A rough start to the 2019 season got worse for the Yankees on Monday. In a surprising announcement, the already bruised Yankees placed outfielder Giancarlo Stanton on the injured list with a left biceps strain.
During a season-opening series loss to the lowly Baltimore Orioles, Stanton exhibited no obvious signs of injury. He played every inning in left field and was 2 for 8 at the plate with four strikeouts and seven walks. But now, he will spend at least 10 days nursing his hurt left arm.
It was not immediately clear how Stanton was injured or how much time he was expected to miss. In his place, the Yankees called up outfielder Clint Frazier, who missed most of last season with a concussion, from Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Stanton joined a sizable list of key Yankees either on the I.L. or still building back from injuries: starting pitcher Luis Severino (expected to return from a shoulder injury in May), relief pitcher Dellin Betances (expected back from his shoulder inflammation this month), shortstop Didi Gregorius (targeted for a summer return from elbow surgery), and outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury and Aaron Hicks, who could return later this month from his lower back injury.
C. C. Sabathia is serving a five-game suspension stemming from an episode in which he threw at Tampa Bay’s Jesus Sucre in a game last fall. He will then move to the I.L. since he is a few weeks behind his fellow starting pitchers because of off-season operations on his heart and knee.
The Yankees once had six outfielders on the roster, but now three are on the I.L., including Stanton. Although Hicks’s nagging back injury has improved recently, it required two cortisone shots, and he has been out since March 1 and has not yet resumed baseball activities. Ellsbury, who was expected to be ready for spring training, is still recovering from last year’s hip surgery and a flare-up of a foot ailment.
The Yankees’ outfield options now consists of Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Frazier and Michael Tauchman, who was acquired in a trade just before the season began.
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