General manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday that the Yankees are viewing Stanton primarily as a DH-only player heading into 2021, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
During his first three years in New York, Stanton has already spent most of his time at DH, logging only 85 starts in the outfield over that stretch. Heading into 2020, the Yankees eyed Stanton for full-time DH duty after he was slowed by a calf injury in spring training, but even that wasn't enough to keep the slugger healthy throughout the campaign. Due to a hamstring injury, Stanton only played in 23 of the team's 60 games, slashing .250/.387/.500 in 93 plate appearances. He at least finished the team's postseason run at full strength, but the Yankees apparently don't envision a healthy Stanton being a factor in the outfield in 2021 outside of an emergency basis. Since all 23 of his starts came at DH in 2020, Stanton will only be eligible as a utility player in most fantasy leagues next season, and he may not regain outfield eligibility at any point if Cashman's word holds true.
Stanton went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run during Wednesday's Game 3 loss to Tampa Bay.
The veteran slugger took Shane McClanahan deep during the eighth inning and has now homered in all five postseason games this year. Stanton is 7-for-19 with six home runs, 13 RBI and three walks in the playoffs, and he may need to extend the streak further Thursday to continue the season with the Yankees facing elimination in Game 4.
Stanton went 2-for-4 with a pair of homers and four RBI in Tuesday's loss to the Rays in Game 2 of the ALDS.
Stanton cranked a solo home run in the second inning and a three-run homer in the fourth inning off Tyler Glasnow. His second home run of the night was measured at a staggering 458 feet and put the Yankees within one. The slugger will look to continue his impressive postseason in Game 3 of the ALDS.
Stanton went 1-for-4 with a walk and a grand slam Monday in a win over the Rays in Game 1 of the ALDS.
The Rays were able to hang around for most of the night against Gerrit Cole and company, but Stanton ended any hope of a comeback in the top of the ninth with his grand slam, turning a 5-3 game into a 9-3 game. Stanton once again missed time due to injury and he struggled to close out the regular season. However, he is still one of the top power threats in the game and that power is a luxury in the five hole behind DJ LeMahieu, Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks and Luke Voit in the batting order.
Stanton went 1-for-5 with a solo homer Tuesday in a win over the Indians in Game 1 of the AL Wild Card Round.
Stanton cranked a solo home run in the ninth inning off Cam Hill. The 30-year-old only played in 23 games during the 2020 season, yet he was effective when he appeared, recording a slash line of .250/.387/.500. The Yankees will hope for continued good health as they look to make a push during the postseason.
Stanton is out of the lineup Sunday against the Marlins, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
The 30-year-old started the past four games but will receive the day off for the season finale. Barring an appearance off the bench, Stanton closes the 2020 campaign with a .250/.387/.500 slash line, four homers, seven doubles, 12 runs and 11 RBI in 23 games. Luke Voit will serve as the designated hitter while DJ LeMahieu shifts to first base Sunday.
Stanton will not be opting out of the remainder of his contract this offseason, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
Stanton has seven years and $218 million remaining on the contract that he signed with the Marlins back in 2014. It's possible that he could have beaten that number on the open market had he been healthier over the past few seasons, but it's unlikely that teams would give a player with his injury history that much money for the majority of his 30s.
Stanton isn't in Tuesday's lineup against the Blue Jays.
The Yankees have managed Stanton's workload since he returned from a hamstring injury, and he'll hit the bench once again Tuesday. Aaron Judge will serve as the designated hitter with Clint Frazier starting in right field.
Stanton isn't in Saturday's lineup against the Red Sox.
Stanton will get a planned day off Saturday as the Yankees continue to ease him back into action. Aaron Judge will rest his legs as the designated hitter with Mike Tauchman starting in right field.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone indicated Friday that Stanton will sit out Saturday's game against the Red Sox but will return Sunday for the series finale, Marly Rivera of ESPN.com reports.
Both Stanton and Aaron Judge are working their way back from injuries, so the Yankees plan to manage their time carefully as they build back up. Friday marked the first time since Aug. 8 that both sluggers were in the same lineup, and the pair combined to go 2-for-9.
Stanton is instituting "wholesale changes" to his pregame and midgame routines in an effort to avoid injury, Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media reports.
