Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton is expected to miss the next four to six weeks of action, reports Brendan Kuty of The Athletic. The Yankees placed Stanton on the 10-day injured list yesterday due to a hamstring strain and recalled top shortstop prospect Oswald Peraza in his place, but it seems Stanton will miss a good bit more than the 10-day minimum. An MRI revealed a Grade 2 strain of Stanton’s hamstring, as ESPN’s Marly Rivera first reported last night.
With four homers and three doubles already under his belt in just 54 plate appearances, Stanton has had his power on display early. He’s walked in an uncharacteristically low 3.7% of his plate appearances but also fanned at just a 20.4% clip with a higher contact rate than usual. The resulting .269/.296/.558 batting line checks in 32% better than league-average, by measure of wRC+. Stanton’s four long balls trail only Aaron Judge among Yankee hitters, and his 11 runs plated tie the surprisingly productive Franchy Cordero for the team lead.
Unfortunately for the Yankees, absences of this nature for Stanton have become all too familiar. This is the slugger’s tenth placement on the injured list dating back to the 2019 season, and a whopping eight of those have come due to leg injuries of sorts. Dating back to ’19, Stanton has missed time with hamstring, quad, knee and Achilles injuries. In that time, he’s played in just 303 of 562 possible games (53.9%), including 13 of this year’s 16 contests for the team.
With Stanton once again sidelined for the foreseeable future, the Yankees will have some questions to sort out in the lineup. A combination of Judge, Cordero, Oswald Cabrera, Willie Calhoun and Aaron Hicks can be leaned on in the outfield, though Harrison Bader’s impending return also calls that group’s stability into question — particularly with the team now viewing Isiah Kiner-Falefa as a viable option in center field (five games, two starts in ’23).
The remaining three years and $30.5MM on Hicks’ contract has bought him an extended leash so far, and perhaps that’ll continue to be the case even when Bader returns. Before long, however, the Yankees will need to make some decisions in the outfield. It’s possible that further injuries will alleviate some of the urgency to do so, but otherwise they’ll certainly be on the clock when Stanton is ready in late May — if not later this month when Bader returns from an oblique strain.
Older players get injured more often and take longer to heal than young players. The 2 NYC teams (especially) don’t seem to get
that, even though it keeps happening to them.
Mr. Stanton was old 6 years ago.
I hated the trade from the get go. NYY had a 50 HR hitting rightfielder who was young and healthy. We didn’t need another who was older, ridiculously expensive and injury prone.
Sort of like when they signed Ellsbury when they had the exact same player in Gardner.
I would have rather signed Machado or Harper over the Stanton trade.
cant spell gIancarLo without the IL.
Probably worse than Ellsbury when you consider how much more they’re paying him. I mean whats Stanton get on the open market theoretically? 2/30? Its crazy how bad this deal is.
Prior to trading for Stanton, he had played in over 75% of the games. I took out year 1 as I can’t remember when he was called up. It includes the fractured jaw. At 25m AAV with theoretically thinking he’d play ~75% of the time during his prime years. Sure at the time it was an albatross of a contract but thats what all these small clubs used to do all the time as they hope they can trade the player before it gets pricey. of which used to happen all the time in the 2000s when Yanks took on all those terrible contracts trying to win under George. Ellsbury I think was a much worse contract
Good thing I passed on drafting Stanton for my fantasy team, as I was concerned about his injury history. And when he gets back Boone will only play him every other day to risk further injury so you’ll never get a full week of production out of him. Anyway hope he heals soon and avoids any other injuries in 2023
If he doesn’t swat it for a HR…..any other extra base hit is a IL waiting to happen with him……terrible consequences for the lineup either when he’s in it or not……40 man roster wrecking crew!
Dave Kingman says hello
How many titles have the Yankees won since they traded for Stanton?
How many times have the Yankees been to the World Series since they traded for Stanton.
@ctyank7 the two prospects the Marlins received didn’t pan out and the major leaguer is out of baseball so for the Marlins I understand the case closed comment. For the Yankees, maybe they do win a title before Stanton’s contract ends, still time on the clock.
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Yes, because a baseball team’s success entirely hinges on one player and is not at all a team sport or anything.
But he’s been so durable, Last week anyway.
That means everything is right with baseball and the world. I’d be suspicious if he had a full season with no injuries. He needs a break every once in a while so we’ll see in in June.
