|Giancarlo Stanton in the batting cage last Wednesday. Photo by Jason Schott.|
On Monday morning, the Yankees announced the shocking news that left fielder Giancarlo Stanton placed Stanton on the 10-day injured list with a left biceps strain and recalled Clint Frazier from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Stanton was off to a good start at the plate, as he was hitting .250 (2-for-8) with 7 walks and 4 strikeouts in the three-game series with Baltimore.
|Giancarlo Stanton at the plate during Sunday's game against Baltimore. Photo by Jason schott.|
The Yankees are already are dealing with starting the season without starting center fielder Aaron Hicks, who was also placed on the 10-day IL retroactive to March 25 with a left lower back strain.
The Yankees now need Hicks back more than ever, as Brett Gardner is off to a dreadful start at the plate, with just one hit in 13 plate appearances with an RBI, along with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts.
Frazier had a rough spring training, but this is now his chance to establish himself at the major league level. He was limited to 34 games last season due to multiple concussions.
The Yankees acquired Frazier in 2016 from the Cleveland Indians for reliever Andrew Miller.
This also opens the door for outfielder Mike Tauchman, whom the Yankees acquired from Colorado on March 23. The 28-year-old made his debut in 2017 and he has hit .153 (9-for-59) with 1 double, 1 triple, 2 RBI, and 9 walks in 52 games with the Rockies.
The Yankees are also missing the following key players: pitcher Luis Severino, who was placed on the 10-day IL retroactive to March 25 with right shoulder rotator cuff inflammation; key reliever Dellin Betances, who was placed on the 10-day IL retroactive to March 25 with right shoulder impingement. Betances has been working out at Yankee Stadium and is reportedly close to returning.
In addition to Severino, the starting rotation will be without CC Sabathia for the foreseeable future. He opened the season on a 5-game suspension from when he hit a Tampa Bay Rays player in the final regular season game last season, but he will be going to the injured list when that expires as he continues to rehab from knee surgery that was delayed by heart surgery in December.
Shortstop Didi Gregorius is also out until around June as he rehabs from offseason Tommy John surgery, and the Yankees have been rotating Troy Tulowitzki and Gleyber Torres (their starting second baseman) at short. DJ LeMahieu can also step in there if needed.