NEW YORK – New York Yankee Yankees Giancarlo Stanton returned to the starting lineup and hit the ball in his first bat in nearly three months, but New York fell 3-2 to the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night and
Stanton, who has struggled with knee problems this season, was activated from the 60-day injury list and beat fifth and left-field play. He scored a double into the left central gap leading from the second inning into his first bat, cut ground at 114.3 mph in the third and struck in the sixth.
Manager Aaron Boone, who said before the match that Stanton would likely receive two bats and play four or five innings on Wednesday, removed Stanton for Tyler Wade to start seventh.
Stanton nearly kicked a left-field runner during the third inning, but catcher Kyle Higashioka dropped the ball, trying to apply a fast, difficult etiquette to the plate.
"Because I wasn't there for a few months, I felt good in the box and I was moving pretty well in the field, so this is a good start," Stanton said. "You just have to lock it and go with what you know. If it takes a little while, it will, but it will go back in a little while, and I have a week and a half to figure it out. "
New York went into the day needing either a win over the Angels or a loss from the Tampa Bay Rays to close AL East. The Rays beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-7 in 11 innings.
Stanton played only making his 10th game this year, and for the first time since straining his back cruciate ligament in his right knee on June 25. The Yankees have nine games left in the regular season and Boone plans to play Stanton regularly down the stretch to build time you and your stamina as October approaches.
"You just have to roll over with this, oeto have, "said Stanton." I worked to come back and now I'm here, so use these games as a setup and be ready for the playoffs.
"I would like to play as much as I can to get bats, but I still have to be smart and I can't go to a rehab task at all. We just have to build it and fix it."
Stanton, the 2017 National League MVP with Miami, is hitting .294 with one home run and seven RBI. The 29-year-old rogue, in his second season with the Yankees, worked at the second-team league complex in Tampa, Florida.
Stanton will be used in the designated striker and in the left field. New York rotates a number of players through the latter, especially after Mike Tauchman strained his left pig this month. Tauchman was expected to miss six to eight weeks.
With Stanton activated, liberator Delin Bates was added to the 60-day IL just three days after his debut for the season. Bitans partially tore his Achilles tendon in his left leg when he jumped on a mound Sunday in Toronto. Surgery is not recommended, but it is still possible. Bates will get a second opinion.
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Th e Associated Press contributed to this report.