Sunday, April 16, 2023

Yankees Put Stanton On IL, Call Up Top Prospect Peraza


Yankee Stadium on Sunday morning. Photo by Jason Schott. 

The Yankees announced on Sunday morning that they have placed outfielder/designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton on the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring strain. They called up infielder Oswald Peraza to take his place on the roster.

The injury occurred late in Saturday’s Yankees 6-1 win over Minnesota when Stanton hit a two-run double in the seventh inning.

Yankees Manager Aaron Boone, in his pregame press conference Sunday morning, said that Stanton signaled to the dugout pretty quickly that he should be removed. 

“He’s getting an MRI this afternoon,” Boone said. “Let’s see what the MRI says, I mean, he’s moving around okay after the game, but he definitely felt like it was, even before the MRI, that it was an IL stint, so we’ll see what we got today.”

Boone said of it clearly happening on the double, “Yeah, so, as he was, I think kind of, decel-ing into second base, he felt it…

“There’s no good timing for it, obviously, and I know he’s really frustrated, but it’s opportunity now. It’s opportunity for, frankly, people we have a lot of confidence in that we can mix and match, and get more other people back here in the next days, next couple weeks, we have got to make due.”

Stanton, in 13 games played this season, is hitting .269, with a .296 on-base percentage, with four home runs and 11 RBI.

Boone was asked why Stanton is so susceptible to lower-body injuries, and he said, “I don’t know. I don’t know, just, he’s got an awesome build and physique. He works very hard to try and avoid these things, but you know, unfortunately, some things happen. I guess if we knew the answer, we’d, we’d - so, I don’t know.”

Peraza made his Major League debut last season, when he played 18 games, and he hit .306 (15-49) with a .404 on-base percentage, with 1 home run, 2 RBI, 6 walks, 8 runs scored, 2 stolen bases, and 2 hit-by-pitches.

The Yankees thought so highly of him that he played three games in the ALCS, with one start.

This season, he was in the running to be the starting shortstop out of camp, but he was edged out by Anthony Volpe.

Peraza began the year with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and in nine games, he is hitting .289 (11-38) with 0 home runs, 4 RBI, 3 walks, 2 runs scored, 1 walk, and 5 stolen bases. 

Boone said he will be used primarily at second base and shortstop.

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