4:01pm ET: Stanton suffered the injury on a swing yesterday. He told the Yankees he needed a day or two off after the game, they sent him for an MRI, and it revealed a Grade I strain. Stanton will be shut down ten days, then reevaluated. “Hopefully we get him back at some point this month,” said Boone.
Here is the injury swing. You can see Stanton shake out his left arm after fouling the pitch back. He also took a long walk around before getting back in the box.
11:04am ET: Another key Yankee has been lost to injury. This morning the team announced Giancarlo Stanton has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a left biceps strain. Clint Frazier has been called up in a corresponding move.
The Yankees did not announce the severity of Stanton’s injury nor did they announce a timetable for his return. That’s something we’ll likely learn during Aaron Boone’s usual pregame media session this afternoon. Stanton is the eighth (!) Yankee on the injured list. Look at this:
- Dellin Betances (shoulder inflammation)
- Jacoby Ellsbury (hip surgery)
- Didi Gregorius (Tommy John surgery)
- Ben Heller (Tommy John surgery)
- Aaron Hicks (back)
- Jordan Montgomery (Tommy John surgery)
- Luis Severino (shoulder inflammation)
- Giancarlo Stanton (biceps)
That’s the staff ace, the starting shortstop, the starting center fielder, the No. 3 hitter, the ace setup man, and other depth players. Oh, and CC Sabathia will be placed on the injured list Wednesday, after his five-game suspension ends. He’ll be the ninth Yankee on the injured list.
Stanton is 2-for-8 (.250) with an MLB leading seven walks in the early going this season. He’d taken over left field full-time with Brett Gardner sliding over to center to cover for the Hicks injury. The outfield right now is Gardner, Frazier, Aaron Judge, and Mike Tauchman. Cool. Rad. Great.
Frazier did not have a good Spring Training at all, hitting .143/.228/.245 with 16 strikeouts in 57 plate appearances. Baseball Reference’s opponents quality metric says he faced mostly Double-A caliber pitching. I suppose the good news is Frazier has been hitting well over in minor league camp.
OF Clint Frazier tallied 5 hits against the Phillies yesterday, including two homers and a double. pic.twitter.com/cxLUwF8HG5
— NYYPlayerDev (@NYYPlayerDev) March 27, 2019
The Yankees were planning to send Frazier to Triple-A Scranton for regular at-bats following last year’s concussion issues — Clint hit .311/.389/.574 (170 wRC+) in 48 games with the RailRiders last season — but he’s needed now in the Bronx. Frazier missed out on a golden opportunity last year because he was hurt when Judge was sidelined. This year he’ll get a chance to play while Stanton is out.
My hunch is the Yankees will move Greg Bird into Stanton’s vacated No. 3 lineup spot to split up the righties (Judge and Luke Voit), and also because the Yankees love Bird and will give him endless opportunities. I wish Frazier could stay in Triple-A to get those at-bats because he looked awfully rusty in camp. He’ll instead have to shake it off in games that count.