Stanton back in NY, calls layoff ‘very frustrating’

Jun 19, 2019Coley HarveyESPN Staff Writer ClosePreviously covered Florida State for Orlando Sentinel and Georgia Tech for Macon Telegraph Northwestern University graduateNEW YORK — While Giancarlo Stanton is ready for what he hopes will be a dramatically healthier remainder of the season, the New York Yankees outfielder acknowledged Tuesday that his recent two-month-plus injured list…

Stanton back in NY, calls layoff ‘very frustrating’

Jun 19, 2019Coley HarveyESPN Staff Writer ClosePreviously covered Florida State for Orlando Sentinel and Georgia Tech for Macon Telegraph
Northwestern University graduateNEW YORK — While Giancarlo Stanton is ready for what he hopes will be a dramatically healthier remainder of the season, the New York Yankees outfielder acknowledged Tuesday that his recent two-month-plus injured list stint was “very frustrating.”A trio of injuries, one more serious than originally disclosed, made for a challenging return.Shelved since April 1, Stanton came off the Yankees’ IL on Tuesday after three separate injuries derailed him. Twice during his rehab he had false starts, thinking he was nearly over one injury when another would appear.”I was so close. Had a buildup and had to stop three times,” Stanton said.Stanton batted fifth and played right field in the Yankees’ 6-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts but making a nice catch in the stands in the top of the second inning.As he returned to the Bronx, Stanton was all smiles, saying he was “excited” to finally be back in pinstripes.”It’s been a long time. It feels longer than it has been, for me,” Stanton said. “The boys have been fun to watch while I’ve been gone, so it’s going to be good to file in and battle.”The Yankees have gone from being in fourth place in the American League East the day before Stanton was hurt to holding a 2½-game lead on the division following Tuesday’s win over the second-place Rays.In terms of his hitless first game back, Stanton — who was booed following his second strikeout by some of the more than 40,000 in attendance — said he thought he chased a little too much in his first big league game in nearly 80 days.”I didn’t swing at the best pitches,” Stanton said. “But I had OK at-bats.”Added Yankees manager Aaron Boone: “Still finding his way.
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