Giancarlo Stanton was feeling good after playing his first rehab game with Double-A Somerset on Saturday, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said ahead of Sunday’s series finale with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Stanton went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts in his first rehab game. The Yankees slugger started the game as the designated hitter and was scheduled to play again Sunday in the Patriots’ game against Bowie.
“He did okay, he feels good today,” said Boone, who had just texted Stanton before entering the press conference room. “No more drummers today. … Everything went as planned.
Boone said Stanton will determine how many kills he needs to determine if he’s ready to return to the Yankees lineup. The plan for him was three to five more at bats on Sunday and if things go well, he would practice with the MLB club on Monday.
The Yankees are hoping Stanton takes on Luis Severino on Tuesday so he can take on Major League talent. Severino is also working his way back from his own injury.
“Hopefully we’ll be well positioned there, but we’ll figure that out as the days go by. If we feel it’s good enough and he feels it’s good enough, we’ll go from there,” Boone said. .
Stanton is unlikely to be available for the Yanks’ two meetings with the Mets this week, but Boone hoped he would be back for the next road trip.
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Stanton was placed on the disabled list on July 24 with Achilles tendinitis and the Yankees struggled to score while he was on the mend. New York has gone 9-20 since the All-Star break and saw its 15-game division lead drop to seven.
Luke Bard called while Albert Abreu goes to IL
The Yankees just can’t take a break these days with the number of injuries they’ve had. Albert Abreu was placed on the IL 15 days before Sunday’s game and they called up right-hander Luke Bard from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Abreu suffers from an inflammation of the right elbow. Boone said Bard made the 40-man roster because he threw better than his numbers indicated.
“A guy who (is) a strike thrower,” Boone said. “He started swinging and misses there too. A guy who throws the ball well and obviously we had to take a place here with Albert who fell yesterday.
Josh Donaldson feels better
The Yankees infielder was struggling with a stomach issue that kept him out of the lineup on Saturday, but he was feeling better on Sunday and had been an option for the Yankees. Josh Donaldson was feeling a little better when he left the stadium on Saturday night and Boone told reporters he was bouncing around the clubhouse on Sunday ahead of their game with the Blue Jays.