TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The New York Yankees will have to wait a little longer for the return of the Giancarlo Stanton.
The outfielder took a step back in his return from arm injuries and won’t play in any rehabilitation games for seven to 10 days because of left calf tightness.
Shortstop Didi Gregorius moved ahead toward a mid-June return when he went 1 for 3 with a walk as the designated hitter in an extended spring training game Wednesday after taking one day off due to dehydration.
Stanton hasn’t played for the Yankees since March 31 due to a strained left biceps and then a strained left shoulder. He went 1 for 3 with a home run and two strikeouts for Class A Tampa on Monday night, then was scratched from the lineup Tuesday.
New York said Wednesday he had been returned from his injury rehabilitation assignment.
“There’s a little bit of soreness in there,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said in Baltimore on Wednesday. “Just being cautious with it yesterday. He does have a strain in there so we’ll shut him down for probably a week to 10 days and hopefully from there he can ramp back up.”
Boone does not expect the slugger to be sidelined for long.
“The good news is at least it seems like it’s somewhat minor in the grand scheme of things,” the manager said. “Obviously, we want G back. And I know he wants to be back yesterday. So, it’s a bump in the road. Once he is cleared again, it should go pretty quickly.”
Gregorius, coming back from Tommy John surgery last Oct. 17, was given an IV after following his first extended spring training game Monday. Following an hour of on-field pregame work, he played five innings in mid-90 degree conditions.
“What happened Monday? Dehydrated. Just got headaches,” Gregorius said. “Nothing too crazy. Felt good yesterday and today was really good. Everything is 100 percent good.”
Boone said: “No issues. He’ll play shortstop (Thursday), so he’s continuing to move in a good direction.”