Yeh, and then when in the lineup regularly he’ll require about 50 at bats to regain any stroke at all….and then after the next 20-30 games will pull something again….worst deal Cashman has made in the last 10 years although there are some good second place ones LOL!
I commented earlier, at the time of the trade Stanton played in ~78% of the games from 2011-2017 and was coming off a 59 HR season, including the HBP year of 100+ missed. so you’re saying it was a terrible trade then or with hindsight being 20/20?
Anyone with baseball knowledge knew it was a horrible trade from the get go. Just like the Judge contract. 6’7” 275lb OF do not age well. The big guys always have leg problems coming out of their prime. Look at Stanton now and you will see Judge’s future in a couple of years.
Judge plays CF, busts his ass, shows a fine arm. Stanton hits occasional HRs, admires his near misses, and rarely runs anything out. Which explains his body being unaccustomed to doing so.
@coffin, if Stanton stayed healthy, hit 40 hr then opted out in 2020, would it have been? That might have what Cashman was hoping for. It was a risk he took, I’m more upset over trading for A’s pitchers.
The Yankees gave up two prospects that didn’t pan out and a major leaguer who played a position the Yankees didn’t need him for and is now out of baseball for Stanton. Yes injury prone, yes expensive salary, no, this was not a bad trade. The Yankees came out ahead on this one. No one likes that he is injury prone but it was a good value trade
Judge takes better care of himself. He added yoga to his fitness routine a couple years ago and the results are impressive. #99 is now durable.
There were plenty of people that panned it at the time because they figured Stanton would age horribly
It was not a good value trade because of that salary. Prorating 2020 and ignoring 2023, he’s produced 10.58 fwar for the yankees and it cost them $135m. $12.76m/ fwar and they still have a lot of bad years to go. They were supposed to bank surplus value on the front end of this contract to help offset the back end, but they haven’t even been able to get that.
I’m upset about both.
Plus Gallo, Hicks, Donaldson, Montgomery for Bader… swapping Getardi for ESPN broadcasting guy Boone…
I’m sick of Cashman.
The writing was so clearly on the wall with Stanton, yet Cashman predictably and idiotically took on the rest of his contract anyway. He only averaged 127 games (and of course baseball durability doesn’t get better with age) with the Marlins and was already in his late 20s and was 1 of the biggest people in MLB, which is terrible for aging. And what has he produced in NY in the 5 seasons of 2018-2022??? 111 HR, 9 WAR total, and an average of 90 games per season. And now it’s back to the IL yet again. But at least Cashman just gave a mega contract to the fragile, oversized, 31 year old Aaron Judge. Hahahaha!
In his 6 full seasons Judge missed no significant time in 3, covid shortened season was just that short, and missed 50 and 60 games respectively the other 2. Not exceptional but no way on par with Stanton.
Except for the fact that he still missed more than half the games even in the shortened season, so there goes that. He will never again produce like he did last year (he put up by far his best numbers in his walk year- what a ‘coincidence’) and Yankees fans will soon be widely complaining about what a stupid and terrible contract it was for the Yankees to sign. They will be lucky to get 3 All Star level (again, still nowhere close to what he produced last year) seasons out of that contract.
Lol The Marlins wish they had someone that could produce 1/10 of what Judge does. And even if they did have him, they’d trade him away lol
@Yankees98 And yet the Marlins still have the same amount of WS Championships in the past 20 years as the Yankees. Some folks like to hold on to their investments while they tank in hopes for the future. Some sell their investments when they believe the asset value is going down over the future years. Two different ways folks or teams go about their business. They both can work.
At least the 31 year old fragile oversized playoff choker Aaron Judge was just given a mega contract by the idiot Cashman.
there’s a good chance no one will ever again produce like judge did last year
I’d bet any amount of money that over the next 9 years that Aaron Judge alone will have more playoff hits than the Marlins do.
One team hasn’t had a losing season since I was a 7 (I am in my mid 30’s) and the other fights to stay relevant with tacky promotions and their biggest draw the last decade was when the former Yankees SS was a partial owner of their team.
I know which team I’d rather be a fan of. (shrugs)
0 walks in 50+ AB.
That’s because he hasn’t gotten his papers yet.
I’m gonna go get the papers…get the papers.
I think with this guy they should just let us know when he CAN play.
Jacoby Ellsbury says “hi” from Cancun.
