Giancarlo Stanton Suffers Calf Strain, Opening Day in Jeopardy

Yankees Outfielder Appeared In 18 Games Last Season

Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton suffered a Grade 1 calf strain, manager Aaron Boone revealed Wednesday. 

Stanton sustained the injury on Tuesday during workouts and could ultimately miss the beginning of the 2020 regular season. He missed the majority of last season due to injury, appearing in 18 games.

"It’s gonna be a couple weeks," Boone said, according to WFAN's Sweeny Murti

Last year, the injury-plagued outfielder landed on the injured list with a strained right knee and a Grade 1 left biceps strain. Stanton returned for the final regular season stretch and made 18 plate appearances in the postseason. 

New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) hits a solo home run against the Houston Astros in the sixth inning in game one of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series on Oct 12, 2019 at Minute Maid Park.
Photo credit Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Stanton later suffered a quad strain, which forced him to miss the final two games of the AL Championship Series. A year removed from recording 100 RBIs in his first season as a Yankee, Stanton struggled to stay on the field and ended the disappointing campaign with 13 RBIs and three home runs. 

“The injuries he suffered are part of the game,’’ Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told The New York Post in Oct. 2019. “I don’t know if they’re predictive of the future. None of the injuries were his fault and when healthy, he’s one of the better hitters in the game. I expect that to be the case next year."

Stanton felt revitalized entering spring training, telling reporters there would be "no limitations" in his workload. New York is already without pitchers Luis Severino, who will miss the season with Tommy John Surgery, and James Paxton, who recovers from back surgery. 

The Yankees open their season on March 26 against the Baltimore Orioles. They'll host the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on April 2 for their home opener.

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