Stanton was sidelined by a right calf strain during spring training and recently missed over a month of the regular season due to a strained left hamstring. The ability to stay on the field has hampered Stanton's tenure with the Yankees -- he played in only 18 games last season due to injuries to his biceps and knee. While the slugger was hesitant to offer specifics about the changes he has instituted to his routine, he did offer some insight about his approach. "Pregame, in-game all needs adjustments and I will have those," he said. "I've had those. We've got a new warmup, a new midgame routine. If certain things happen in the game, and I'm DH-ing and I don't run the bases for two at-bats, that's an hour and a half of no movement. So you've got to do more in between at-bats and stuff like that, which is obvious and what has been done but you've got to switch it up."
Stanton went 4-for-5 with a double, a home run and two RBI in Thursday's 10-7 win over the Blue Jays.
The homer was only his fourth of the season and his first since Aug. 8, although Stanton spent most of the time in between on the injured list. The 30-year-old is slashing .320/.460/.640 through only 16 games this season, but if he stays healthy he's capable of powering the Yankees into the postseason.
Stanton isn't starting Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
Stanton will receive a scheduled day off Wednesday as the Yankees build him up slowly ahead of the postseason. Gary Sanchez will rest his legs as the designated hitter with Kyle Higashioka starting at catcher.
Stanton went 0-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts in Tuesday's win over Toronto.
Stanton was the only Yankees starter who did not register a hit in the 20-6 rout, but some rust was to be expected after the slugger missed over five weeks with a left hamstring strain. The good news is that Stanton made it through the contest without suffering any setbacks before he was lifted for a pinch hitter in the eighth inning. Per Max Goodman of Sports Illustrated, Stanton will get the day off Wednesday but will be back in the lineup Thursday as part of a plan to build him up slowly.
Stanton (hamstring) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Tuesday.
Stanton spent just over a month on the injured list while recovering from a hamstring strain, but he took part in several simulated games recently. The 30-year-old could be eased back into a regular role in an attempt to keep him healthy ahead of the playoffs. Stanton played in just 14 games prior to his injury, slashing .293/.453/.585 with three home runs and seven RBI.
Stanton (hamstring) is expected to return from the 10-day injured list later this week, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Stanton took part in his second straight simulated game Monday and appears to be making good progress as he works his way back from a hamstring strain thag has already kept him out for over a month. He's expected to be eased back into a regular role upon his return, as the Yankees' primary concern is making sure he's ready for the playoffs, which they're still quite likely to make given the expanded format this season despite their mediocre performance to date.
Stanton (hamstring) will get two or three at-bats in during a simulated game Sunday at the alternate training site, Max Goodman of Sports Illustrated reports.
If all goes well, he will do the same Monday as he tracks toward an activation sometime next week. Aaron Judge is also close to joining Stanton and Gio Urshela at the alternate site, so the Yankees could be getting three key bats back sometime next week.
Stanton (hamstring) has a good chance to return from the injured list by next weekend, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Stanton is expected to receive some at-bats at the Yankees' alternate training site within the next few days, with an eye toward returning soon after that. The oft-injured outfielder played in just 14 games this season before straining his hamstring, though he looked as good as ever over that stretch, hitting .293/.453/.585.
Stanton (hamstring) has been performing baseball activities and running up to about 80 percent, Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media reports.
According to Yankees manager Aaron Boone, Stanton has turned a corner and could be ahead of fellow outfielder Aaron Judge (calf) in terms of a recovery timeline. "Giancarlo has had a really good several days. Think he ran some bases (Friday). Kind of half-speed running. He's up to about 80 percent running. He's been doing a lot of baseball activities as far as hitting off the high-velocity machine, throwing. So he's probably, possibly a little head of Judgey," Boone stated. Stanton has been on the injured list since Aug. 9 with a left hamstring strain.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Stanton (hamstring) did not participate in baseball activities Sunday and is "still not all the way there," Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media reports.
Stanton has been on the injured list since Aug. 9. General manager Brian Cashman suggested Friday that the slugger was at least a week away, but it's reasonable to hold off on any expectations of Stanton returning at the early end of that timeframe given Boone's comments Sunday. "He's still not all the way there," Boone said. "Doing well. Good progressions and stuff. Today's a very light day for him. No baseball activities. But he's not all the way out of the woods yet as far as the injury. But he is running at about 75-80 percent. Hitting and doing all that stuff is not a problem yet. We just want to make sure we get him to the finish line with the injury."
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