Boone: Stanton Could Probably Play In Games Now

Yankees Slugger Suffered Calf Strain In Spring Training

Ryan Chatelain
March 24, 2020 - 9:38 am

While there's no telling when we might see the Yankees on the field again, manager Aaron Boone did have some relatively good news to share Monday about one of his sluggers.

In an interview with the YES Network's Meredith Marakovits, Boone said Giancarlo Stanton is healthy against after suffering a Grade 1 calf strain during spring training workouts last week. 

"G's doing great. ... Probably if we were to start spring training games up tomorrow, he'd probably be ready to go," Boone said from his home in Greenwich, Connecticut. "He's been doing really well, hitting now for a few weeks, but running pretty much at full speed outside and changing directions and doing all the things necessary to get into a game."

Giancarlo Stanton
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Earlier this month, before the coronavirus outbreak put baseball on hold, general manager Brian Cashman said Stanton would have been unlikely to be ready for opening day, which was scheduled to be this Thursday. 

Aaron Judge was, too, doubtful for the original opening day. He has been recovering from a stress fracture of his right rib and a partially collapsed lung.

Boone said he’s hopeful his All-Star right fielder will be able to return to action once Major League Baseball finally gets the green light.

"I mean obviously, again, one of the good things is hopefully this is a time where he can get the proper rest to allow that bone, allow that rib to heal properly and hopefully when it is time to play ball that Aaron's with us," Boone said.

Boone also said the two Yankees minor leaguers who tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered. Their identities were never revealed to the public.

"The minor leagues are still in quarantine, though, because as a result of those kids getting it," Boone said. "I think they have three or four more days."

Meanwhile, the Yankees manager admitted he's getting antsy knowing this week is when the regular season should be getting underway.

"There's that kind of professional, personal frustration, but also understand that we're in a serious time and kind of all just trying to do our part," he said.