Stanton responds back with hi ankle sprain.
Mike Stanton was fairly durable, but Giancarlo Stanton is made of glass.
Ellsbury was in Boston this weekend.., where he won a ring !!
The Stanton trade had no winner. None of the prospects panned out for the Marlins and the Yankees are saddled with Stanton’s contract. If the Yankees never win a world series in Stanton’s tenure it will be remembered as an epic fail. Sorry to say it for both teams.
The Marlins won the trade just by getting out from under his contract. The prospects were just icing on the cake.
I would counter that Stanton is the only Yankee who can hit in the post season. The trade is back to a draw.
He hit below .200 with 2 HRs last postseason. Did good in his one postseason game in 2021. 2020 was his only standout postseason. But for $32 million per year just hitting in the postseason by no means cuts it. The trade by all means was a win for the Marlins escaping his contract.
The trade is terrible.
Now look at what everyone else was doing (Bader excepted)
Everyone else isn’t drawing $35 million to sit on the bench, half-ass it around the bases, and pop a hammy because he never runs, and thus is unaccustomed to it.
I am so depressed. Why did Jeter gift Stanton to the Yankees? We should’ve kept him and paid for his contract.
Darn you Jeter! Why did you give the Yankees Stanton as the gift that keeps on giving…year after year after year after year!
The trade was about dumping his salary. Miami couldn’t care less if any of those prospects panned out.
Bingo! Someone gets it.
He’s already done more than we could’ve asked from him this year. Concentrate on getting healthy Mr. Stanton and we will see you for a few weeks in 2024. Get well soon!!
Did you kiss his needle marks too? The guy’s a juice head who will never be anything now.
Wooshhh!!! What was that?!? The wind!
With all these injuries, he doesn’t have a leg to Stanton.
Stanton’s an easy target, but there are plenty of baseball players out there who can’t stay on the field and/or can’t perform anywhere at the level their contracts imply. Albert Pujois had a total of $12.8 BWAR for $240M. He’s going (again) on the DL, Someone else will take his place. Move on.
Christian Yelich is on line 1.
no injury but Chris Davis gives his regards
That doesn’t mean we have to settle for it. GivesAShit what other teams do?
I remember the Giants wanted this guy. So glad he’s in NY.
The Giants would kill to have Stanton or Harper or Correa.. talk about a team with absolutely no market value. Judge left 400 million to stay with a real team. The pinstripes
A real team that hasn’t won a title in 14 years? The Giants have won 3 since then
Wish the Yankees had hired Bochy.
Bochy or Buck again
Yanks have not been able to get past Astros, Especially last year with no real bullpen.
Window will be closing soon on their title hopes. Give it 1-2 years and they will be looking up at the Orioles in the AL EAST..
Ahh the Astros are a better team and is in the heads of the team and fans. They thrive off of being booed at Yankee stadium.
They ARE a better team. They build from within. Look at their team. Young, athletic. Young pitching. I’m a Yankee fan, but I’m also a realist. The Astros and Dodgers both excel at drafting and development. Cleveland is pretty good too. The Yankees are always old, expensive and arthritic. And since Boone is an unqualified ‘Yes’ man, that will never change.
Not a Stanton guy. Not a Yankees or Marlins guy. But it’s good thing the Yankees finances can handle his contract. Because 3/4ths of the league would move on from this.
He thought he hit a homer. Then he had to run hard to get a double. Then he tweaked something.
The best ability is availability. Even JUST HITTING he’s tough to keep in the line up.
Mark McGwire 2.0
His half-assed effort, as well as Boone tolerating it from all the players, is why the Yankees will never win.
When guys make big money they play. Boone is doing what he is told.
Again, why they will never win.
They’ll beat up on weak teams. They’ll crater against playoff teams.
Don’t worry fellow Yankee fans, we have Aaron Hicks to step in to fill the gap.
So six to eight is more likely. Man is going to leave a HOF career on the IL.
YBC, the second i heard hamstring i knew it would be late june/allstar break. Its just known at this point.
That’s it, I thought it was serious LMAO!
This dude is made of glass
Who comes up with this crap? A .296 OBP is 32% above league avg? All these analytics are nonsense. The only thing that matters is OBP.
“…32% better than league-average, by measure of wRC+.” – which takes into account other stats such as slugging pct.
