Well, this preseason has not started out too motivating for the New York Yankees, who already have two starting pitchers recovering from major surgery.
Luis Severino, who will undergo Tommy John surgery on Thursday, will miss the entire 2020 season, and James Paxton will be out until at least May after having a cyst removed from his lower back.
Toss in the Aaron Judge sore shoulder injury, and you can say the baseball gods are punishing the Yankees for some untold truth. However, it doesn’t end there, as Giancarlo Stanton has been diagnosed with a grade 1 calf strain.
Giancarlo Stanton has a grade 1 calf strain #yankees
— Meredith Marakovits (@M_Marakovits) February 26, 2020
What does this mean for the New York Yankees slugger?
Stanton’s grade 1 calf strain will take approximately 7-10 days to heal. Still, knowing his healing abilities, it’ll take at least two weeks, forcing him to miss important Grapefruit League games where he was supposed to be getting back into baseball shape.
Stanton only enjoyed 52 at-bats in 2019, failing to leave his mark on a 103-win campaign. The Yankees will now need to supplement his loss with another player, likely being Miguel Andujar, who has looked solid so far in live-action.