Giancarlo Stanton continues to be limited by a left quadriceps strain, prompting the Yankees to place the designated hitter on the 10-day injured list before Monday’s game against the Rangers in Arlington.
Stanton’s IL assignment is retroactive to Friday. Yankees manager Aaron Boone had expressed hope that Stanton would be ready by the Rangers series, but he said that the new goal is for Stanton to rejoin the active roster when he is eligible on May 25.
“We had more conversation after the game [Sunday] and just decided that this is probably going to be at least a couple of more days,” Boone said. “Especially with a soft-tissue situation, it wasn’t something that we wanted to wait a few more days on, especially when we could backdate it a few days. Hopefully, we’ll just put this behind us entirely.”
Boone said that tests have not been scheduled for the 31-year-old Stanton, one of the club’s most productive hitters in the early going this season. He did not appear in the Yankees’ weekend series against the Orioles at Camden Yards.
According to Boone, Stanton reported dealing with tightness during the final game of the Yanks’ series against the Rays at Tropicana Field on Thursday.
“As well as he’s playing and as much as he wants to be out there, I think he also realized that it’s something that if he pushed through, it could turn into a longer-term situation,” Boone said. “It’s better to get out in front of this now.”
Right-hander Albert Abreu was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to replace Stanton on the active roster.
With Stanton and outfielder Aaron Hicks both landing on the injured list this week, the Bombers’ outfield now prominently features Clint Frazier, Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge, though Judge has seen additional time at DH with Stanton absent.
Ryan LaMarre, a 32-year-old journeyman, was promoted from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre during the Orioles series to provide depth.
“It’s a dream come true,” LaMarre said. “To be starting for the New York Yankees is just an awesome opportunity, being on a team with World Series expectations. I’m just going to show up every day, continue to work hard and give it my best effort.”
Stanton has compiled a .282/.347/.534 slash line with six doubles, nine homers, 24 RBIs and a 149 OPS+ in 33 games this season.
“It’s hard to replicate his production,” Boone said. “That said, we also have a lot of expectations of the guys that we do run out there. We need them to step up, and we expect them to.”
• Zack Britton (recovery from left elbow surgery) had a scheduled rehab outing with Double-A Somerset pushed back due to what Boone described as “general soreness.” Britton is expected to see a doctor, and Boone said they hope the left-hander will only be delayed a few days.
• Hicks (torn tendon sheath in left wrist) has returned to New York and is receiving treatment at Yankee Stadium, Boone said. Hicks is expected to be on a weeklong cycle of anti-inflammatories before deciding if he will attempt to play through the injury or undergo surgery.
• Rougned Odor (left knee strain) was scheduled to go through a full workout on Monday and could be activated as early as Tuesday, according to Boone, who said that the infielder should be available during the Rangers series.
This date in Yankees history
May 17, 2010: Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run homer off Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon to tie the game in the ninth inning, setting the stage for Marcus Thames to belt a two-out, two-run, walk-off homer in the Yankees’ 11-9 victory.