low minors lotto ticket.
Wait till the deadline, that may just happen.
Yes, the only* thing I can see is Gittens is RH and they don’t need another RH power bat. I don’t agree with that opinion, but it’s the only observation that seems inline with Yankees advanced geek evaluations….
Ducky Buckin Fent
Excellent news on Stanton.
He has never not played well when he has been on the field for us. Carried us down the stretch in ’18. This season he seemed to be the only guy hitting on our squad for awhile.
& he was superb in last seasons weird playoff tourney.
Staying on the field has certainly been a problem, serious. But he puts up great numbers when he does.
Florial looked pretty good out there, uh?
Been dreaming on him for a few years now. LH power/speed guy who can play a good CF. I love those kinda guys.
Really need the bats to come around collectively.
Go Yanks! red sox suck.
Fever Pitch Guy
Golden Sombrero for Stanton, can’t believe Cole lost to the Tigers!!
Ducky Buckin Fent
Might take a few games to get his timing back. & he 1 earned through 6 is a pretty good outing. Though Detroit did a nice job getting his pitch count up.
Mize looked good.
Bet Tiger’s fans are excited about that kid.
Pitching did it’s job. The hell are the bats, uh?
Also: I detest the overtime shootout rule.
I fear it is here to stay, though.
Just think how shocked Tiger fans are……
Stanton added to the 10-day uninjured list
Trump Won Save America
Stanton has struck out 4 times tonight and the game isn’t over.
Florial may as well leave his bags packed.
The end of tonight’s Yankees-Tigers game was Gross, man.
Fever Pitch Guy
He knew it was gone. First career walkoff homer, good for him!
Gotta love the bullpen management, only 1 inning for Chapman & Green & Peralta which meant using their worst reliever in extras with the game on the line.
Kinda early to be claiming Justin Wilson is their worst reliever. He has a track record of being excellent. Do you really think you know more about managing a bullpen than Aaron Boone? If any of the other three pitched more than an inning and gave up a homer, you’d complain about that, too.
Fever Pitch Guy
ATM Wilson is most definitely their worst reliever, the numbers don’t lie. Even prior to this year he wasn’t that good, WHIP around 1.4 since 2018. There’s a reason why he’s changed teams 5 times since 2015.
And do you really think managers always make the best decisions? Was Grady Little’s decision to leave Pedro in the game better than the millions of others who knew he should have been taken out?
And no, regardless of the outcome I would never disagree with the decision to leave Peralta in for 3 more batters after he pitches a perfect 12-pitch inning. Or after Green and Chapman pitched hitless 1-walk innings.. It’s a statistical fact that the more pitching changes you make, the more likely at least one of the pitchers will perform poorly.
Ducky Buckin Fent
I don’t think Boone manages squat, @FPGuy.
He does what he’s told to do. When Cash wants his opinion he tells him what to think.
A real manager would he helpful.
I think that is just something – amongst others – that the modern Yankees have no interest in.
Guys like Boone are cheap. What’s he getting paid? A million bucks/year. Real, actual baseball managers cost significantly more than that. But getting mad at Boone is the same thing as getting mad at Kermit the Frog because you thought his joke was stupid.
Fever Pitch Guy
Ducky, you could be right about Boone. Hard to say, as no manager would acknowledge taking in-game instructions from upper management. But I would think if today’s managers don’t make on the field decisions, they’d be paid less than Boone’s $1.15M.
I’ll put the over/under at 7 home runs before Stanton lands on the IL again.
The main problem on the Yankees is the Starters can’t give them any length so they need extra in BP. That creates a problem that has zero flexibility on the bench to keep Florial.