New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton spent much of the 2019 season on the injured list. Now it looks like he'll begin 2020 on it as well.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters that Stanton suffered a Grade 1 right calf strain and is out indefinitely. His status for Opening Day (March 26) is very much in jeopardy.
Stanton suffered the injury while working out yesterday. That's the same day the Yankees found out starting pitcher Luis Severino will miss the entire 2020 surgery due to Tommy John surgery.
Stanton played in only 18 regular season games last year due to a myriad of injuries. He got hurt again during the Yankees' American League Championship Series loss to the Houston Astros and appeared in only two of the six games between the two teams.
Stanton's injury is obviously bad news for the Yankees. He was basically a non-factor in 2019 and the team is already without starting outfielder Aaron Hicks (Tommy John surgery) for the first half of the season.
However, the Yankees do have the depth on paper to withstand this loss. Brett Gardner, Aaron Judge, Mike Tauchman and Clint Frazier will likely see the bulk of playing time in the outfield. Any of those guys can serve as a designated hitter, with Miguel Andujar and potentially Mike Ford also getting at-bats at DH.
Andujar will also play some left field as well as both corner infield positions.