Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton has 'possibility' of returning in Blue Jays series

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Giancarlo Stanton stands waiting in outfield during spring training
Giancarlo Stanton stands waiting in outfield during spring training

Giancarlo Stanton was seen hitting in the cages during the White Sox series and ramping up his rehab to potentially return to the Yankees soon.

Manager Aaron Boone said soon could mean this series if all continues to go well.

"Possibility," he told reporters on Tuesday when asked if Stanton could return against the Toronto Blue Jays. "But, again, getting through these final couple days of final back-to-playing speed and stuff like that. Bases will be a part of that. Making sure we’re fully past this."

Boone noted that Stanton, who is on the 10-day IL with a quad strain, will have a "pretty heavy day today" with base running, hitting and more.

Stanton was doing well out of the DH hole for the Yanks before falling to injury. In May, he's been hitting .316/.409/.632 with three homers, three doubles and nine RBI. Overall, he's slashing .282/.347/.534 this season with nine homers and 24 RBI.

Zack Britton could be in rehab games soon

Britton, who is working his way back from elbow surgery, continues to throw bullpens that are going well. With one scheduled for Wednesday, it will determine whether or not he begins rehab games with Double-A Somerset.

"He threw a bullpen yesterday. Everything went well there," Boone said. "I actually just got done speaking with him 20 minutes ago. Feel great today. He’ll throw another bullpen tomorrow and then the plan will be for him to start, if everything goes well with that bullpen, he’ll start on Saturday with Somerset with his rehab.”

From there, Boone said Britton will be tossing a few games with rest for two days in between before every other day outings. Then, the Yanks will see if the veteran left-hander is ready to return to the bullpen and make his 2021 debut.

DJ LeMahieu out on paternity leave

If you noticed LeMahieu out of the lineup Tuesday, don't panic. His family is welcoming a baby, says Boone.

Because of the great news, he gets the night off to be with his family to get ready for their newest member.