Yankees Place Giancarlo Stanton On Injured List With Left Hamstring Strain

Max Goodman

Giancarlo Stanton was placed on the 10-Day Injured List Sunday with a left hamstring strain, the Yankees announced Sunday morning. They recalled infielder Thairo Estrada from the alternate site to replace Stanton on the active roster.

Stanton exited the second game of Saturday's doubleheader, a 5-3 loss to the Rays, in the sixth inning with what manager Aaron Boone said was left hamstring tightness.

"Hurting for him. Period," Boone said. "I know what he's done to be here. Obviously his play speaks for itself. Hopefully it's something that doesn't keep him down too long."

The Yankees' slugger will get an MRI when the team returns to New York for a scheduled off day on Monday. The decision to already place Stanton on the injured list, Boone said, was in response to initial evaluations showing he'll likely be out for approximately one week.

"Physically he's in a much better place and hopefully we can continue to make strides not only moving forward in the immediate present and the rest of this year but also into the offseason in doing things that will set him up to be healthy in the long term," he said.

Boone said Stanton got hurt sliding into second base in the fourth inning of the second game while advancing on a wild pitch. 

He scored on a Luke Voit RBI single later in the inning, but quickly told the club's coaching staff to have a teammate ready to sub in as he stretched out his leg.

"I think he felt it when he got there," Boone said. "He realized something and then when he came in he said have somebody ready, he wanted to stretch and see what he was feeling."

New York began to claw back from a four-run deficit, and when lefty Mike Ford pinch-hit for Stanton against a left-handed pitcher in the sixth, it was clear something happened. Stanton had played all seven innings in the first game of the doubleheader and hit his third home run of the season. 

"It's tough. A guy that's starting out with MVP numbers," fellow slugger Aaron Judge said. "Driving the ball, coming up in big situations for us, that's going to be a tough loss for however long he's out." 

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Through the Yankees' first 15 games of the season, Stanton was hitting .293 (12-for-41) with three homers, seven RBIs and 10 runs scored. The designated hitter was a staple in the middle of the order for one of the game's hottest teams out of the gates this summer.

His 483-foot blast from the season's opening weekend is still the longest home run hit this season.

"Giancarlo had a really good start to the season. He looked really comfortable and now we lost that power hitter," shortstop Gleyber Torres said. "Just try to do the job and wait for when Stanton's back."

This is the latest IL stint in Stanton's injury-riddled Yankees tenure.

Last season, he appeared in just 18 games, sidelined with a multitude of injuries. Before Spring Training games began, the 30-year-old sustained a Grade 1 right calf strain while taking defensive drills—although he was ready for Opening Day four-plus months later, he has yet to make his debut on the defensive side of the ball, limited to appearances as the designated hitter.

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Stanton wasn't the only Yankee to get banged up in the last few days. Backup catcher Kyle Higashioka was placed on the 10-day injured list on Saturday morning with a right oblique strain. Right-hander Tommy Kahnle is out for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery a few days ago.

While losing a former Most Valuable Player and one of the most dangerous sluggers in the game is a huge loss, the Yankees are confident their high-octane offense can continue to roll in his absence.

As Judge puts it—who is off to an MVP-like start himself—this team's motto of "next man up" has carried over from the 2019 season.

"We've got a stacked team with a lot of guys from the Alternate Site that are chomping at the bit to get the opportunity. Stanton is going to be missed but I know there's a lot of guys waiting for the opportunity."

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