New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who was scratched from the lineup of a scheduled rehab game Tuesday with a strained left calf, will be shut down for a week to 10 days, manager Aaron Boone said Wednesday.
Stanton believes the injury stemmed from getting hit by a pitch near his left knee during live batting practice on May 16. He made his rehab-game debut with the High-A Tampa Tarpons on Monday, hitting a home run.
"It's hard to pin down exactly what happened," Boone said before Wednesday night's game against the Baltimore Orioles. "In talking to G, he feels like it's a result of that [the hit-by-pitch]. It's where he got hit on the knee/calf. So not sure exactly, but that's kind of his feeling on what happened."
Stanton will return to New York from Tampa, Fla., ending the rehab stint, which can be restarted following testing. He was originally placed on the 10-day IL on April 1 because of biceps and shoulder injuries.
"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 last played March 31, when he sustained a left biceps strain. He then suffered a left shoulder strain. He has played in three games this season as the Yankees continue to be decimated by injuries.
Clint Frazier is expected to remain in the lineup as a regular right fielder until Stanton returns.
Stanton hit .266 with 38 home runs and 100 RBIs in his first season with the Yankees in 2018.
--Field Level Media