The New York Yankees can’t stop biting the injury bug.
Yet again, Giancarlo Stanton is down with another injury. He has a quad strain, but the team hopes that it is pretty minor. He injured it running to first in the second inning of game one.
The Yankees are optimistic that he will be able to return sometime this series, and are not planning to take him off of the roster. If he is removed from the roster, he becomes ineligible for the World Series.
“We’re hoping the off day helps and it declares itself more” said Yankees skipper Aaron Boone about Stanton. The team will make a decision about his roster status back in New York.
Cameron Maybin will be getting the start in Stanton’s place for game two against Justin Verlander and the Astros. He will be playing left and batting eighth. Gardner remains in center as Aaron Hicks will be on the bench again for game two.
The injury makes Boone and Brian Cashman look like geniuses for having five outfielders on the roster rather than four outfielders and six infielders.
But for the meantime, Stanton will still be available off the bench as a pinch hitter. With a big at-bat late in the game, you would think that the team would go with Stanton over Maybin.
Maybin for Stanton is the only change in the lineup from Saturday to Sunday. The Yankees will be looking to take a 2-0 lead before the teams even play a game in New York. James Paxton gets the ball against Verlander. Let’s go Yankees!