Few players accounted for the Yankees' injury in 2019, much like the lazy Giancarlo Stanton. Before Wednesday, he had only played nine games because of a physical discomfort: left biceps; Balkan left shoulder; tense calf; and more recently, a distorted posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
But for the first time since June 25, Yankees manager Aaron Boone records Stenton's name in the squad – as fifth-fifth and starts in left field Wednesday 3-3 with a 2-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. A win would have won the first East American League title of 2012 for the Yankees, who still had a chance to claim the division on Wednesday if the Dodgers won the Tampa Bay ranks in a later game.
And with Mike Tauchman done for the season, Aaron Hicks is unlikely to return this year, with Cameron Maybin playing with a sore wrist, the Yankees' vanguard in desperate need of Stanton, a four-time All-Star and the Most Outstanding Award winner. a valuable toy.
"Our urgency to return G has never changed," Boone said over the weekend.
Since the minor league season ended earlier this month, 29-year-old Stanton has been continuing his rehab at the Yankees' spring training facility in Tampa, Florida in recent weeks, facing the league's smallest in the instructional league. He flew to New York on Tuesday and was allowed to leave the injured list after meeting with Boone and the training staff of the team.
Boone plans to bring Stanton back to the big leagues. He went 1 for 3, including a backup double in his first bat and played six innings on Wednesday. He was expected to play the entire game Thursday as the designated hitter.
In Tampa, Stanton was able to do all his work on agility, defense and foundation without visible knee problems, Boone said. Stanton initially injured his knee when sliding into third base during a game on June 25.
When healthy, Stanton may be one of the best motorcycle riders in baseball. The Yankees acquired him and the rest of his 13-year, $ 325 million contract after hitting 59 homers during his national league M.V.P. campaign with the Miami Marlins in 2017
Last season, Stanton hit .266 with 38 home runs, 100 runs and 0.802 percent on a plus-plus-base basis – productive but far from the other world the previous season. Mostly Stanton played in 158 games, though he took care of his annoying knee in the second half. This season was a lot different.
"It was brutal on my part, but it was really good to see the team play so well," Stenton said last month. "That's what kept me not so bad for me."
Wednesday's game was the last start of the C.C. season. Sabathia's career. He retires after this season, his 19th in the majors, 11 of which are spent with the Yankees. Sabatia allowed two runs over two and two thirds innings and received a standing ovation as he exited the game. He tilted his family's hat and his fans down the stands and one by one his teammates hugged him.