The New York Yankees 2020 Spring Training is not offering favorable results as the team’s injury woes keep adding up. Keep in mind that the team ended the 2019 season with injury issues after their loss to the Houston Astros in the 2019 American League Champion Series. The latest Yankees player to get the injury bug is outfielder/designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton who sustained a calf injury. He could reportedly be out until after opening day with the injury. MLB Network insider Joel Sherman tweeted about the injury with a comment from Aaron Boone regarding Stanton’s unlikeliness to be ready for the 2020 season start.
Giancarlo Stanton Grade 1 right calf strain. Boone: “he will be down a bit.” Made it sound unlikely he will be ready for the start of the season. #Yankees
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) February 26, 2020
The Yankees injury bug may be brutal for their team, but Stanton has had his fair share of injuries since the 2019 season began. He would only play in eighteen games during the 2019 season, where he hit .288/.403/.492 with three home runs and thirteen RBI on the season. Stanton last played a full season in 2018, where he mashed thirty-eight home runs and put up 100 RBI for the Yankees while hitting .266/.343/.509 on the season.
Just a reminder that Stanton is still on the books for the next eight years with a ninth year team option where he will make $234 million, and that would rise to $259 million if the Yankees pick up the option. Stanton’s thirteen-year deal still has a long way to go, and the Yankees also just signed Gerrit Cole to a nine-year, $324 million contract, he is healthy though in a rotation that is struggling. The Yankees rotation has already lost James Paxton to a back injury and Luis Severino to Tommy John Surgery.