Great injury news as Yankees return top slugger from injured list

New York Yankees, Giancarlo Stanton

The New York Yankees suffered a myriad of injuries last week in both their bullpen and field positions. One of the most notable was slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who was off to a stellar start before being placed on the 10-day injured list with an ankle injury.

Stanton was hitting .285 with 11 homers and 35 RBIs before going down. He hosted a 28% strikeout rate and 8.3% walk rate but was an outstanding contributor to the Yankees batting order.

Luckily, the Yankees announced he would be returning from the injured list on Saturday to face off against the Detroit Tigers in the second game of a three-game series.

Per the Yankees:

Prior to today’s game, the Yankees reinstated DH/OF Giancarlo Stanton (#27) from the 10-day injured list.

In Stanton’s absence, the Yankees called upon Miguel Andujar to feature in left field and signed Matt Carpenter to fill the designated hitter role.

Andujar served valiantly defensively, recording a perfect fielding percentage over 88 innings of action in the outfield. Carpenter, on the other hand, has played in seven games since being signed, hitting four homers and six RBIs with a .263 average and 39% on-base rate. His .895 slugging percentage is incredible, replicating Stanton’s success before he went down with injury.

Nonetheless, we can expect Stanton to be injected back into his regular role as the team’s DH. That will likely move Carpenter back into a reserve spot, but he has performed well enough to justify regular appearances to mitigate fatigue with some of the team’s sluggers.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Aaron Judge get a day off in the near future, having carried the team the past few weeks as they dealt with injuries.

The Yankees are coming off two consecutive wins on the backs of Jameson Taillon and Gerrit Cole, who both carried perfect games deep into the contests before allowing hits.

Luis Severino will get the ball on Saturday afternoon at 1 PM.

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