Player A: .250/.360/.360
Player B: .250/.335/.500
I’ll take Player B every day.
That’s not the example cited, boss. A .296 OBA is terrible.
He has an OBP 29 points below average and a slugging percentage 151 points above average. Or, put another way, his OBP is 9% below average while his slugging is 37% better than average.
Not sure why it’s shocking that he’d be considered an above-average contributor overall — and I say this as someone who generally hates the low-OBP, high-SLG skill set (though that’s not really Stanton’s skill set, it’s just how it’s played out in this small sample so far in ’23).
It’s not out of the realm of reality to ask a $325 million dollar player to be above average in OBP, Slugging AND batting average. It’s been done.
@broxmac77, not sure why you’re arguing both sides, but…
Being above average across the board or justifying Stanton’s contract wasn’t the argument. Stanton has clearly underperformed his contract and I think just about everybody expects him to continue to dramatically underperform the contract for the rest of his career.
I’m not arguing anything. I don’t like Stanton as a player. Hated the trade from jumpstreet. He swings from the heels, carries his bat with him as he half-asses to first base, then gets shocked when his moonshot bounces off the wall. He’s a one-trick pony, and not even able to suit up often enough to do the one trick on an everyday basis.
I can tell you really liked that deal, the Marlins’.
OBP doesn’t drive in runs. Analytics have their use but since they have taken over the game things seem upside down. OBP!! OBP!! That’s what matters! Well, it takes 3 walks in a row to score a guy from 2nd with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th. Only takes 1 hit.
OBP scores runs.
Stanton has averaged 104 games per season in Pinstripes outside of 2020, and it looks like 2023 won’t be much more than that. Its too bad he can’t stay healthy because he is so much fun to watch hit.
Brian Cashman has a history of taking on/handing out contracts that age like milk. The only upside is that the Marlins will be paying some of Stanton’s salary towards the end of the contract in several years. I still can’t get over how Cashman thought it was a good idea to trade for a guy that used to be Josh Donaldson and take on $40 plus in salary. Then that team comes out and claims they’re trying to stay under the luxury tax when they have glaring needs at a few positions. Cashman is possibly the most overrated GM in all of professional sports and tbh he’s lucky that Gene Michael was the architect of the “core 4”.
I agree. I have no idea what Cashman is doing. Neither does he.
You get it fam, you’re a real one 100%
Actually milk ages just fine -if you freeze it-. My housemate went off on me because I found a milk carton in the fridge with a due date from a month back and I tossed it. Well he had just taken it from the freezer, unbeknownst to me, so the milk was just fine. I got yelled at for wasting his money, but who in the hell ever freezes milk???
Well if no one likes or cares about him. Then why all the comments? We have had worse players… worse clubhouse people. Definitely worse production. It’s not a season ending injury. He’ll still hit 30 hr and knock in close to 100. If we get that 3 more years.. it was a steal. We have judge Rizz and Dj holding the lineup together. Bader coming back. Rodon hasn’t even pitched a inning yet. And we have Cole not giving up a HR in 4 games. Stop crying you bitches. We are 4 games out in April
He has a $325 million contract, the bar is higher for him than all but a few players. And he has drove on 100 runs once as a Yankee. Yes he’s hit 30+ HRs 3 of 5 seasons as a Yankee, but thats paying almost $1 million per HR. He’s never broke 40 under his monster contract. The production per dollar is just nowhere near where it should b. Let alone his consistent lack of availability. And when paying a guy $32 million AAV availability is paramount.
You nailed it, chief.
30 Homer’s? Hmmm there is no way I would bet that if I were you.
He hit 30 in 110 last year.. he’s got 4 in 13 do the math
He is going to miss approx. 45 games on this injury. What is the over/under on him playing 100 games this year?
The math says he can’t play more than 13 games. He’s a waste of space.
You mean he hit 30 in 110 last year when MLB was trying to help Judge break Roger Maris’ homerun record? Say it isn’t so …
I’m gonna bet the under!
Like trout? Or strasburg? Or Bryce Harper?
All these guys get hurt. But Stanton is a Yankee. Like if judge got hurt. It would be Cashmans fault. Look at Pujols contract and Miggys? And Sale? Stanton had 1 monster year and ever since all anyone can say is he’s a bust. A bust that hits 30 hr in 100 games.
