Stanton close to rejoining Yankees' lineup

FILE PHOTO: Aug 28, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) sits in the dugout during the ninth inning against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who has appeared in just nine games this season due to multiple injuries, figures to be back in the New York Yankees’ lineup within the next two days.

Stanton last appeared June 25 before spraining his right knee. That game was just his sixth since returning from a 2 1/2-month stint on the injured list.

Regarding Stanton’s status, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Tuesday before his team’s game against the visiting Los Angeles Angels, “We’ll talk about that tonight with the trainers and with Giancarlo. I’d say there’s a chance he could be activated tomorrow. Otherwise I would certainly expect Thursday. We’ll sort that all out tonight.”

Stanton, 29, played in the season’s first three games before landing on the IL on April due to a left biceps strain. He subsequently was slowed by left shoulder and left calf ailments before returning to action June 18.

With the Yankees almost certainly playoff-bound, the team can afford to work Stanton back into action gradually.

“I may build him up a little bit,” Boone said. “He could play a handful of innings and I might pull him, things like that, especially with rosters being what you have here in the month of September.”

Boone added of Stanton’s rehab, “He’s been getting after it, really for a good while now. He’s racked up a lot of at-bats, he’s done all his defensive work. He’s really been bouncing back well the next day, feeling like his knee is where it needs to be. He’s been doing his baserunning and all his agility and conditioning. The amount of at-bats that he’s been able to rack up has him feeling good about that.”

Stanton, a four-time All-Star, is 9-for-31 (.290) with one homer and seven RBIs this season. The 2017 National League MVP has a .268 career average with 306 homers and 779 RBIs in 1,153 games for the Florida/Miami Marlins (2010-17) and the Yankees (2018-19).

—Field Level Media

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