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Calf tightness puts Stanton's rehab stint on hold

@BryanHoch
May 22, 2019

BALTIMORE -- Giancarlo Stanton's Minor League rehabilitation assignment has been placed on hold for at least one more week due to a left calf strain, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said on Wednesday. The development represents yet another setback for Stanton, who initially went on the injured list with a Grade

BALTIMORE -- Giancarlo Stanton's Minor League rehabilitation assignment has been placed on hold for at least one more week due to a left calf strain, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said on Wednesday.

The development represents yet another setback for Stanton, who initially went on the injured list with a Grade 1 left biceps strain on April 1 and was subsequently slowed by a left shoulder strain that required a cortisone shot in late April.

"The good news is, at least it seems like it's somewhat minor in the grand scheme of things," Boone said. "Obviously we want G back. I know he wants to be back yesterday. It's a bump in the road, but hopefully it's not something that keeps him down very long and he gets ramped back up. Once he is cleared again, it should go pretty quickly."

Stanton will not participate in activities for seven to 10 days. Stanton believes that the calf strain stems from getting hit by a pitch during a live batting practice session at the Yankees' Minor League complex late last week, Boone said.

The slugger played one game with Class A Advanced Tampa on Monday, going 1-for-3 with a home run that struck the batter's eye in center field and two strikeouts. He was scratched from Tuesday's lineup, and the Yanks announced on Wednesday that Stanton was being "returned" from the assignment.

"He got through the game the other day, but there's a little bit of soreness in there," Boone said. "He's OK. Obviously a little frustrated, but he's pretty strong-minded. We just talked about [that this is] a bump in the road and there's a lot of season left for him to impact."

Position players on the 10- and 60-day injured lists can be sent on Minor League rehab assignments lasting up to 20 days (30 days for pitchers). Returning Stanton from his rehab assignment effectively allows New York to reset the clock until he is ready to play again.

Stanton played three games this season before being placed on the injured list, going 2-for-8 with seven walks. He hit .266 with 38 homers, 100 RBIs and an .852 OPS in 2018, his first year in the Bronx after eight seasons with the Marlins.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and Facebook.