@FG, none of them have anywhere near the injury history of Stanton. And Stanton is primarily a DH which makes his injury history all the more troubling as he primarily only takes part in half of each game. Has nothing to do with him being a Yankee.
Trout still produces, Harper still produces, that Strasburg contract is panned constantly…Cool strawmen though.
At 33 in his 14th mlb season he has a good shot at 400hr maybe 2k hits, not too shabby for an oft injured player.
You want him?
Take him. Please!
“Forget about it” lol
If he stayed healthy, he’d threaten Nolan Ryan’s strikeout record.
They’ll survive just like they have the other nine times he’s been out.
Only 9??? I think you miscounted
4 to 6 weeks is a lot, but it could be worse. At this point Stanton’s goal is probably to play 120 games and be ready for a playoff run to really help the team when it needs him most.
International trip planned ahead. Needed the full 4 weeks for his vacation.
This is ridiculous because this is on Stanton. You have to take care of your body, stretch, workout and be ready to play ball. This wasn’t an accident crashing into the wall, spraining his ankle, getting hit by a pitch. This is all preparation getting your body ready and Stanton figures if something like this happens he’ll just sit out for a month and a half, come back, the pay is the same so who cares?
“I’ll come back, be intense, hit the ball well, and it’s all good. Why play 162?”
He wouldn’t know intense if it bit him in the hammy. He must do wind sprints with Robbie Cano.
And he wants to play the outfield. HA!,,
Seems a little early for his annual vacation during the season. I’m sure there will be another one in August as well.
He plans it with the family before the season starts. Okay so I can get injured during these weeks, what’s best for you guys?
Gotta wonder how long the Yankees can keep trotting Hicks out there… This is the 3rd consecutive year where he’s looked terrible. Tiny sample size so far this year, but the Yankees are trying to win championships and the track record on Hicks is getting pretty long. Sometimes MLB batters are expected to defend the plate rather than being called out looking.
His lifetime OPS+ was 98 going into this year. That’s below average. He never warranted a 7 year contract.
Hicks’ whole career has been subpar!!
Alex Anthopoulus probably: “Hey guys…. could I interest you in a LF that almost won the triple crown in 2020?”
AA: “Oh? No? Okay just checking……”
Ozuna might suck but he stays on the field, Yankees response is “not interested”. He plays too much!!
Another guy who teased me by having the potential to be the all-time strikeout leader and now my dreams are crushed.
Stanton always takes a month to 2 months off every year for an early vacation. I garentee you that if it was a contract year, he would play 160/162 games. Stanton and Hicks are cut from the same cloth. Both like to stay out because they already got their millions. If these bums got paid per game, Stanton might bat .300 with 60HR every year
Title of future documentary on legendary career of GS: “Tender Hammies: The Untold Burden of Carrying a 300 Million Dollar Contract”
Death, taxes, and Stanton to the IL
Well that didn’t take long!!! Must be a clause in his contract that he has to go on the dl by May 1st!!
Why oh why did Jeter gift Stanton to the Yankees! Us Marlins fans wanted to keep Stanton and his contract! Jeter failed the Marlins with this trade! It’s not right that he traded Stanton to the Yankees to help his old team!
The players need to take pre-game stretching more seriously. If you’ve ever seen them, they are usually just chatting and going through the motions. I’m sure it is boring but better than 6 weeks with a hamstring or calf strain.
I never understood why the Yankees made this trade for Stanton with his history of missing time when they already had the same player Judge. Judge was missing time for injuries prior to last season which was ironically his contract year. Guys like Stanton and Judge can not play the outfield every game due to their massive size where they are prone to injuries with running for fly balls. Injuries to their hamstring to quadriceps and knees.
It’s freaking baseball and dude gets hurt running. He’d be a paraplegic if he played football.
Made of Glass 🙁
Stanton reminds me of Giambi, excluding the roids…. So much hype and promise and nothing to show for it….
Why are you excluding the roids?
Dear Brian Cashman,
Thank you for the Stanton trade!
PS: Also, thank you Jeter for gifting Stanton to the Yankees. That’s the best gift anyone has given to someone since the Greeks gave the citizens of Troy that big wooden horse.
Maybe he’ll be available for the second half. I’m more concerned that the kids… The two Oz’s and Volpe, might actually play good athletic inspired baseball, and then when Stanton comes back, Cashman will dump one of them regardless. Because it’s not about results. It’s about justifying bloated contracts.