New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is recovering from his calf injury as planned. According to Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone, Stanton would be ready for spring training games if they were to start today.
Stanton was diagnosed with right calf strain last month and was initially doubtful for spring training. However, according to Boone, the All-Star slugger has been making encouraging progress in recent weeks.
“G is doing great,” said Boone in a recent interview with YES Network. “If we were to start spring training games up tomorrow, he’d probably be ready to go.”
Boone added that Stanton already got pretty close to being in the game shape: “He’s been doing really well, hitting now for a few weeks, but running pretty much at full speed outside and changing directions—doing pretty much all the things necessary to get into a game.”
Giancarlo Stanton wasn’t a contributor for Yankees last season, as he struggled with several injuries. He ended up playing only 18 games, in which he had .288 batting average with three homers and 13 RBIs. The year before, Stanton was hitting .266 with 38 home runs and 100 RBIs in his first season with Yankees.
Boone also provided updates on a number of other players, including the two-time All-Star outfielder Aaron Judge. After being ruled out for two weeks in early March due to stress fracture in his ribs, Judge is still weeks away from being in competitive form. The 27-year-old, however, is healing according to expectations and will be ready for the start of the season.