During a conference call on Wednesday afternoon, New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone said oft-injured slugger Giancarlo Stanton is “ready to roll” when team activities resume.
First, there was good news from Aaron Judge last week about his rib injury. On a conference call with the media, Wednesday, New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone relayed more good news saying that Giancarlo Stanton‘s calf injury has healed to the point where he could play in spring training games. With the heavy veil of the coronavirus covering the city, Bronx Bombers fans have a few things to celebrate.
Rarely has one player disappointed so many fans as New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton has. The Bombers traded for Stanton just a few months after he won the 2017 National League Most Valuable Player Award, assuming his 13-year, $375M contract he signed in 2014. Since then Stanton has failed to live up to expectations, spending huge amounts of time on the Yankees injured list.
Stanton’s most recent malady is a Grade 1 sprain in his left calf. The injury was suffered in late February causing the slugger to miss all but one game of the Yankees abbreviated spring training. Harvard Medical’s website describes a Grade 1 muscle strain as “In this mild strain, only a few muscle fibers are stretched or torn. Although the injured muscle is tender and painful, it has normal strength.”
Years ago players would gut out an injury like this. But when a team has an investment of $25M per season in someone, they won’t risk the chance of making the injury worse than it already is. According to Boone, his left fielder has been one of about 10 New York Yankees regulars who show up at the team’s spring training facility in Tampa daily to work out.
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He has been running and hitting on the field every day. NJ.com’s Brendon Kuty reports that the Yanks manager feels that Stanton will be ready to go when the team resumes official workouts.
“He’s pretty much over the hump,” Boone said. “He’s pretty much run aggressively. He’s done the things necessary so that if and when, say we were to be in spring training games, he would likely be ready to roll for that.”
That’s great to hear from the skipper. When fully healthy, the Yankees have a roster capable of dominating their opponents. Placing Stanton’s power bat in the middle of it is key to the team’s 2020 pursuit of their 28th World Championship.
Other injury updates – Aaron Judge (fractured rib) is doing lower body workouts and will have a follow-up CT scan on his rib in a few weeks. James Paxton (back surgery) has gone back home to Wisconsin to continue his rehabilitation and throwing regimen. Aaron Hicks (Tommy John surgery) is slightly ahead of schedule and throwing at home in Arizona.